published : 2023-10-17

Nikki Haley Warned United Nations of Hamas Threat to Israel, Sought to Label Terror Group

Over 1,300 people were killed in the latest Hamas attack

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley delivering a speech during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Gaza at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2018. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley sounded the alarm in 2018 about the terror threat posed by Iran-backed Hamas to Israel.

During her tenure, Haley sought to label Hamas as a terror group, both in the Security Council and the General Assembly.

Despite her efforts, other members shut down and snubbed her attempts.

Haley highlighted Hamas' history of inciting violence, even before the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem in 2018.

She warned about Hamas' plans to invade Israel if rioters could breach the security fence.

Media reports revealed Hamas maps and social media posts detailing the fastest routes to reach Israeli communities.

An aerial view of the Israel-Gaza border, highlighting the security fence and demonstrating the potential threat faced by Israeli communities. (Taken with a Sony Alpha A7III)

Hamas spread false claims that Israeli soldiers were fleeing and encouraged demonstrators to burst through the fence.

Haley also pointed out attacks using Molotov cocktails on kites and key crossing points.

She rejected calls for additional restraint by Israel, emphasizing that no country would tolerate such threats on its border.

Israel recently suffered a devastating terror attack, resulting in over 1,300 Israeli deaths, leading to further retaliation.

Surprisingly, unlike ISIS and Al Qaeda, Hamas is not labeled or sanctioned as a terror group by the United Nations Security Council.

In 2018, Haley introduced a resolution to designate Hamas as a terror group, but it received only the U.S. vote in favor.

A collage of images showing the aftermath of a Hamas attack, emphasizing the devastating impact it had on Israeli civilians. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

The Council, where Russia holds veto power, failed to take action against Hamas.

Haley successfully pushed for a General Assembly vote condemning Hamas and its rocket attacks against Israel.

However, the vote failed due to procedural changes requiring a two-thirds majority.

Critics, including Haley, accuse the U.N. of having an anti-Israel bias, leading to the U.S. withdrawing funding from certain agencies.

The recent crisis prompted the UN's top human rights official to call for both Israel Defense Forces and Hamas to respect international humanitarian law.

The Israeli ambassador criticized the U.N.'s response, urging them to focus on returning hostages, condemning Hamas, and supporting Israel's right to self-defense.