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difficult for the carry out. [applause] >> congresswoman, i can speak to all evening but i'm not allowed. i have to leave it at that. congresswomen grace meng, thank you! [applause] ♪ ♪ [music] >> if you walk down many streets in the united states, or in israel, you're likely to hear story just like mine. i am american of mexican descent. the daughter of margarita and manuel. [applause]
my parents came to the country for the same reasons many others have come to the united states of america. for a chance at a better life. for democracy, for opportunity. they gave us everything they could. they prioritize education. they taught us to love our country, the united states of america. [applause] and, they taught us that above all else, no matter our situation, we must always work to make the world a better
place. [applause] my parents inspired me to run for political office. and about community. at the age of 25, i was elected to method -- to city council then he became mayor and at 28 i was the youngest woman elected to the california state legislature. [applause] as a little girl i fell in love with israel. through the many biblical stories. but my introduction to aipa was like many of you here. through one of my best friends. she told me, you live israel, come to a aipa event. at aipac i've made many friends. in 2009, i traveled on one of their first missions to israel
for leaders in the latino community. [applause] in israel, felt at home. as one of six children, i understand passionate families. and as a leader in my community, i understand that the jewish, latino alliance is so important. [applause] today i and a aipac capital club member and progression club member. i take an active role in identifying and educating the next generation of pro-israel latino leaders. [applause] for nearly 15 years, my work
with aipac has been central to who i am as a person. i have lobbied, funds raised, i made phone calls, i have had tough conversations. but this past summer, my work took on additional personal meaning. on september 19, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central mexico. my family lives. hundreds were presumed dead. thousands, were homeless. mexico, its culture, its people, it's beautiful sounds and images have always been intrinsic to who i am as a person. i have many friends and family members there. and as we scrambled to get in
contact with our loved ones, the people of israel did what they have done for countless other nations in the. within 48 hours, israel defense forces had a team in mexico. [applause] within days, multiple israeli disaster relief organizations were on the ground! i cannot put into words, both the relief and the pride that i felt in that moment, i heard my mother. sitting at our dinner table,
once again, always saying no matter your situation in life, worked to make the world a better place. [applause] they brought more than 70 rescue workers and structural engineers to help assess the damage to buildings in mexico city. helping to free those trapped under collapsed buildings. organizations provided posttraumatic services and aided in cleanup efforts and remote communities. after days of exhausting work, as the team work the streets of mexico city, something remarkable happened.
[applause] [video] the people began to applaud. people standing in the streets with mexican flags and they cheered the israeli, the people that came to help friends in need. in my heart -- [applause] in my heart, i was standing there on that street, waving a flag. thankful for friendship and thankful for those who work to make the world a better place. [applause]
[applause] at the united nations, we sometimes don't have many friends. [laughter] i remember last year we had about about americans opposition to the castro dictatorship in cuba. the vote went against us. 191 ãtwo. the only two no vote, you guessed it, the united states and israel! [applause] quality is more than quantity. shortly after the 2016 election, the president-elect donald trump called me about serving his administration. we had a meeting at trump tower and discussion about many issues. long story short, his team called me a couple of days later and said he would like me to serve as ambassador to the
united nations. [applause] i said i'm a governor! i don't know anything about the united nations. we went back and forth on a few things. and the clincher was when i told the president, you know, i will not be a wallflower. i have to be able to say what i think. [applause] without any hesitation, president trump said, that is exactly why i want you to do this. [applause] president trump was true to his word. and i think i have two. [applause] some of you might have seen that the top
palestinian negotiator recently had some advice for me. [laughter] he told me to shut up. mr. -- i will always be respectful, but i will never shut up! when i spoke here last year i'd only been on the job a couple of months. now, it is one year later and i know a lot more than a new one year ago. i have learned more, something else has become really clear. it is important to know as much as possible about every countries needs. but that is not the most
important part of the job. the most important thing is to stay with fundamental principles even when they go against -- [applause] some of those outdated customs have gone on question for years. long before i got to the un. i knew a few things that have served me well in the last year. one of those principles is that standing up for your friends is critical. [applause] so on my first day on the job i chose to reach out to ambassadors from four countries. i called the british and ambassadors because they are our closest allies on security council. called the ambassador from ukraine because i wanted to reassure him that america would not waiver in standing up for
ukraine against russian aggression. [applause] and my fourth call on the first day wednesday the israeli ambassador. [applause] just about a month before i arrived, the united states allowed resolution 2334 two pass. it was a shameful day for america. [applause] we refused to stand up for our friends when it was singled out for terrible mistreatment. on my first day, i assured israeli ambassador that on my watch, that would never happen again. [applause]
and i am proud to say it has not happened again! [applause] [inaudible] i love you too! standing up for your friends is very important. another one of the principal it took was that i had no patience for bullying. [applause] when i grew up, we were the only indian family in a small southern town in south carolina. on the whole it was a great and friendly community. parents and my brother and sister and i will always faithful for the support surrounding us. but that didn't mean every day was great. my parents were immigrants. my father wore a turban, my mother wore a sari.
