Israel is facing harsh condemnation after the Israeli Defense Forces fatally gunned down 62 protesting Palestinians. But America’s U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley says that narrative is chock full of misinformation and, frankly, just plain ridiculous.
35,000 agitators showed up at the border fence between Gaza and Israel during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. What was purported to simply be a Palestinian protest against the embassy’s opening quickly took on all the sights and sounds of a Hamas-led invasion as terrorists tried to plant a bomb under the fence, threw rocks at Israelis, sent burning tires into the fence, tried to send flaming kites over to burn Israeli crops, and rushed at soldiers as they broke through.
Despite that, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) insisted Monday that “Israel should be condemned” for “shooting unarmed protesters,” RealClearPolitics.
The terrorist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, painted a very different picture of those who were killed. Amazingly, they admitted that the vast majority of “unarmed protesters” who were killed were part of their organization.
“In the last rounds of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, fifty of the martyrs were Hamas and 12 from the people. How can Hamas reap the fruits if it pays such an expensive price?” said a Hamas official, according to The Times of Israel.
Other Hamas officials were unwilling to confirm or deny how many of those killed were part of their group, but they did acknowledge that it’s “natural to see members or supporters of Hamas in large numbers” at demonstrations.
Speaking to the U.N., Haley said, "I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained."
According to ABC News, the U.S. ambassador said “the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location” and pointed out that “the location of the embassy has no bearing on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders. … It does not undermine the prospects for peace in any way.”
When a Palestinian representative began speaking, Haley simply walked out, according to CBS News.