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tv   AIPAC Policy Conference United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley Remarks  CSPAN  April 3, 2017 7:07pm-7:26pm EDT

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>> earlier this month, thanks to bipartisan support, the house approved more than $600 million for israeli missile defense programs, the iron dome, and an additional $42 million for u.s.-israeli cooperation. [ applause ] >> we will continue to work together. the stakes on this issue and the entire foreign aid budget are too high, and we know that when it comes to america's support for israel, partnership must overcome partisanship. [ applause ] thank you.
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>> thank you. ♪ ♪ "startup nation" dan senor. >> it's no secret that there are few places in the world where israel is more constantly and unfairly attacked than at the united nations. the woman we're about to hear from is determined to change that. [ cheers and applause ] in january, she gave up her
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position as governor of south carolina to represent the united states at the united nations because she knew she could make a difference. and although she's only been at the u.n. for two months, she's already making her mark. speaking out against the attacks on israel and standing in the proud tradition like daniel patrick moynihan and gene kirkpatrick. less than two weeks ago, she once again responded to an attack on israel, demanding that the u.n. retract the report that viciously and outrageously attacked israel as an apartheid state. and her action had impact. soon after the secretary-general required retraction of the report. [ applause ] following a recent u.n. security
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council meeting on the middle east, ambassador haley came out to the press and articulated some plain truth. here's what she said -- "the discussion today on the middle east was not about hezbollah's illegal buildup of rockets, it was not about the money and weapons that iran provides to terrorists. it was not about how we defeat isis. it was not about how we hold bashar assad accountable. ambassador haley said, and i quote, instead, the meeting focused on criticizing israel, the one true democracy in the middle east." [ applause ] and she closed her statement by saying, "i'm here to say the united states will not turn a blind eye to this anymore." [ cheers and applause ]
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i think you would all agree this has been a pretty refreshing change. [ applause ] so please join me in welcoming the agent of that change, the united states' ambassador to the united nations, the honorable nikki haley. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> thank you so much. thank you. ♪
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that's amazing. [ cheers and applause continue ] >> ambassador, i think they're a little lukewarm. i'm just not sure what the reception is going to be like. [ laughter ] let's pick up on where i left off in my introduction. that statement you made following the meeting, the security council meeting on the middle east. were you surprised what you saw about the attitudes and discussions on the middle east at the u.n.? and what could be done to change it? >> you know, i was confused. it was totally bizarre, because in my first month, talking about
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the middle east, there's a lot to talk about. and whether you're talking about hezbollah or isis, all of the issues in syria, which is, you know, a problem, that's what i expected us to talk about. i didn't expect an israel bashing session. and literally listening to each member say the same thing over and over again, i knew they said it was bad, but until you hear it and you see it, you just can't comprehend how ridiculous it is. [ applause ] you >> so a lot of people here are just getting to know you for the first time. the theme of our conference this year is many voices, one mission, celebrating the diversity of the pro israel cause. can you talk about how you started to learn about israel, your affinity for israel? >> well, i am the daughter of indian parents, who reminded me brothers, myi issister every da
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how blessed we were to live in this country. [ applause ] and the truth is, i have seen so many similarities between the israeli culture and the indian culture. we're very close nit. we love our families. we have a strong work ethic. we believe in professionalism and philanthropy and giving back. that's very true. [ applause ] so that's all the good things. we're aggressive. we're stubborn. and we don't back down from a fight. [ cheers and applause ] >> so i want to talk about some policy issues you're dealing with. you recently said that any resolution of the syrian civil war should not leave iran in any control of territory or influence in territory where it
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could pose a threat to america's allies, including america. so from your perspective at the u.n., what is the attitude about the enforcement of the iran deal and how to hold iran accountable? >> it's concerning. the reason it's concerning is because when the iran deal took place, all it did was empower iran and it empowered russia. and it emboldened iran to feel like they could get away with more. you can put sanctions on a country. to take sanctions away it's very hard to go back and put sanctions back on. so we have said we're going to watch them like a hawk. we're going to make sure every single thing they do is processed and dealt with. but my concern is, you are seeing a lot of love for the iran deal in the security
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council. and that's unfortunate. and why that was ever allowed to go through, why that was ever past is beyond me. it's terrible. [ applause ] >> i want a quote from your first public remarks as ambassador. you said regarding those countries, those nations that don't have america's back at the u.n., i think everyone was stunned when you said this, because you said "we're taking names." [ applause ] you said, "we're taking names and we will make points to respond to that accordingly." so specifically, what can the united states do, what can the ambassador for the united states do to hold countries accountable to, as you said, don't address the fact that many don't have america's back at the u.n.? >> you want to see my list, don't you? >> yeah. we have a little bit of time.
