Nikki Haley to Top Palestinian Negotiator: I Will Not Shut Up

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By Michael Wilner.. “I assure you that [the current] path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations.” United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had strong words for top Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday (February 19, 2018): “I will not shut up.” Her remarks, made at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, were a firm response to comments made by Erekat earlier this month, in which he called her “impudent” and told her to “shut up” regarding her criticisms of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Abbas, who spoke earlier, left the chamber before either the Israeli or the American representatives could respond– a clear diplomatic slight. “I’m sorry that he declined to stay in the chamber to hear remarks of others,” Haley said. Both she and Israel’s representative, Danny Danon, remained seated during Abbas’s speech. “We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today.”

“But I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator, Saeb Erekat. I will not shut up,” she said. “Rather, I will respectfully speak some hard truths.” Read the full story.



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