Haley drew an enthusiastic response at the AIPAC annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., as she laid out the administration's approach to an institution infamous for its hostility towards Israel. Dan Senor, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and the moderator for the conference, asked.
"So when they chose to try and put a Palestinian [former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad] in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the United Nations, we said no and we had him booted out", Haley said at the annual Policy Conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Monday. Instead, she said, it had acted on its words by blocking the appointment of a Palestinian to a senior post, and getting the secretary-general to pull a report accusing Israel of "apartheid".
The Obama administration allowed through the resolution in December", - which described eastern Jerusalem and its Jewish holy sites as "occupied Palestinian territory - as one of its last acts, triggering bitter recriminations from Israel's government.
Haley is the daughter of Indian parents, whom she says reminded her every day how lucky she was to live in the United States. "We don't have a greater friend than Israel", she added.
"That doesn't mean he wasn't a nice man; that doesn't mean he wasn't good to America", she continued.
Last month, Haley issued a scathing criticism of the U.N. Security Council for their "breathtaking" double-standards and anti-Israel bias after emerging from her monthly meeting at the global body. At one point during the talk, she joked, "I wear heels". Haley has promised to use her position to defend Israel at the United Nations.
Trump's administration has already made several gestures to reassure Israel's government that, in Haley's words to AIPAC, "a new sheriff is in town" and United States policy has changed. She reminded the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that as governor of SC, she was the first governor to sign a law punishing businesses who participate in boycotts of Israel - a law that inspired dozens of similar bills in other states.
"It's concerning, and the reason it's concerning is because when the Iran Deal took place, all it did was empower Iran and it empowered Russia", Haley said.