Many have suggested that the United Nations displays an anti-Israel bias to the rest of the world. In several instances, the international body has been accused of letting attacks on the Jewish state slide, while ignoring the malfeasance of other entities that contribute to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Despite the fact that several nations and terrorist organizations involved in the conflict are guilty of human rights abuses, the U.N. still insists on ignoring these atrocities in favor of passing resolutions critical of the Jewish state. In a recent vote, the organization went so far as to side with Hamas, a known terrorist group, against Israel, in contradiction to the wishes of the United States and a plurality of other member states.
UN Sides With Terrorists
The United States recently introduced a resolution to the U.N. that would have condemned terrorist group Hamas for “repeatedly firing rockets into Israel and for inciting violence, thereby putting civilians at risk.” If passed, the resolution would have demanded that Hamas and other terrorist organizations cease engaging in violence and attempting to construct tunnels by which their operatives can gain entry into the country.
Kuwait and Bolivia pushed for the adoption of a rule that would require the resolution to receive a two-thirds majority to be passed. The resolution received 87 favorable votes, 57 against, and 33 abstentions. Despite the plurality of favorable votes, it was not enough to reach the two-thirds threshold.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley savaged those who pushed for the two-thirds requirement, pointing out that the United Nations had never condemned Hamas by name, but had passed over 700 resolutions criticizing Israel. “That, more than anything else, is a condemnation of the United Nations itself,” she said. After the vote, Haley took to Twitter to continue her criticism. She tweeted:
“We can’t talk about peace in the Middle East until we can agree on a basic condemnation of Hamas and its terrorism. The UN had a chance to do that today, and it failed.”
The Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, also had some sharp words for the chamber. “Your silence in the face of evil reveals your true colors,” he declared.
The UN’s Anti-Israel Bias
To some, the recent vote might include a silver lining. The Israeli ambassador pointed out that 87 countries voting for a condemnation of Hamas was indicative of an “unprecedented coalition” at the United Nations to oppose anti-Israel bias. “The broad support from the world demonstrates the changes we have made in the U.N.,” he said. “With the support of these countries, we will continue our work in the U.N. against Hamas terrorism.”
Indeed, the fact that certain entities in the United Nations had to resort to using cheap political tactics to prevent the passage of the resolution could be seen is a development in favor of Israeli interests. But it seems that the U.N. includes many members who are intent on opposing Israeli and U.S. interests. These entities are not likely to back down anytime soon.
From the moment she took office, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has taken a rather combative stance against those in the U.N. that she sees as pursuing an anti-Israel agenda. She has not been afraid to use bellicose rhetoric to expose attitudes against the Jewish State. It remains to be seen whether Heather Nauert, whom Trump has nominated to replace Haley when she leaves office at the end of the year, will continue to keep the pressure on the United Nations.
The U.S. has already taken steps to defund several U.N. agencies because of some members’ apparent animus toward Israel. Many prominent Americans have also called for the Trump administration to withdraw the United States from the international organization.
If the United Nations wishes to retain the American government’s support, it is clear that it will have to make a change, especially when it comes to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. For now, it appears that they are not willing to do so, which prompted Haley to ask an important question:
“I want to take a personal moment, and ask my Arab brothers and sisters: Is the hatred that strong? Is the hatred toward Israel so strong that you’ll defend a terrorist organization?”
It appears that for now, the answer is “yes.”