The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has praised the US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, for blocking the appointment of former extremist Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, as UN envoy to Libya. Extremist Fayyad was nominated for the post by the new UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, reportedly at the behest of the UN’s Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, former State Department bureaucrat Jeremy Feltman.
The Trump Administration blocked Fayyad’s appointment, since he was nominated as representing the non-existent –– but UN General Assembly-recognized –– state of ‘Palestine.’ Mr. Guterres’ letter to the UN Security Council president on the subject referred to nominating “Mr. Salam Fayyad (Palestine) … to succeed Mr. Martin Kobler (Germany).”
Never before had a person from a country that is not a full United Nations member been named to such high post and US law forbids funding any international organization that recognizes ‘Palestine.’ Fayyad has also taken many pro-terror actions as described below. And when I, Morton Klein, asked Fayyad at a meeting of Jewish leaders in Israel whether he would condemn the Fatah PA official emblem showing all of Israel as Palestine, with a kalyshnakov rifle over Arafat’s picture, he refused to condemn it.
The New York Sun reported that, “American officials, as well as their Israeli counterparts, sensed that Mr. Guterres’ move was yet another step in the Palestinian Authority’s strategy of gaining world recognition through creeping UN acceptance. ‘The United States does not currently recognize a Palestinian state or support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations,’ Ambassador Haley wrote in a statement Friday night, adding she was ‘disappointed’ to see Mr. Guterres’ letter (Benny Avni, ‘UN Erupts in an Uproar After Trump Vetoes High Post For Ex-Premier of “Palestine,”’ New York Sun, February 11, 2017).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We applaud the Trump Administration for acting to block the appointment of extremist Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya.
“We are all-too-well acquainted with the argument that Mr. Fayyad is a competent technocrat, but that is not the issue. A much large issue is involved: whether the US should permit efforts to establish a non-existent state of ‘Palestine’ at the UN and in other international forums.
“Clearly, the US should not: to do so is opposed to long-standing US policy and is part of a Palestinian strategy to evade negotiations with and genuine recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in order to impose a Palestinian state upon Israel, without recognition and negotiations.
“In any event, the ZOA reminds people that Mr. Fayyad, is no real moderate.
“This is after all a PA leader who has paid condolence calls to the families of Jew-murdering terrorists.
“This is a PA leader who called for the mass release of Palestinian terrorists jailed by Israel, thus supporting letting loose hundreds of seasoned terrorists onto the streets.
“This is a PA leader whose has previously refused to address and condemn the murderous acts of terrorists operating from the PA.
“This is a PA leader who has held under his auspices a summer camp in which the participating children were divided into groups named after Palestinian terrorists Yasser Arafat, Salah Khalaf, Abu Ali Mustapha and Dalal Mughrabi.
“As we argued at the time, ‘if Fayyad was genuinely interested in peace and reconciliation with Israel, he would punish terrorists, he would condemn terrorists and dismantle their networks and he would oppose the freeing into his streets of hundreds of armed and unrepentant killers. In short, if Fayyad was truly interested in peace, he would be doing the diametric opposite of what he is actually doing.’”