there were times we got bullied. when i was a governor i did something about it. i started an anti-bullying program. every month they went to school throughout the state to talk about bullying. for me it was just so fundamental. we do not take on someone is because they look different than you. you don't pick on someone just because they think differently than you. or because you can! [applause] this idea has always been with me since i was a child. but i did not think it will come to play in the united nations. it turns out, bullying is a common practice in the united nations. in the real world, israel is a strong country. with a vibrant economy in a first-class military. on the battlefield, israel does not get bullied. the iranians and syrians
conduct for that. [applause] but the un is a different story. at the un and throughout the un agency, israel does get bullied. it gets bullied because the countries that do not like israel are used to being able to get away with it. just like when i was that little girl in south carolina, it just does not sit well with me. [applause] as many of you know one of the un agencies with the worst track record israel is unesco. they have the outrageous distinction of attempting to change ancient history. they recently declared one of judaism holiest sites, some of the patriarch, as a palestinian
heritage site. in need of protection from israel. that was enough, 10 months into the administration the united states withdrew from unesco. [applause] there are lots of other things that we do, big and small. week after week to fight back against the un / israel bullying. every month at the security council every session devoted to the middle east. and every month discussions become an israel bashing session. this has gone on month after month for decades. this was news to me when i arrived. it was actually shocking.
i came out of the first session and publicly said, we want to talk about security in the middle east, we should talk about iran. or syria. or hezbollah. isis, the famine in yemen. there are probably 10 major problems facing the middle east. an israel does not have anything to do with any of them. [applause] just about every month since then, i had spoken about something other than israel. i cannot say that we solve the problem. but i can say that several other countries have followed our lead. [applause] what used to be a monthly israel bashing session, now at least has more balance. but we are never going to put up with bullying.
[applause] there is one more principle than i knew before i arrived at the un. like most americans, i knew what the capital of israel was. [laughter] [applause] [applause] to be more clear, i knew that jerusalem was, is and will always be, the capital of israel! [applause] this is not something -- i love
you too! [laughter] this is not something that was created by the location of an nbc. this is not something that was created by an american decision. america did not make jerusalem israel's capital. [applause] what president trump did, to his great credit, was recognize a reality that american president had denied for too long. [applause] jerusalem is the capital of israel. that is a fact. and president trump had the courage to recognize that fact when others would not. [applause]
sometime in the future, the day will come when the whole world recognizes that. [applause] in the meantime i hope to be there and join our great ambassador friedman. [applause] on the day when we open our brand-new american embassy in jerusalem! [applause] [applause] you know, our embassy decision to close a little stir at the united nations. in the security council, almost
exactly one year after the united states shamefully abstain when a council attacked israel with resolution 2334, i had the great honor of casting my first american veto. [applause] when i was governor, i use my power dozens of times. at the un, i never got to do it. until the jerusalem boat. i got to say it felt pretty good! [applause] the next week the jerusalem issue was brought before the general assembly. we lost that one. but too many people surprise, 65 countries refused to go against us. in the long history of the us mistreatment -- in the un
mistreatment of israel that is a record. and we are not forgetting that. [applause] like i said at that time, on that boat, we were taking name . [applause] last week i took a trip to guatemala and honduras. [applause] and i thanked them both for voting with us. [applause] god bless guatemala. they even joined us in moving their embassy to jerusalem! [applause]
and president trump and i proceed to draw a closer connection between us foreign aid and how countries vote at the un. [applause] un votes should never be the only factor in l4 and a decision can have many interests that go beyond that. but they should be one of the factors. and we are determined to start making that connection. [applause] some people accuse us of favoritism toward israel. first of all, there is nothing with joy favoritism toward an ally. [applause] that is what being an ally is all about. but this is not about favoritism. in all that we are doing, whether it is the embassy
