Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., took time on Tuesday during an address to the U.N. Security Council to send a quick clapback to Palestinian leaders after their top negotiator, Saeb Erekat, made derogatory statements about her in January.
Erekat had previously stated that Haley needed “to shut up and realize the Palestinian leadership is not the problem.”
Haley let Erekat know that she wouldn’t be backing down,
“I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator, Saeb Erekat. I will not shut up. Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths.”
Haley offers this advice to the leaders in Palestine,
“The Palestinian leadership has a choice to make between two different paths. There is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people.”
Haley then reminded them that the “path of negotiation and compromise” proved to work for Egypt and Jordan in the past, and reiterated that President Trump will continue with his decision to relocate our embassy to Jerusalem, regardless of the Palestinians,
“You don’t have to like that decision. You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept this. But know this: That decision will not change.”