Ambassador Nikki Haley questions ‘right of return’ and great-grandchildren of Palestinian refugees

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that the Trump administration wants to see reform at UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of assisting great-grandchildren of Palestinian refugees, as a condition for fully supporting it.

Haley also said that the Palestinian Authority is bashing the United States while also expecting it to provide financial support.

Haley, who spoke at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies summit in Washington, added that the Trump administration was going to change the discussion over a Palestinian “right of return,” although she did not elaborate how exactly that would be done.


Over the weekend an Israeli media reported that the administration will try to reduce the recognized number of Palestinian refugees by almost 90%, and produce a statement that the United States objects to any discussion of a right of return for the so-called Palestinians into Israel.


Haley added that the UN’s bias against Israel was “pathetic” and that one of the reasons the Trump administration decided to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council was in order to not give the body any legitimacy.

She added that the administration is planning to offer new resolutions at the UN that will condemn Hamas for its terror activities in Gaza in recent months, including the use of human shields.

The Trump administration announced on Friday that it has decided to cut $200 million from the aid budget to the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, that was approved by Congress earlier this year.

The United States earlier this year cut its aid to UNWRA to $60 million from a promised $350 million for the year.

“We will be a donor if it (UNRWA) reforms what it does … if they actually change the number of refugees to an accurate account, we will look back at partnering them,” Haley said.


UNRWA says it provides services to about 5 million ‘Palestinian refugees’ and perpetuates the problem at a time when the UNHCR deals with global refugees problems, creating a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by the agency.