Every appointment the president makes is important, but there is no question that one of the most crucial is that of U.N. Ambassador.
After Donald Trump was elected, people debated who he should and would appoint to such a prestigious and sensitive position. Many called for him to restore former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to the job. Bolton was a tough, outspoken voice for America in that position and retains a large “fan base.”
When Trump revealed his choice — former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley — even some of his most fervent supporters were taken aback.
Was she really qualified? What sort of foreign relations experience does a governor bring to the table?
Now that Haley’s first month on the job is over, we have a better idea of how she will fare. At least ideologically, Haley is in sync with her boss and millions of Americans on one key issue.
Following her first Security Council meeting, she criticized the way the Council has “operated month after month for decades” on the topic of Israel:
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) February 16, 2017
She expressed surprise at the things that the Security Council didn’t discuss — from the buildup of illegal rockets, to Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism, to how to defeat ISIS — adding:
“No, instead the meeting focused on criticizing Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East.
“I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the Council has operated month after month for decades. I am here to say the United States will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. I am here to underscore to the ironclad support of the United States for Israel. I am here to emphasize that the United States is determined to stand up to the U.N.’s anti-Israel bias.”
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) February 20, 2017
Haley criticized her predessor under Obama, Samantha Power, for allowing the passage of Resolution 2334, which called Israeli “settlements” a “flagrant violation of international law.”
(The word “settlement,” invented by Israel’s enemies, is intended to convey an image of temporary “squatters” occupying another’s land. In reality, many Israeli “settlements” resemble American suburbs, with permanent homes, schools (including colleges) and businesses.)
Rather than focus their hatred on the one true democracy in the Middle East, Haley said, the UN should turn its attention to “the real threats,” which she named as “illegal missile launches from North Korea” and Iran’s role as a state sponsor of terror.
These remarks, coupled with Trump’s successful meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, make it clear that America’s relationship with the Jewish State is back on its traditional firm footing after eight years of Obama.
Source: Independent Journal Review