At the end of September, Benyamin Netanyahu hailed in New York “the energy, the motivation and the spirit” that Nikki Haley showed, with Donald Trump, to “breathe the air” in the corridors of the United Nations.
Israel has every reason to regret the announced departure of Nikki Haley: the US ambassador to the United Nations has emerged, from her first months in office, as a lawyer ardent Israeli interests. And to the point of being acclaimed as a star of variety at the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the main pro-Israel lobby in the United States. Apart from Donald Trump, no other foreign personality has been greeted with such warmth and frequency by Benyamin Netanyahu for two years. In particular, he had found an ally in his denunciation of the Iranian regime and the nuclear agreement, concluded in 2015.
Nikki Haley embodies both the Trump administration’s disdain for traditional multilateral frameworks and its unprecedented engagement with Israel. On Tuesday evening, 9 October, the head of the government briefly thanked the US ambassador for her “uncompromising fight against hypocrisy at the UN” in the name of “truth and justice” for Israel.
At the end of September, Mr. Netanyahu hailed in New York “the energy, the motivation and the spirit” that Nikki Haley showed, with Donald Trump, to “make breathable air” in the corridors of the institution. In March, also in New York, the Israeli prime minister said: “We call it” the Haley tornado “. She does wonderful work for the truth and for the defense of Israel, here at the UN. He was talking about a “fresh air tsunami” triggered by ambassador and Donald Trump in international forums.
Colonies, human rights, embassy …
Nikki Haley has repeatedly denounced the “harassment” and “persecution” of which Israel is a victim at the UN, a phenomenon illustrated, according to her, by an extravagant number of critical votes against the Jewish state, and too much tolerance against violence by the Palestinians. For her, there is no question of calling into question the expansion of settlements in the West Bank, or the bloody record of demonstrations along the Gaza Strip since the end of March (more than 140 dead and 4,500 injured by bullets).
On the other hand, in June 2017, it announced the withdrawal of its country from the UN Human Rights Council, a forum that was systematically considered biased. The ambassador also defended in the Security Council Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “We will put our embassies where we want,” she told the White House on Tuesday. At the end of December 2017, before the UN General Assembly where the recognition of Jerusalem was discussed, she had not hesitated to use threats, in an un-diplomatic way.
“The United States will remember that day when it was singled out for attack at the General Assembly for the very fact of exercising our rights as a sovereign nation. We will remember once again calling on us for the largest contribution of the world to the United Nations. And we will remember when so many countries turn to us, as they often do, to pay even more and use our influence for their benefit. With us or against us, in short.
Blackmail by money
In June 2017, Nikki Haley paid an official visit to Israel. “I told him that the time had come for the United Nations to review the continued existence of UNRWA [the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East]”. Netanyahu explained to his ministers the day after his departure. For a long time, the Israeli right had in its visor the mission of the UN in charge of the five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants. The Prime Minister’s Council has worn. In January, Nikki Haley embarked on the next phase of the US strategy of pounding the decades-old consensus on conflict.
The ambassador threatened the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinians with financial dryness. The United States decided to put an end to their contribution to UNRWA, since Mahmoud Abbas rejected Washington’s role as traditional mediator. “We still very much want a peace process, and nothing will change that,” she said in January. Palestinians must now show the world that they want to sit at the table. For now, they do not come, but they ask for help. We are not giving this help, we are going to make sure they sit at the table and we want the peace process to move forward. This blackmail by money has accelerated since, with the end of US funds paid to the Palestinian Authority.
But the pro-Israel line of the Trump administration is not about Nikki Haley. The people who have been responsible for preparing the mysterious “century of the century” plan for the past two years, all supposedly for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all appear to be pro-Israeli. It is the son-in-law and presidential advisor, Jared Kushner – the “hidden genius” according to Nikki Haley -, the lawyer Jason Greenblatt and the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a long-time supporter of the settlements.
Clever and charismatic, she knew how to conquer an audience. The American ambassador was able to make a name for herself among the general public, while being a cog in an ideologically united team.