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mrs. clinton thank you so much. : it is wonderful to be here and see so many friends. i've spoken at a lot of aipac conferences in the past, but this has to be one of the biggest yet, and there are so many young people here, thousands of college students from hundreds of campuses around the country. i think we should all give them a hand for being here and beginning their commitment to this important cause. [applause] you will keep the u.s.israel relationship going strong. you know, as a senator from new york and secretary of state i've had the privilege of working closely with aipac members to strengthen and deepen america's ties with israel. now, we may not have always agreed on every detail, but
we've always shared an unwavering, unshakable commitment to our alliance and to israel's future as a secure and democratic homeland for the jewish people. [applause] mrs. clinton: and your support helped us expand security and intelligence cooperation, developed the iron dome missile defense system, build a global coalition to impose the toughest sanctions in history on iran and so much more. since my first visit to israel 35 years ago, i have returned many times and made many friends.
i have worked with and learned from some of israel's great leaders although i don't think yitzhak rabin ever forgave me for banishing him to the white house balcony when he wanted to smoke. now i am here as a candidate for president -- [applause] i know that all of you understand what's at stake in this election. our next president will walk into the oval office next january and immediately face a world of both perils we must meet with strength and skill, and opportunities we must seize and build on. the next president will sit down at that desk and start making decisions that will affect both the lives and livelihoods of every american, and the security of our friends around the world.
so we have to get this right. as aipac members, you understand that while the turmoil of the middle east presents enormous challenge and complexity, walking away is not an option. (applause) candidates for president who think the united states can outsource middle east security to dictators, or that america no longer has vital national interests at stake in this region are dangerously wrong. it would be a serious mistake for the united states to abandon our responsibilities, or cede the mantle of leadership for global peace and security to anyone else.
[applause] as we gather here, three evolving threats iran's continued aggression, a rising tide of extremism across a wide arc of instability, and the growing effort to de-legitimize israel on the world stage are converging to make the u.s.israel alliance more indispensable than ever. [applause] we have to combat all these trends with even more intense security and diplomatic cooperation. the united states and israel must be closer than ever, stronger than ever and more determined than ever to prevail against our common adversaries
and to advance our shared values. [applause] this is especially true at a time when israel faces brutal terrorist stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks at home. parents worry about letting their children walk down the street. families live in fear. just a few weeks ago, a young american veteran and west point graduate named taylor force was murdered by a palestinian terrorist near the jaffa port. these attacks must end immediately. [applause]
palestinian leaders need to stop inciting violence stop , celebrating terrorists as martyrs and stop paying rewards to their families. [applause] because we understand the threat is real faces. we know we can never take for granted the strength of our alliance or the success of our efforts. today, americans and israelis face momentous choices that will shape the future of our relationship and of both our nations. the first choice is this: are we prepared to take the u.s./israel alliance to the next level?
this relationship has always been stronger and deeper than the headlines might lead you to believe. our work together to develop the iron dome saved many israeli lives when hamas rockets began to fly. [applause] i saw its effectiveness firsthand in 2012 when i worked with prime minister netanyahu to negotiate a cease fire in gaza. and if i'm fortunate enough to be elected president, the united states will reaffirm we have a strong and enduring national interest in israel's security. [applause]
and we will never allow israel's adversaries to think a wedge can be driven between us. (applause) as we have differences, as any friends do, we will work to resolve them quickly and respectfully. we will also be clear that the united states has an enduring interest in and commitment to a more peaceful, more stable, more secure middle east. and we will step up our efforts to achieve that outcome. indeed, at a time of unprecedented chaos and conflict in the region, america needs an israel strong enough to deter and defend against its enemies, strong enough to work with us to tackle shared challenges and strong enough to take bold steps in the pursuit of peace.
[applause] that's why i believe we must take our alliance to the next level. i hope a new 10-year defense memorandum of understanding is concluded as soon as possible to meet israel's security needs far into the future. that will also send a clear message to israel's enemies that the united states and israel stand together united. it's also why, as president, i will make a firm commitment to ensure israel maintains its qualitative military edge. the united states should provide israel with the most
sophisticated defense technology so it can deter and stop any threats. that includes bolstering israeli missile defenses with new systems like the arrow three and david's sling. and we should work together to develop better tunnel detection, technology to prevent armed smuggling, kidnapping and terrorist attacks. one of the first things i'll do in office is invite the israeli prime minister to visit the white house. (applause) and i will send a delegation from the pentagon and the joint chiefs to israel for
early consultations. let's also expand our collaboration beyond security. together, we can build an even more vibrant culture of innovation that tightens the links between silicon valley and israeli tech companies and entrepreneurs. there is much americans can learn from israel, from cybersecurity to energy security to water security and just on an everyday people- to-people level. and it's especially important to continue fostering relationships between american and israeli
young people who may not always remember our shared past. they are the future of our relationship and we have to do more to promote that. many of the young people here today are on the front lines of the battle to oppose the alarming boycott, divestment and sanctions movement known as bds. particularly at a time when anti-semitism is on the rise across the world, especially in europe, we must repudiate all efforts to malign, isolate and undermine israel and the jewish people. [applause] i've been sounding the alarm for a while now.
as i wrote last year in a letter to the heads of major american jewish organizations, we have to be united in fighting back against bds. many of its proponents have demonized israeli scientists and intellectuals, even students. to all the college students who may have encountered this on campus, i hope you stay strong. keep speaking out. don't let anyone silence you, bully you or try to shut down debate, especially in places of learning like colleges and universities. [applause] anti-semitism has no place in any civilized society, not in america, not in europe, not anywhere.
