Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem this week.
Haley is in the country as a special guest of honor at a conference dealing with U.S.-Israeli relations held by the Israel Hayom newspaper. It’s the first time she has been in Israel since leaving office.
“Giving thanks for the many blessings in my life,” she wrote in a Twitter post.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon welcomed his former counterpart to the Holy Land.
“[Nikki Haley] welcome to Israel! We are pleased to host you and your family in the Promised Land,” he tweeted.
“Thank you for your courageous friendship & stand by the State of Israel. We are confident that you will enjoy the sights of our country & the warm embrace of the citizens of Israel!”
Haley won the praise of the pro-Israel community for publicly challenging the anti-Israel bias in the United Nations during her time as the US ambassador.
She has gained hero-status in the tiny nation for her staunch defense and promotion of Israel’s right to exist and her efforts in moving the US Embassy to Israel’s capitol of Jerusalem.
Her image was recently painted in mural form on one of the country’s busiest streets.
The US pulled out of the Human Rights Council and ended funding to the UN Palestinian relief agency.