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Haley slams Arab states' 'cheap talk' on Palestine

July 25, 2018 1:34 P.M. (Updated: July 30, 2018 11:29 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United States' envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, slammed countries on Tuesday, specifically Arab and Islamic states, for failing to offer more than their constant talks about supporting the Palestinians, such as contributing with financial aid.

As the UN Security Council was summoned to discuss the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and the escalating violence taking place on the Israel-Gaza border, Haley reminded the council that the US, the biggest donor for Palestinian refugees, cut its aid to $60 million from a whopping $365 million in 2018.

Haley denounced the international community and listed several countries in front of the UN Security Council; such as Egypt, Kuwait, and the UAE, that have made speeches about supporting Palestine, but did not contribute financially.

According to Ynet news outlet, Haley said, during her eight minute speech, that the Palestinian leadership "has been allowed to live a false reality for too long because Arab leaders are afraid to tell them the truth."

Haley continued that "country after country claims solidarity with the Palestinian people. Talk is cheap. No group of countries is more generous with their words than the Palestinians’ Arab neighbors."

She added that "all of the words spoken here in New York do not food, cloth, or educate a single Palestinian child," pointing out that Arab states have failed to improve the lives of Palestinians with actions.

Haley brought up the UNWRA issue, which is facing massive financial cuts from the US, and listed a few countries who contributions lacked in supporting the organization.

She added that "last year, Iran's contribution to UNRWA was zero, Algeria's contribution to UNRWA was zero, Tunisia’s contribution to UNRWA was zero." She continued "Turkey was providing $6.7 million, while the US gave $364 million. That's ten times the combined amount from every country I just named."

Haley stressed that the total contribution of countries such as Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan, ranged from $20,000 to $668,000.

She emphasized that the US is concerned about the Palestinian people, but stated that "Palestinian needs are not an American problem any more than a Russian problem or a French problem, and they are certainly not more of an American problem than an Egyptian, Saudi, Emirati or Turkish problem."

Haley concluded her speech by saying that the mentioned countries should re-examine what they are doing to help Palestinians "other than speech-making."

Earlier this year, the US drastically cut its aid to UNWRA after US President Donald Trump questioned its value and stated that the Palestinians needed to agree to renew peace talks with Israel.

Following the cut, Haley commented on the matter saying it was to force the Palestinians to return to the negotiation table with Israel.

In addition, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser, announced in June that the Middle East peace plan would be revealed soon.

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