decision or unesco, or what we are doing with -- do not even get me started on that. our approach on israel is tied together by one major idea. the idea that runs through all of it, the simple concept that israel must be treated like any other normal country. [applause] we will continue to demand that israel not be treated like some sort of temporary provision entity. [applause] it cannot be the case if only one country in the world doesn't get to choose its capital city. [applause] it cannot be the case that the un human rights council has a
standing agenda item for only one country. [applause] it cannot be the case that only one set of refugees throughout the world is counted in a way that causes the numbers to grow forever! [applause] it cannot be the case that in an organization with 193 countries, united nations spends half of the time attacking only one country. we will not accept that any longer. [applause] [applause] and do you know what?
that demand is actually a demand for peace. the un bias against israel has long undermined peace. by encouraging an illusion that israel will simply go away. israel is not going away. [applause] when the world recognizes that, then peace becomes possible. [applause] it becomes possible because all sides will be dealing with reality. not fantasy. and only deal with reality, the reasonable negotiated compromises can prevail. over absolutist demand. thank you so much for the support that you have continued to show. [applause]
♪ [music] ♪ >> hello everybody! it is great to be here tonight. i want to thank all of you for being here. great leadership of aipac. my friend, ambassador haley, vice president mike pence and all of you. you know i always start off with a story. this is dedicated to my father who is 94. my father struggled his whole life. he had a small little exterminating business. he paced the floor sending it to him because he hated going to work. but when he retired my father who is the financially successful schumer brought the house in florida. every winter they drive from brooklyn down to florida. my father never played golf. he took up golf, they would see their friends that moved there. but as they got older, they ran out of things to do. could not play golf anymore,
his friends were passing on. those will start another florida atlantic university, hello florida. [applause] way down there in the south part of the convention center. anyway, florida atlantic university let's every senior citizen enrolled in any course for free. so my dad and mom would go to florida atlantic university every thursday at 4 pm because they involve the course called humor. what was that? a committee that never made it in a catskills would get up and tell jokes for 45 minutes. a different meeting each week. my dad never went to college and he said i should have gone because it was pretty easy. each week they called me back with their favorite jokes. here is one of them. mrs. goldfarb is brought before the judge. the judge rolls her eyes. rolls his eyes and says mrs.
goldfarb, your back. yes your honor, i am back. >> what did you steal this time?i stole a can of peaches. the judge says look, i know that you are kleptomaniacs and i know this is an illness in another you can easily avoid a can of peaches. but the lords sake, this is the 17th time you have been brought before me for shoplifting this year and it is only march. i've no choice, i had to sentence you to do time in jail. now how many peaches were in the can?>> your honor, there were four peaches in the can. i've no choice i will sentence you to four nights in jail. one for each peach. he is about to banged the gavel and pronounce sentence when in the middle of the program a man gets up agitated. your honor! he says, may it please the court, i am her husband. she also stole a can of peas! [laughter] when y'all retire you can go to delray beach,
enroll in the course called humor. and call those back home with your favorite joke. now, seriously. tonight i want to address the cause that brings us together. the cause of israel. hearst security and prosperity and prospects for peace. these issues are related. let me begin by addressing the issue of peace. many wonder, why do we still have peace in the middle east? even the majority of israelis want peace and believe like i do and most of you do that there should be two states, jewish state and the palestinian state. [applause] some say, there are some that argue settlement of the reason there is not peace. but we all know what happened in gaza. israel voluntarily got rid of the settlements there. the soldiers, israeli soldiers dragged the settlers out of their and three weeks later the palestinians through rockets.
it is short of the settlement -- [applause] some say it is the borders. israel wants different borders. but they forget, during the negotiations in 2000, they were making huge territorial confessions that must israelis do not like. it was arafat who rejected that it is not the borders. [applause] and it certainly is not because we moved the embassy to where it should be-- where it should be long. it is not that either! [applause] now, let me tell you why, in my view why we do not have peace. because the fact of the matter is that too many palestinians and too many arabs do not want any jewish state in the middle east.
