Haley Touts Israel Record, Rips Trump at GOP Jewish Summit At the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Summit, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivered a pointed speech that highlighted the US-Israel relationship while taking direct aim at President Donald Trump. Haley repeatedly emphasized the strong bonds between the United States and Israel, noting her role in honoring Israel’s rights, voting against UN resolutions pointing to the 1967 borders, and reversing a ‘70s policy that had subordinated Israel in foreign policy. She also noted her part in the US’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s sole capital. “We love Israel and we showed it,” Haley said. On closer inspection, however, Haley’s comments seemed targeted specifically toward the president. While she praised the president’s “toughness,” she clearly expressed tariff and immigration concerns. “When you see something you don’t like, I think you should speak up,” said Haley, who ultimately resigned from her Cabinet position in October 2018. Her speech occurred in the midst of increasing contention over the president’s Middle East policies, particularly with regard to the Israel-Palestine peace process, in addition to criticism of the president’s divisive rhetoric. Haley attacked Trump for the union involving his political strategist Steve Bannon and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, as well the administration’s toleration of candidates with antisemitic remarks. “You turn on the TV today and you see chaos, vendettas, and drama, and you ask yourself, ‘What happened to the Republican Party?’” Haley said to the roughly 500 attendees. The summit itself is part of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s mission to “contribute to political stability in America and the building of a strong Israel,” often through party-related activities. Haley’s speech made clear that her remarks were more than just pro-Israel campaign rhetoric – they were a demonstration of her principles and a call to arms for Republican leaders. At the end of her speech, Haley encouraged her audience to hold their party to a higher standard, maintaining their principles and advocating for justice. “Speak up even when the consequences are dire,” she said. Haley’s address still made evident the necessity of a united Republican Party, one that is pro-Israel, fiscally responsible, and clear in its goal of “talking truth to power.” Her words at the summit clearly showed her distaste for the president’s danger to security and foreign relations, while explicitly reminding the Republican Jewish Coalition Summit attendees of their commitment to the US’ relationship with Israel.