The UN Security Council’s monthly meeting on the situation in the Middle East is usually an Israel-hate-fest, but on Thursday, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador, urged the council to focus on human rights violators instead, most notably, Iran.
“In case after case, human rights violations and abuses are not merely the incidental byproduct of conflict,” Ms. Haley said at the session. “They are the trigger for conflict.”
Haley drew the council’s attention to egregious violators: North Korea, Cuba and Syria.
“Every month the Security Council convenes a meeting on the Middle East. We have lots of meetings on specific countries and conflicts in this region but this debate is our opportunity to talk about the Middle East as a whole. Regrettably, these monthly meetings routinely turn into Israel-bashing sessions. That’s the way the Security Council has operated for years. It’s a formula that is absurdly biased against one country. It’s a formula that is painfully narrow in its description of the conflicts in the region,” said Haley. The US ambassador is currently serving as president of the Security Council for one month.
“Iran is using Hezbollah to expand its regional aspirations. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussions at the Security Council,” she said, blaming Iran for troubles in Syria and Yemen. She noted the close ties between Iran and the terror group Hezbollah.
“Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, uses towns to shield… tens of thousands of illegal rockets,” Haley said.
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