UN Ambassador Nikki Haley weighs in on the General Assembly's debate about whether or not to condemn the U.S. for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a major diplomatic blow to Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution rejecting the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, with 128 member states voting in favor of the resolution and a mere nine voting against it.
NIKKI HALEY: The United States is by far, the single largest contributor to the United Nations and its agencies.
We do this in part to advance our values and our interests. When that happens, our participation in the UN produces great good for the world... We hold outlaw regimes accountable. We do this because it represents who we are. It is our American way.
But I will be honest with you, when we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected.
When a nation is singled out for an attack in this organization, that nation is disresepected. What's more, that nation is asked to pay for the privilege of being disrespected.
In the case of the United States, we are asked to pay more than anyone else for that dubious privilege.
Unlike some U.N, member countries, the United States government is answerable to its people, as such we have an obligation to acknowledge when our political and financial capital is being poorly spent.
We have an obligation to demand more for our investment, and if our investment fails, we have an obligation to spend our resources in more productive ways. Those are the thoughts that come to mind when we consider the resolution before us today.