US will not chase Palestinians lacking will to seek peace: Haley

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The United States will not "chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday.

Haley criticized a Jan. 14 speech by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council, where he said he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel.

SEE ALSO: Nikki Haley reportedly told African ambassadors she 'regretted' controversy surrounding Trump's 's---hole' remark

"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," Haley said.

The Palestinians are seething at U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that was criticized around the world and broke with decades of U.S. policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

11 PHOTOS
Palestinian Protestors
See Gallery
Palestinian Protestors
A Palestinian protester holds a sling as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 19, 2018. "What I can do to stop Trump's decision on Jerusalem is to use this sling to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers with heavy weapons," he said. "My dream is to see all Arabs and Muslims united in one battle to restore our holy land." REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. "We want to say to Trump that Jerusalem is an essential part of our bodies that we cannot survive without. We are in love with Jerusalem and are ready to sacrifice everything, even our souls, to protect it as the capital of Palestine. If the world is fair, it should end our hard living conditions which resulted from the Israeli occupation," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester, nicknamed Abu Jaber, gestures with his hands stained with the blood of a wounded friend as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 19, 2018. "We protest against the crazy decision made by Trump on Jerusalem and against the hardship we have experienced for more than 10 years due to the Israeli blockade. I hope the blood which you can see on my hands will move the Arab and Muslim world to revolt against Israel and America," said Abu Jaber. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester, nicknamed Abu Akram, wearing a Hamas flag, holds a sling as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 19, 2018. "We are here to protest against the Israeli blockade on Gaza which led to the deterioration of the economic situation, and to show our commitment to defend Jerusalem. We hope that the blockade on Gaza will be lifted soon," said Abu Akram. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester, nicknamed "the man with the sling shooter", gestures as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. "I am not affiliated with factions. I affiliate with Jerusalem. I know one thing, the one who is blockading me in Gaza, the one who prevented me from going to pursue my dream outside Gaza is standing behind that fence, the Israeli occupation soldiers," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. "As a young man, I feel very oppressed and deprived of a dignified life so the only thing I can do is to revolt against the thing behind this suffering - the Israeli occupation. The occupation seized our homeland with the support of America which now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester, who identified himself as Ahmed, poses for a photograph in front of burning tires at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. "We are the fuel of the Intifada, but we are hungry and at home we have no electricity and our fathers have no jobs. This can't bring about anything except an explosion," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A protester wearing a medical mask poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. "The world must understand that unemployment is driving us all towards becoming fighters. We are not going to fight Hamas or Fatah, we will fight the Jews only. We have taken part in rallies demanding Hamas and Fatah end their division and calling for more electricity but we are not going to the streets to throw stones at Hamas or at the Palestinian Authority," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A Palestinian protester holds a sling as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 19, 2018. " I hope I can live my dreams, I always dreamt of a job and of freedom of movement," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
A protester holds a Palestinian flag as he poses for a photograph at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 19, 2018. "The battle between us and the Israeli occupation has been ongoing for decades. We will continue to protest and resist as long as there is one Israeli occupier on our land. Trump and anyone else in this world will not be able to control our anger," he said. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"The United States remains deeply committed to helping the Israelis and Palestinians reach a historic peace agreement," she said. "But we will not chase after a Palestinian leadership that lacks what is needed to achieve peace. To get historic results, we need courageous leaders."

Palestinian U.N. envoy Riyad Mansour, who addressed the Security Council before Haley, described similar Israeli accusations that Abbas was "not a man of peace" as "appalling."

"They are again attempting to distract the international community and evade responsibility for the political deadlock and deplorable situation on the ground by making such false, shameful claims," he said.

The United States announced this month that it would withhold $65 million of $125 million that it had planned to send to the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from U.N. states and the United states is the largest contributor.

SEE ALSO: Why is Jerusalem so central to Pence's Middle East visit?

U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council it was vital to maintain support for strengthening Palestinians institutions and services.

"Allowing the Palestinian project to backslide at this delicate stage risks further destabilizing an already precarious situation. The recent cuts to UNRWA funding only reinforce these concerns," he said.

Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel.

"The uncertainty and volatility of the current environment is hardening positions and sharpening the rhetoric on all sides, a situation that plays directly into the hands of extremists and increases the risk of another conflict," Mladenov warned.

13 PHOTOS
Palestinian gunman opens fire at West Bank checkpoint
See Gallery
Palestinian gunman opens fire at West Bank checkpoint
The body of Israeli-Arab man Youssef Ottman, one of three Israeli guards killed in a Palestinian shooting attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, is carried before his funeral begins in Abu Ghosh, Israel September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
A man argues with Israeli soldiers as they arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers arrest the brother of Palestinian gunman Nimr Jamal near the West Bank City of Ramallah September 26, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad
An Israeli soldier walks past a damaged security booth near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before he was shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers look into a security booth damaged during a shooting attack in which a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before he was shot dead, police said, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli soldiers guard near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Israeli security personnel work at the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
An Israeli soldier stands near the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A general view shows the scene where a police spokeswoman said a Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis guards and wounded a fourth in an attack on a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank before himself being shot dead, September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
Masked members of the Israeli special forces inspect the site of a fatal attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar, near the Palestinian West Bank city of Biddu, after a Palestinian opened fire on security personnel before being shot dead on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST BANK - SEPTEMBER 26: Israeli security forces take security measures at the scene of a shooting attack at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Har Adar after a Palestinian allegedly opened fire outside the settlement near Jerusalem, on September 26, 2017. Police said the attacker, a 37-year old from the West Bank village of Beit Surik, was shot dead by security forces. (Photo by Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Susan Thomas)

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.