Nikki Haley lauds Israel for ‘restraint’ in Gaza border clashes


UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday lauded Israel for its “restraint” during deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters and blamed the violence on those who want to destroy a “United Nations member state.”

“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? … No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,” Haley said during a discussion in the UN Security Council on Monday’s unrest in the Gaza Strip.

Kuwait called for the emergency session to discuss the upheaval after 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops and hundreds were wounded.

The US on Monday blocked a statement drafted by Kuwait that called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the killings.

Haley rejected the idea that the protests on the border was prompted by Monday’s ceremony opening the US Embassy in Jerusalem, saying Hamas had been inciting violence “long before the United States decided to move our embassy.”

“Those who suggest the Gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the American embassy are sorely mistaken,” she said. “Rather the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the State of Israel in any location.”

“Such a motivation – the destruction of a United Nations member state – is so illegitimate as to not be worth our time in the security council, other than the time it takes to denounce it,” she continued.

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