Haley to UN envoy: Blame Hamas, not Israel

After Nickolay Mladenov demanded “both sides” show restraint following a massive Hamas rocket attack on Israel, Haley chided the U.N. envoy for his comments.

By World Israel News Staff

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley took to task the United Nation’s special envoy for Mideast peace Nickolay Mladenov over his demands that both Israel and the Palestinians restrain themselves following a massive rocket onslaught launched on the Jewish state by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

At a meeting of the Security Council, Haley also dressed down U.N. member states for placing a disproportionate amount of blame on Israel for the most recent flare up in the conflict.

Specifically, Haley slammed Mladenov for “missing the mark” by calling for “maximum restraint” by both sides.

“Fact,” said Haley, “There is only one side that attacks indiscriminately. One side that targets civilians. One side that terrorizes to achieve its objectives,” reported Times of Israel.

“Israel launched airstrikes on military posts, weapons depots, and intelligence assets in Gaza … in response to over 400 rockets and mortars that were fired indiscriminately from Gaza into Israel,” she explained.

“Neighborhoods were targeted. A bus was bombed by an anti-tank missile. Families were forced into bomb shelters to escape the barrage,” she added.

Haley issued the remarks after Mladenov spoke before the council.

He singled out “Israel’s persistent use of live fire against protestors” in an apparent reference to the violent riots Hamas stages on the border, during which terror group operatives use human shields, including minors, to attack IDF troops and attempt to infiltrate Israeli territory.

While Mladenov “urge[d] Hamas” and other Palestinian terror groups, which he referred to as “militants,” to “end the indiscriminate firing of rockets into southern Israel, and to stop all violence near the fence, including attempts to breach it,” Mladenov in the same breath criticized Israel for building communities in Judea and Samaria.