now, all of this work defending israel's legitimacy, expanding security and economic ties, taking our alliance to the next level depends on electing a president with a deep, personal commitment to israel's future as a secure, democratic jewish state, and to america's responsibilities as a global leader. tonight, you'll hear from candidates with very different visions of american leadership in the region and around the world. you'll get a glimpse of a potential u.s. foreign policy that would insult our allies, not engage them, and embolden our adversaries, not defeat them. for the security of israel and the world, we need america to remain a respected global leader, committed to defending and advancing the international
order. an america able to block efforts to isolate or attack israel. the alternative is unthinkable. [applause] yes, we need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on monday, pro-israel on tuesday, and who knows what on wednesday, because everything's negotiable. [applause] well, my friends, israel's security is non-negotiable. [applause]
i have sat in israeli hospital rooms holding the hands of men and women whose bodies and lives were torn apart by terrorist bombs. i've listened to doctors describe the shrapnel left in a leg, an arm or even a head. that's why i feel so strongly that america can't ever be neutral when it comes to israel's security or survival. we can't be neutral when rockets rain down on residential neighborhoods, when civilians are stabbed in the street, when suicide bombers target the innocent. some things aren't negotiable.
and anyone who doesn't understand that has no business being our president. [applause] the second choice we face is whether we will have the strength and commitment to confront the adversaries that threaten us, especially iran. for many years, we've all been rightly focused on the existential danger of iran acquiring a nuclear weapon. after all, this remains an extremist regime that threatens to annihilate israel. that's why i led the diplomacy to impose crippling sanctions and force iran to the negotiating table, and why i ultimately supported the agreement that has put a lid on its nuclear program.
today iran's enriched uranium is all but gone, thousands of centrifuges have stopped spinning, iran's potential breakout time has increased and new verification measures are in place to help us deter and detect any cheating. i really believe the united states, israel and the world are safer as a result. but still, as i laid out at a speech at the brookings institution last year, it's not good enough to trust and verify. our approach must be distrust and verify. [applause] this deal must come with vigorous enforcement, strong monitoring, clear consequences for any violations and a broader
strategy to confront iran's aggression across the region. we cannot forget that tehran's fingerprints are on nearly every conflict across the middle east, from syria to lebanon to yemen. the iranian revolutionary guard corps and its proxies are attempting to establish a position on the golan from which to threaten israel, and they continue to fund palestinian terrorists. in lebanon, hezbollah is amassing an arsenal of increasingly sophisticated rockets and artillery that well may be able to hit every city in israel. tonight, you will hear a lot of rhetoric from the other candidates about iran, but there's a big difference between talking about holding tehran accountable and actually doing it. our next president has to be
able to hold together our global coalition and impose real consequences for even the smallest violations of this agreement. [applause] we must maintain the legal and diplomatic architecture to turn all the sanctions back on if need. if i'm elected the leaders of iran will have no doubt that if we see any indication that they are violating their commitment not to seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons, the united states will act to stop it, and that we will do so with force if necessary. [applause] iranian provocations, like the recent ballistic missile tests, are also unacceptable and should be answered firmly and quickly
including with more sanctions. those missiles were stamped with words declaring, and i quote, "israel should be wiped from the pages of history." we know they could reach israel or hit the tens of thousands of american troops stationed in the middle east. this is a serious danger and it demands a serious response. the united states must also continue to enforce existing sanctions and impose additional sanctions as needed on iran and the revolutionary guard for their sponsorship of terrorism, illegal arms transfers, human rights violations and other
illicit behaviors like cyber attacks. we should continue to demand the safe return of robert levinson and all american citizens unjustly held in iranian prisons. and we must work closely with israel and other partners to cut off the flow of money and arms from iran to hezbollah. if the arab league can designate all of hezbollah as a terrorist organization, surely it is time for our friends in europe and the rest of the international community to do so as well and to do that now. at the same time, america should always stand with those voices inside iran calling for more openness. now look, we know the supreme leader still calls the shots and that the hard-liners are intent on keeping their grip on power.
but the iranian people themselves deserve a better future, and they are trying to make their voices heard. they should know that america is not their enemy, they should know we will support their efforts to bring positive change to iran. [applause] now, of course, iran is not the only threat we and israel face. the united states and israel also have to stand together against the threat from isis and other radical jihadists. an isis affiliate in the sinai is reportedly stepping up attempts to make inroads in gaza and partner with hamas. on saturday, a number of israelis and other foreigners were injured or killed in a bombing in istanbul that may
well be linked to isis. two of the dead are u.s.israeli dual nationals. this is a threat that knows no borders. that's why i've laid out a plan to take the fight to isis from the air, on the ground with local forces and online where they recruit and inspire. our goal cannot be to contain isis, we must defeat isis. [applause] and here is a third choice. will we keep working toward a negotiated peace or lose forever the goal of two states for two peoples? despite many setbacks, i remain convinced that peace with security is possible and that it is the only way to guarantee
israel's long-term survival as a strong jewish and democratic state. it may be difficult to imagine progress in this current climate when many israelis doubt that a willing and capable partner for peace even exists. but inaction cannot be an option. israelis deserve a secure homeland for the jewish people. palestinians should be able to govern themselves in their own state, in peace and dignity. and only a negotiated two-state agreement can survive those outcomes. [applause] if we look at the broader regional context, converging
interests between israel and key arab states could make it possible to promote progress on the israeli-palestinian issue. israelis and palestinians could contribute toward greater cooperation between israel and arabs. i know how hard all of this is. i remember what it took just to convene prime minister netanyahu and president abbas for the three sessions of direct face-to-face talks in 2010 that i presided over. but israelis and palestinians cannot give up on the hope of peace. that will only make it harder later. all of us need to look for opportunities to create the conditions for progress, including by taking positive actions that can rebuild trust like the recent constructive meetings between the israeli and palestinian finance ministers aiming to help bolster the palestinian economy, or the
daily on-the-ground security cooperation between israel and the palestinian authority. but at the same time, all of us must condemn actions that set back the cause of peace. terrorism should never be encouraged or celebrated, and children should not be taught to hate in schools. that poisons the future. [applause] everyone has to do their part by avoiding damaging actions, including with respect to settlements. now, america has an important role to play in supporting peace efforts. and as president, i would continue the pursuit of direct negotiations. and let me be clear i would vigorously oppose any attempt by outside parties to impose a solution, including by the u.n. security council.
