JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposed the appointment of former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to a United Nations position.
The United States Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Friday vetoed the nomination of Fayyad to serve as UN peace envoy to Libya.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Fayyad as his choice last week, and set Friday as the deadline for members of the Security Council to oppose it. The nomination had been expected to pass.
Haley, in a statement, said that the United States did not “support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations,” where the state of Palestine does not have full membership. “For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,” the statement also said.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Saturday that Fayyad was nominated “solely based on Mr. Fayyad’s recognized personal qualities and his competence for that position.”
The UN is reportedly considering naming Tzipi Livni to a post as a way of securing agreement on Fayyad.