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US ambassador to UN to visit Israel next week

May 31, 2017 5:40 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2017 5:40 P.M.)
Trump's convoy passes by Israel's separation wall in Bethlehem during his brief visit to the city
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- The US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley is set to visit Israel next week, after a visit to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva where she will deliver a speech on the US' role at the council, according to the Times of Israel. 

The news website reported that Haley, who has previously accused the UN of having an “anti-Israel bias” will be in Israel from June 7-9, where she will meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials and visit a UN peacekeeping mission in the region.

It remained unclear which officials Haley would be meeting with. 

In February, following a proposal to appoint former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head a UN mission, Haley said that the US was “disappointed,” claiming the move showed bias against US ally Israel.

“For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” Haley said, noting that the US does not recognize a Palestinian state nor does it “support the signal this appointment would send to the United Nations.”

Haley’s visit will come just weeks after US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, which was widely denounced by Palestinians and rights groups given the far-right leader’s strong support of Israel and its policies targeting Palestinians, as well as his notorious anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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