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March 30, 2017 14:55
India, Israel share similar culture

Indian-origin United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said that the Indian and Israeli cultures share “many similarities” and people of both the nations believe in professionalism and rarely “back down from a fight.”

While there are many "good things" about the people of the two countries, they are also "aggressive" and "stubborn", she said.

In her address to American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference she said that, “she is the daughter of Indian parents, who reminded her brothers, her sisters and her everyday that, how blessed they were to live in this country.

“The truth is, I have seen so many similarities between the Israeli culture and the Indian culture."

In response to a question Haley said “We are very close knit. We love our families. We have a strong work ethic. We believe in professionalism and philanthropy, and giving back. So that's all the good things. We're aggressive. We're stubborn. And we do not back down from a fight."

She also ruled that the Iranian deal had only empowered the Iranians.

"It's concerning. And the reason it's concerning, is because when the Iran deal took place, all it did was empower Iran, and it empowered Russia. And it emboldened Iran to feel like they could get away with more," she said.

"It is - you can put sanctions on a country. To take sanctions away, it's very hard to go back and put sanctions back on. So what we have said is, we're going to watch them like a hawk. We're going to make sure that every single thing they do is watch, processed and dealt with," she said.

She said that the United States will not take its number one democratic friend in the Middle East to tackle the threats to peace and security.

"I think what you're seeing is they're all backing up a little bit. The Israel-bashing is not as loud. They didn't know exactly what I meant outside of giving the speech, so we showed them. So when they decided to try and put a Palestinian in one of the highest positions that had ever been given at the UN, we said no and we had him booted out," she said.

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