UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday lauded Israel for its “restraint” during deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters and blamed the violence on those who want to destroy a “United Nations member state.”
“Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? … No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,” Haley said during a discussion in the UN Security Council on Monday’s unrest in the Gaza Strip.
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Before walking out, Haley had told the chamber:
Let’s remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy.
In recent days, multiple news organizations have documented the Hamas incitement in Gaza. They have reported that Hamas maps and social media show the fastest routes to reach Israeli communities in case demonstrators make it through the security fence. They have reported on Hamas messages over loudspeakers that urge demonstrators to burst through the fence, falsely claiming Israeli soldiers were fleeing, when in fact, they were not. The same loudspeakers are used by Hamas to urge the crowds to “Get closer! Get closer!” to the security fence.
Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies. This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable. They light Molotov cocktails attached to kites on fire and attempt to fly them into Israel to cause as much destruction as possible. When asked yesterday why he put a swastika on his burning kite, the terrorist responded, “The Jews go crazy when you mention Hitler.”
This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake: Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday.
I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.