US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (AP/Seth Wenig) (AP/Seth Wenig)
Nikki Haley

Haley has called on the UN Security Council to take action against the Hamas terror group and, in a resolution, designate it a terrorist organization.

US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley called on the Security Council to say “enough is enough” about the Hamas terror organization.

Speaking at a special UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting marking the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, Haley called on the Council to “stand up to condemn Hamas’ terror.”

“Hamas represents yet another regional threat that this Council far too often ignores,” she stated.

“While UN agencies and member states dissect Israel’s actions, few speak out against the terror that Hamas continues to plot. Some Member States of this organization even maintain ties to Hamas and other terrorist groups that flourish in Gaza,” Haley charged.

“The Security Council must unite to say that enough is enough. We need to pressure Hamas to end its tyranny over the people of Gaza. We should condemn Hamas in this Council’s resolutions and statements. We should name Hamas as the group responsible when rockets are fired from Gaza, or when fresh tunnels are discovered. And we should designate Hamas as a terrorist organization in a resolution, with consequences for anyone who continues to support it,” she declared. “That is how we can help build a more peaceful Middle East, and how we can fulfill our responsibility here on this Council to actually maintain international peace and security.”

‘Show Hamas We Will Never Tolerate Terrorism’

Haley called on the Council members to do “much more to show Hamas that we will never tolerate terrorism. We must show that when Hamas uses homes and schools to hide its terrorist infrastructure, there will be consequences.”

“Those who give Hamas the arms, money, and political support to operate must cease,” she demanded, and if they do not, the UN needs to “put real pressure on supporters of Hamas to stop.”

She expressed her belief that the UN “can show Hamas that their terrorist tactics will only lead to more isolation. Together, we can show Hamas that their terrorist tactics will fail. So we should act now, before Hamas puts the people of Gaza at risk again by building more tunnels under their feet.”

Haley recently concluded her first trip to the Jewish State, during which she visited an exposed Hamas terror tunnel and was briefed by Israeli officials on the threats posed to Israel by Hamas in Gaza.

The UNSC can “go and do the thing it always does, which is [to] pick a side. You can bash Israel… And we will get nowhere,” she told the Council. “But if you saw what I saw, if you see the terrorist activity that is happening in that area right now, you would understand that every ounce of what we say in this Council – is only strengthening the terrorists.”

“Every ounce of what we do should be against Hamas. They are a dangerous actor who has no care for the Palestinians, no care for the Israelis, and they are determined to destroy everything in their path. So once again, we are having this session, and once again, we will hear speeches on whether you’re for Israel, against Israel, for Palestinians, against Palestinians. But I would ask you to please address the real threat that is causing so many people harm, and that’s the threat of Hamas,” she concluded.

However, during the session, Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, a former foreign minister and fUN special envoy to Syria, claimed that a Palestinian woman in Gaza told him that “Israel put us in a concentration camp.”

“The Security Council has provided a platform to anti-Semitic comments and a malicious blood libel,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded. “This one-sided obsession with Israel is beyond the pale. To accuse the Jewish state of using concentration camps is not only despicable, but it degrades the Security Council and the UN as a whole.”

He demanded that the UNSC renounce Brahimi’s statement immediately.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel