God bless former South Carolina governor and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
Say what you want about President Trump and his various cabinet picks, but it is this one woman who is standing head and shoulders above the fray, in terms of absolute boldness and right, in the face of madness.
Her steadfast defense of Israel, in what is the lion’s den of the anti-Semitic chambers of the UN is nothing less than an inspiration.
And now she appears to be speaking up against even her own colleagues within the Trump administration.
One of Trump’s bits of campaign bravado was that he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
This move would be unprecedented, as it would signal that the United States views Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel, something that is a flashpoint within the region.
Over the last few weeks, however, it has become increasingly clear that Candidate Trump and President Trump take two different views on the issue.
In February, Trump stunned when he turned to visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference, and in an apparently off-script moment, suggested that he would appreciate it if Israel stopped building settlements along the West Bank.
That was a stance no different than that of Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is dependent on a peace deal between Palestine and Israel.
At any time in the short history of modern day Israel, when a “peace deal” is broached, it means territory and lives given up by Israel – not actual peace.
So while Trump and Tillerson are hedging, Haley is being far more resolute on the issue.
Speaking on Tuesday night, Haley said:
“Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government is in Jerusalem. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is,” Haley said in an interview on The Brody File.
Commonsense reasons for moving the embassy, but for the people of Israel, the meaning is much deeper.
Given the chaos surrounding the administration, it’s a relief to find this oasis of reason.
Thank you, Ambassador Haley.