The United States for the first time voted against an annual U.N. resolution condemning Israeli control over the Golan Heights at the world body.
This year, Haley said, the US will vote against the resolution because of the resolution's "anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis".
A United Nations General Assembly committee today will adopt nine resolutions against Israel, and zero on the entire rest of the world. However, "given the resolution's anti-Israel bias, as well as the militarization of the Syrian Golan border, and a worsening humanitarian crisis, this year the United States has chose to vote no", she wrote.
A draft of an annual resolution expected to be voted on Friday by the UN General Assembly calls attention to the "illegality of the decision" taken by Israel "to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the occupied Syrian Golan", adding that "acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible under worldwide law".
Israel gained control of the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Israel has reportedly pressed the White House in recent months to recognize the Golan annexation, arguing that the bloody civil war in Syria undergirded Israeli claims that the plateau is critical to maintaining security.
The Golan Heights form a buffer between Israel and Syria of about 1,200 square km (460 square miles). Haley's statement drew praise from Israeli officials.
Israeli soldiers at an army base in the Golan Heights look out across the border with Syria on July 7, 2018. However, the law has never been recognised internationally, and the dispute between Syria and Israel over the territory has yet to be resolved.
"Today's farce at the General Assembly underscores a simple fact: the UN's automatic majority has no interest in truly helping Palestinians, nor in protecting anyone's human rights; the goal of these ritual, one-sided condemnations is to scapegoat Israel", said Neuer. "Further, the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone". The destructive influence of the Iranian regime inside Syria presents major threats to worldwide security. "The United States will vote no", the statement said.
Through these resolutions, the UN reinforced the mandate of its Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and renewed the mandate of its "special committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories".
"Obviously we understand the Israeli claim that it has annexed the Golan Heights - we understand their position - but there's no change in the USA position for now", he told the Reuters news agency in an interview. The Golan is part of Israel and will be so forever.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called it "extremely important", saying on Twitter that "no sane person can believe that it (the Golan) should be given to Assad & Iran".