Nikki Haley seen writing ‘Finish Them’ on Israeli shell


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Nikki Haley has been photographed writing “Finish Them” on an Israeli shell as she toured sites near the northern border with Lebanon. A Republican, Haley is the first Indian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. She served as the 116th governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and as the 29th US ambassador to the United Nations from January 2017 to December 2018.

The photograph was posted on X by Danny Danon, a member of the Israeli parliament and former ambassador to the United Nations, who was accompanying Haley on her visit.

“‘Finish Them’. This is what my friend the former ambassador Nikki Haley wrote,” Danon said in his post that showed a kneeling Haley writing on a shell with a purple marker pen.

Haley was a hawkish UN envoy under Donald Trump, and her term overlapped with Danon.

The Gaza war was sparked by Hamas’s October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,189 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on the latest Israeli official figures. Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at least 36,096 people in Gaza, mostly civilians, according to the territory’s health ministry.

Haley, 52, gave up her White House bid in March after heavy defeats in Republican primary contests to Trump. Last week she said that she would vote for him in the election.

The White House said  that President Joe Biden has no plans to change his Israel policy following a deadly weekend strike on Rafah but that he is not turning a “blind eye” to the plight of Palestinian civilians.

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