Nikki Haley to Palestinians and the United Nations: 'I will not shut up'


Shortly after the speech, the White House said it is still moving forward with a Middle East peace plan, spearheaded by Trump's Mideast advisers, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, who were seated behind Haley during Abbas' speech. "Our negotiators are sitting right behind me ready to talk, but we will not chase after you", she said, referring to Kushner and Greenblatt.

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said Abbas was part of the problem, not the solution, and that the "only way to move forward is direct negotiations" between Israel and the Palestinians. When it came to her chance to speak, Nikki Haley spent half of her nine-minute intervention attacking the victims rather than the aggressors.

"We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today".

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said the so-called Quartet - made up of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union - and the League of Arab States could play a role in kick-starting the stalled peace process.

2017 "marked the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of the [occupied] Palestinian Territories" (OPT), Amnesty noted, "and the 10th anniversary of its illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip". "You don't even have to accept it, but know this - that decision will not change". 'Both sides have suffered.

The PPS said 213 Palestinians, including Saradeeh, were killed by Israel after their arrest since the 1967 occupation. But she made it clear Washington would not go along with his plan.

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"That path remains open to the Palestinian leadership, if only it is courageous enough to take it", she said. Twelve members of the Palestinian Legislative Council also remain in Israeli custody.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, of course, boasted about America's negotiating team sitting behind her in the Security Council session.

Recalling a recent incident in which senior Palestinian diplomat, Saeb Erekat, told Haley "to shut up", the ambassador vowed: "I will not shut up". He also pledged Moscow's support in organizing an global peace conference.

Reiterating Palestine's commitment to hold negotiations with Israel, Abbas said it "is our strategic choice for the sake of the coming generations in our region". The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, a position backed by most of the global community but Israel considers the entire city, including the eastern sector, to be its undivided capital.

The Palestinian decision to continue putting all the eggs in the negotiating basket is unlikely to produce results.

To get to an global conference where Russia, Europe and China are also sponsoring the talks, there is no path other than engaging with the Americans. But, if Abbas is serious about it, this means that there are compromises that need to be made, including climbing down from the high tree of total boycott of the Americans despite their insensitivity and lack of empathy.