The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has stated that Washington will not accept criticism of Israel.
Haley made her comments after attending her first Security Council meeting, Newsmax reported.
"The Security Council is supposed to discuss how to maintain international peace and security. But at our meeting on the Middle East, the discussion was not about Hezbollah's illegal build-up of rockets in Lebanon. It was not about the money and weapons Iran provides to terrorists. It was not about how we defeat ISIS," Haley said, according to Newsmax.
She told reporters she felt the meeting was "strange."
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"It was not about how we hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for the slaughter of hundreds and thousands of civilians," she added.
"No, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that's how the Council has operated, month after month, for decades," said Haley.
At a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump abandoned the long-standing U.S. commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. He noted that he remained committed to a peace deal in the Middle East.
"I'm looking at two states and one state, and I like the one both parties like," Trump told the press conference, according to Reuters.
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Although Trump did ask Netanyahu to hold back on the construction of new settlements for a period of time, his comments and those of Haley emphasized the close alliance with Israel.
"I am here to underscore the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I'm here to emphasize the United States is determined to stand up to the UN's anti-Israel bias," Haley added, Newsmax reported.
She noted that the U.S. would not allow resolutions to be passed which only condemned Israeli settlement construction.
"It is the UN's anti-Israel bias that is long overdue for change. The United States will not hesitate to speak out against these biases in defense of our friend and ally, Israel," Haley told reporters.