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South Carolina's pro-Israel governor to be next US ambassador to UN

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 9:44
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DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. November 23, 2016, 6:31 PM (IDT)

Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, announced Wednesday that she has accepted an offer by President-elect Donald Trump to become US ambassador to the UN, NBC News reported on Wednesday. The 44-year-old Haley will succeed Samantha Power who has served in the post since 2013. Haley, a daughter of Indian Sikh immigrants who is the country's youngest governor, had harshly criticized Trump's positions during the election campaign. She called his comments on Muslims “an embarrassment for the Republican party,” adding that “It's un-American, it's unconstitutional….We are not going to start making laws based on religion.”
One of the main reasons for the selection of Haley was her enthusiastic support for Israel including her strong opposition to international steps against the country. During her tenure, South Carolina became the first US state to pass a law against boycotting Israel. Regarding Washington's 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, she said “We should make international agreements that were celebrated in Israel and protested in Iran, not the other way around.”

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