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Rep. Lee Zeldin Questioning of Ambassador Nikki Haley about UN Sec Council Res. 2334 and Taylor Force Act

June 28, 2017
Press Release
Amb Haley on U.S. Led Push with Res. 2334: "One of Our Lowest Points in Our Country"

Washington, DC - On June 28, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) questioned The Honorable Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing titled “Advancing U.S. Interests at the United Nations”. The Congressman spoke with Ambassador Haley about U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which was passed in December 2016. They also discussed the Taylor Force Act (H.R. 1164) to suspend payments to/for the Palestinian Authority until the incitement of violence and financial rewarding of terrorism is stopped. You can view the exchange here, or by clicking the video below. 

Here are some highlights from the questioning:

At 0:06, Congressman Zeldin asked, “U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was an anti-Israel, anti-Jewish resolution seeking to ethnically cleanse Judea/Samaria and East Jerusalem. Is it an accurate summary of your observations since taking over as Ambassador that some of the nations that voted for this resolution were resentful, some were apologetic, and it appears to have been U.S. led and U.S. pushed?”

At 0:36, Ambassador Haley responded, “I talked to all of the security council members and told them how offended and what a kick in the gut it was for Americans. What I got was some felt very arm twisted by the U.S., others thought it was the right thing to do... The hard part about me talking with 2334 is they keep telling me, well, it's the U.S. that wanted it, it's the U.S. that wanted it. So it's hard for me at this point. I'm just saying there's a new administration, this is not where we want to go.”

At 1:11, Congressman Zeldin said, “And your testimony is confirmation that the U.S. was engaging in dangerous, ugly back stabbing of our nation's ally in Israel, and we abstained, and when Ben Rhodes and others were on a conference call, and this is in the White House records quoting verbatim, when asked why we abstained, Ben Rhodes, the taxpayer funded White House fiction writer says, quote, ‘We abstained, as Samantha explained, for a number of reasons. First, the United Nations, we continue to believe, is a flawed venue for this issue, in that it has frequently been used to single out Israel.’ Not only was that effort U.S. led and U.S. pushed, but then publicly we were abstaining and we were abstaining for the reason that I just quoted from Ben Rhodes, and I really appreciate your testimony to help clear the record and the history on that.”

At 2:31, Ambassador Haley responded, “...that was one of our lowest points in our country with what happened because the international community, when they saw that we went against an ally, it set off a terrible tone in terms of where we're going to go. And just to let you know how bad it was, when she abstained, the entire security council and the audience got up and applauded, and Israel was sitting there... watching that. Think about what we just did to a friend, what happened. We don't ever applaud in the security council. It never happens, it happened that day.”

At 3:28, Congressman Zeldin said, “I do want to ask about the Taylor Force Act, which now has growing bipartisan support in Congress, which would withhold aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops inciting violence and financially rewarding terrorists, a policy otherwise known as ‘pay to slay’. Have you taken any position you are able to share with regards to what your opinion is on the Taylor Force Act?”

At 3:51, Ambassador Haley responded, “So I've met with the Family and yes, I'm very vocal about the fact that the U.S. gives bilateral money to the Palestinian Authority, and we need to have a strong conversation with them on how these martyr payments have to stop. And I think that it's one of those things that by us giving money we are supporting it and we have to make that correlation with them and let them know that that's not something we are going to accept or do going forward.”

At 4:17, Congressman Zeldin concluded, “I think it’s great that you did meet with the family of Taylor Force. This isn't an Israeli, it’s an American who graduated from the United States Military Academy, and I appreciate your leadership.”