Nikki Haley, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations has shocked the world by announcing her sudden resignation. Initial reports suggest that she will continue in her post until the end of this calendar year.
Haley took up her post in 2016 – a somewhat surprise announcement – considering that she often had policy disagreements with her boss, President Donald Trump. Earlier in Trump’s successful campaign, she criticized the then-candidate for his demeanor.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump was magnanimous in his praise. “We will miss you… and you have done a fantastic job, and I want to thank you very much. We’ll hate to lose you.” The president also said that Ms. Haley had informed him some six months ago that after two years with the administration, she wished to take a break.
Haley scotched rumours that she was preparing a run for the presidency in 2020. She did claim, however, that she would be prepared to campaign for President Trump’s re-election. She described her powerful stint as ambassador as “an honor of a lifetime.”
As ambassador, Haley has been a forceful and outspoken envoy, particularly in defense of Israel. She was instrumental in calling out the hypocrisy endemic in the United Nations Human Rights Council including withdrawing the United States from it in protest at its bias.
“For too long, the human rights council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias,” Haley said in announcing the withdrawal at the time. “Regrettably, it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded.”
Haley added that the council has a “chronic bias against Israel,” while also decrying that countries like China, Cuba and Venezuela, who all have poor human rights records, are members of the council.
Israel’s Ambassador the United Nations Danny Danon, was effusive in his praise of Haley, thanking her for being a true friend of Israel.
Thank you, @nikkihaley! Thank you for representing the values common to #Israel and the #UnitedStates. Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the UN. Thank you for your close friendship. You will always be a true friend to the State of Israel. pic.twitter.com/kErDLLEiNz
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) <a
In response to the news, Rabbi Hillel Weiss of the nascent Sanhedrin was disappointed to hear of the news. “We are very sad to hear of the news of Nikki Haley’s resignation. Ambassador Haley was a singular ray of light in an organization that has lost the righteousness of its founding principles. Its present ethics and policies represent an immediate danger to world peace, in particular the State of Israel.”
Rabbi Weiss also entreated the U.S. government, rather than replacing Haley as ambassador, to consider ignoring the United Nations entirely. “The Sanhedrin calls for the establishment of a new United Nations in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel under the union of 70 nations.