[applause] there is one more choice that we face together, and in some ways, it may be the most important of all. will we, as americans and as israelis, stay true to the shared democratic values that have always been at the heart of our relationship? we are both nations built by immigrants and exiles seeking to live and worship in freedom, nations built on principles of equality, tolerance and pluralism. at our best, both israel and america are seen as a light unto the nations because of those values.
this is the real foundation of our alliance, and i think it's why so many americans feel such a deep emotional connection with israel. i know that i do. and it's why we cannot be neutral about israel and israel's future, because in israel's story, we see our own, and the story of all people who struggle for freedom and self-determination. there's so many examples. you know, we look at the pride parade in tel aviv, one of the biggest and most prominent in the world. and we marvel that such a bastion of liberty exists in a region so plagued by intolerance. we see the vigorous, even raucous debate in israeli politics and feel right at home.
and, of course, some of us remember a woman, golda meir, leading israel's government decades ago and wonder what's taking us so long here in america? [applause] but we cannot rest on what previous generations have accomplished. every generation has to renew our values. and, yes, even fight for them. today, americans and israelis face currents of intolerance and extremism that threaten the moral foundations of our societies. now in a democracy, we're going to have differences. but what americans are hearing on the campaign trail this year is something else entirely: encouraging violence, playing coy with white supremacists,
calling for 12 million immigrants to be rounded up and deported, demanding we turn away refugees because of their religion, and proposing a ban on all muslims entering the united states. now, we've had dark chapters in our history before. we remember the nearly 1,000 jews aboard the st. louis who were refused entry in 1939 and sent back to europe. but america should be better than this. and i believe it's our responsibility as citizens to say so. [applause]
if you see bigotry, oppose it. if you see violence, condemn it. if you see a bully, stand up to him. on wednesday evening, jews around the world will celebrate the festival of purim, and children will learn the story of esther, who refused to stay silent in the face of evil. it wasn't easy. she had a good life. and by speaking out, she risked everything. but as mordecai reminded her, we all have an obligation to do our part when danger gathers. and those of us with power or influence have a special responsibility to do what's right. as elie wiesel said when accepting the nobel peace prize, "neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented""
so, my friends, let us never be neutral or silent in the face of bigotry. together let's defend the shared values that already make america and israel great. let us do the hard work necessary to keep building our friendship and reach out to the next generation of americans and israelis so the bonds between our nations grow even deeper and stronger. we are stronger together, and if we face the future side by side, i know for both israel and america, our best days are still ahead. thank you so much. [applause]
attacks on all of us, attacks that perpetrated and they were perpetrated by the islamic fundamentalists, mayor rudy giuliani visited israel to show solidarity with terror victims. i sent my plane because i backed the mission for israel 100 percent. [cheers, applause] in spring of 2004 at the height of the violence in the gaza strip, i was the grand marshal of the 40th salute to israel parade, the largest-single gathering in support of the jewish state. [applause] it was a very dangerous time for israel and frankly for anyone supporting israel. many people turned down this honor. i did not. i took the risk and i'm glad i did.
[applause] but i didn't come here tonight to pander to you about israel. that's what politicians do: all talk, no action. believe me. [applause] i came here to speak to you about where i stand on the future of american relations with our strategic ally, our unbreakable friendship and our cultural brother, the only democracy in the middle east, the state of israel. [cheers, applause] thank you. my number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with iran. [cheers, applause]
thank you. thank you. i have been in business a long time. i know deal-making. and let me tell you, this deal is catastrophic for america, for israel and for the whole of the middle east. [applause] the problem here is fundamental. we've rewarded the world's leading state sponsor of terror with $150 billion, and we received absolutely nothing in return. [applause] i've studied this issue in great detail, i would say actually greater by far than anybody else. [laughter] believe me. oh, believe me.
and it's a bad deal. the biggest concern with the deal is not necessarily that iran is going to violate it because already, you know, as you know, it has, the bigger problem is that they can keep the terms and still get the bomb by simply running out the clock. and of course, they'll keep the billions and billions of dollars that we so stupidly and foolishly gave them. [applause] the deal doesn't even require iran to dismantle its military nuclear capability. yes, it places limits on its
military nuclear program for only a certain number of years, but when those restrictions expire, iran will have an industrial-sized, military nuclear capability ready to go and with zero provision for delay, no matter how bad iran's behavior is. terrible, terrible situation that we are all placed in and especially israel. [applause] when i'm president, i will adopt a strategy that focuses on three things when it comes to iran. first, we will stand up to iran's aggressive push to destabilize and dominate the region. [applause] iran is a very big problem and will continue to be. but if i'm not elected president, i know how to deal with trouble.
