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Netanyahu and Nikki Haley in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded Tuesday evening to the announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that the president had accepted her resignation from the post. Haley said she would leave the UN at the end of this year.

Netanyahu thanked Haley for her unwavering support of the State of Israel, which has held firm throughout her time in office.


“I thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for leading an uncompromising struggle against the hypocrisy at the UN and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country,” he said. “Best of luck!”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, who serves directly with Haley in the halls of the world body, also issued a statement thanking her for her service and her support of Israel.

“Thank you, Nikki Haley! Thank you for standing with the truth without fear. Thank you for representing the values common to Israel and the United States,” Danon said.

“Thank you for your support for the State of Israel, which helped lead to a change in Israel’s status in the UN. Thank you for your close friendship and common paths. Wherever you are, you will continue to be a true friend of the State of Israel.”

Haley said there was no specific reason for the decision, other than her strong belief in term limits, and that she felt “it’s time.” She told reporters at a joint briefing with the president in the Oval Office of the White House that she has no intention of running for president in 2020, but instead intends to campaign for Trump for a second term.

Trump said he hopes she will return to serve in another capacity: “You can take your pick,” he said.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.