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Times of Israel: Nikki Haley “A Zionist Star” Shines for AIPAC

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Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley thanks the crowd before she speaks at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference held at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — Fourteen minutes. That’s how long Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, spent in conversation with interviewer Dan Senor at AIPAC’s annual policy conference on Monday afternoon. And that was all it took to mark her out as the undisputed star of this event… and of who knows what to follow.

“That was the next president of the United States,” said a man watching alongside me as Haley left the stage to a huge standing ovation. Ridiculous, you might say — to use a word that Haley employed several times in describing the United Nations environment into which she has plunged with such reformist vigor. Well, probably. But certainly reflective of the adulatory mood among the 18,000 people massed in the Verizon Center.

It was clear well before Haley’s appearance at the annual event that her no-nonsense dismissals in recent weeks of the UN’s dreadful Israel-bashing obsession had won her immense admiration among the delegates to AIPAC. From Ambassador Ron Dermer’s opening mention of her name on Sunday morning, every reference to Haley was met with applause and cheers of approval.

Apparently the only person unaware of her stellar status was the ambassador herself, who was plainly wowed by the reception she received. The standing ovation continued for so long that Haley, having finally sat down after acknowledging every section of the crowd, was forced to stand right back up again, and eventually to motion the audience to take their seats, so that her conversation with Senor could begin.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley acknowledges the applause as she arrives to speak at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 (AIPAC screenshot)

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley acknowledges the applause as she arrives to speak at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 (AIPAC screenshot)

Haley’s appeal is readily understandable. She looks both personable and serious. She speaks straightforwardly. A former governor of South Carolina, she has a track record that includes the highly resonant achievement, for this audience, of having signed into law the first statewide legislation to counter the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel. And now she’s taking on the reviled UN.

Without seeming slick about it, she also offered, early in her remarks, a very potent parallel between her Indian-American Sikh upbringing and what she called Israeli culture (I’m guessing she meant Jewish) that would have endeared her to anyone in the audience who wasn’t already won over: “We’re very close knit. We love our families. We have a strong work ethic. We believe in professionalism and philanthropy and giving back,” she said. And then paused. “So that’s all the good things,” she continued, to much laughter. Then, “We’re aggressive. We’re stubborn. And we don’t back down from a fight. So it’s a…” She didn’t get to finish that sentence, so overwhelming was the roar.

Her rhetoric smacked of common sense. She’d gone to the United Nations, and found it to be an absurd place. And now she was telling the folks at AIPAC about it.

She recalled how “bizarre” it was for her, when she first set foot in the UN, to listen to delegate after delegate simply bash Israel — the more so when there are so many crises and threats to deal with in the Middle East. “I knew they said it was bad, but until you hear it, and you see it, you just can’t comprehend how ridiculous it is,” she said.

She lambasted former president Barack Obama’s beloved Iran nuclear deal, and said it was “beyond me” and “terrible” that the deal got passed.

She declared that when UN Security Council Resolution 2334 was approved in December 2016, its passage facilitated by the Obama administration’s failure to exercise a veto, “the entire country felt a kick in the gut. We had just done something that showed the United States at its weakest point ever,” she said. “Never do we not have the backs of our friends. We don’t have a greater friend than Israel. And to see that happen was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful.” Nowadays, by contrast, she went on, “everyone at the United Nations is scared to talk to me about Resolution 2334. And I wanted them to know that, Look, that happened, but it will never happen again.”

All these forthright declarations were met with delight.

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on March 27, 2017 (screen capture)

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC on March 27, 2017 (screen capture)

So, too, some of her one-liners, delivered with restraint, but with unmistakable conviction.

On Iran: “We’re going to watch them like a hawk.”

On her approach to confronting what she thinks is unfair: “All I did was tell the truth.”

On engineering change at the UN: “I’m not there to play.”

And: “The days of Israel-bashing are over.”

And: “I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick ’em every single time.”

And most loudly applauded of all: “So for anyone that says you cannot get anything done at the UN, they need to know there’s a new sheriff in town.”

But Haley, no matter how convincing, would not have soared were it not for the tangible, initial successes of her mission. It was the combination of words with first deeds that cemented her triumph.

