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Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Meet the Press: "What happened to Israel could happen here in America."

October 08, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. — This morning, Nikki Haley made it clear: America stands with Israel against the Iran-funded Hamas terrorists. Haley also warned that if America continues to be distracted, "what happened to Israel could happen here in America."

Haley's message for the American people:

"What I want the American people to know is what happened when they were dragging those people in the streets, what happened when they were murdering innocent Israelis. Hamas—and the backers who support them, the Iranian regime, were chanting, 'Death to Israel, death to America.' That's what we have to remember. We are united with Israel because both Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, and the Iranian backers— they hate us. And we have to remember that what happened to Israel could happen here in America. And I hope we all unite and stand with Israel because they really need us right now."

Haley on the Iranian threat to America:

"I have been terribly worried about the fact that Iran has said the easiest way to get into America is through the southern border. We have an open border. People are coming through. They're not being vetted. We don't need to wait for another 9/11.

"You also look at the fact that, Kristin, America is incredibly distracted and incredibly divided. And when America's distracted, the world is less safe. And look at what happened to Israel—they waited for them to be distracted. And that's when your enemies move in. America needs to wake up. We need to put this negativity and division behind us, and we need to focus on national security for ourselves and for our friends."

Haley on Biden's $6 billion ransom to Iran:

"I actually think it was irresponsible for Secretary Blinken to say that the $6 billion doesn't weigh in here. I mean let's be honest with the American people and understand that Hamas knows and Iran knows they're moving money around as we speak because they know $6 billion is going to be released. That's the reality...

"Look at what the Iranian people, the Iranian regime has done to threaten Israel over the years. To think that they're not moving money around is irresponsible to say that to the American people. They are moving money around to threaten those they hate. They hate Israel. They hate America. They are going to continue to use this. It was wrong to release the $6 billion, but let me tell you what else was wrong. It was wrong to go and have that debacle in Afghanistan. It was wrong to waive sanctions on Iran that gave them even more money. Money has been flowing to Iran, and that is the problem because when Iran gets money, they use it for hate."

Haley on Palestinian terrorism:

"Well, I actually went to the West Bank. I actually met with the Palestinians multiple times... Let me tell you what else I saw. I saw tunnels underneath Israel, underneath schools. What they would do in those tunnels is they would store arms, they would store ammunition, they would store things so that they could go and take that ammunition to hurt people across the border. They put these tunnels underneath schools because they knew that Israelis valued life. They knew that Israelis would not go and hurt innocent people. That's what we're dealing with."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Haley on Meet the Press: "What happened to Israel could happen here in America." Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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