Israeli group honors Nikki Haley with coin

By Isabel Debre – Associated Press – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

(AP) — An Israeli organization has minted a coin emblazoned with the face of , President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, to commemorate her defense of in the world body.

The Sanhedrin, a Jewish organization that dreams of restoring the , where ancient temples once stood in ’s Old City, is one of three religious groups behind the Haley coin.

“She supported and she told the truth … that all the United Nations, all its agenda, is to destroy ,” Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the group, said Wednesday. “She acted in a manner that represented biblical tenets,” he added.

Weiss said that ’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Human Rights Council and her criticism of what and the U.S. say is an anti- bias at the U.N. earned her the recognition.

His group’s coin features ’s face set against the United Nations building with a Jewish menorah on the front, and a stylized rendition of the on the back. The collector’s item costs $65 for silver and $90 for gold, plus shipping, according to its website .

, a devout Christian who helped strengthen ties between and the American evangelical community, has attracted the adoration of ’s religious and nationalist right wing.

became known at the U.N. for her hard line against Iran and her derision of the Human Rights Council. She often chided the council for focusing singularly on Israeli abuses and neglecting poor records of other states – a stance lauded and echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In her last pro- gesture after announcing her surprise resignation last fall, she proposed a resolution condemning the Hamas militant group for violence against .

also championed President Trump’s decision to cut all U.S. funding to Palestinian refugees and recognize as the capital of .

Trump, a hero to the Sanhedrin group for that very reason, is the face of the group’s other coin, first minted last year. The token depicts Trump alongside the Persian King Cyrus. Weiss said he has sold 20,000 of the Trump coins so far.

The Trump administration’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to , celebrated by , prompted the Palestinians to sever ties with Washington. The Palestinians seek east , which captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of their future state.

Proceeds from the biblical coins, the website says, will go toward preparations for establishing the third – an aspiration with explosive political implications.

The hilltop spot that housed the biblical Temples is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest spot in Judaism. Today it is considered the third-holiest site in Islam, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The competing claims to the compound serve as a frequent flashpoint of violence.

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