and believe me, that's why i'm going to be elected president, folks. [cheers, applause] and we are leading in every poll. remember that, please. iran is a problem in iraq, a problem in syria, a problem in lebanon, a problem in yemen and will be a very, very major problem for saudi arabia. literally every day, iran provides more and better weapons to support their puppet states. hezbollah, lebanon received and i'll tell you what, it has received sophisticated anti-ship weapons, anti-aircraft weapons and gps systems and rockets like very few people anywhere in the world and certainly very few countries have.
now they're in syria trying to establish another front against israel from the syrian side of the golan heights. in gaza, iran is supporting hamas and islamic jihad. and in the west bank, they're openly offering palestinians $7,000 per terror attack and $30,000 for every palestinian terrorist's home that's been destroyed. a deplorable, deplorable situation. [applause] iran is financing military forces throughout the middle east and it's absolutely incredible that we handed them over $150 billion to do even more toward the many horrible acts of terror. [applause] secondly, we will totally dismantle iran's global terror network which is big and powerful, but not powerful like us. [applause]
iran has seeded terror groups all over the world. during the last five years, iran has perpetuated terror attacks in 25 different countries on five continents. they've got terror cells everywhere, including in the western hemisphere, very close to home. iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism around the world. and we will work to dismantle that reach, believe me, believe me. [applause] third, at the very least, we must enforce the terms of the previous deal to hold iran totally accountable. and we will enforce it like you've never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me. [applause] iran has already, since the deal is in place, test-fired ballistic missiles three times. those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were
designed to intimidate not only israel, which is only 600 miles away, but also intended to frighten europe and someday maybe hit even the united states. and we're not going to let that happen. we're not letting it happen. and we're not letting it happen to israel, believe me. [cheers, applause] thank you. thank you. do you want to hear something really shocking? as many of the great people in this room know, painted on those missiles in both hebrew and farsi were the words "israel must be wiped off the face of h."rth i
you can forget that. [applause] what kind of demented minds write that in hebrew? and here's another. you talk about twisted. here's another twisted part. testing these missiles does not even violate the horrible deal that we've made. the deal is silent on test missiles. but those tests do violate the united nations security council resolutions. the problem is no one has done anything about it. we will, we will. i promise, we will. [cheers, applause] thank you. which brings me to my next point, the utter weakness and incompetence of the united nations. [cheers, applause]
the united nations is not a friend of democracy, it's not a friend to freedom, it's not a friend even to the united states of america where, as you know, it has its home. and it surely is not a friend to israel. [applause] with president obama in his final year -- [laughter] [cheers, applause] [laughter] he may be the worst thing to ever happen to israel, believe me, believe me. and you know it and you know it better than anybody.
so with the president in his final year, discussions have been swirling about an attempt to bring a security council resolution on terms of an eventual agreement between israel and palestine. let me be clear -- an agreement imposed by the united nations would be a total and complete disaster. [applause] the united states must oppose this resolution and use the power of our veto, which i will use as president 100 percent. [applause] when people ask why, it's because that's not how you make a deal.
deals are made when parties come together, they come to a table and they negotiate. each side must give up something. it's values. i mean, we have to do something where there's value in exchange for something that it requires. that's what a deal is. a deal is really something that when we impose it on israel and palestine, we bring together a group of people that come up with something. that's not going to happen with the united nations. it will only further, very importantly, it will only further delegitimize israel. it will be a catastrophe and a disaster for israel. it's not going to happen, folks. [cheers, applause] and further, it would reward palestinian terrorism because every day they're stabbing
israelis and even americans. just last week, american taylor allen force, a west point grad, phenomenal young person who served in iraq and afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding palestinian. you don't reward behavior like that. you cannot do it. [applause] there's only one way you treat that kind of behavior. you have to confront it. [applause] so it's not up to the united nations to really go with a solution. it's really the parties that must negotiate a resolution themselves. they have no choice. they have to do it themselves or it will never hold up anyway. the united states can be useful as a facilitator of
negotiations, but no one should be telling israel that it must be and really that it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away that don't even really know what's happening to israel, to anything in the area. it's so preposterous, we're not going to let that happen. [cheers, applause] when i'm president, believe me, i will veto any attempt by the u.n. to impose its will on the jewish state. it will be vetoed 100 percent. [applause] you see, i know about deal-making. that's what i do. i wrote "the art of the deal." [laughter]
one of the best-selling, all-time -- and i mean, seriously, i'm saying one of because i'll be criticized when i say "the" so i'm going to be iery diplomatic -- one of -- will be criticized. i think it is number one, but why take a chance? [laughter] [applause] one of the all-time best-selling books about deals and deal- making. to make a great deal, you need two willing participants. we know israel is willing to deal. israel has been trying. [applause] that's right. israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without preconditions for years. you had camp david in 2000 where prime minister barak made an incredible offer, maybe even too generous; arafat rejected it. in 2008, prime minister olmert made an equally generous offer. the palestinian authority
rejected it also. then john kerry tried to come up with a framework and abbas didn't even respond, not even to the secretary of state of the united states of america. they didn't even respond. when i become president, the days of treating israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one. [cheers, applause] thank you. and when i say something, i mean it, i mean it. i will meet with prime minister netanyahu immediately. i have known him for many years and we'll be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to israel and to the entire region.
meanwhile, every single day you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate israel and to hate the jews. it has to stop. [applause] when you live in a society where the firefighters are the heroes, little kids want to be firefighters. when you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are the heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. in palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder jews. we can't let this continue. we can't let this happen any longer. [cheers, applause] you cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace.
