Nikki Haley received a hero's welcome at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Monday as she reminded the pro-Israel lobbying group of her early successes as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and promised to continue with a sharp break from the Obama administration.
"For anyone who says you can't get anything done at the U.N., they need to know there is a new sheriff in town," Haley said during an appearance at AIPAC's annual conference in Washington, D.C.
The former South Carolina governor's early advocacy at the UN — such as her successful demand that the UN withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid — has endeared her already to pro-Israel activists. It's also given the Trump team a success story at a time when other allies are uneasy about his foreign policy plans.
"I think this crowd would be thrilled to hear you for hours, days, weeks, months," Dan Senor, the former George W. Bush advisor who introduced Haley, said during the question-and-answer session.
Haley kept it rolling with a campaign-style set of applause lines attesting to the Trump administration's commitment to Israel. "I wear heels," she said. "It's not for a fashion statement. It's because if I see something wrong, we're going to kick them every single time."
That attitude has helped begin to "change the culture" at the United Nations, according to the ambassador.
"We said the days of Israel-bashing are over," she told Senor. "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 friend in the Middle East and beat up on them. And I think what you're see is, they're all backing up a little bit. The Israel-bashing is not as loud."