‘Israel will have no better friend than Kelly Craft’, US Ambassador says at UN

September 22, 2019 by Aryeh Savir - TPS
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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon welcomed the US’ new ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft.

Ambassador Danny Danon and Ambassador Kelly Craft. (Israel Mission to the UN)

At a regularly scheduled monthly debate in the UN Security Council on Friday, Danon said in his remarks that “we welcome your presence here and look forward to your voice being heard on behalf of the American people.”

In her statement, Craft expressed her support for Israel.

“The United States has always supported Israel in the past. The United States supports Israel today. The United States will always support Israel moving forward. Israel will have no better friend than Kelly Craft,” she stated.

Craft replaced Nikki Haley, a staunch supporter of Israel at the UN who left her post and the end of last year.

Reciprocating Craft’s statements, Danon said that “the United States will have no better friend than the State of Israel. Ambassador Craft made it clear today that the US remains strongly committed to Israel and our security. With her help, together we can continue to change the culture at the United Nations.”

In his speech addressing the Security Council, Ambassador Danon commented that “Iran poses the greatest danger to regional stability and security. Iran must be stopped. Not with smiles and handshakes, but with economic, political, diplomatic and any other pressure as necessary. I call on the member of this esteemed Council to act against the Iranian violations and exert more pressure on Iran.”

Speaking at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in June, Craft stated that “there will be no stronger ally than Kelly Craft for Israel on behalf of the United States.”

She further noted that “without US leadership, our partners and allies would be vulnerable to bad actors at the UN. This is particularly true in the case of Israel, which is the subject of unrelenting bias and hostility in UN venues.”

The US “will never accept such bias. And if confirmed, I commit to seizing every opportunity to shine a light on this conduct, call it what it is and demand that these outrageous practices finally come to an end,” she pledged.

Following their statements at the UNSC, the two met outside the Council chamber.

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