U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited the Kosel on Wednesday, the first day of a three-day tour of Israel, her first time in the country.
This visit makes her the third high-ranking American official to go to Judaism’s holiest site in recent days. President Donald Trump went there during his recent visit; and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman made it his first stop in the country after arriving to formally take up his diplomatic post.
Haley, who was accompanied by Kosel Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich and Chairman of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Mordechai Eliav, prayed in the women’s section, where she was warmly received by the mispallelim.
Although a special area in the women’s section had been set aside for her by security personnel, Haley insisted on praying together with all the other women present at that time in the women’s section, according to Arutz Sheva.
As she departed the Kosel plaza, she said, “I am moved by the warm reception that the Israeli public has given me. I don’t deserve it – I just speak the truth. It hurts that only now, after so many years, they’re speaking the truth publicly.”
As customary, she was invited to sign the guest book. She wrote: “My heart is full, and my life will change after the visit. It was a blessing to experience a holy place with spiritual people full of love. May G-d bless whoever comes to the Western Wall.”