When the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was introduced at a packed Verizon Center during the evening of March 27, I felt a great sense of pride in my country. I felt physical pride in the fact that the bond between the United States and Israel would grow stronger exponentially, and emotional pride that one person could have such an immediate impact on a defunct United Nations. Even before her first words, Amb. Haley received a standing ovation in reference to her previous remarks on how, as the representative of the United States, our great nation would no longer tolerate the anti-Israel bias that looms over the United Nations. As her interview with Dan Senor began, Amb. Haley began to explain to the thousands of people in the audience how the UN Security Council meetings progressed. She went on to explain how the meeting focused on bashing the one true democracy in the Middle East, Israel. Amb. Haley stated that the Security Council meeting should have focused on Hezbollah’s illegal buildup of arms and rockets or the fact that Iran is the number one state sponsor of terror in the world.
The crowd responded positively to her timely clichés, such as: “There’s a new sheriff in town” and “I wear heels. It’s not as a fashion statement. It’s because if we see something wrong we’re gonna kick ’em every single time.” Her positive aura inspired the crowd to their feet time after time again in an obvious collaboration of ideals and unity.
After hearing several more speakers that evening, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) I had time to reflect on the importance of the situation I was in. AIPAC gave me the opportunity to represent the 11th Congressional District of New Jersey and be a voice to lobby on behalf of the United States-Israel alliance. Policy Conference also gave me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger in life, as few have the privilege to see the country’s top politicians united over a single cause. In a time when bipartisan efforts to create solutions are few and far between, AIPAC was that metaphorical oasis in the desert, that bridge to peace, and that glimmer of light in a sea of darkness to bring us all together for the purpose of One Nation (two), One God, Indivisible, and Justice for all the Peoples of the United States of America and Israel.