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Since assuming her role as United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has unequivocally remained firm in her principles — specifically when it comes to America's ally, Israel.
“I will never abstain when the [U.N.] takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States,” she declared.
While she has repeatedly defended Israel, on Dec. 18, she learned firsthand what it meant to stand alone when she vetoed a Security Council resolution condemning the United States's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
On Tuesday, two weeks later, she addressed the media, and a reporter challenged her stance on the Jewish state.
A reporter from the Arabic Daily brought up her comments in support of Iran's fight for freedom and contrasted it with her view toward Israel:
“You are so strong when it comes to the freedom of the dignity of the Iranian people, but you have a different meaning of freedom and dignity when it comes to the Palestinian people, who have been brutalized for over 50 years of occupation.”
The reporter then asked, “What made you believe that you are on the right side of history?”
Haley didn't waiver in her resolve for a second and declared that even if she had to do it alone, she “stood proudly” to “fight for the will of the people of the United States.”
She reiterated the American people wanted the embassy moved and that the U.S. is still very much invested in a peace process.
“The Palestinians now have to show their will that they want to come to the table,” Haley explained. “As of now, they are not coming to the table, but they ask for aid.”
The ambassador explained that if Palestine wants aid, it needs to come to the table, and she again noted the United States wants to “move forward with the peace process.”