Nikki Haley: Jerusalem Decision Will Speed Up Middle East Peace Process
On "Fox News Sunday," Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital will speed up the Middle East peace process.
Trump on Wednesday ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. The move inflamed tensions across the Middle East.
"We think this is actually going to help us fastball the peace process going forward," Haley told host Chris Wallace.
Wallace noted that many world leaders, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Pope Francis, expressed concern that this move could destabilize the peace process.
"We don't do things just to please every other country in the world, we do things to advance the ball. And that's what the president did with this," Haley said, explaining that it was time to acknowledge the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and that is a necessary part of a lasting peace.
Haley added that the U.S. remains committed to the peace process.
Wallace asked if East Jerusalem could still be the capital of a Palestinian state.
"We will respect anything that the two parties come together on," she said.
Wallace also asked her about her recent comments before the UN Security Council, in which she said the UN has long been a hotbed of hostility toward Israel and that damages the prospects for peace in the Middle East.
Haley doubled down on her comments, saying that in her time at the UN she's seen "repeated attempts to hit Israel for no reason whatsoever."
"I want the Security Council and all of the international community to understand: when you bully Israel, you are not helping the peace process," she said. "And we see Israel as one of our best allies. We're not going to put up with it anymore. So when we see it, we call them out on it."
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