tv VP Pence CSPAN March 25, 2019 6:58pm-7:24pm EDT
president mike pence. we will show you his remarks from earlier today. well hello aipac. thank you for that warm welcome. what an amazing turnout and how about a round of applause for the great aipac team that put this extraordinary conference together, my good friend. to members of congress, israeli ministers and to the 18,000 friends of israel who have come from near and far it is great to be back at aipac . the
largest gathering of pro-israel american in the united states. speaking of pro-israel americans allow me to bring greetings from a friend of mine. history has already proven to be the greatest friend of the jewish people and the state of israel ever to sit in the oval office of the white house. i bring greetings from the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. we gather here today as americans to speak about the progress we have made and the strength of our alliance with our most cherished ally but i
just have to say yesterday was a great day for our country. our president and every american who cherishes the truth. after two years of investigations and reckless accusations by many democrats or members of the media, the special counsel confirmed what president donald trump said all along. there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia during the 2016 election and the attorney general confirmed there was no obstruction of justice. make no mistake about it my fellow americans this was a total vindication. the president of the united states and our campaign. this should be welcomed by
every american and even if some democrats want to spend more time on discredited allegations the american people can be confident. the president and i will focus on where we always have, on issues that are most important to the country, on a stronger and more prosperous america and on a safer world and that is exactly what we have done since the first day of this administration. think about it, president donald trump promised to rebuild our military and he signed into law the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. with that a new american strength promised to fight radical islamic terrorism on our terms on their soil. at the department of defense confirmed thanks to the courage of our armed forces and partners in the region the last inch of ground controlled by
the islamic state in syria has been captured. five years after isis controlled at nearly 35,000 square miles in syria and iraq and nearly 5 million people lived under their brutal regime the isis caliphate is no more. president donald trump also promised to revive the american economy, two taxes and rollback regulations and unleash american energy and he did it. since election day we have created 5.3 million new jobs and the employment rate has hit a 50 year low and more americans are working today than ever before in the history of the united states. no matter how you measure it
record job growth, record investment and record employment the american economy is the envy of the world. president donald trump is a man of his word and with respect to our most cherished ally he has been more than a man of his word. under president donald trump yet the world knows nothing else it knows this, america stands with israel. it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as vice president alongside a president who cares so deeply about the state of israel. thanks to the presidents leadership our alliance has never been stronger, our friendship has never been
deeper. we stand with israel today for the same reasons the american people have always stood with israel. we stand with israel because her cause is our cause. her values are our values and her fight is our fight. we stand with israel because we believe in right over wrong and good over evil and liberty over tyranny. we stand with israel today, tomorrow and we always will. but it is not just talk, president donald trump promised israel would have the resources and tools to defend it self by itself and today in the wake of the attack near tel aviv i am proud to report that american support for the security of the state of israel has never been stronger as a military of the state of israel is stronger than ever before.
president trump also promised to shut down the office in washington if the palestinian authority refused to take immediate steps to stop funding terrorists who murder innocent israeli civilians with american tax dollars. when the plo reviews president donald trump shut their office that refused president donald trump shut their office down. today thanks to so many of you is the law of the land. when president trump promised to cut off funding to anti- israel agencies at the united nations he meant it. and last year the united states
ended all u.s. contributions to --. beyond all that they president promised to stand up to the world's leading state sponsor of terror and he withdrew the united states of america from the disastrous nuclear deal with iran. there will be no more -- attacks in iran. last year they president did what no other american president before him had the courage to do, when he moved the american embassy to jerusalem the capital of the state of israel.
as though all of this wasn't enough his prime minister benjamin that yahoo said last week he did it again. for 20 years after israel's in syria -- with his this massive artillery held israel hostage. this region changed hands only after israel won a war forced upon it. years later when enemies attack israel on the holiest day of the jewish year thousands of patriots stepped up to defend their homeland including a young tank commander who single- handedly kept a fleet of enemy tanks at bay the great seco
green gold. it is an amazing story, late one night all alone as enemy tanks rolled into israel a miracle happened. the captain moved his tank back and forth in the darkness firing in different directions to delay far larger enemy force. his actions not only turned the tide of the battle in israel's favor they secured the heights from enemy control and with it saved the state of israel from the brink of disaster. for generations leaders have recognized are critical to the strategic security of the state of israel. when president trump took action today for the first time in 52 years with prime minister
benjamin netanyahu at his side the president of the united states will formally record guys israel sovereignty over -- heights. our president made these decisions in the best interest of the united states but he also believed they were in the best interest of peace. a lasting peace can only be built on the foundation of truth. we will work with peace and we will pray for the peace of jerusalem and for those who love her will be secure. piece cannot be imposed to be lasting and real peace it must be negotiated but peace can only be negotiated with partners who are committed to
peace and today's rocket attack by hamas proves that hamas is not a partner for peace, hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks the destruction of israel and the united states will never to go negotiate with terrorists of hamas. while many will require compromise, the united states of america will never compromise the safety and security of the state of israel. in february it was my great honor along with my wife to travel to poland on the presidents behalf.