it is a horrible, horrible way to think. it's a barrier that can't be broken. that will end and it'll end soon, believe me. [applause] in palestinian textbooks and mosques, you've got a culture of hatred that has been fomenting there for years. and if we want to achieve peace, they've got to go out and they've got to start this educational process. they have to end education of hatred. they have to end it and now. [applause] there is no moral equivalency. israel does not name public squares after terrorists. israel does not pay its children to stab random palestinians. you see, what president obama gets wrong about deal-making is that he constantly applies pressure to our friends and
[cheers, applause] and you see that happening all the time, that pattern practiced by the president and his administration, including former secretary of state hillary clinton, who is a total disaster, by the way. [laughter] [cheers, applause] she and president obama have treated israel very, very badly. [applause]
but it's repeated itself over and over again and has done nothing to embolden those who hate america. we saw that with releasing the $150 billion to iran in the hope that they would magically join the world community. it didn't happen. [applause] president obama thinks that applying pressure to israel will force the issue. but it's precisely the opposite that happens. already half of the population of palestine has been taken over by the palestinian isis and hamas, and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it's a very difficult situation that's never going to get solved unless you have great
leadership right here in the united states. we'll get it solved. one way or the other, we will get it solved. [applause] but when the united states stands with israel, the chances of peace really rise and rises exponentially. that's what will happen when donald trump is president of the united states. we will move the american embassy to the eternal capital of the jewish people, jerusalem. [cheers, applause] and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between america and our most reliable ally, the state of israel. [cheers, applause] the palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond
between the united states and israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable. [applause] they must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against israel. they must do that. and they must come to the table willing to accept that israel is a jewish state and it will forever exist as a jewish state. [cheers, applause] i love the people in this room. i love israel. i love israel. i've been with israel so long in terms of i've received some of my greatest honors from israel,
my father before me, incredible. my daughter, ivanka, is about to have a beautiful jewish baby. [cheers, applause] in fact, it could be happening right now, which would be very nice as far as i'm concerned. [laughter] so i want to thank you very much. this has been a truly great honor. thank you, everybody. thank you. thank you very much. ♪
cruz: god bless aipac. i'm thrilled to be with you here today and let me say at the outset, perhaps to the surprise of a previous speaker, palestine has not existed since 1948. on wednesday night of this week, in synagogues across the world, jewish people will read the megillah, which tells the story of purim, the miraculous rescue of the jewish people from the hands of a wicked persian king. when the evildoer haman plots to kill the jews, he describes them as a nation that is scattered
and spread out. the talmud teaches that the jewish people at the time were divided amongst themselves and that the lesson is that when the forces of good are divided, evil can prevail. but when we come together in unity, together we can defeat tyrants. today, we are reliving history, facing a similar time of challenge for america and for israel. but today, i give you a word of hope, in the next few months, we will bring this country together. first by unifying the republican party and then by reaching out and building a coalition of young people, and hispanics, and african americans and women and blue collar workers and jewish
voters and reagan democrats which will lead to a commanding victory in november that unifies this country and brings us together. and standing together, america will stand with israel and defeat radical islamic terrorism. i want to thank the delegates, the over 18,000 people here, the 4,000 young people, the leaders of the pro-israel movement who are gathered here today. you will play a critical leadership role in making this happen and bringing us together, indeed. just today, my colleague lindsey graham very kindly hosted an event for me here, which should allay any doubts anyone might
have that the god of abraham, isaac and jacob can still do miracles. i want to begin by asking all of us to remember taylor force, a texan who hailed from lubbock, an eagle scout, a west point graduate, an army veteran. on march 8th, he was stabbed to death by a palestinian terrorist in israel. the terrorist didn't ask for his passport. influenced by the relentless campaign of incitement that has fostered genocidal hatred towards jews, all he cared about was injuring or killing as many civilians as possible, at least 10 people were wounded by the time the terrorist was neutralized. the brutal murder of taylor force is yet another reminder that america and israel are in the fight together against radical islamic terrorism.
we need a president who will be a champion for america and we need a president who will be a champion for israel. in my time in the senate, i have endeavored to do both. in the four years i've been serving in the senate, i've been privileged to travel three times to the state of israel. i had the great privilege of seeing the ziv hospital in northern israel where they have treated over 1,000 refugees from syria wounded in that horrible syrian civil war, have done so free of charge showing the heart and character of the people of israel.
when the nation of iran named as their ambassador to the united nations hamid aboutalebi, a known terrorist who had participated in holding americans hostage in the late 1970s, people in washington said there was nothing we could do. well, i was proud to introduce legislation barring aboutalebi from coming to america. that legislation passed the senate 100 to nothing, it passed the house 435 to nothing and it was signed into law by president obama. [applause] when israel was facing relentless rocket attacks from hamas and the prayers of all of us and people across the world were with israel, prime minister netanyahu powerfully observed, we are using missile defense to protect our civilians and they are using their civilians to protect their missiles. i entirely agree with prime
minister netanyahu as hamas would place rockets in elementary schools, they placed their headquarters in the basement of a hospital and i would note that hillary clinton, in 2014, explained this as follows, quote, "hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas, part of it is because gaza is pretty small and it's densely populated." well, madame secretary, with all respect, the reason the missiles
are in schools is not because gaza is small, the reason the missiles are in schools is because hamas are terrorist monsters using children as human shields. [applause] and in response to this atrocity, i was proud to join with new york democrat kirsten gillibrand in authoring a resolution condemning hamas's use of human shields as a war crime and that resolution passed both houses of congress unanimously. in the midst of these rocket attacks, we saw the obama administration cancel civilian airline flights in the nation of israel. when that happened, i publicly asked the question, did this administration just launch an economic boycott on the nation of israel? [applause] an economic boycott on the -- the administration does not ban flights into pakistan, does
not ban flights into yemen, does not ban flights into afghanistan, indeed, did not ban flights into much of ukraine, and ukraine had just seen a passenger airliner shot down by a russian buk missile. so why exactly was a disproportionate sanction put on israel because one rocket fell harmlessly a mile away from ben-gurion airport, one of the safest airports in the world? and why was that time to coincide with john kerry arriving in the middle east with $47 million for gaza that would inevitably end up with hamas terrorists? [applause] well, when i asked that question, within hours, the state department was being asked, is this an economic boycott of israel? the state department said, that question is ridiculous, we refuse to answer. so i responded, fine, i will place a hold on every nominee to the state department.
