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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7, 2017 UN Drew Angerer/Getty Images Nikki Haley speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, iMarch 27, 2017. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year's United Nations Security Council resolution condemn- ing Israel for its settlements, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told AIPAC. "Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support" for Israel, Haley said Monday at the annual American Israel Public Af- fairs Committee conference, where she earned the warm- est reception of any speaker with an extended standing ovation. The Obama administra- tion allowed through the anti-settlements resolutions in December as one of its last acts, triggering bitter recriminations from Israel's government, Haley described her de- terminati0n to help steer the course of the United Na- tions and its agencies from anti-Israel bias, noting her intervention keeping Salam Fayyad, the former Palestin- Jan prime minister, from becoming the body's envoy to Libya, and in getting U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw a U.N. affiliate's report likening Israel to an apartheid state. Haley was one of a number of speakers at AIPAC who drew a Sharp contrast at the confere~ncebetween President Donald Trump's administra- tion and his predecessor, Barack Obama. "We had just done some- ocrats opened over divisions with Obama over settlements and the Iran nuclear deal. But Republican speakers have not been able to resist digs at Obama. "What I wanted to make Sure of was that the United States was leading again," Haley said. "I wear high heels. It's not for a fashion statement, it's because if I see thing that showed the United something wrong I will kick States at its weakest ever," she said of the resolution. AIPAC has striven to pro- mote bipartisanship as a theme this conference, seek- ing to heal wounds with Dem- it every single time." Paul Ryan, the U.S. House of Representatives speaker, also spoke Monday evening, Haley on page 18A Noam Galai/Getty Images Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 26, 2017. By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)-- "Many voices, one mission." If AIPAC's 2017 annual policy conference slogan, popping up on the confer- ence app on activists' smart- phones, isn't clear enough, the morning pick-me-up video it runs before confer- ence business begins is pretty straightforward. In the video, activists are gravitating through sunny streets here toward the con- vention center, and titles float above them: Democrat, Republican, Independent, country music, classic rock, straight up coffee, triple- shot latte--but they're all pro-Israel. "Elements on each side of the aisle are trying to fracture our movement," AIPAC'S president, Lillian Pinkus, said at the outset of the conference Sunday morning. "We will not allow, frankly cannot allow, the same divisiveness." Not everyone got the memo. A "ding, dong, Obama's gone" flavor has pervaded some speeches--and not just by Republicans. Top Israeli officials have rejoiced in the change at the White House, and AIPAC activists have responded occasionally with enthusiasm. Here are three awkward moments at the AIPAC confer- ence when a call for biparti- sanship dissipated into cheers for Trump. Israel's ambassador wants you to know things are finally good. Ron Dermer spoke to the opening plenary soon after Pinkus' impassioned plea to please omit partisanship. Dermer paid lip service to bipartisanship--he name- checked multiple Republicans scheduled to address the conference, and the single Democrat he named was New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, whom he called a"true friend" of Israel. Menendez, however, is something of an outlier among Democrats: He was one of only four Senate AIPAC on page 18A ,y WASHINGTON On the morning of March 30, JCC Association of NorthAmerica and a delegation of Jewish leaders met with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The meeting comes in the after- math of 88 Jewish Community Centers or day schools that share campuses with them, in 36 states and four Cana- dian provinces, receiving 134 threats over the past three months, as well as threats to other Jewish institutions. The delegation had requested a meeting with the attorney general to discuss the inves- tigation, federal and local law agencies' support for Jewish Community Centers and other Jewish institutions, the safety of Jewish institutions, and next steps. Other groups represented at the meeting included the Anti-Defamation League, the Conference of Presidents of MajorAmerican Jewish Orga- nizations, Jewish Federations of North America. and Secure Community Network. Also in attendance were JCC ex- ecutives from RockviIle, Md.; Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore, and Birmingham ..... JCC Association of North America President and CEO Doron Krakow shared the following comment after the meeting, "On behalf of JCC Association of North America and JCCs across the continent, we are pleased by the ongoing engagement from Attorney General Sessions, the FBI, and other federal agencies on this case. "The attorney general heard our call for continued vigilance. We were gratified to hear from Attorney General Sessions that every incident is significant and won't be toler- ated. We are appreciative that he understands the continued impact these threats have had on Jewish institutions and the role law enforcement can play in helping to prevent further acts of terror." Added Stephen P. Seiden, chairman of JCC Association of North America's Board of Sessions on page 18A ~ ~-~ ....... Hore than fast Hom than signs." Odando Central 5000 E. C~ Dy., Oda~do, F1L 32803 !i