U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when they met Thursday (March 8, 2018) in New York that President Donald Trump is “completely focused on the danger of Iran and the nuclear deal, and Iran’s aggression in the region.”
“This is, as you well know, this is what animates everyone right now, not only Israel and America but just about everybody else in the Middle East. It certainly doesn’t pass you by, I’m sure,” Haley said.
Israel’s prime minister responded by saying how much Israel appreciates America’s defense of Israel at the United Nations and in the international arena, “and the truth that the President and you bring into these cloistered halls that are so damp, you know, with anti-Israel venom,” he said. “It’s not a breath of fresh air, it’s like a tsunami of fresh air.”
Haley nodded in agreement. “It’s amazing. I mean, really, it was just abusive before, and I think I’ve told you that before. I mean, I feel bad for [Israel’s Ambassador to the UN] Danny [Danon] and what he’s had to put up with — but it was abusive before. But it’s actually starting to get a little bit better,” she said. “I mean, they don’t want to get yelled at, right? So they just realized that.”
Haley added that at present in the UN chambers, Iran has become a major focus. “We’re very concerned. I’m very concerned for Israel… I think that they’re feeling more and more threatened and I think that they’re going to have to end up making some decisions and I’m concerned that they won’t make the right ones, that’s something that, you know, we’re very focused on.”