Haley addressed peace process in Chicago following Abbas’s address to the UN Security Council; Haley: The plan won’t be loved by either side. And it won’t be hated by either side. But it’s a template to start talking.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed the Trump Administration’s efforts in the peace process, reporting that the peace plan is “nearly finished”.
Speaking at the University of Chicago ahead of the weekend, Haley took questions on the Middle East and President Trump’s efforts in the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis. On the progress of the process, she stated “I think they’re finishing up,” reporting that Trump’s envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are “still going back and forth”.
While Haley did not give specifics, she did state that “The plan won’t be loved by either side. And it won’t be hated by either side. But it’s a template to start talking.” When asked about a two-state solution, she reiterated the United States’ stance, “It’s for them to decide. It is hard for me to see how they would want a single state.” She added “If they decide on two states, the United States will support two states. If they decide on certain boundaries, the United States is going to support those boundaries.”
She called on leaders to place their pride and ego aside, stating “The Palestinians deserve better and the Israelis deserve better. Right now they’re in conflict. It’s not a good situation. If the leaders would put aside their pride and their ego, and think about their people, and improving the quality of life for their people, this peace process will do that.”
Her remarks follow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s address to the United Nations Security Council last week. Abbas called for a Middle East peace conference to be held this year, the Palestinians active in trying to find global mediators to replace the United States.
Following President Trump’s declaration of the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year, and the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Palestinians have banned communication with the United States, consistently attacking the United States in international bodies and the media. The PA has been clear that it no longer sees the United States as a mediator, its officials in talks with China, India and Russia to replace the United States.
Following Abbas’s speech to the Security Council, Haley spoke, stating to Abbas “The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem. You don’t have to like that decision, you don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept it. But know this, that decision will not change.”
Photo: Haley speaks in Chicago, Screenshot, 2017