Our nation’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made an appearance at the 2017 American Israel Political Action Conference (AIPAC) and the crowd immediately roared their approval for the work she is doing at the UN.
One of the most important themes that Ambassador Haley wanted to convey to the AIPAC audience was that there was new sheriff in town, and that the Trump administration would not allow the United Nations to persecute Israel during their watch. “I wear high heels and it’s not for a fashion statement,” Haley said. “It’s because if I see something wrong, I will kick it every single time.” She followed that up by telling the crowd that she has warned her colleagues at the UN that the “days of Israel bashing… are over.”
Haley earned cheers for her comments criticizing the Obama administration for allowing Resolution 2334, which condemned Israel’s right to build settlements on their own land, to pass the Security Council.
“When Resolution 2334 happened and the US abstained, the entire country felt a kick in the gut. We had just done something that showed the United States at its weakest point ever. Never did we not have the backs of our friends and we don’t have a greater friend than Israel. To see that happen was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful.”
Haley then added that she has told anyone who will listen that such an embarrassing affront to our relationship with Israel would “never happen again.”
The ambassador also talked about the more recent controversy at the UN, when a report by the known Hamas partisan Richard Falk, which called Israel an “apartheid state,” was accepted by the UN but then withdrawn after she demanded the report be repudiated. Haley told the crowd that she was outraged by the report and could not understand how such a thing was ever even considered by the UN in the first place.
“So then they tested us again and this ridiculous report, the Falk report came out, I don’t know who the guy is or what he’s about, but he’s got serious problems,” Haley told the audience. “So the first thing we do is call the secretary general, and say, ‘this is absolutely ridiculous, you have to pull it.’ The secretary general immediately pulled the report and then the director has now resigned.”
And she finished with a flourish…
“So for anyone that says ‘you can’t get anything done at the UN,’ they need to know there’s a new Sheriff in town.”
The AIPAC crowd loved it and they loved Nikki Haley, hopefully this is a beautiful sign of things to come.
Starting with the introduction at about the 11 minute mark: