US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, said that “Jerusalem was, is and will always be the capital of Israel. That’s a fact.”
The assembled Washington crowd responded with raucous applause. “This was not something that was created by the location of embassy,” she continued “This is not something that was created by an American decision. America did not make Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
“What President Trump did, to his great credit, was recognize a reality that American presidents had denied for too long. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. That’s a fact. And President Trump had the courage to recognize that fact when others would not.”
“Sometime in the future, the day will come when the whole world recognizes that fact,” the US envoy added.
Haley then said she intends to return to Israel for the planned opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem. “I hope to be there and join our great ambassador, David Friedman, on the day when we open our brand new American embassy in Jerusalem,” she said to more cheers.
“At the UN and throughout the UN agencies, Israel does get bullied. It gets bullied because the countries that don’t like Israel are used to being able to get away with it,” Haley told the audience Monday, adding, “That just doesn’t sit well with me.”
“The UN spends more than half of its time singling out one country,” she said. “We will not stand for it any longer.”
“We will not tolerate a situation that a world body of 198 countries can spend half their time attacking one country: Israel,” Haley said. “What used to be a monthly Israel bashing session now at least has more balance. But we’re never gonna put up with bullying.”
Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at AIPAC on Monday night, and reaffirmed his own support for Israel and for the administration’s decision to move the US Embassy there to Jerusalem.
“President Trump promised to ensure that Israel would have the resources and tools to defend itself by itself. And today, American support for the security of the State of Israel is greater than ever before,” the vice president state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump met in the White House Monday. Netanyahu is in the US for a five-day visit along with his wife Sara, and is also expected to speak at the AIPAC conference later Tuesday.