Envoy Haley says USA won't let the United Nations 'bully' Israel anymore


President Donald Trump went there during his recent visit; and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman made it his first stop in the country after arriving to formally take up his diplomatic post.

As she opened her 3-day visit, Haley met with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu and delivered more of the trademark comments that have won the newly appointed ambassador the title of Israel's strongest defender in the worldwide body.

In a speech Tuesday to the council in Geneva, Haley cited Israel as one of several factors leading the United States to reconsider its membership.

"I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the United Nations has bullied Israel for a very long time", she claimed.

"I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how we've always seen it and that's how we should pursue it", Haley told the media prior to Trump's arrival to Israel.

Haley said that the U.N.'s exclusive focus on Israel doesn't make sense even to some members of the Human Rights Council.

"In case after case", said Haley, the Council has been "a forum for politics, hypocrisy, and evasion - not the forum for conscience that its founders envisioned".

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She also indicated that the USA sees "areas for significant strengthening" of the council, and was "looking carefully" at whether it would still participate. "You know, all I've done is to tell the truth", Haley said, standing alongside Rivlin in Jerusalem. "Actually, I think it's standing up for the United Nations as it was originally conceived".

"People appreciate truth. We have an ancient Hebrew saying that when somebody tells a truth, you can feel it.

It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations", she added. She said "the U.N was such a bully to Israel because they could".

"It was something that we're so used to doing", she said.

She called on the council to adopt "the strongest possible resolutions on the critical human rights situations in Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Belarus and Ukraine, and that it follow up to prevent further human rights violations and abuses in those countries".

The US ambassador seemed very keen to make up the most of her visit, telling Rivlin that she looked forward to "taking in the history, the beauty and the tradition that all come with the magic of Israel". "It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility".