The Trump administration is under fire from Muslims and the Left after it blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad (right) to a senior UN role seemingly because he is a Palestinian. The US envoy to the UN has cited Palestine’s lack of membership status as the reason. But the move is seen as part of the Trump administration’s divisive agenda in the Middle East.
UK Telegraph Salam Fayyad, a 65-year-old had been tipped to become the new UN special representative in Libya. But his prospects at the job appear to have been dashed after Nikki Haley, the new US ambassador to the UN, objected to his appointment out of support for Israel.
The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority prime minister to lead the UN Mission in Libya,” Mrs Haley said.
“For too long the UN has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel. The United States does not currently recognise a Palestinian state or support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations, however, we encourage the two sides to come together directly on a solution.”
Dan Shapiro, Barack Obama’s ambassador to Israel, called the decision “stunningly dumb”.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization, the official international representative of the Palestinian people, said the decision to block Mr Fayyad was “blatant discrimination against him on the basis of his nationality”.