My Trip to Israel

My Trip to Israel

I’m very excited to share with you details from my week-long trip to Israel to participate in Israel Hayom’s conference on the U.S.-Israel relationship.

I’ve had the privilege of visiting many places throughout the world, but Israel will always hold a special place in my heart.

The United States and Israel have long shared a close strategic relationship, but the bond between our two nations goes deeper. Both countries were founded by brave leaders who believed in their respective causes despite the odds against them. Both nations have their roots in a shared belief system that celebrates democracy, religious freedom, and the rule of law.

As U.N. Ambassador, I was proud to defend Israel – not just as an ally, but as a friend. With President Trump’s support, we were able to move the ball forward and make real progress. We stopped funding the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a U.N. agenda that undermines Middle East peace by politicizing and inflating the number of Palestinian refugees; we left the U.N. Human Rights Council where attacks on Israel are almost a daily occurrence; and as is our sovereign right, we moved our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Photo credit: Oran Ben Hakoon

Returning to Israel after my time at the U.N. was a moving and meaningful experience. It was a pleasure to sit down with Israel Hayom publisher Miriam Adelson and discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship. We covered a range of topics from anti-Israel bias hat the U.N., to the prospects for a Middle East peace deal, to Iran’s increasing aggression. If you missed our conversation, you can watch it here.

Photo credit: Oran Ben Hakoon

The trip started with a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem. Visiting Jerusalem is a religious experience and a unique opportunity to connect with one’s faith on a higher level. It’s impossible not to feel God’s presence when you’re praying at the Western Wall.

It was an honor to visit the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. One of the proudest moments of my two years as U.N. Ambassador was the day I vetoed the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the United States for moving our embassy to Jerusalem.

Thanks to President Trump’s courage, the United States did not succumb to international pressure. Not only did we stand by our friend and ally Israel, we asserted our fundamental sovereign right to decide where we place our embassy – just like we do in every other country.

My husband and I enjoyed lunch with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. It was an opportunity to discuss important issues in the Middle East and the world. Even though I’m no longer U.N. Ambassador I care deeply about world events, and will never stop fighting for American principles.

Finally, we headed north and toured many important areas, including the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.

In Galilee, it was humbling for my family to be able to visit the sites of Jesus’ ministry, places sacred to Christians across the globe. In too many places around the world governments deny their people the right to choose their faiths or the right to have a faith at all.

As its name suggests, the Golan Heights is an elevated region along the Israel-Syria border. Israel captured this strategic stronghold when it defended itself from Syrian attack during the Six Day War in 1967. Earlier this year, President Trump courageously had the backs of our friends when he signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

All told, it was a wonderful week in the Holy Land and far too short. Israel may be a small country geographically, but there is so much to see and learn. From Jerusalem to the Golan, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea, Israel is a nation that envelops you.

17 Replies to “My Trip to Israel

  • Kathleen

    By Kathleen

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    Thank you Nikki for teaching us the importance of our allies “Isreal”

  • Patrick Seale

    By Patrick Seale

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    Thanks very much for sharing your visit with us. As we pray for the USA may we also and always pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the safety of Israel. God bless and thank you for your outstanding service to the United States of America.

  • Norma Allen

    By Norma Allen

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    Thank you so much Ms Haylee for standing with our President. He is a good man. Wish you were still the UN Ambassador.

  • Conrad Griggs

    By Conrad Griggs

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    I was in Israel in 2007 when the Hezbollah were moving arms and equipment toward the Israel border from within Lebanon. I was in the area of Dan were the Jordon river begins. We had two 105 howitzers shells go over our heads and land in Lebanon. It has only gotten worst. Imagine waking up every day knowing there is someone wanting to kill you!!! We must defend Israel!

  • Christine Plunkett

    By Christine Plunkett

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    Thank you for your stong stand with Israel and President Trump for following through with the promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

  • Carmen Bethune

    By Carmen Bethune

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    I visited Israel in January and agree it is a magnificent place full of history I’ve read in the Bible. Yes, you can feel & know God & Jesus’ presence there. I hope to go back when I can spend more time there.

