President-elect Donald Trump has offered South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and she has accepted, NBS reported on Wednesday.
It is a position of high importance to Israel, which faces opposition and condemnation at the UN at levels unknown to any other country. Israel has relied heavily on US support to veto resolutions unfavorable to the Jewish State or promote movements which strengthen its position.
Luckily for Israel, Haley has a record which seems likely to translate to a pro-Israel stance at the UN. Haley, a Republican, made history in 2015 by becoming the first governor to pass state legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The bill prevents public entities from working with any company engaging in the “boycott of a person or an entity based in or doing business with a jurisdiction with whom South Carolina can enjoy open trade”. The law defines a boycott as efforts to “blacklist, divest from or otherwise refuse to deal with a person or firm when the action is based on race, color, religion, gender or national origin of the targeted person or entity.”
BDS certainly falls into that category. While the movement’s stated goal is to cripple Israel economically, its true aim is the total delegitimization of the Jewish state.
South Carolina’s anti-BDS legislation was quickly followed by Illinois, New York, Florida, California, Alabama and several others. As of today, 16 US states have either condemned BDS or passed bills fighting it.
In addition, Haley also spoke out against the Iran deal, which Israel strongly opposed, while responding to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address in January of 2016.
If Republicans held the White House, she said in her speech, “We would make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around.”