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Nikki Haley will not be missed in Palestine

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11.10.2018

The abrupt resignation of the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on October 9 has provoked much speculation about her motivation to do so and her political ambitions. But for Palestinians - and certainly, for many other small nations targeted by Haley's angry diplomacy for the last two years - the news brought about a momentary feeling of relief.

Over the past year and nine months, Haley happily led the Trump administration's vicious efforts to undermine the Palestinian struggle for rights and self-determination, spewing hatred against Palestinians and singing the praises of Israel at every opportunity she got. There can be no rational explanation for Haley's absurd resentment of Palestinians and love of Israel, other than sheer opportunism.

In his bestselling book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff describes Haley as an "opportunist" who is as "ambitious as Lucifer". And judging by her career path, she likely is.

Haley was almost completely unknown, even nationally, when President Donald Trump selected her to be the face of American diplomacy at the UN early last year.

Born into an immigrant Indian family, Nimrata "Nikki" Haley's career as an accountant took several unexpected turns leading to her being the governor of the state of South Carolina for two terms. If she was arguably suited to that post, she was most certainly unqualified to become the top US foreign policy emissary at the world's most important international institution.

As soon as she was confirmed to her new position, she developed a disposition that would be remembered by Palestinians as the most aggressive and arrogant among all US envoys to the UN since the establishment of Israel and destruction of Palestine in 1948.

It could be argued that Haley's anti-Palestinian behaviour at the UN was the natural outcome of deepening US support for Israel.

True, the US-Israel pact at the UN is as old as Israel itself. But the last two decades have taken this relationship to new heights. The already slanted US position on Israel's occupation of Palestine........

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