  • Carmen Bethune

    By Carmen Bethune

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    I enjoyed Nikki Haley’s article on her visit to Israel. She, like many of us in the United States, love Israel and her people. I learned so much about Israel & I hope to learn more.

  • Esther

    By Esther

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    I’m really amazed by your love of the Holy Land. I appreciate your commitment to continue fighting for Israel despite the fact that you no longer serve as US Ambassador.
    Your defense of Israel continues to inspire.
    Thank you!

  • Richard

    By Richard

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    Where are you Nikki Haley? We love you and NEED you! You are a blessing to mankind and your voice is a message of sanity. You MUST run for public office, hopefully POTUS or Vice president, perhaps with Rudy Giuliani?

  • Gary Kosak

    By Gary Kosak

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    My first visit to Israel was months after the Six Day war as a U.S. Air Force pilot. My aircraft needed some serious maintenance and I was “stuck” in Israel for 3 days. At the time, I didn’t know King David from a Volkswagen. I had no biblical training, and was looking at Israel through fighter pilot eyes, generally admiring how Israel like small fox terriers, drove the dobermans out of the neighborhood.

    I became a true Christian believer 10 years later, and the seeds that were planted in my heart on my first visit, sprung into life. This October (2019) I will make my 25th trip to Eretz Israel as I celebrate Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles) with the beloved Jewish people.

    Today I am very grateful that we have a President who stands with Israel with action and not just lip service. You, Nicki Haley, have been an important contributor to America’s strong stance toward blessing Israel, and letting the world know as well.

    Shalom u’vracha. (Peace and blessings)

    Gary K

  • Daniel M. Zucker

    By Daniel M. Zucker

    Reply

    Haley 2024!!!

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  • William Klein

    By William Klein

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    Shalom Nikki Haley;
    Frankly I had given up hope for any peace process coming out of the UN. However, your tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN made me hopeful and a reason to stand tall with hope that Israel WILL survive. I am in my ninetieth year, If not in my life time then for my children and grandchildren.

  • Morton Mindell

    By Morton Mindell

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    You served the U.S. so well in the U.N., and were always a true and impassioned voice for our nation’s commitment to its greatest ally, Israel. Please continue your great work from the Oval Office, beginning January 20, 2025. You are so needed, both domestically and internationally.

  • Marc

    By Marc

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    Thank you Amb. Haley for standing strong with Israel! You were a great voice for the U.S. at the UN

  • Carolyn J Frazier

    By Carolyn J Frazier

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    IM SO PROUD OF BOTH YOU & OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR STANDING WITH ISRAEL
    IVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GO THERE BUT I LOVE ISRAEL & ALL IT’S CITIZENS I AM A CHRISTIAN & MY 1611 KING JAMES BIBLE TELLS ME GOD GAVE THAT LAND TO THE JRWS, HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE I’VE BEEN SO FRUSTRATED OVER THE YEARS WHEN OUR PRESIDENTS HAVE PUSHED ISRAEL TO GIVE UP LAND OR MAKE OTHER CONCESSIONS BUT IN THE END IT WON’T MATTER BECAUSE GOD WILL DEAL WITH THOSE WHO CURSE ISRAEL
    GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR FAMIKY
    THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOUVE DONE FOR AMERICA & FOR ISRAEL

  • Kent

    By Kent

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    I do charity work twice a year in Israel, the bulk of it in Jerusalem. We go around to give blankets and clothing to hospitals, ministries, etc. I have been ten times. I know that great place pretty well, have many friends there, and so I also know the feelings you had while seeing where the Messiah walked and ministered. Thank-you, Ambassador Haley for not only the lessons on what this country’s standing is in the world, but what our own involvement has meant to us as Americans as moral lessons of resolve and strength.

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