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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the World Government Summit, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13, 2017 (AP photo).

In Vetoing Fayyad’s U.N. Nomination, Did the U.S. Kneecap Guterres or Itself?

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Antonio Guterres has a personnel problem. Last week, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, nixed the U.N. secretary-general’s nomination of a new envoy to Libya. Guterres had proposed the respected former Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, for the job. On Friday, Haley released a terse statement saying that she was “disappointed” by the choice, and citing it as a symptom of the U.N.’s bias against Israel.

The U.S. maneuver is simultaneously tokenistic, destructive and liable to backfire. ...

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