Thank you to Ronald S. Lauder and @WorldJewishCong for honoring me with the Theodor Herzl Award for my work at the United Nations. I appreciated Dr. Henry Kissinger and his kind introduction. It has been an honor to serve the country I love so much. ❤️ #ProIsrael #WJC pic.twitter.com/8FZK2vvfcf— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) November 8, 2019
Haley stood strong in the face of mounting opposition by learning to rely on core values, she told the audience at the award reception. “The most important thing is to not be afraid to rely on your core values, even when they go against outdated customs… [which] have gone unquestioned for years," she said. "One of those core values is standing up for your friends.“Some people accused us of favoritism toward Israel,” Haley added, “But what we did was really not about favoritism. In all that we did at the UN, our approach to Israel was tied together by one major idea. "The idea is the simple concept that Israel must be treated like any other normal country. "And that demand is actually a demand for peace.”In presenting the award to Ambassador Haley, WJC President Lauder emphasized Ambassador Haley's unwavering support for the State of Israel, and her work leading the fight against the double standards and biases held against Israel by the international community. But, he warned, her willingness to be a "strong and clear voice of truth" did not come without a price. "You will not be able to rest because we expect even greater things from you," he said. "Like Herzl, you have championed a cause that has, and continues to have, more than its share of enemies. But it places you on the right side of history. And if there is anyone in this room that has the fire, the courage, and the faith to take on this test, it is you, Nikki Haley.”
"Israel is the target of lie after lie not just from extremists, but in institutions like the UN. And the sad thing is we've grown used to this." WJC President Ronald S. Lauder awarded @NikkiHaley the Theodor Herzl Award yesterday, for her relentless work standing up for #Israel. pic.twitter.com/zBRusPBqbD— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) November 7, 2019
A former South Carolina governor, 47-year-old Haley has been tipped as a potential future Republican presidential candidate.