Haley visits with Netanyahu and Rivlin after Geneva address calling on UNHRC to end Israel bias; Netanyahu thanks Haley for efforts at UN; Haley: All I’ve done is tell the truth
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley arrived in Israel Wednesday for a three-day visit in the region.
Haley met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin in Jerusalem, their meeting centered on Haley’s efforts to combat Israel bias in the United Nations.
A day before arriving in Israel, Haley addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council on its Israel bias, stating “It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility,” pointing out the Council’s five resolutions passed against Israel in March alone. Haley, referencing Venezuela, pointed out the council has never considered a resolution on human rights abuses in Venezuela, “yet it adopted five biased resolutions in March against a single country, Israel.”
In her meeting with Prime Minster Netanyahu, Haley was thanked for her efforts on behalf of the Trump Administration and United Stated to call out anti-Israel bias and resolutions. Prime Minister Netanyahu stated to Haley, “Thank you for all your help and standing up for Israel, standing up for the truth, which is standing up for America. Actually, I think it’s standing up for the UN as it was originally conceived. People appreciate truth. We have an ancient Hebrew saying that when somebody tells a truth, you can feel it. So people feel it, they not only understand it, they feel it. And we feel it.”
Netanyahu added that Haley and President Trump “I think, have changed the discourse, have drawn new standards, and everybody’s taking up, and that’s great. I think it makes a world of difference, both for Israel and the US. Again, I felt that the UN would collapse, you know, that whole scaffolding of lies would just collapse. I think you’ve put in that simple word, truth.”
Haley responded, stating that all she has done is “tell the truth”, adding that she thinks “We’re starting to see a turn in New York… they [UN] know they can’t keep responding in the way they’ve been responding. They sense that the tone has changed.”
Netanyahu responded stating, “People appreciate truth. We have an ancient Hebrew saying that when somebody tells a truth, you can feel it. So people feel it, they not only understand it, they feel it. And we feel it. We’re glad to see the fruits of your efforts, uncommon common sense.”