The US has blocked Palestinian PM from leading U.N. mission in Libya.
- US shows support for Israel by blocking Palestinian PM from leading U.N. mission in Libya.
- Trump admin was disappointed with U.N. Secretary-General’s intention to appoint Salam Fayyad.
- The United States does not recognize a Palestinian state.
- 14 U.N. security council members support Salam Fayyad.
The Trump administration makes it clear that Israel is still one of our closest allies. Despite receiving praise from 14 other Security Council members, the US has put the kibosh on the appointment of Salam Fayyad. By blocking the appointment of the former Palestinian PM, the US is letting the U.N. know that we stand with Israel.
UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of the former Palestinian prime minister to lead the U.N. political mission in Libya, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the Trump administration “was disappointed” to see that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had sent a letter to the Security Council indicating his intention to appoint Salam Fayyad, who served as the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007-2013, as the next U.N. special representative to Libya.
“For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” Haley said.
Palestine is a non-member observer state at the United Nations and its independence has been recognized by 137 of the 193 U.N. member nations. But Haley said the United States doesn’t currently recognize a Palestinian state “or support the signal” Fayyad’s appointment would send within the United Nations.
U.N. diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said Fayyad is well-respected for his work in reforming the Palestinian Authority and spurring its economy and had the support of the 14 other Security Council members to succeed Martin Kobler in the Libya job.