[applause] palestinians, it is simple. the europeans treated the jews badly culminating the holocaust and they give them our land as compensation. of course, we say it is our land. but they do not believe in that. so that is the reason there is not peace. they invent other reasons. but they do not believe in a jewish state. and that is why we in america, must stand strong with israel through thick and thin. [applause] we must because that is the reason, not any of these reasons why there is not peace in the middle east. [applause] too many people do not understand that here in america. the rest of my speech i would like to address to you. one of the great problems that israel faces in the future. not immediately but we have to worry about it. i will be having lunch with the
prime minister tomorrow. and i intend to talk to him about this and what we can do about it. the fact of the matter is that too many of our younger generations do not share the devotion to israel that our generation has. that is the problem. we have to face it and deal with it. it is certainly not true in aipac. with thousands of students here to go home and spread the word of israel. students, stand up! we want to applaud you! [applause] 3500 students here at aipac. god bless you! but, we all know the problem. americans, too many of the younger americans do not know the history. and as a result, they tend to stay well, both sides are to blame many americans, younger americans did not grow up
knowing israel had, was attacked time after time. they think israel has always been strong. they do not realize that if israel were weak, enemies would immediately seek her destruction. i remember being in high school. james madison high school, brooklyn, new york. [applause] 1967. i carried a transistor radio to my ear. you young people will not know what that is. i would not let it go from my er because it was during the 67 war. juno 67. i was worried that israel would be pushed into the sea by the arab onslaught. and we were praying for them to please as israel. the younger generation never experienced this. they've not lived through a time when israel's very existence was balanced on the edge of a knife. fortunately, these days have passed.
but israel faces challenges that no other nation must face. while vladimir putin enables the atrocities in syria, while humanitarian crisis unfolds in yemen, while human rights abuses happen every day to those in iran, somehow, israel receives the blame for a chaotic middle east. the world celebrates the most instrumental progress by israel's neighbors and ignores the generous cooperation between israel and their fellow nations. including our former enemies. the world draws a false moral equivalence between israel's action to defend herself and the actions of terrorists who use children as human shields. in their evil campaigns to force israel into the sea. the unfairness springs me deep well of -- that has always existed, unfortunately against
israel. if only the younger generation knew more about this unfairness. i believe it would affect them powerfully. and there are two things we can do immediately that will help rectify this situation. first, we must pass and highlight the taylor force act which will bring an end to american dollars that directly benefit a palestinian authority. until it seizes making payments to the families of terrorists. [applause] stop calling them martyrs, stop giving them parades. [applause] my friends, this is not just about funding to the palestinian authority. too many believe that this palestinian authority is moderate in merely wants peace. the taylor force act will
confront -- will force the world to confront the dark truth that the palestinian authority every day, actively aid in the beds terrorism. we will pass the taylor force law and that will show the world what the palestinian authority is actually doing. that while israel justifiably defend its borders, they celebrate and compensate terrorists as martyrs. second, we must continue to stand firm against the profoundly biased campaign. to delegitimize the state of israel. their boycotts and sanctions. [applause] while iran publicly executes its citizens, turkey joses
journalists, scores of arab nations punish homosexuality with imprisonment and torture. why did a single israel out alone for condemnation? when there is such a double standard, with the world treats everybody one weekend the jewish state in another way. there is only one word for it, anti-semitism! let us callout the movement for what it is. [applause] let us delegitimize the delegitimize use. by letting the world know when there is a double standard, whether they know it or not. there actively participating in an anti-somatic movement. finally my friends, finally, we must highlight the danger that
israel faces from a newly resurgent iran. now so active in syria. a few weeks ago as you know, an iranian drone came into israeli airspace. i ran and its proxies are gaining a foothold in syria near the northern borders. last summer, unless democrats and republicans together, granted the administration knew or 30 to counter iran's maligned activity. now it must use it. not only to combat iran but to push russia to repel iranian proxies in syria. we can never be complacent about any threats near israel's borders and iran is a threat right now. [applause] so, we must do these things and more to ensure israel security. to educate the younger generations about the true nature of the situation in the
