United Nations Ambassador Nikki was highly prepared for the numerous questions CNN’s Wolf Blitzer fired at her regarding Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“This is just common sense,” Haley stated on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday. “This is just reality.”
Wednesday President Trump made an announcement that the administration will start to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, under the 1995 law requiring the move which the previous presidents didn’t do.
Blitzer attempted to make Nikki agree with the critics of the decision, and failed.
“But it is significant, ambassador, that you’re not willing to say, the old city of Jerusalem or East Jerusalem is part of Israel. You say, that’s still open to negotiation. Is that what I’m hearing?” he asked.
“Wolf, why would the United States say that? When we’re pushing a peace process, that’s really for the Palestinians and the Israelis to decide,” Haley replied. “If we decided that, we would be picking a side.”
The Israelis and Palestinians should make the decision of who owns parts of Jerusalem, Haley pointed out, making it clear that the U.S. does not want to defend one group over another.
“The last thing we’re going to do is pick what we think should happen because, at the end of the day, Palestinians and Israelis need to live together and live in the situation that they settle together. This is not something the United States wants to do,” she said.
Haley said that other U.S. stances on Israel and the Palestinians will no be changed because of Trump’s decision, including settlements in the region.
“The U.S. was not talking about, in any way, settlements or anything else,” Haley stated. “This is just talking about the embassy being in the capital of Israel. We have long said that settlements are not a good idea. The Israelis, they are very familiar with us telling them that we don’t think it’s a good idea, especially when we’re moving through this peace process. We’re going to continue to say that.”
Blitzer pointed out that some Palestinian officials criticized Trump’s announcement, with Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary-General Saeb Erekat claiming the president “just destroyed any possibility of a two-state” solution.
“Anytime we make a decision, we get positive and negative reactions,” Haley responded about the comments, adding that tensions were “expected” to run high after Trump’s decision but “it will pass.”
When Blitzer asked about the president’s advisers opposing his decision, Haley responded:
“We’re moving something forward that hasn’t been done in 22 years. And this is about results and this is about courage, and I’ll remind you that when President Reagan made that famous speech that said, Mr. Gorbachev, bring down this wall, all of the people around him told him it was a bad idea.”
“Sometimes you have to take risks,” she added. “Courage leads to leadership. Leadership leads to peace. And we have to go with the truth.”
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