Nikki Haley: “UN members did not think that Hamas launching rockets qualifies as terrorism”
The United States called on the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday in New York to condemn the Gaza rocket and mortar attacks against Israel.
“The recent attacks out of Gaza are the largest we have seen since 2014. Mortars fired by Palestinian militants hit civilian infrastructure, including a kindergarten,” US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement she issue to the media.
“The Security Council should be outraged and respond to this latest bout of violence directed at innocent Israeli civilians, and the Palestinian leadership needs to be held accountable for what they’re allowing to happen in Gaza,” she said.
“You might think that the rest of the Security Council would join us in condemning a terrorist organization like Hamas. There shouldn’t be any debate about this. But of course, because this attack involves Israel, the standard is different,” she said in her opening remarks.
The United States, she said, drafted a Security Council statement that would have condemned Hamas for launching rockets and endangering civilians.
“This should have been a no brainer. You would think no one would want to side with Hamas when it comes to condemning rocket launches but the statement was blocked,” Haley added.
She also bemoaned that fact that a meeting under the agenda items entitled “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” was blocked.
“Apparently some Security Council members did not think that Hamas launching rockets qualifies as terrorism. The United States begs to differ,” she said.
“Who among us would accept 70 rockets launched into your country? We all know the answer to that. No one would,” she continued.