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Nikki Haley Visits Israel To Shore Up Her 2024 National Security Credentials

It's a candidate thing to do.

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Pastor John Hagee, the leader of a pro-Israel Christian organization, and Nikki Haley recently visited Israel just after the Gaza War. Haley has always been a friend to Israel, especially as US Ambassador to the UN, and is polishing her current foreign policy/national security bonafides in anticipation of a 2024 political move. The question is, which way will she jump? Though she has foresworn a run for president if Trump runs, times change and with them political commitments. Not to mention she visited Israel with a pastor prominent in evangelical circles. Likely done to rebrand her with that group.

Per the trip, what both Hagee and Haley saw in Israel inspired them. But the best is yet to come. There are defensive tech marvels coming from Israel that will both inspire her friends and thwart her terrorist enemies.

Hagee and Haley: “Some things are unforgettable. Like what we saw in Israel last week. We were standing in a neighborhood, looking at the wreckage caused by the latest round of terrorist rockets. We were outside the home of a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor – at least, what was left of it. She wasn’t there, because she was in the hospital. She lost her legs and nearly her life. Her caretaker died when the house was destroyed.

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While we stood there, the next-door neighbor came rushing out to meet us. Screaming and crying, she invited us into her home. It was badly damaged, too. When the rocket hit, she was holding her grandchild. The blast threw them into the wall. We could see the outline of her body, and even her hair, which had stuck there. Still crying, she and her husband hugged us close, and thanked us for being there. There was nowhere else we wanted to be…

As one of us said to the U.N. Security Council in 2018, ‘no country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.’ What was true then is still true. Israel’s restraint is all the more remarkable given the threat it faces. Every Israeli citizen knows that Hamas would kill each and every one of them if given the chance. Israel’s response is to target Hamas, and Hamas alone, while trying to spare the lives of Palestinians who Hamas uses as human shields. Palestinians deserve better than to be ruled by terrorists.

Such values ensure that Israel endures. So does the country’s commitment to democracy, which deserves American support regardless of the party in power. We met with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and thanked him for his immense contributions to Israel’s security and prosperity. He will continue to serve his country as leader of the Knesset’s opposition. We also met with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid from the new governing coalition, which took office while we were there. It’s a powerful statement that even in the midst of a national security crisis, Israel had a peaceful transition of power. Few other countries – especially among Israel’s critics – would manage or even attempt the same feat…The challenges facing America’s ally are many and mounting. But we have faith Israel will endure, as always.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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