President Donald Trump announced he plans to replace Nikki Haley, who resigned in October, with State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
Trump tweeted, “I am pleased to announce that Heather Nauert, Spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, will be nominated to serve as United Nations Ambassador. I want to congratulate Heather, and thank Ambassador Nikki Haley for her great service to our Country!”
The outgoing UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, was considered by many pro-Israel supporters as a strong and admired diplomat for Israel. Haley took a bold stance in being a vocal supporter and advocate for Israel at the UN. She has been known to praise Israel’s tenacious approach for standing strong in the face of adversity and has been critical of the UN’s bias against our U.S. ally.
Haley stated in 2017, “Israel must stand up for its own survival as a nation; but it also stands up for the ideals of freedom and human dignity that the United Nations is supposed to be about.”
Heather Nauert’s potential UN ambassadorship has brought on skepticism from those claiming she lacks necessary qualifications for such a position. Just recently, the 48-year-old former Fox News broadcast journalist was appointed as acting undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Having little diplomatic experience, the State Department spokesperson will likely be grilled about her foreign policy knowledge in the weeks to come before her possible confirmation.
Haley’s UN ambassadorship originally brought on similar skepticism from those claiming she lacked crucial experience. However, this former South Carolina governor served three terms in the state legislature and has become a potentially major political player.
President Trump reinforced his support of Nauert when he told reporters, “She’s very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she’s going to be respected by all.”
In order to become a leading voice for Trump’s foreign policy, Nauert will need to be confirmed by the Senate. When the new Congress begins in January, Republicans will have a 53-47 vote majority over Democrats in the Senate. Because of this, her confirmation seems plausible, but her meager diplomatic resume could prove to be an obstacle.
With presently 32 United Nations member states refusing to recognize diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, it is crucial for the United States’ Israeli support to remain secure. The recent resolution of condemning Hamas failed to pass in the UN General Assembly. This resolution was proposed by the U.S. but was met with extreme opposition with all the Arab countries voting against it. Continuing dwindling support from the UN marks a disturbing trend of anti-Israel agendas.
So will Nauert be able to live up to Haley’s immense pro-Israel reputation? The Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, appears to believe so.
“Mrs. Nauert stood beside Israel in her previous roles and I have no doubt that the cooperation between the two countries will continue to strengthen during her term as well,” Ambassador Danon stated.
Sam Brownback, the US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, also deems Nauert as a promising contender for Israel. He remarks about Nauert’s stance when President Trump moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Brownback told CBN News, “She stood up there and defended the ground because there was a lot of media and people around the world pushing against that…she’s going to be a strong supporter of Israel. She already has been.”
Now more than ever, the US needs to promote unwavering support for our ally Israel. The initial signs look promising, but only time will tell if Nauert puts emphasis on prioritizing Israel’s sovereignty.