In 2018, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley attempted to have Hamas declared a terrorist organization in both the General Assembly and the United Nations Security Council but was ignored or blocked by other members.
She also warned the council about the threat that Hamas, which is supported by Iran, posed to Israel.
Hamas “has been inciting violence for years,” according to Haley, who represented the United States as ambassador to the U.N. in 2018. This was before the U.S. decided to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem as it did in 2018.
“They have reported that Hamas maps and social media show the fastest routes to reach Israeli communities in case demonstrators make it through the security fence. They have reported on Hamas messages over loudspeakers that urge demonstrators to burst through the fence, falsely claiming Israeli soldiers were fleeing, when in fact, they were not,” 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.” she continued.
She raised the alarm on media rumors that Hamas had prepared plans to invade Israel if the rioters managed to get through.
She also mentioned instances in which Israeli border crossing stations had been attacked and Molotov cocktails had been flown into Israel on kites.
She also rejected requests for Israel to exercise even more caution from some Council members, requests that have become increasingly common in recent days following the Hamas terror incident.