>> the jewish people would return home if only we could tell them. my friends we must never forget what it means to the jewish people and what the united states means and as i breathe air into my lungs i will not forget. you will not forget and we will forever fight to protect the jewish people and the jewish state of israel. i am a pro israel guy. i am a pro israel guy. [applause]
>> in every district of america we see benefits as a consequence of the israel relationship that seems to foster an environment of innovation and cooperation. >> i see a lot of the economic activities businesses are establishing that they are coming to for wishon all adds to a better life but also for the entire world. and with that innovative technology with that tech
industry and not just to maintain that strong-arm. >> israel which was basically a desert went from a shortage now to manage the best irrigation and crop management stomach they have technology to make it more cost-effective and also making sure that is what the united states can learn from israel. >> but for that how do they succeed and to make the world better. as long as we do it together.
for decades throughout his career in public service vice president michael pentz mom --dash mike pence have demonstrated a profound love for the jewish state. and has proudly supported efforts to enhance israel's security and to counter the threats from iran and to ensure that america's bond with our allies haven't toured. just a few weeks ago, vice president pence stood in israel to deliver a historic address to the people of
israel. and to the world. [applause] here is what he said. how unlikely was israel? and with their survival and against the odds and that miracle of israel is an inspiration to the world. and the united states of america is proud to stand with israel and her people. and without allies and cherished friends.
[applause] >> mr. vice president on behalf let me say thank you. thank you and thank you to president trump. [applause] for working to keep israel safe. and recognizing jerusalem as israel's capital city. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen please join me to welcome back to the aipac policy conference, the
[applause] and to the united states congress, israeli ministers and members of the knesset, distinguished guests all who have come from near and far it is great to be back at aipac the most largest and influential gathering of the friends of israel in the united states of america. [applause] and tonight to bring greetings from a friend of mine. integrate friend to the state of israel the most pro-life president, pro israel president in american history, the 45th president of the united states of america, i bring greetings from president donald trump.
[applause] thanks to the presidents leadership the line between america and israel has never been stronger i stand before you today to convey a simple message america stands with israel. today, tomorrow and always. [applause] president trump declared the bond between our people in his word is woven together in the hearts of both nations. and we stand with israel the
people of the united states have admiration. we stand with israel because their cause is our cause. her fight is our fight. we stand with israel because we believe right over wrong and good over evil with liberty over tyranny. last march i told you president trump would keep promises he made to all of you in their most cherished ally. and so he has. [applause]
>> president trump promised to ensure the resources and the tools to defend itself by itself and today america support with the security of the state of israel is greater than ever before. president promised to take the fight to radical islamic terrorist on their soil. and with the leadership of the commander in chief isis is on the run the caliphate has crumbled we will not relent. not until we drive them from the face of the earth. >> standing to stand up to state sponsor terry announced october last year the united states of america would no
longer certify the disastrous iran nuclear deal. [applause] if president trump promised to stand up with the state of israel and anti-semitism on the world stage and with ambassador nikki haley on the job on the united nations. [applause] while every president for the past two decades promised to recognize the capital of israel president trump did more than promise, he delivered. [applause]
and it was my great honor in january of this year as the first vice president to address the knesset in jerusalem, the the capital of the state of israel. [applause] and has the president said that we finally acknowledge the obvious estate of israel is called jerusalem since its rebirth 70 years ago. the united states and america was proud to be the first nation to recognize the state in 1948 president trump will make history again just as truman did thanks to the efforts of ambassador freeman
with the american embassy. in jerusalem. [applause] president trump made his decision in the best interest of the united states but he also made it clear this decision is in the best interest of peace. by finally recognizing jerusalem united's dates has chosen fact over fiction that is the only true foundation for everlasting peace. under president trump united states to have a lasting peace.
