Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

U.S. envoy praises Israel's actions despite diplomatic fallout

U.S. envoy praises Israel's actions despite diplomatic fallout

The embassy move, which dramatically underscored USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticised, but on Tuesday the Security Council proved unable, once again, to reach consensus. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us". Haley said. "No one would".

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", she added.

The U.N. Security Council met yesterday to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, beginning with a moment of silence for at least 61 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the bloodiest day there since a 2014 war. The move to Jerusalem upended decades of U.S. policy toward Jerusalem.

Interestingly, none of these countries supported the USA during a vote in December previous year to back the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In contrast to the scenes in Gaza, Israeli dignitaries and guests attended a ceremony in Jerusalem to open the US Embassy following its relocation from Tel Aviv.

Erdogan tweeted back that Netanyahu was the leader of "an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people's lands for 60+ years in violation of United Nations resolutions", adding that he was criticising Turkey to deflect attention.

"The Trump Administrations is now part of the problem".

Karen Pierce, the British ambassador, expressed support for an investigation into Monday's killings, then stated London's position on the US Embassy's opening.

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Relations between Ankara and Washington, two NATO allies, have been deeply strained over the embassy move, disagreements over military deployment in north Syria, and court cases against Turkish and USA nationals in each country.

It also complicates the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the chairperson in a statement. Participants also read the names of Palestinians recently killed in border conflicts.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative at the United Nations, said the embassy opening had violated global law and Security Council resolutions.

The Taoiseach said removing the Israeli Ambassador would be met with Ireland's Ambassador being expelled from the Middle East, effectively shutting down communications between the two countries.

"Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies", said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN.

"Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack‚ the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice‚" the Dirco statement said. "It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy". Recognizing this reality makes peace more achievable, not less.

He called on Israel to use force proportionally and avoid using deadly force except as a last resort, a message echoed by the council's European members. Writing on his personal Twitter account, media specialist Mureed Hammad said that the "world media has shown a different face to dealing with Palestinian blood".

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