US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley kicked off a three-day visit to Israel on Wednesday by making clear she would not tolerate unfair treatment of the Jewish state by the worldwide organization.
Rabbi of the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and his wife accompany UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to the Western Wall.
As she opened her 3-day visit, Haley met with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu and delivered more of the trademark comments that have won the newly appointed ambassador the title of Israel's strongest defender in the global body.
"It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations", she added.
"I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the United Nations has bullied Israel for a very long time", she told President Reuven Rivlin, who called her a "dear friend of Israel".
The 47-member Council adopted five "biased" resolutions on Israel and the Palestinian territory at its March session, but never even considered a resolution on Venezuela, she said.
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The Council's critical stance of Israel has always been a contentious issue for the United States, Israel's main ally. "You know, all I've done is to tell the truth", Haley said, standing alongside Rivlin in Jerusalem.
As she departed the Kosel plaza, she said, "I am moved by the warm reception that the Israeli public has given me".
Zeid, a Jordanian prince, acknowledged that some people would respond "that the experiences of the two peoples are not equivalent: How could I mention them in one breath?"
"We appreciate your strong stand on the world's most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel", he said.
Haley, who arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit, said she was "overwhelmed" by the positive response she has received since taking a stand against the anti-Israel bias at the worldwide body.
"You know, that's all I've done - tell the truth - and the reaction is kind of overwhelming", Haley said, calling Israel-bashing at the United Nations a "habit". You know, they acknowledge the fact that it just makes no sense. "There is no legitimate human rights reason for this agenda item to exist", she observed. "It is essential that this council address its chronic anti-Israel bias if it is to have any credibility".