Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, who was in Israel for a three-day visit, has a reputation for defending the State of Israel from the anti-Semitic bias rampant at the UN.
Haley has proved herself to be a firm and true friend of the Jewish state. Leading up to her visit to Israel, Haley called on the UN Human Rights Council to desist from exhibiting explicit anti-Israel bias if it wanted to maintain its integrity and credibility. Using harsh words in her address, the former South Carolina governor told the member states to curb their obsession with Israel and focus their efforts on states where actual human rights violations are a regular occurrence.
Using Venezuela as an example, Haley noted that the UNHRC has never considered human rights abuses there, let alone passed any resolution. Yet in March alone the council adopted five skewed resolutions against Israel. Pointing to other countries such as Syria, the DRC and Eritrea, she demanded that stringent resolutions should be adopted to stop gross violations of human rights there.
Haley reminded the council that the United States is seriously considering cutting ties with the UNHRC because of this very matter.
The council’s consistent unfair and unbalanced focus is deeply disturbing and was found by the U.S. State Department deputy assistant secretary to have unbalanced and unproductive positions, neither credible nor beneficial.
During her stay in Israel, Haley went to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, the Old City, Tel Aviv and saw Israel’s northern and western borders from a helicopter. She was accompanied by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who recently was elected to be the vice president of the next UN General Assembly.