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Nikki Haley Urges Unilateral Action Against Iran's Nuclear Program

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and current Republican presidential candidate, Nikki Haley, delivered a powerful speech on July 17, urging the United States to take decisive action against Iran's nuclear program. Speaking at the annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) summit in Arlington, Virginia, Haley garnered standing ovations from the crowd as she called for Israel to take unilateral action if the U.S. fails to act.

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking with supporters at a campaign event for U.S. Senator Martha McSally at a home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Nikki Haley | Photo By Gage Skidmore

Haley began her speech by stressing the gravity of the situation, stating, "Israel's survival hangs in the balance. The ayatollahs have promised to destroy Israel—many times. We have to take them at their word." Citing the imminent threat posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions, she implored that Israel must protect itself from annihilation and should not hesitate to act.

“Make no mistake: Israel will act before that happens,” Ms. Haley said. “It will do what it’s always done and protect itself from annihilation. It must do that.

“The Biden administration should support Israel. But if it does not, then Israel should do itself and the rest of the world a favor. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, then Israel should end the Iranian nuclear program—once and for all.”

Haley criticized President Joe Biden's approach to both Israel and Iran, expressing her concerns about his alleged cozying up to Iran while not prioritizing the relationship with Israel. Referring to Iran's nuclear program, she warned, "Many believe Iran is only months or even weeks away from having the capability to get a nuclear bomb."

The candidate lambasted the Biden administration's nuclear deal negotiations with Iran, arguing that the ayatollahs are not negotiating in good faith. She accused the administration of showing weakness in their approach and stated that a new deal with Tehran would only enable more terrorism and oppression.

Haley cited Israel's recent anti-terrorism operation in Jenin, a city in the West Bank known for harboring terrorists, as evidence of the threat posed by Iran's influence in the region. She warned that a new deal with Iran would only embolden and guarantee Iran's acquisition of a nuclear weapon.

Israel's role in the Middle East, its security, and its relationship with the United States are undoubtedly crucial issues. Haley's call for action against Iran's nuclear program adds further momentum to the ongoing debate and raises questions about the appropriate approach to address the escalating situation.

As the 2024 presidential election approaches, the stance of candidates on international relations and security will undoubtedly be a critical factor for voters to consider. Haley's speech at the CUFI summit has intensified the discussion on how to handle Iran's nuclear ambitions and how best to support one of America's closest allies in the Middle East.

The world watches closely as the situation unfolds, and it remains to be seen how the U.S. and other nations will respond to Iran's nuclear pursuits and the growing concerns about regional stability. For now, Nikki Haley's call for action reverberates within the political landscape, sparking important conversations on the world stage.


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