Nikki Haley Blasts Ramaswamy About Plan To Phase Out Israel Aid

( – On Aug. 21, 2024, Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley spoke out against 2024 Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s plan to phase out aid the United States gives to Israel.

Ramaswamy’s “Abraham Accords 2.0” plan would phase out aid from the United States to Israel by 2028 when the current aid package of $38 billion expires. Diplomatic relations between several Arab countries as well as Israel are normalized by the current Abraham Accords agreement. Ramaswamy’s plan would include brokering more peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors which would lessen the need for aid from the United States.

On Russell Brand’s podcast, Ramaswamy suggested that Washington gives Israel preferential treatment. Ramaswamy added that if elected his commitment would only be to the “United States of America.”

Former United Nations Ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Haley disagreed with Ramaswamy’s plan. Haley stated that ending America’s special bond with Israel” is wrong. She said the friendship between the two countries makes both countries “stronger and safer.” If elected, she said she would “never abandon Israel.” At the United Nations, Haley championed the Israeli cause.

After Haley’s comments, Ramaswamy stated that he would “not leave Israel hanging out to dry — ever.” He added that his Abraham Accords 2.0 plan would be good for both Israel and the United States.

Most Republicans have remained vocal allies to Israel even as Democrats have clashed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the overhaul of Israel’s judicial system.

Haley also took issue with Ramaswamy’s stance over the United States’ commitment to Taiwan. Ramaswamy has also stated he could broker an end to the war in Ukraine by allowing Russia to claim some of Ukraine’s land.

Nationally, Ramaswamy is currently polling in third place at 7 percent with Republican primary voters while Haley is polling in fifth place with 3.3 percent, according to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average.

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