Nikki Haley: Anti-Israel Vote on Gaza Riots Makes UN ‘Morally Bankrupt’

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a brief press availability at United Nations headquarters, January 2, 2018 in New York City. She discussed protests in Iran and the North Korea nuclear threat. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Drew Angerer/Getty

The UN General Assembly was damned as “morally bankrupt” on Wednesday after it voted to condemn Israel for “excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate” use of force during recent clashes at the Gaza border.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made the assessment after a three hour debate that saw her attempt to add a paragraph directly naming terrorist group Hamas as complicit in the violence was defeated.  Hamas, an Islamic group that has fought three wars with Israel over the past decade, has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks.

The resolution, sponsored by Arab and Islamic nations, passed with 120 “yes” votes, 8 “no” votes and 45 abstentions.

The eight countries that voted against were the U.S., Israel, Australia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Togo and the Solomon Islands.

Haley immediately praised the countries that supported her proposed amendment, which was defeated on procedural grounds, arguing that “the common practice of turning a blind eye to the UN’s anti-Israel bias is changing.”

“Today, a plurality of 62 countries voted in favor of the U.S.-led effort to address Hamas’s responsibility for the disastrous conditions in Gaza. We had more countries on the right side than the wrong side. By their votes, those countries recognized that peace will only be achieved when realities are recognized, including Israel’s legitimate security interests, and the need to end Hamas’ terrorism,” she said.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, took to Twitter to praise Haley for her work:

A general condemnation of terrorism and incitement was included,  outlining that it “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas.”

The votes reflected wide concern in the 193-member world body that the resolution was one-sided and failed to even mention Hamas-driven terrorism which has seen over 100 rockets fired at Israel — an issue the United States attempted to rectify in its defeated amendment.

Follow Simon Kent on Twitter: or e-mail to:



Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.