and made it clear. and with those specific boundaries on the resolution. if both sides agreed united states of america will support the two state solution. as we gather here with a great ambassador vision for peace. and know this. united states of america will never compromise the safety and security of the jewish state of israel. [applause]
we know that peace is possible and to make the very difficult decision and to have the privilege to travel to egypt and jordan and to enjoy the fruits of peace. to speak with america's great friends king abdullah of jordan with the predecessors who fortunate into conflict in their time. president trump convened an unprecedented gathering of leaders for more than 50 nations of the arab islamic summits. as we saw the winds of change are blowing across the middle east. long-standing enemies our partners old foes are finding new ground for cooperation and descendents of isaac and ishmael are coming together of
the president said history's great test thankful for those forces of terrorism and we will meet that together. [applause] radical islamic terrorism knows no borders nations across the middle east. expect no creed stealing the lies of jews and christians and muslims. and to understand no reality and then to confront and defeat this enemy in our time. we have made great progress with the fight of vices to eliminate the territory once held and to be them on the battlefield time and again but
we must be vigilant to prevent others from taking its place in the me assure you tonight we will not allow the defeat of isis over iran. iran hopes to re-create under the modern tort -- dictatorship to carve out a quarter of influence with that unbroken passage. last year alone bending more than $4 million in these that sit on israel's doorstep with those mounting iranian to see
that was a brazen act of aggression but israel swift and strong spots sent a warning to the region that this will not go unchecked by israel america or allies. [applause] the danger posed by iran as we all know continuing to develop advanced ballistic missiles to threaten every square inch of israel and the lives of all citizens. the disastrous deal signed by the last administration did not prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon but as it can gain access to most of the weapon with european
allies with lasting restraints with the ballistic missile ambitions now to give lawmakers and allies that make no mistake this is their last chance. unless the iran nuclear deal is fixed united states of america will withdraw from the iran nuclear deal immediately. [applause] whatever the outcome of those discussions today a solemn promise to you to israel in the wider world united states of america will never allow iran to acquire a nuclear
weapon. [applause] for 70 years israel has overcome every challenge but in this year of celebration as we commemorate that miracle of history i say with confidence the jewish state and the jewish people continue to inspire for generations to come. how unlikely was israel's rebirth and how more unlikely it has been for survival and against all odds. the jewish people turn scarcity into turning holes into a future of security and prosperity the tiny people in the tiny land with no valleys
with the nation that despite not knowing a single day of true peace becoming one of the world's most vibrant and successful nations in the world. [applause] today israel is the world's leader of science and technology and that could not happen without america great and long investment for our people and the world at large. [applause] israel may be one of the smallest countries but the biggest footprint. thanks to the nobel prize-winning scientist for innovation can be found in america's hospitals and doctors offices israeli innovation on the flash drive and smart phones and so much more. and to transform itself into a
fountain of innovation producing astounding technological advanc advance. in a word israel is like a train as it grows ever closer to the heavens to give shade and sustenance the living testimony to the power of freedom. [applause] israel is a story of faith. the jewish people hold to a promise written so long ago even if banished to the most distant land under the heaven, from there he will gather you and bring you back to the land. [applause]
through a 2000 year exile through conquest and expulsions the jewish people held out and they hold on to the longest and darkest of nights that was proclaimed seven times healed that transform the small faces of children into smoke under a silent sky that consumed the fate of so many and the challenges so to this day we greet 6 million martyrs and to this day we marvel at the faith and resilience of those people once scattered three
[speaking foreign language] [applause] the miracle of israel is an inspiration to the world and the united states of america is frowned on -- proud to stand with them his cherished friends. tonight faith in the good people of israel and that immutable bond of friendship. in between our nations through president trump and leaders throughout congress of both parties that have ensured this alliance is stronger now than ever before. in faith and in god. for a brighter future where
each can't sit under their own fine and bigotry. in the promised land. [applause] with the unwavering support to call those two nations home and with god's help i say with confidence the best days for israel and united states of america are yet to come. god bless you, god bless israel and god bless the united states. [applause] ♪