Haley Blames Hamas for Gaza Violence, Walks Out Amid Palestinian UN Envoy Speech

Middle East

The US ambassador left the Security Council chamber Tuesday at the start of a speech by Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour, who sharply criticized Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in defiance of the international body’s resolutions.

Haley defended Israeli troops’ actions and blamed Hamas and its Iranian backers for the violence on Gaza’s border with israel. “Let’s remember that the Hamas terrorist organization* has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy,” she said.

“Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday,” the ambassador added.

Praising Israeli “restraint” in the ongoing border violence, Haley noted “no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than israel has. In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.”

According to the ambassador, the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do, and “reflects the reality” of the city being Israel’s capital. 

Haley also insisted that the embassy move has no impact on the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

With Palestinian UN envoy preparing his response, Haley demonstratively walked out of the chamber. During his half-hour long speech, ambassador Riyad Mansour accused Israel of “armed aggression” against the Palestinian people, and…

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