Graham: Haley as UN Ambassador is ‘Reassuring’ to Israel

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) on Wednesday welcomed Governor Nikki Haley’s appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations as reassuring to Israel.

“Governor Haley is a strong supporter of the State of Israel,” Graham said in a statement. “Her presence as Ambassador will be reassuring to all those who are concerned about the increasing hostility of the United Nations toward Israel.”

Haley was the first U.S. Governor to sign anti-BDS legislation, and in her well-received GOP response to the State of the Union, she criticized the Iran nuclear deal and called out President Obama for his treatment of Israel. “We would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around,” Haley said.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Haley, 44, as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a cabinet-level position in the Trump-Pence administration. “Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country,” Trump said. “She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition called the selection of Haley a “brilliant choice.”

“Governor Haley is hardworking, smart, and has a strong world view that will represent the United States well on the global stage,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.

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