A Palestinian diplomat made international headlines after telling United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to “shut up.” Fast forward a full two weeks later, and he just came to regret what he said as his intended victim just publicly uttered 5 brutal words.
Enomerica previously reported on Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Nikki Haley condemned Palestine and its leadership for being less than ambitious when it came to peace talks with Israel, and Erekat made his sentiments on the matter known, telling Haley to “shut up.”
“[Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] declared the landmark Oslo Peace Accords dead,” Haley said at the time. “He rejected any American role in peace talks. He insulted the American President. He called for suspending recognition of Israel. He invoked an ugly and fictional past, reaching back to the 17th century to paint Israel as a colonialist project engineered by European powers.”
She then drove her point home, saying, “A speech that indulges in outrageous and discredited conspiracy theories is not the speech of a person with the courage and the will to seek peace.” Of course, it didn’t go over so well with the Palestinians as they were left embarrassed on the world’s stage.
Just like that, Saeb Erekat lashed out like a child. “Nikki Haley needs to shut up and realize that the Palestinian leadership is not the problem,” he said in response. “Instead, the problem is the Israeli occupation and the policies it continues to pursue.”
Of course, the reaction didn’t do Palestinians any favors as Erekat was just humiliated because of his inability to control himself. In a fiery speech, where Nikki Haley was blasting the U.N. for its bias against Israel, she ripped into Hamas for keeping the Palestinians in their current state — but that’s not all she focused on.
Before long, she shifted her gaze to the Palestinian leadership. As the old proverb goes, “A fish rots from the head down,” and Nikki was about to address just that. First taking a jab at the cowardly Palestinian President Abbas, who ran out of the U.N. chamber before she made her remarks, she then set upon Erekat, making him regret every word he once said.
First saying that the U.S. is fully committed to Israel and will defend them no matter the cost, Nikki Haley went on to say that this reality doesn’t mean that we are “against” the Palestinian people. Too bad for Erekat, she didn’t end there. Nikki had just 5 words for him that he surely didn’t like — “I will not shut up.”
Nikki Haley’s remarks, in full, are as follows:
I sit here today offering the outstretched hand of the United States to the Palestinian people in the cause of peace. We are full prepared to look to a future of prosperity and coexistence. We welcome you as the leader of the Palestinian people here today. But I will decline the advice I was recently given by your top negotiator, Saab Erekat: I will not shut up. Rather, I will speak some hard truths.
The Palestinian leadership has a choice between two different paths: there is the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence. That path has led, and will continue to lead, to nothing but hardship for the Palestinian people. Or there is the path of negotiation and compromise. History has shown that path to be successful for Egypt and Jordan, including the transfer of territory. That path remains open to the Palestinian leadership if only it is courageous enough to take it.
The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem. You don’t have to like that decision; you don’t have to praise it; you don’t even have to accept it. But know this: that decision? Will—not—change.
So once again, you must choose between two paths. You can choose to denounce the United States, reject the U.S. role in peace talks, and pursue punitive measures against Israel in international forums like the U.N. I assure you that path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations. Or you can choose to put aside your anger about the location of our embassy and move forward with us toward a negotiated compromise that holds great potential for improving the lives of the Palestinian people. [Source: The Daily Wire]
The fact of the matter is the Palestinians are unwilling to compromise. Although they say they want peace and are willing to work for it, their actions prove otherwise. In the end, the Palestinians want what they want and will not settle for anything less.
Unfortunately for them, that includes the Israeli people leaving their homes and a potential genocide, which just isn’t going to happen so long as America is involved. These guys better start thinking about compromise — unless, of course, they like being dragged around the world’s stage by Nikki Haley.