UN Ambassador Nikki Haley: Israel Acted with "Restraint" in Gaza Response

(Washington Post) Carol Morello - U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Tuesday that Israel had reacted with restraint in its military response to protesters at the Gaza border and dismissed suggestions the violence was caused by the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Haley said that Hamas, backed by Iran, had incited the violence by urging protesters over loudspeakers to burst through the border fence. "I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has." Haley described the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as "a cause for celebration. It reflects the will of the American people. It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy. Importantly, moving our embassy to Jerusalem also reflects the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel....Recognizing this reality makes real peace more achievable, not less."

2018-05-16 00:00:00

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