Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO via Twitter
Sara and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, together with former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and her husband Michael, at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Thursday with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is in Israel to participate in the “Israel Hayom Forum for U.S.-Israel Relations.”

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“All of Israel appreciates the impressive way in which you represented and strengthened the alliance between America and Israel,” he said, “and the way you defended Israel and the truth, in the United Nations. You are a great supporter of this alliance and you have the enduring gratitude of all of Israel.”

Haley, who arrived Wednesday, prayed at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, placing a note between the stones of the wall, which she also did during her visit to Israel two years ago during her time as the U.S. envoy to the UN.

During her tenure as ambassador, Haley helped shepherd the U.S. decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, to end America’s funding for the Palestinian Authority via UNRWA, and to support and defend the decision by President Donald Trump to formally recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. She ultimately became one of the feistiest and most popular American ambassadors to serve as envoy to the United Nations in recent history.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.