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At Security Council, Haley Tells Abbas: ‘I Will Not Shut Up’

(Algemeiner) U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley upbraided Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N. Security Council this week, saying, “I will not shut up,” and vowing American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “will not change.”

Haley spoke following a lengthy speech by Abbas in which he denounced the U.S. Jerusalem move as a violation of international law and demanded it be suspended.

“You don’t have to like that decision,” Haley said, addressing Abbas, who was absent from the chamber, “but know this, that decision will not change.”

She emphasized that the U.S. had a right to make its own decisions on the location of its embassy by repeatedly emphasizing “our” in the phrase “our embassy.”

Nonetheless, Haley said that the U.S. was determined to pursue peace, telling Abbas, “I sit here today offering the outstretched hand,” and noted that American negotiators were sitting right behind her, referring to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, both of whom attended the Security Council session.

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