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Haley: UN Will Not Bully Israel

Haley: UN Will Not Bully Israel

Haley also met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, "Thank you for all your help and standing up for Israel, standing up for the truth, which is standing up for America".

She also indicated that the USA sees "areas for significant strengthening" of the council, and was "looking carefully" at whether it would still participate. And we feel it.

Netanyahu said that President Donald Trump and Haley have "changed the discourse, have drawn new standards, and everybody's taking [them] up, and that's great. We see some areas for significant strengthening".

"If there's anything I have no patience for it is bullies, and the UN was being such a bully to Israel", US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told Netanyahu during her visit to the Jewish state.

"On behalf of the Israeli public I thank you for your many actions to correct the bias against Israel at the United Nations and to fight for the truth", she said.

However, Rivlin added "there is still a long way to go", both in terms of anti-Israel statements issued by United Nations agencies and the "absurd" number of sessions and resolutions reprimanding Israel. "Actually, I think it's standing up for the U.N.as it was originally conceived", Netanyahu said.

Yet while there has been some improvement with the UN's obsession with targeting Israel, "we have a long way to go", he added. "Again, I felt that the United Nations would collapse, you know, that whole scaffolding of lies would just collapse. They sense that the tone has changed", she added.

In a brief address earlier, Haley urged reform of the 47-member body, criticized its "chronic anti-Israel bias" and said "no human rights violator" should be allowed a seat. "We seek to re-establish the council's legitimacy", Haley said.

Afterwards she was taken to the Western Wall tunnels where she signed the visitors' book.

Haley made waves on Tuesday with an impassioned speech in Geneva, in which she threatened that the United States might withdraw from the Human Rights Council if reforms aren't made to "reestablish the Council's legitimacy".

She called on the council to adopt "the strongest possible resolutions on the critical human rights situations in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Belarus and Ukraine, and that it follow up to prevent further human rights violations and abuses in those countries".

Later on Wednesday, she was set to visit Bethlehem for meetings with senior Palestinian leaders.


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