U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Nikki Haley called on the Security Council to steer away from the “biased discussions” on the Middle East focused solely on Israel and to touch on the real threat, namely Iran. In remarks made during the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) monthly discussion on the Middle East, Haley said that the UNSC convenes every month to discuss the Middle East, but “regrettably, these monthly meetings routinely turn into Israel-bashing sessions. That’s the way this Security Council has operated for years. It’s a formula that is absurdly biased against one country. It’s a formula that is painfully narrow in its description of the conflicts in the region. And it’s a formula that does nothing to help find solutions.” While the sessions do no good and present no solutions, they actually cause damage because they work to push Israel and the Palestinians apart.

She stated the U.S. believes that “peace will only come from direct negotiations, not from one-sided Security Council meetings and one-sided resolutions.” Furthermore, the biased discussions on the Middle East also exact a real cost because they fail to address the real threats evolving and refrain from addressing the real factors that cause conflict across the region. Haley has previously noted her shock at the anti-Israel biased nature of the UNSC’s discussion on the Middle East, and appeared to offer a plan to rectify the situation. “By breaking out of old, familiar, counterproductive patterns, we might actually achieve something valuable,” she offered. She then pointed to the main threat emanating from the region: Iran and its proxy terror groups.

“If we are speaking honestly about conflict in the Middle East, we need to start with the chief culprit: Iran and its partner, Hezbollah,” she stated. “Iran and Hezbollah conspire together to destabilize the Middle East, and their actions are expanding.” Iran continues to commit attacks across the region and is responsible for thousands of deaths. “While this Council has paid too little attention to this growing menace, the United States will not. We are going to speak up about Iran and Hezbollah, and we are going to act against their lawlessness,” she vowed. “Hezbollah is a terrorist group spreading its influence across the Middle East with the backing of a state sponsor. Iran is using Hezbollah to advance its regional aspirations. They are working together to expand extremist ideologies in the Middle East. That is a threat that should be dominating our discussion at this Security Council,” she demanded.

She said the U.S. has imposed sanctions on Iran for their support of the Assad regime, and has levelled sanctions against members of Iranian-backed terrorist organizations in Bahrain. The U.S. will work “with our partners and allies to disrupt Iran’s support for militant terrorist groups,” she declared. She called on the rest of the UNSC Member States to “live up to their obligations.” “We call on all states to fully implement the ban on the transfer of weapons to and from Iran, as well as the arms embargoes against the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.”  She pointed out that “how one chooses to spend one’s time is an indication of one’s priorities. While the Israel-Palestinian issue is an important one the incredibly destructive nature of Iranian and Hezbollah activities throughout the Middle East demands much more of our attention. It should become this Council’s priority in the region.”

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Israeli and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have reached an agreement on water usage rights related to the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance project, which is meant to provide drinking water to Israel, Jordan and the PA-controlled areas while providing brine needed to slow the drying out of the Dead Sea. While it’s far from the lasting peace agreement President Donald Trump would like to help broker between the Israelis and the Palestinians, The announcement that the two sides had come to an agreement on water usage rights related to the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance Project was hailed by the White House as a positive first step in that direction. The Dead Sea is quickly drying out, and much of the Middle East is in dire need of drinking water.

With both of those issues in mind, the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance project was developed as a means to provide water to Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas through desalination plants located on the Red Sea, which would discharge brine into the Dead Sea to slow down its demise. Through the agreement, Israel and the PA agreed to 32 million cubic meters (8.45 billion gallons) of water for Judea and Samaria, as well as 10 million cubic meters (2.64 billion gallons) for the Gaza Strip. The White House said in a statement the agreement falls under the original Memorandum of Understanding signed by Jordan, Israel and the PA in 2013, which established the construction of a desalination plant in Aqaba on the Red Sea.

Whilst President Trump was in France holding meetings with the country’s president, Emanuel Macron, the White House issued the following statement regarding the agreement: Under the leadership of President Trump, Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt successfully supported the Israeli and Palestinian efforts to bridge the gaps and reach an agreement on this vital issue. President Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him, and he strongly believes that peace is possible. The administration has urged the parties to seek to promote an environment that is conducive to advancing peace, and this new agreement is another indication that the parties are capable of working together to achieve mutually beneficial results.

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President Donald Trump is “giving serious consideration” to moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence said at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.  The embassy move had been an election campaign promise made by Trump last year, but the status of the proposal remains unclear. Pence’s statement is the latest on-the-record articulation of the administration’s mindset on the issue. In the early days of Trump’s presidency, the White House has repeatedly stressed that “no decision” has been made on the embassy relocation. Pence expressed his gratitude at being invited to address the Conference as well as his pride in Donald Trump’s February 28 speech to a joint session of Congress, where he opened his address by condemning the nationwide wave of bomb threats and vandalism against the Jewish community.

Under Trump, said Pence, “if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel.” “Israel’s cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight,” he said. Pence said Trump’s invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House for their meeting last month served to “reaffirm the enduring bond” between the U.S. and Israel. The vice president emphasized the Christian religious roots of his personal support for Israel. “My Christian upbringing compels me to cherish Israel,” he said, mentioning how he fulfilled a “lifelong dream” when he was able to bring his children on a trip to the Jewish state, and how members of his household “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

Trump and Pence will “stand without apology for Israel and we always will,” said the vice president. He vowed that the U.S. will no longer allow the United Nations to be used as a “forum for invective against Israel.” Regarding the fight against radical Islamic terrorism, Pence said, “In President Trump, America has a leader who will call our enemies by their name.” He said the U.S. “will hunt down and destroy ISIS (Islamic State) at its source.” America will also “stand strong in the face of the leading state sponsor of terrorism; this administration has put Iran on notice,” he said. “Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Pence.

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