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tv   AIPAC Policy Conference Amb. Haley  CSPAN  March 28, 2017 12:38am-12:57am EDT

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thanks to bipartisan support, the house approved more than $600 million for israeli missile defense programs like iron down and an additional $42 million -- u.s. israeli anti- we will continue to work together. the stakes on this issue and the entire foreign aid budget are too high. when it comes to american support for israel, partnership must overcome partisanship. [applause] you >>. thank you. ♪
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♪ >> please welcome co-author of startup nation, dandy nor. that there secret are few places in the world where israel is mark constantly and unfairly attacked the net the united nations. the woman we are about to hear from is determined to change that. [applause] in january, she gave up her position as governor of south represent the united states at the united nations
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because she knew she could make a difference. and although she has only been at the u.n. for two months, she is already making her mark. speaking out against the tax on israel and standing on the project edition of past abbasid or is like daniel patrick moynihan and jean kirkpatrick. [applause] less than two weeks ago, ambassador haley once again responded to an attack on israel, demanding that you went were tracked a report that viciously and outrageously attacked israel as an apartheid state. and her action had impact. soon after the secretary-general required for traction of the report. [applause] following a recent un security council meeting on the middle east, ambassador haley came out to the press and articulated
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some plain truths. here's what she said -- the discussion today on the middle east was not about has bliss illegal buildup of rockets, it was not about the money and weapons that run price to terrorists, it was not about how we defeat isis, it was not about how the cold bashar al-assad accountable. said said they in meeting focused on criticizing israel, the one true democracy in the middle east. [applause] and she closed her statement by saying -- i am here to say the united states will not turn a blind eye to this anymore. [applause] i think you would all agree that this has been a pretty
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refreshing change. me in welcoming the agent of that change, the united states ambassador to the united nations, the honorable nikki haley. [applause]
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♪ >> ambassador, i think they are a little lukewarm. not sure with the reception is going to be like. let's pick up on where i left off in my introduction. that statement you made following the meeting on the middle east. were you surprised what you saw about the attitudes and discussions on the middle east? what can be done to change it? confused.: i was it was totally bizarre because in my first month, talking about the middle east, there is a lot to talk about. whether you are talking about has blood or isis, all the
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issues in syria, which is a problem. that is what i expected us to talk about. i did not expect in israel hashing session. literally listening to each overr say the same thing and over again, i knew they said it was bad, but until you hear it and see it, you just can't comprehend how ridiculous it is. [applause] here areof people getting to know you for the first time. the theme of our conference is many voices, one mission. celebrating the diversity of the pro-israel cause. can you talk of how you started to learn of israel, your affinity for israel? amb. haley: i am the daughter of indian parents who reminded my brothers and sisters and me how blessed we were to live in this country. [applause] and the truth is, i had seen so
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the similarities between israeli culture and the indian culture. we are very close knit, we love our families, we have a strong work ethic, we believe in professionalism and philanthropy and giving back. [applause] so that is all the good things. we are aggressive, we are stubborn, and we don't back down from a fight. [applause] >> i want to talk about some policy issues. 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 could pose a threat to america's allies, including israel. from your perspective at the
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the, what is it about enforcement of the iran deal and how to hold iran accountable. most important how you hold iran accountable for the threats it is posing? amb. haley: it is concerning. the reason it is concerning is because when the iran deal took place, all it did was in power empoweredand -- it iran and it empowered russia. it emboldens them to think they could get away with more. .ou put sanctions on a country to take sanctions away, it is hard to take sanctions away and put them back on. we are going to watch the mic a hawk and make sure that every single thing they do is dealt with very my concern is you are seeing a lot of love for the iran deal in the security council. that is unfortunate. why that was ever allowed to go
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through is beyond me. it is terrible. [applause] >> i want to quote from your first remarks, you first public remarks as a messenger. you said regarding those nations that don't have america's back at the u.n., everyone was sort of stunned when he said this. names." "we are taking [applause] you said we are taking names and we will make points to respond to that accordingly. can theally, what united states do, what can the master to the united states do to hold countries accountable to address the fact that many of them don't have america's back at the u.n.? we only have a little bit of time. amb. haley: basically when it comes down to it is i am not there to play.
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what i wanted to make sure of was that the united states started leading again. [applause] leading is not saying and doing things when it is not comfortable. leading is saying and doing things when it is not comfortable. [applause] 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.s. abstained, the entire country felt a kick in the guts. thatve just done something showed the united states at its weakest point ever. never did we not have the backs of our friends worried we don't have a greater friend than israel. [applause] and to see that happen was not only embarrassing, it was hurtful. everyonen tell you is at the united nations is scared to talk to me about resolution 2334. [applause] and i wanted them to know that that happens, but it will never happen again. [applause] to answer the question on what
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can we do, we can do a lot. the power of your voice is an amazing thing. changing the culture is very important. the way you change the culture of the u.n. is the united states tells them what we are not going to put up with. we change the cultures for what we should be talking about. then we actually act on what we say. i wear heels. it is not for a fashion statement. it is because if we see something wrong, we are going to kick them every single time. [applause] so how are we kicking? we are kicking by putting everyone on notice, saying if you have our back, we will have the backs of our friends but our friends need to have our back to. if you challenge us be prepared for what you are challenging us for because we will respond.
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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. you're not going to take our number one democratic friend in the middle east and beat up on them. ishink what you are seeing they are all backing up a little bit. the israel bashing is not as loud. they did not know exactly what i meant outside of giving them a speech. so we showed them. when they decided to try and put a palestinian in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the u.n., we said
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no. and we had been booted out. [applause] them booted out. not mean he was a nice man. that did not mean he was not good to america. what amazes means is until the palestinian authority comes to the table, until the u.n. responds the way they are supposed to, there are no freebies for the palestinian authority anymore. [applause] so then they tested us again. that cameulous report out, i don't know who the guy is or what he is about but he has serious problems. goes and compares israel to an apartheid state. callirst thing we do is
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the secretary general and say this is absolutely ridiculous. you have to pull it. the secretary-general immediately pulls the report. then the director has now resigned. [applause] so for anyone that says you can't get anything done at the u.n., they need to know there is a new sheriff in town. [applause] >> last question. i think this crowd would be thrilled to hear you for hours. days, weeks, months. [applause]
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when you were governor of south carolina, you signed into law dbs legislation in america. now with your new position, what can be done to continue to escalate the fight against those who want to delegitimize israel through this movement? amb. haley: 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. to have divestments and pull something away from syria, do it. if you want to talk about other issues that we are dealing with, i can understand that. but israel? and number one, i appreciate all the support and kindness and everything that you have given to me.
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but all i did was tell the truth. [applause] and if you want to continue to support me -- which i greatly appreciate -- understand that by telling the truth and showing the power of your voice and putting action behind it, there is nothing we can't change. with the ebs movement that we were able to stop in south movement -- the bds that we were able to stop in south carolina, they need to understand that is not what we are going to be focused on. [applause] >> i think you would agree -- [applause]
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amb. haley: thank you for much. agree ank you would refreshing voice for america to have at the united nations. please join me in thanking the honorable nikki haley. [applause] >> please welcome speaker of the u.s. house of representatives will ryan -- paul ryan.


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