American Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is causing more heads to spin with a new Trump policy: No more money to Palestinians unless you play nice with Israel.
Speaking earlier today on the topic of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, Haley made her statements outlining the new strategy. The UNRWA is dedicated to assisting Palestinian refugee until the United Nations considers them to have returned “to the negotiating table” with Israel. So, they only get their money if they are acting in good faith. And it looks like Trump is fed up with the millions of American taxdollars that are shipped overseas while the Palestinians refuse to cooperate.
At this time, it is not clear if Haley means that funding will be withheld by the States from UNRWA specifically or from funding relating to the upkeep of the Palestinian Authority in general. The Israeli paper, Haaretz, said that her statements will be interpreted as a threat against the Palestinians and an attempt to force them into peace talks.
When asked a loaded, leading question by a reporter who wanted Haley to defend her decision to stand by moving the American Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, she stated that as she was representing American interests, she was proud to do so despite the pushback from almost every other member country. In terms of funding from the Trump Administration, Haley said:
“Trump doesn’t want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table, and what we saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation.”
The resolution Haley mentions is the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump has threatened previously to pull aid from countries that do not agree with the resolution.
In September, Haley again took Trump’s opinion to the United Nations by going after the Obama-era Iran Deal. Trump called it an embarrassment and Haley then spoke to the UN Security Council to say that Iran “stands out” for their “deliberate” contributions and support of terrorist groups in the area including Hamas, a Palestinian organization.
Just before Christmas, Haley sent a letter to other members of the United Nations saying that Trump “will be watching [the vote on the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel] and has requested I report back on those who voted against us.”
— Noa Landau (@noa_landau) December 20, 2017
Here’s the short video of Haley answering questions and saying that funding will be pulled unless the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table with the Israelis: