United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley delivered the keynote address before an audience of thousands at the Christians United for Israel Summit in DC Monday night.

The crowd honoured Haley with a standing ovation as CUFI founder Pastor John Hagee presented her with the Defender of Israel Award.

Pastor Hagee said “few people in the history of American diplomacy can be compared to the woman whose last 18 months have been spent fearlessly confronting the unreasonable and immoral anti-Israel bias at the United Nation. Ambassador Nikki Haley is a courageous voice of truth in one of the most misguided, hypocritical organisations in the world, the United Nations.”

Pastor Hagee explained that for the past 70 years America has defended Israel at the UN, but said that there had never been an Ambassador who was so “consistently bold and unwavering in their defence of the Jewish state”.

“Each year the leadership of CUFI selects the one person in America that we feel has done the most to defend and protect Israel. We are delighted and highly honoured to present this award to Ambassador Haley,” Hagee said as he presented her with the award.

The award is a large golden plate engraved with Isaiah 62:1 – “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.”

Haley appeared grateful as she accepted the award to loud cheers from the Christian Zionists gathered.

The Ambassador offered kind words to those gathered, saying, “What’s amazing about Christians United for Israel is not just the power of your voice. It’s also the importance of the cause you have dedicated your voice to.”

Haley also called CUFI the “tip of the spear” in the fight against anti-Israel attitudes.

“Standing up against this global pressure campaign on Israel and the Jewish people goes to the heart of our friendship and the heart of America. And the tip of the spear is Christians United for Israel. What you are doing is so important. And may God bless you for it.”