Nikki Haley in diplomatic hot water over comments about US Embassy location in Israel
UNITED NATIONS (Diya TV) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday the nation’s embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upholding a campaign promise of President Donald Trump, and that the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is part of Israeli territory.
Haley’s remarks were delivered amid an ongoing diplomatic spat between the U.S. and Israel over whether the Western Wall is part of Israel or the West Bank, in addition to speculation over whether Trump will fulfill a campaign promise to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem, even as the president has since distanced himself from the move.
President Trump will visit Israel and the West Bank on May 22 and 23, making his first stop in Saudi Arabia. He will also visit Brussels and the Vatican after leaving the Mideast.
In excerpts from an interview with CBN News released on Tuesday, Haley said: “Obviously I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is.”
Regarding the Western Wall, Haley said: “I don’t know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how we’ve always seen it and that’s how we should pursue it… We’ve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel.”
— CBN News (@CBNNews) May 17, 2017