Every year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference brings friends of Israel from across the political spectrum to Washington, D.C., to discuss the challenges facing the Jewish state today and the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance.
One of yesterday’s speakers at the conference, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, may not have expected the rousing response that she received – but, as the Times of Israel’s David Horovitz notes, her straightforward, common-sense message of U.S. support for Israel brought down the house:
The folks at the UN “didn’t know exactly” what she had in mind at first, “so we showed them,” Haley said. “So when they decided to try and put a Palestinian (the former PA prime minister Salam Fayyad) in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the UN, we said no, and we had him booted out.” That garnered a pretty enthusiastic response, but Haley wasn’t finished. “That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a nice man,” she said graciously. “That doesn’t mean he wasn’t good to America,” she further allowed.
But then came the punch line: “What it means is until the Palestinian Authority comes to the table, until the UN responds the way they’re supposed to, there are no freebies for the Palestinian Authority anymore.” The roof fairly shook.