shortly thereafter, former new york mayor michael bloomberg rode a civilian airliner from london to tel aviv demonstrating that it was safe to fly to israel. and as a result of mayor bloomberg's efforts and my efforts and that of millions of others, the heat and light and attention became too much on this administration and within 36 hours, the administration lifted its ban on civilian air flights to israel. looking forward as president, i will lead very, very differently from the current administration. [applause] imagine just a few years ago if
i had come to an aipac conference and suggested that the prime minister of israel was going to come to america, address a joint session of congress and he would be boycotted by the president of the united states, the vice president of the united states and every member of the cabinet, that would've been dismissed as crazy, fanciful, that could never happen and sadly, that is exactly what did happen when prime minister netanyahu came to address congress. in a similar vein, my leading republican opponent has promised that he, as president, would be neutral between israel and the palestinians.
well, let me be very, very clear, as president, i will not be neutral. america will stand unapologetically with the nation of israel. so what does that mean specifically? let's start with today's persian king, the nation of iran. both hillary clinton and donald trump have said they would maintain this iranian deal, although, donald has promised he's going to negotiate and get a better deal. well, my view is very different, on the first day in office, i will rip this catastrophic iranian nuclear deal to shreds. [applause] [cheering] this agreement gives over $100 billion to the ayatollah khomeini, the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. that dwarfs the $3 billion in military aid we give each year
to the nation of israel. that difference is not just unconscionable, it is fundamentally immoral and if i am president, on the first day, we will re-impose sanctions on iran. [applause] in a mockery of this iranian nuclear deal, iran has continued with missile tests, including launching a missile with the words printed on it in both hebrew and farsi, israel should be wiped from the earth. hear my words, ayatollah khomeini, if i am president and iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down. and in january 2017, we will have a commander in chief who says, under no circumstances will iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
either you will shut down your nuclear program or we will shut it down for you. [cheering] a year ago when prime minister netanyahu addressed congress, i was honored to join the great elie wiesel on a panel discussion in the senate about this disastrous iranian deal. not a single democrat was willing to join elie wiesel, to sit alongside someone who witnessed firsthand the horrors of the holocaust, who brings a moral weight and gravity second to none, was both powerful and humbling and i am convinced,
after this election, the american people will stand and say together, never again means never again. [applause] on my very first day in office, i will begin the process of moving the american embassy in israel to jerusalem, the once and eternal capital of israel. now, i recognize for years, a whole lot of presidential candidates, both republicans and democrats, have said that indeed, i recognize, some candidates have said that standing here today. here's the difference, i will do it. and as president, i will do everything in my power to ensure that anyone who provides
financial support to the bds movement, including schools and universities will lose any access to federal funding. and to the extent that they have engaged in illegal behavior, they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. all of us here understand that israel is not the barrier to peace. it is the palestinian authority in a so-called unity government with hamas that celebrates the murder of women and children and incites and even compensates the terrorist attacks.
if the palestinians try to push through a united nations resolution to unilaterally declare palestinian statehood, american will veto that resolution. indeed, i tell you today, i will fly to new york to personally veto it myself. now, some have asked, why on earth did a cuban-american texas become one of the leading defenders of israel in the united states congress? well, i would say there are several reasons. first of all, i understand that standing with israel benefits america. [applause] israel is a liberal democracy
that shares our values. israel is a steadfast and loyal ally and our military aid to israel is not charity, it is it is rather furthering the vital national security interest of the united states of america, whether it is missile-defense from iron dome to david's sling, or intelligence and military provides an is euro enormous benefit to keeping america safe and protecting us from radical islamic terrorists. [applause] but on a very personal level, for me, much of my view of israel is framed in my family story. my father was born and raised in cuba. as a kid, he fought in the cuban revolution. he was imprisoned, tortured. my father fled cuba in 1957. had i came to america, he
nothing. he had $100 sound into his underwear. he washed dishes, making $.50 an hour. he paid his way through school, he went on to start a small business. kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again when i face depression in cuba, i had a place to flee to. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? i will tell you, it is incredible blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression and came to america seeking freedom. onre is one other nation earth like the united states of america that was created as an oasis, as a beacon of hope to people who had faced oppression and horrible murder and persecution, the nation of israel, like america, is a beacon of light unto the world. [applause]
