I Will Not Shut Up

Speaking to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley made it clear that she would not follow the advice given her by the Palestinian’s chief negotiator, Saab Erekat, saying:

“I will not shut up. Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths.”

She then outlined the two different paths that the Palestinian leadership could follow, their current one of “absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric and incitement to violence,” or the path of “negotiation and compromise.”

Her speech came after an appeal by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for an international peace conference to convene by mid-2018 in order to restart the stalled Israeli-Palestinian talks.

He claimed that Israel is acting as a state above the law,” accusing Israel of having:

“transformed the occupation from a temporary situation as per international law
into a situation of permanent settlement colonisation
and imposed a one-state reality of apartheid.”

But Abbas’s behaviour did not impress the Israeli representative, Danny Danon, who had expected Abbas to stay and have some dialogue. Instead, he noted that the Palestinian President left straight away. Danon said:

“Look what just happened in this room.
Mr Abbas came in, he put his demands on the table,
and he left,
and he’s expecting you to deliver the results.”

Even the BBC noted that Mahmoud Abbas told the Security Council that the blame for the deadlock in the peace process lies with the US declaration on Jerusalem.

Despite all of that, Nikki Haley said:

“I sit here today offering the outstretched hand of the United States
to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace …”