United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said this past Thursday “It’s high time the United Nations set its sights on Iran, rather than Israel, during the security council’s monthly meeting.
“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, who is this month’s president of the Security Council.
Haley condemned Iran, stating she says Iran is responsible for the regional discord due to their meddling in Yemen and Syria and it’s support of Hezhollah, among other things.
“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.
Danny Danon, Israel’s Amb. to the UN, welcomed Haley’s efforts in urging the U.N. to redirect it’s attention. Danon, like Haley, spoke out against the increase Iranian aggression in the region.
“Where there is terror, where there is death, there is Iran. Teheran is an accomplice in the atrocities taking place every single day in Syria. The Iranian proxy Hezbollah places its weapons in homes, mosques and hospitals in Lebanon, and in Gaza, Hamas has spent millions of Iranian dollars on rockets, guns and digging terror tunnels,” he said.
Her efforts, however, face opposition of many on the council including France, Russia, and Sweden. All of whom ignored her rebuke and spent their time on the floor speaking directly to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Additionally, any resolution against Iran would likely not pass as Russia, which is closely aligned with Iran, is one of five permanent members that hold veto power in the Security Council.