On Monday United States ambassador for the United Nations had no shame attacking the UN for what she alleges as bullying Israel . Haley took her shot at the U.N. during her speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference on Monday.
In her speech Monday she stated:
“At the U.N. and throughout the U.N. agencies, Israel does get bullied. It gets bullied because the countries that don’t like Israel are used to being able to get away with it. That just doesn’t sit well with me. The U.N. spends more than half of its time singling out one country. We will not stand for it any longer.”
On Monday at the AIPAC conference Niki Haley also said, “Jerusalem was, is and always will be Israel’s capital.”
On top of these comments, President Donald Trump revealed during the meeting that he may visit Jerusalem in May for the opening of the recently moved U.S. embassy. Donald Trumps administration made the decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem early on after being elected.
The Palestinians have viewed East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, something many were hopeful of before the Trump administration got in office. Now it seems that a two state solution is no where in the current administrations list.
Haley has been one of the biggest supporters of President Trump’s decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
What is AIPAC?
One of several pro-Israel lobbying organizations in the United States, AIPAC states that it has more than 100,000 members, seventeen regional offices, and “a vast pool of donors”.Congressman Brad Sherman of California has called AIPAC “the single most important organization in promoting the U.S.-Israel alliance”. In addition, the organization has been called one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States. The group does not raise funds for political candidates itself, but its members raise money for candidates through PACs AIPAC helped establish and by other means.
Its critics have stated it acts as an agent of the Israeli government with a “stranglehold” on the United States Congress with its power and influence. The group has been accused of being strongly allied with the Likud party of Israel, and the Republican Party in the US, but an AIPAC spokesman has called this a “malicious mischaracterization”. The Washington Post described the perceived differences between AIPAC and J Street: “While both groups call themselves bipartisan, AIPAC has won support from an overwhelming majority of Republican Jews, while J Street is presenting itself as an alternative for Democrats who have grown uncomfortable with both Netanyahu’s policies and the conservatives’ flocking to AIPAC.”
AIPAC, on the other hand, describes itself as a bipartisan organization, and the bills it lobbies for in Congress are always jointly sponsored by both a Democrat and Republican. AIPAC’s supporters claim its bipartisan nature can be seen at its yearly policy conference, which in 2016 included both major parties’ nominees—Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, as well as high ranking Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, and high-ranking Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.