Nikki Haley Slams the Iran Deal, Says It 'Empowered' Iran and Russian Federation
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 16:59
Speaking on Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Nikki Haley touted her ability to be a tough US advocate at the United Nations.
Haley drew an enthusiastic response at the AIPAC annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., as she laid out the administration's approach to an institution infamous for its hostility towards Israel.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke to the crowd this week, each reaffirming their commitment to repairing and strengthening the alliance between Israel and the United States.
The U.S. envoy to the United Nations condemned the global body in an address to a pro-Israel lobby group on Monday, pledging to end its perceived "Israel-bashing".
Israel, which captured and occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War, views the entirety of Jerusalem as its eternal capital, and the West Bank as the biblical homeland of the Jews, referring to the territory by the religious terms Judea and Samaria.
Vice President Mike Pence said he and Trump "stand without apology for Israel and we always will".
Iran was warned that there was a new president in town, including Haley who described President Trump as the "new sheriff" in town.
She reminded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that as governor of SC, she was the first governor to sign a law punishing businesses who participate in boycotts of Israel - a law that inspired dozens of similar bills in other states. "If I see something wrong, I'm going to kick". He said: "In the current perilous context, considering in particular the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, our countries continue to rely on nuclear deterrence for security and stability".
But "until the Palestinians come to the table" to negotiate peace with Israel, "there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority any more", she said.
Strongly criticising Iran, Haley said that the best she could promise was that the Islamic Republic was going to be very closely monitored.
"Never do we not have the backs of our friends".
It's Haley, however, that's being called the "star of the conference", with her pro-Israel remarks and strong stance against the U.N.'s criticism of Israel.
Earlier this month, Haley also torpedoed a United Nations -commissioned report in which independent scholars found "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians rises to the level "of the crime of Apartheid".
Haley added that she was concerned there was a "lot of love" for the Iran Deal in the U.N. Security Council, calling the situation "unfortunate".
Haley, on several occasions, criticised the Obama administration's treatment and enforcement of the nuclear deal, saying: "When the Iran deal took place, all it did was empower Iran and it empowered Russian Federation".