On Friday night, the United States blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as head of the U.N. mission in Libya, UNSMIL, a decision shared by the other 14 members of the Security Council. This is not a gift to the Israeli government ahead of the Feb. 15 meeting between Trump and Netanyahu. It is rather a political decision of exceptional reach (indicative of a very precise course of action).
In essence, the Trump administration is saying it does not recognize the U.N. resolutions on the Palestinian state approved in recent years, starting with the admission of Palestine as a non-member state in the General Assembly.
Nikki Haley, a champion of the far right appointed as the new ambassador to the United Nations, was explicit when she said the administration was “disappointed” by the decision of Secretary General Antonio Guterres to appoint Fayyad as his special envoy to Libya.
“For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” and the U.S. does not approve of the signal that Fayyad’s appointment would send, she said.