Monday, December 17, 2018

If ever there was a star that shined the brightest from the constellation of speakers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, then this year it was unquestionably Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Yes, there was a great Mike Pence, who drew the audience to its feet on Sunday evening when he shared personal reflections on his family’s visit to Dachau last February. With tears in his eyes he told of his guide, a Holocaust survivor, who assisted the Pence family during their visit to the former concentration camp. The vice president choked up when the guide concluded relaying his horrific experience to the vice president with the words “then the Americans came.” The applause was thunderous.

Pence talked also of looking forward to the swearing-in of David Friedman as the new U.S. ambassador to Israel on Wednesday. He also said that Jerusalem was very much still in the discussion as the future location of the U.S. Embassy.

Other highlights included a warm Paul Ryan, and an always Israel-strong Senator Bob Menendez also stirred the crowd to its feet.

But what Haley, the former South Carolina governor, made crystal clear was that the Trump administration will not permit an American repeat of last December’s U.N. Security Council Resolution 2324 condemning Israel for its settlements and offer at best a damaging abstention, which to many American Jews was the final convincing thumbs-down on any Obama legacy.

Many at the AIPAC conference were brought to tears of joy, having never heard in recent memory such wonderfully strong support for Israel.

Haley is a refreshing voice of reason working in a sea of madness. That the U.N. has singled out Israel more than all other nations combined for human rights violations over the years is absurd, and Haley has recognized this absurdity. That atrocities in Syria, fueled largely by a genocidal regime assisted by both Russia and Iran, hasn’t been called out in the U.N. says a great deal about the disrespect the body has for the U.S., its host country.

We believe that is about to change. Halley will not accept the nonsense she has already witnessed in her short time in the U.N. We applaud her strength and her laser-beam ability to get to the truth.

Israel could not have a better friend sitting in the United Nations. There’s a great deal of work to be done in the defense of Israel in the U.N. During the Obama administration, Israel at times was left undeservedly alone.

We are convinced that will not happen again.