Feb 22,2018 – JORDAN TIMES –
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a strong intervention regarding what Palestinians want, and the genuine desire for peace through negotiations. In his thirty-three minute speech to the Security Council, Abbas repeated the word “peace” 35 times and the term “negotiations” fifteen times. Abbas went to great detail to show and reconfirm Palestinian participation in peace talks and continued willingness to “walk to anywhere” in order to accomplish peace and the rights of Palestinians.
Yet, despite this passionate plea, the American representative at the United Nations seems to have been listening to Carly Simon on her headphones rather than the actual speech of the Palestinian president. When it came to her chance to speak, Nikki Haley spent half of her nine-minute intervention attacking the victims rather than the aggressors. Halley seems to repeat verbatim the Israeli and pro-Israeli lines of people like Daniel Pipes, who has been calling on Palestinians to surrender in order for peace to prevail!
Haley says that the United Nations is to be blamed for the absence of peace, because exaggerated UN attention “has made the problem more difficult to solve”. Why? Because it stands up for the rights of people under occupation? And had opposed illegal and unilateral occupation, settlements and annexation?
But half way through her short intervention, Haley caught the world by surprise saying that she recognises that there is suffering in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Both sides have suffered, she said in what appeared to be counter-intuitive statement. But Nikki Haley’s understanding of the suffering of Israelis and Palestinians appears to be as crooked as that of her casino sugar daddy Sheldon Adelson and her favourite Israeli ally Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I don’t mean that there is no suffering,” she said. “Both sides have suffered. So many Israelis have been killed by suicide attacks,” she said, not acknowledging that the last suicide attack by Hamas was in 2011.
Haley then turned on the situation in the besieged Gaza strip, putting all the responsibility of the situation of Gazans on the oppression of Hamas without even mentioning the decade-long Israeli siege on Gaza.