all of us here understand, as ronald reagan did, that piece -- peace is achievable only through strength. this is what israel understands when you are surrounded, neighbors that would drive you into the sea. somehow, you don't have time for political correctness. [applause] weakness is provocative. appeasement increases the chance of military conflict. indeed, i believe, this iranian nuclear deal is munich in 1938. we risk, once again, catastrophic consequences to allowing a homicidal maniac to acquire the tools to murder millions. [applause]
the way to avoid conflict is to stand up to bullies. it is worth remembering that this same nation, iran, in 1981, released our hostages the day ronald reagan was sworn into office. that is the difference, a strong commander-in-chief can make and together, standing as one, we can and will. thank you. god bless america. [applause]
>> he talked about iraq, the andel-palestinian conflict, combating isis with the regional coalition. this is 25 minutes. >> thank you. thank you very much. i'm delighted to be back at aipac, an organization i have known and worked with since the early 1980's. back then, your audience numbered in the hundreds. a testament to aipac is that those crowds are now in the thousands. in 1983visited israel with my late dear friend gordon sachs. as you all know, gordon was a founding member of aipac area it was on that trip that i actually visited bethlehem and called my
mother on christmas night from jerusalem. as you can imagine, it was a very special moment, and gordon always reminded me of it. gordon helped me as anyone has over the years to know and appreciate the importance of our relationship with israel and israel's unique security challenges. guyn't think of a better who could have taken me to israel. it was on my trip in 1983 the gordon introduced me to -- one her husband was still in a soviet prison. shoot all mean her husband's story over lunch at the king david hotel in jerusalem and said she was going to washington to plead for his release. i asked her, would you mind if i organized the rally in support of your husband on the steps of the capitol? we came together in a bipartisan way to call for his release. [applause]
he had taken him into the oval office to meet with president reagan. when the meeting ended, she was told by the president i will not rest until your husband is free. her story has always inspired me from the day she first introduced me. i don't know how many of you have ever read his book. fear no evil. [applause] they wrote in that book as a related to him, i said i'm glad that you side. when they went to him in the prison, they wanted him to confess something. understando him, you galileo even confessed. sitting in sharansky a prison, and that solitary confinement, he thought to
himself and told them you are using galileo against me, no one will ever use me against any other prisoner of conscience beard for that, he deserves to be remembered. [applause] i had a phone conversation with him for years, but i never had a chance to meet him. ironically, i met him at the restery and we laid him to . where he gave the eulogy on the half of our great friend. i want it to be clear to all of you that i remain unwavering in my support for the jewish state has a unique partnership between the united states and israel. [applause]
when i was first introduced to israel and some of its leaders, the core of our partnership with israel was already were very well-defined. we give thanks to harry truman for the courageous steps he took one israel was first established. i applaud our continuing legacy of support for the jewish state and the struggles, inventiveness, and vitality of the jewish people. this legacy is one that i will not only honor and my ministration, but will take active steps to strengthen and expand. [applause] i want you all to know something special to me. it was at a ceremony recognizing the holocaust that as governor, i proposed we build a permanent andrial so that people
particularly our young people could understand the history and lesson of man's inhumanity to man, and the incredible suffering visited upon the jews across the globe. such commonh ohioans as the revelers, wexner's, and many other members of the jewish community over three years to make it happen. not beld me i could done. i said, you watch me. we will build a memorial. the memorial finally was designed by daniel leaves skin and was the first of its kind in the nation. you all come to columbus and look at it. it is beautiful. that a veryll you good friend of mine, victor goodman, a prominent member of the jewish community in ohio, asked me to take them over to look at the memorial before it was unveiled. tarp.ked over behind the i had my arm around his shoulder. and thethe inscription
memorial together. i will never forget when he finished reading it, he buried his head in my chest and wept. we wept together and he looked at me and said, john, thank you for what you have done here. this will exist as long as the state of ohio exists. as you may know, i served on the house armed services committee for 18 years. i worked to intimate ronald reagan's strategy to revitalize our military and to defeat the soviet union. together, my colleagues in congress and i gave our alliance with israel meeting. we assured israel's continuing qualitative military edge by authoring the initial 10 million for the arrow iron dome antimissile program that we know is so critical to the security of israel. [applause] we supported the phantom 2000
program guaranteeing israeli air superiority with the latest fighters and the trance for of reactive armor technology that has made the israeli tanks so effective. i think it can be fairly said that my support and friendship for our strategic partner israel as an firm and unwavering for more than 35 years of my professional life. [applause] israel is the only democracy in the middle east and has been a dependable and faithful friend. the friends of israel are not fair weather friends. they recognize the strategic hinge with israel and that america and israel's interests are tightly intertwined, despite our inevitable disagreements from time to time. we share a critically important common interest in the middle east.
