Schumer: U.N. bashes Israel, Haley had better not

Senator wants to hear governor’s views on Middle East

November 25, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Senator Charles Schumer will be listening carefully to find out what South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s view is on Israel as he decides whether or not to vote for her confirmation to become the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Eagle file photo by Bill Kotsatos
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U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York), who is poised to become the top Democrat in the Senate, has fired a warning shot to President-elect Donald Trump over his selection of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to become U.S. ambassador to the U.N..

In a statement issued on Nov. 23, Schumer indicated that Haley’s view of Israel will play a major role in his decision-making process when the South Carolina Republican comes before the Senate for confirmation.

N.Y.’s senior senator charged that the U.N. is biased against Israel and that the U.S. needs a strong advocate for Israel in the ambassador’s seat.

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Schumer’s view of the incoming Trump administration is considered important by many political observers who note that he will become the Senate’s minority leader and the most powerful Democrat in Washington, D.C. in January.

“The United Nations has been biased against Israel for many decades, and I am strongly opposed to the U.N. continuing to ​put pressure on Israel through one-sided resolutions. Peace must come from direct negotiations between the two parties, not by imposed terms from the United Nations,” Schumer said in a statement.

“Aside from representing the United States and pursuing our strategic goals at the United Nations, one of the most important jobs the U.N. ambassador has is to stick up for one of America’s most trusted and loyal and strategic allies, Israel.  I hope that Gov. Haley shares that view, and look forward to hearing from her on this issue, and many others, as she seeks confirmation by the Senate,” Schumer stated.


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