Haley receives award for 'excellence in diplomacy' from B'nai B'rith
B'nai B'rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin presented the award to Haley at an event at the United States Mission to the United Nations located in New York.
By ZACHARY KEYSERUpdated: DECEMBER 19, 2018 18:41
B’nai B’rith International recognized US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s “longstanding public service and stalwart defense of Israel at the United Nations” by presenting their award for “Excellence in Diplomacy” to her on Tuesday afternoon, according to a statement released by the organization.B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin presented the award to Haley at a private event at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.“Nikki Haley has assured her place in the history of American diplomacy by her forthright support for fair treatment for Israel at the UN, and by calling out the severe abuses of the UN system, which accounts for the bias against it,” said Mariaschin, “She’s certainly deserving of our ‘Excellence in Diplomacy Award.’”The 175-year-old American-based advocacy group championing Israel, human and senior rights, a staunch supporter and promoter of global Jewry, hails Haley’s tenure as being filled with numerous notable accolades that have helped to strengthen Israel’s position at the UN.Earlier in June, Haley spearheaded the US move to leave the UN Human Rights Council - citing its biased treatment of Israel and its failure to address serious abuses throughout the world.B’nai B’rith also praised Haley’s involvement in the US decision to suspend funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, calling it “a heavily politicized body that routinely demonizes Israel and helps perpetuate Middle East hostilities,” as well as her efforts in defending the US move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and garnering UN General Assembly support to condemn the attacks on Israel by Hamas.“Ambassador Haley was a valuable voice at the UN speaking truth to power,” B’nai B’rith’s Kaufman commented. “We will miss her passionate defense of human rights around the world and courage in standing up against institutional anti-Israel bias.”Haley surprised the world in early October by resigning from her post. She is scheduled to leave at the end of the year, US President Donald Trump told the press. State Department spokesman Heather Nauert has been appointed as Haley’s successor.“I just think it’s very important for government officials to understand when it’s time to step aside,” Haley said, explaining her decision to leave the job on a high note. “It has been an honor of a lifetime.”Haley focused her two-year tenure at the UN combating hostility toward the Jewish state and was praised by its leaders for her strength and leadership in the face of the widespread anti-Israel bias there.Her resignation stunned top administration officials – including chief of staff, John Kelly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton – as well as her staff in New York, who first learned of her decision on the morning of the announcement.The former South Carolina governor was involved in crafting the administration’s upcoming plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace and advocating for aid cuts to Palestinian groups, including the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.Haley spoke at the UN’s monthly meeting on the Middle East on Tuesday. Throughout her two years as ambassador, she attempted to divert the conversation to other regional issues such as Iran and Syria.Tuesday’s monthly meeting was her last before she leaves office at the end of December. Haley took the opportunity to speak about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Trump Peace plan and the UN’s “biased obsession” with Israel.Michael Wilner and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.