The media is filled with questions about our outgoing ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Why did she quit? Is she gearing up for a political career? But Clarion’s question is very simple: How was Nikki Haley on radical Islam?
Iran. “The United States is not naive,” Haley said in January 2017, in a statement slamming Iran for carrying out a ballistic missile test. “We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out, as we said we would, and you are also going to see us act accordingly.”
Since then, she worked with other nations to hold Iranian aggression and sponsorship of terrorism to account.
“If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit, Iran, and its partner militia, Hezbollah,” Haley said during her first session holding the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council. “For decades they have conducted terrorist acts across the region.”
She slammed the UN Security Council for failing “to even take minimal steps” to respond after Iran “repeatedly and deliberately violated” U.N. sanctions.
Terrorism. Haley was tough on terrorist groups and the states which support them. “Defeating the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations cannot fully succeed until UN member States stop their own support of terrorist activity,” she told the UN General Assembly last year. “Proposals on paper will have limited impact as long as there are states that choose to arm, shelter and finance terrorist organizations.”
In particular, she has sought action against Hamas and Hezbollah.
Haley called on the UN Security Council to “designate Hamas as a terrorist organization in a resolution, with consequences for anyone who continues to support it.”
“Hamas chooses to devote its resources to terrorism instead of governing and reaching peace,” she told the council.
With Hezbollah, she has been equally firm. She called on the Security Council to recognize Hezbollah as “a destructive terrorist force.” She wanted to see an expanded role for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to monitor and combat Hezbollah violations of UN sanctions on the border with Israel.
Defending Israel From Unfair Attack. Haley called “Agenda Item Seven,” the standing item on the UN Human Rights Council agenda which mandates that the Israel/Palestinian conflict be discussed at every meeting, a “scandalous provision that singles out Israel for automatic criticism,” saying “there is no legitimate human rights reason for this agenda item to exist.”
She demanded the UNHRC drop this item, reject a proposed blacklist of companies which do business in the West Bank and stop obsessing with anti-Israel resolutions.
Syria. Haley called for regime change in Syria, saying “There’s not any sort of option where a political solution is going to happen with Assad at the head of the regime.” In opposing Assad, she criticized Russia’s role in the Syrian civil war, accusing Putin’s government of abetting Assad’s human rights abuses.
The Gulf States. “We don’t support Saudi Arabia when it comes to human rights,” Haley told CBS’s Face the Nation in a 2017 interview. She also saw the crisis between Qatar and the other Gulf States as “an opportunity to sort of hit on both of them,” in particular to tell Qatar to “quit funding Hamas.”
Gaza. In the fall of 2018, the U.S. announced it was ending its funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, describing UNRWA as “irredeemably flawed.” Haley accused the UN of exaggerating the number of Palestinian refugees it services. Israel remains convinced, having presented evidence, that there’s a strong link between UNRWA and the Hamas terror organization that controls the Palestinian coastal enclave.
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