The folks at the UN “didn’t know exactly” what she had in mind at first, “so we showed them,” Haley said. “So when they decided to try and put a Palestinian (the former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad) in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the UN, we said no, and we had him booted out.” That garnered a pretty enthusiastic response, but Haley wasn’t finished. “That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a nice man,” she said graciously. “That doesn’t mean he wasn’t good to America,” she further allowed.

But then came the punch line: “What it means is until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table, until the UN responds the way they’re supposed to, there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority anymore.” The roof fairly shook.

Second example: “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,” said Haley, lightly horrified. “Goes and compares Israel to an apartheid state?”

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reacts to applause at the end of her appearance at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 (AIPAC screenshot)

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reacts to applause at the end of her appearance at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, DC, March 27, 2017 (AIPAC screenshot)

So what did she do about it? “The first thing we do is we call the secretary general, and say, ‘This [report] is absolutely ridiculous. You have to pull it.’ The secretary general immediately pulled the report, and then the director has now resigned.” Again the roar.

And that’s when she delivered the “new sheriff” zinger: “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.” Yes, indeed.

The “next president of the United States”? That’s really not the point right now.

But quite the asset to this one.

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  1. Too disgusted to even dare print what I think about the whore for isrealhell.
    Everyday it gets worse and worser. Washington is nothing more than hel Aviv West.
    AIPAC has held too much political power for far too long and America has been permanently damaged because of it. The damage I suspect that will never be overcome. There are simply too many wealthy juze who continue to influence America’s foreign policies for israel’s benefit at America’s expense. This has to be reversed. There are as yet too few in congress willing to defy israel and worse yet any who runs for political office has to contend with zionist political correctness in order to even get on a ballot.
    Haley is a fine example of someone who sold themselves for a few hours in the spot light.
    I feel the bile rising even now.

    • Washington is nothing more than hel Aviv West. and hollyworld east. so it stands to reason those who play there are the studio owners’ suck puppets.
      utterly disgusting.

  2. So, she sold her soul. Pity, such a waste of a nice face… And never think that her nice face is a coincidence. It is a sign that AIPAC acknowledge that they need someone with a nice face. A nice face gets through some defences. A suggestion: give her a name – something like a Devil with a Nice Face! I’m sure someone can do better.

  3. She is an Israeli sycophant, “a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets her hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more.” Her spiel, “a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

  4. Will Trumpty Dumpty be next to make us all sick to our stomachs? It was bad enough watching her disgusting display at the UN. This must be the most arrogant selfish, egotistical, insolent,… country on the plant. There are about 200 other countries but you wouldn’t know it when this spoiled brat is constantly demanding attention would you? Just say NO.

  5. This woman is a traitor to her country and to humanity. Nobody is “bashing Israel” at the UN. What they’re trying to do, is get Israel to abide by the same rules and regulations that everyone else is expected to follow. Requiring Israel to withdraw its illegal settlements from the land they are illegally occupying, is not “bashing Israel”. All the problems in the Middle East stem from this one imposter, apartheid state, which has decided that instead of assimilating and trying to get along with their neighbors, they will divide their neighbors along sectarian lines and simply subjugate their land. Once one receives AIPAC approval, it’s their job to shield Israel from justice. AIPAC needs to be registered as the foreign agents they truly are. As long as America remains Israel’s slave, the world will continue its death march towards the gates of hell. This woman is a bimbo, with nothing but air between her ears. An utter disgrace and embarrassment to her country and a horrible human being.

    • Maybe, one day someone will take her home and property at gun point and the world will tell her it’s her fault. Only then, might she understand the implications of what she is doing.

    • Trump threatened to defund the UN if they refused to scrap that righteous report branding Israel as the apartheid state that it is. That is straight up blackmail and should be considered a crime. How is Trump serving America by shielding Israel from facing justice and refusing Palestinians their right to self determination? “I don’t know who this guy is, or what he’s about”, she said about Falk. But, that didn’t stop her from calling him a “conspiracy theorist”, as if that even resembles an adequate response to his scholarly legal report, which clearly showed Israel is an apartheid state. I wouldn’t let this woman in my house if she was being chased by a pack of wolves

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