President Trump’s envoy to the UN Nikki Haley landed in Israel Wednesday morning for a three-day visit during which she plans to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and, possibly, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. She will also visit Yad Vashem and the Western Wall (Kotel), and be taken on helicopter tours of Israel’s northern and southern borders by the IDF brass.
“It is a new day for Israel at the United Nations,” Haley declared in her meeting with Netanyahu.
“If there’s anything I have no patience for is bullies,” she said, “and the UN was being a bully to Israel.”
She said that she already sees a shift in UN attitudes. “I think they know they can’t keep responding in the way they’ve been responding. They sense that the tone has changed.”
Haley was raised as a Sikh, but after marrying Michael Haley she converted to Christianity in a United Methodist Church. When Christianity Today asked her if she hopes her parents convert to Christianity, Haley said, “What I hope is that my parents do what’s right for them.”
Her sensible and tolerant approach to life, religion, and politics, has made her one of the most pro-Israel senior American politicians – only this past Tuesday she threatened to pull out of the UN Human Rights Council if it does not stop what she called its “relentless, pathological campaign against Israel.” Haley also stated that “nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel.”
Haley has been unafraid to oppose President Trump when she has serious disagreements with him. On March 15, she said she would not support a Muslim ban, stating that she did not believe “we should ever ban anyone based on their religion,” and a Muslim ban would be “un-American.”