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>> you know, basically what it comes down to is i'm not there to play. and what i wanted to make sure of was that the united states started leading again. [ applause ] and leading isn't saying and doing things when it's comfortable. leading is saying and doing things when it's not comfortable. [ applause ] so the goal was, have the backs of our allies. never again do what we saw happen with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support. [ applause ]
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>> when resolution 2334 happened, and the u.p.s. abstained, the entire country felt a kick in the gut. we had just done something that showed the united states at its weakest point ever. never do we not have the backs of our friends. we don't have a greater friend than israel. [ applause ] and to see that happen was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful. and so whatky te i can tell you everyone at the united nations is scared to talk to me about resolution 2334. [ applause ] and i wanted them to know that, look, that happened, but it will never happen again. [ applause ]
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so to answer the question on what can we do at the u.n., we can do a lot. the power of your voice is an amazing thing. so one, changing the culture of the u.n. is very important. the way you change the culture of the u.n. is the united states tells them what we're not going to put up with. we start to change the culture to what we should be talking about, and then we actually act on what we say. i wear heels. it's not for a fashion statement. it's because if i see something wrong, we're going to kick them every single time. [ cheers and applause ] so how are we kicking? we're kicking by putting everybody on notice, saying that if you have our backs, we're going to have the backs of our friends. but our friends need to have our back, too. if you challenge us, be prepared
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for what you're challenging us for, because we will respond. the next thing we did is we said the days of israel bashing are over. [ applause ] we have a lot of things to talk about. there are a lot of threats to peace and security. but you're not going to take our number one democratic friends this the middle east and beat up on them. and i think what you're seeing is, they're all backing up a little bit. the israel bashing is not as loud. they didn't know exactly what i meant outside of giving the speech. so we showed them. so when they decided to try and
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put a palestinian in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the u.n., we said no. and we had him booted out. [ applause ] that doesn't mean he wasn't a nice man. that doesn't mean he wasn't good to america. what it means is, until the palestinian authority comes to the table, until the u.n. responds the way they're supposed to, there are no fr freebees for the palestinian authority anymore. [ applause ] so then they tested us again, and a ridiculous report came out, i don't know who the guy is or what he's about, but he's got serious problems. [ laughter ] goes and compares israel to an
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apartheid state. so the first thing we do is call the secretary-general and say, this is absolutely ridiculous. you have to pull it. the secretary-general immediately pulled the report and then the director has now resigned. [ cheers and applause ] so for anyone that says you can't get anything done at the u.n., they need to know there's a new sheriff in town. [ applause ] >> last question -- i think this crowd would be thrilled to hear you for hours. but we're going to, days, weeks,
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months -- you -- when you were governor of south carolina -- signed into law the first ant-- this is an issue that's close to your heart. now with your new position, what do you think could be done to continue and escalate the fight against those who want to delegitimize israel many >> we have to show how absurd it is. we have to basically show just in common sense terms, if you want to boycott north korea, i get it. if you want to pass investments and pull something away from syria, do it. if you want to talk about other issues that we're dealing with, i can understand that. but israel? and i appreciate all of the
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support and kindness and everything that you've given to me. but all i did was tell the truth. [ applause ] and if you want to continue to support me, which i greatly appreciate, understand that my telling the truth and showing the power of your voice and putting action behind it, there's nothing we can't change. so with the movement that we were able to stop in south carolina, we're going to continue to take that to the u.n. and make sure that they understand that is not what we need to be focused on. [ applause ]
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>> i think you would agree, folks -- [ cheers and applause continue ] >> thank you. thank you very much. >> i think you would agree a refreshing voice for america to have in the united nations. please join me in thanking the honorable nikki haley. [ cheers and applause ] ♪


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