In a United Nations Security Council address late last week, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for what she called his “hate-filled” speech in January and attempting an “end run” around peace negotiations. What he effectively did was to end years of progress toward peace.
Her heated comeback, as reported by The Jerusalem Post, follows President Donald Trump’s warning that the U.S. will cut aid to Palestinians if they don’t resume peace talks with Israel.
“I ask here today, where is the Palestinian King Hussein?” Haley told a monthly gathering of the UN Security Council on Thursday. “Where is the Palestinian Anwar Sadat? If President Abbas demonstrates he can be that type of leader, we would welcome it. His recent actions demonstrate the total opposite.”
Haley continued: “He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American President. He called for suspending recognition of Israel.” The ambassador also criticized Abbas for spreading “outrageous and discredited conspiracy” theories, which included the assertion that Jews have no claim to the land of Israel.
“We will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace,” added Haley, who has used her short tenure as UN ambassador to actively defend Israel and advocate for major funding cuts to the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority funds seem more than adequate in light of The Times of Israel reports that a luxurious new $50 million private jet was just purchased for the sole use of the P.A. president. The Times’ sources said the plane would be delivered within months.
The jet was reportedly paid for through the P.A. budget ($20 million) and the Palestinian National Fund ($30 million), which is the treasury of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
News of impending delivery of the luxury jet comes at the same time as reports of significant suffering among the Palestinian people. Those in the Gaza Strip are struggling with ongoing shortages of food, electricity, water and medical care. Top PLO official Saeb Erekat has accused President Trump of “threatening to starve Palestinian children in refugee camps … if we don’t endorse his terms and dictations,” referring to warnings that aid will be cut if Palestinians do not return to peace talks.
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