the unrelenting opposition to iran's attempt to develop nuclear weapons. [applause] in march of 2015, when the prime minister spoke out against the iran nuclear deal before a joint session of congress, i flew to washington and stood on the floor of the house of representatives that was in session the first time i have visited since we had been in session in 15 years. i did it to show my respect, my personal respect to the people of israel. [applause] i want you all to know that i have called for the suspension in theu.s. participation around nuclear deals in reaction to iran's recent ballistic missile test. [applause]
these tests were both a violation of the spirit of the nuclear deal and provocations that can no longer be ignored. tested hadmissiles printed on it in hebrew, can you believe this, israel must be exterminated. i will instantly gather the world of elite to reapply sanctions. oriran violates one cross tea of that nuclear deal, we must put the sanctions back on them as the world community together. [applause]
let me also tell you no amount of money being made by any business will stand in the way to make sure that the security of israel is secured and that iran does not have a nuclear weapon. no amount of money can push us in the wrong direction. i want you to be assured that in administration, there would be no more delusional agreements with self-declared enemies. no more. [applause] racee candidate in this with the deepest and most far-reaching foreign policy and national security experience, ladies and gentlemen, i don't need on the job training. i will not have to learn about the dangers facing this country and our allies, i have lived these matters for decades. one day -- day one in the oval office, i will have in place a solid team of experienced and dedicated people who will implement a long-term strategic
program to ensure the security and safety of this country and that of its allies such as israel. i will lead and make decisions and my national security willntees were will -- work tirelessly with israel to counter iran's aggression and sponsorship of terror. we will help interject -- interject weapons of lies and if he isis in syria and iraq. we will assist israel to interdict iranian arms supplies and financial flows to hamas. let me stress, i will also work to build and expand on israel's newfound regional relations as a result of the flawed around nuclear deal. israel and the arab gulf states are now closer than ever. the bad news is that the u.s. is not part of this new web of relations. i will write to participate in, expand, and strengthen those ties. [applause]
israelis live in one of the .orlds roughest neighborhoods on iran is not the only threat that the u.s. and israel both face. isis, headquartered in syria and iraq, is a mortal peril. ladies and gentlemen, it's spread must be stopped. since it is dedicated to destruction, and israel, the middle east, europe, africa, asia, the united states, it is a threat to all civilization and less we recognize and unite around this central truth, we will remain committed to an ineffective and piecemeal approach to dealing with isis. because the world recognizes the exit stencil threat posed by isis, i believe i can lead a regional coalition to defeat isis from the air and on the ground in syria and iraq. we're all in this together. [applause]
provide support and relief to our common ally, jordan, that has shared the brunt of refugee blows. i will bring our troops home as soon as we, together with our allies, have created a realistic prospect, that regional powers can conclude a settlement here and teeing long-term security. i will then support allied coalitions as they destroy isis and various regional affiliates. my administration will cooperate with allies to deny libya's oil as a resource, deny libya as a platform to mount attacks against europe, and disband what has become a hub of active terror throughout africa. i will support our vital, common ally, egypt, in its effort to destroy the insurgency in sinai and terrorism in libya. i will provide the afghan national security forces with the key aircraft and support needed to defeat the taliban, al qaeda, and isis, and then i will
bring our troops in afghanistan back home. [applause] insurgent states such as iran and network transnational terrorist actors such as isis are not the only threat that israel, the jewish-american community, and america together phase. believe me, a kasich a ministration will work from the beginning to block and eliminate any form of intolerance, bigotry, racism, or anti-semitism, whether gymnastic or international, particularly in international bodies. [applause] i condemn all attempts to isolate, pressure, and delegitimize the state of israel. i will support congress's efforts to allow this activity here and in the eu.
i am also very concerned about rising attacks on israel and jewish students on our college campuses. -- i pledge tors use -- [applause] i pledge the use of the full force of the white house to fight this scourge. i will make sure we have the tools to prevent students from hate speech, harassment, and intimidation while supporting free speech on our college campuses. [applause] horrified by the recent spate of palestinian attacks on israeli citizens. these are not spontaneous actions of loan wills. they are part of an unprecedented wave of terror involved over 200 attacks on israelis since october, 2015.
they are the outcome of a culture that the palestinian authority and its forebears have promoted for over 50 years. [applause] indoctrination of hate has long been planned -- part of a planned and well thought out strategy. palestinian children raised in a culture that glorifies martyrdom and the willingness to die and the pursuit of killing or maiming israelis. children's textbooks have been filled with while anti-semitism. families of suicide killers receive an annuity after they kill and maim. receiveterrorists stipends and are guaranteed jobs in the palestinian civil service with a salary determined by the length of their set of sentence. public squares streets and soccer tournaments are named
after terrorists. if they want peace with israel, palestinians cannot continue to promote a culture of hatred and death. we must make it clear that we will not tolerate such behavior. [applause] i do not believe there is any prospect for permanent peace until the palestinian authority and their friends in hamas and hezbollah are prepared to take real steps to live in peace with israel and recognize israel's right to exist as a jewish state , that violence is unacceptable. [applause] in the meantime, we can best
advance stability in the region by providing israel 100% support. we can make sure israel has what it needs to defend itself with weapons, new information, technology, political solidarity, and working quiet -- quietly to facilitate palestinian and israeli efforts of reconciliation. this is what would be expected of a dependable ally. let me conclude by talking about the greatest alliances, those with countries such as israel, where we share a community of values. the postwar international system that we and our allies held upon underommon values, it is challenge or attack. that is why we have to recommit ourselves to those values. we must not shy away from proclaiming and celebrating them . why we must revitalize our alliances to defend and expand the international system, build upon those values. a system that has prevented global conflict with over 2 billion people out of poverty in the last 70 years.
doing this, we cannot go it alone. we must hang together and be realistic about what we can achieve. we must not be neutral in defending our allies. we must be counted on to standby and invest in our friends instead of abusing them and incurring favor with our enemies. andeffective governance, our democracy and for the sake of the future, we have to work , as well ashome across party and ideological lines whenever and wherever possible. this is exactly what i have done in the course of my career in public service. i reached out to the other side callus times to see how we can sit together and achieve a progress that america wants and deserves. to the time ofk ronald reagan and his meetings with tip o'neill, where they came together to put america first, politics and partisanship second, and reagan, as he reached across the aisle, tip o'neill, partisan, legendary,
they managed to hammer out deals they gave reagan victories in revitalizing our economy and influencing the military buildup that ended the cold war. it took a conscious effort and an attitude of wanting to cooperate. this is what i want to do, republicans and democrats who are here today. we need to work together with congress on an agenda that serves the interests of the nation as a whole. we are americans before we are republicans or democrats. we are americans. [applause] me tell you, in regard to that, i will not take the load wrote to the highest law -- office in the land. i will not do it. [applause]
i am humbled by the chance to stand here at this incredible gathering of people who so much love america and so much love our great ally, israel. you see, we are connected together. it is about civilization, peace, love, togetherness, healing the world. the great jewish tradition. everyone was a life of little bigger than themselves. that tradition has made its way deep into my soul, where i have told people all across america, did down deep, the lord has made you special, live a life bigger than yourself, provide hope, provide progress, and with that, the rest of the century and the relationship between the united states and israel will