we represented the united states in an unprecedented gathering of leaders of more than 60 nations. leaders who sat down and openly discuss their joint commitment to peace and security in the middle east. it was a remarkable gathering and it was amazing to see leaders from across the region agree that the greatest threat to peace and security in the middle east is the islamic republic of iran. the presidents critic created disaster when he withdrew from the deal but the so-called joint comprehensive plan of action didn't prevent iran from obtaining a weapon it merely delayed the date when that regime would gain access to the world's deadliest weapons. since then the u.s. has implemented a maximum pressure campaign to change iran's behavior and hold the regime accountable for its destructive actions and the campaign is
working. the iranian people are protesting against the regime and the economy is reeling under unprecedented u.s. sanctions and now iran must choose between caring for its people or continuing to fund its proxies who destabilize the region and threaten israel. the iranian regime openly advocates another holocaust and seek the means to achieve it but i can assure you under president donald trump leadership america will continue to stand strong. we will continue to oppose iran influence and under this president america will never allow iran to obtain a nuclear weapon when authoritarian
regimes readout vile and somatic words and violence history teaches that we must take them at their word. last month karen and i stood and prayed at thedeath camp in poland it was a deeply moving experience as we walked those deserted grounds i looked at the gas chambers and piles of suitcases and piles of little shoes. it reinforced my resolve this unspeakable tragedy for this and every generation must be never again. never again!
never again! now my friends we have reached the fateful moment in our history, all over the world anti-semitism is on the rise. on college campuses, the marketplace and even in the halls of congress. there was a time when support for israel was not a partisan issue here in washington. i will never forget the day in 2007 that i, a conservative christian republican was asked to cofound the congressional anti-semitism task force by the only holocaust survivor ever to serve in congress. the democratic chairman of the house foreign affairs
committee, the late and great tom lantos. support for israel as was reflected in that moment when chairman tom lantos came by my office there has been a long bipartisan tradition in congress spanning generations but how things have changed. it is astonishing to think the party of harry truman which did so much to help create the state of israel has been co- opted by people that promote rank and anti-semetic and work to undermine the broad american consensus of support for israel. recently a freshman democratic congress alleged congressional support for israel reflected or
allegiance to a foreign country. so israel had a hypnotized world and she accused americans who support israel of being bought off by campaign contributions. anti-semitism has no place in the congress of the united states of america. and at a minimum anyone who slanders those who support this historic alliance between the united states and israel should never have a seat on the foreign affairs committee of the united states house of
representatives. the party that has been the home of so many american jews for so long today struggled to muster the votes to condemn anti-semitism in a resolution. as governor of the i was proud to sign the toughest legislation of any state in the union. but remarkably today all but one democrat running for president voted against the combating bds act in the senate. as i stand before you eight democrat candidates for
president are actually boycotting this very conference. let me be clear on this point. anyone who aspires for the highest office in the land should not be afraid to stand with the strongest supporters of israel in america. . it is wrong to boycott israel and it is wrong to boycott aipac. president trump and i couldn't be more proud to stand with all of you today tomorrow and always to strengthen the ties that bind america and israel. we hear admire israel and her success. we marvel at it in fact.
the jewish people have turned a desert into a garden, scarcity into plenty, sickness into health. they have turned hope into a future of security and prosperity, a tiny land, a land with no natural resources condo rushing rivers or -- a nation that despite not knowing a single day of troop peace true peace has become one of the worlds vibrant and successful nations israel is an inspiration to the world. [ inaudible-static] to stand with israel and her people as allies and cherished friends. they have entrusted the united states to be the guardian of liberty and that is a trust we will never forsake. they shall sit every man and
woman under his vine and undo his victory and none shall make them afraid. [ indiscernible - low volume ] ladies and gentlemen israel and the united states will always stand together because america and israel are more than friend. we are more than partners or allies, my friends the united states and israel are family. we are --. we are a family descended from common tradition and family that upholds common values and we share a common destiny.
the american israeli alliance is stronger than ever. our friendship is greater than ever and together our future can only be brighter. this president has pledged our administration will always stand with our cherished friend and partner the state of israel. thank you, thank you for the honor of addressing you today and for your support. it is the greatest honor of my life to serve as your vice president at such a time as it is. permit me to quote a blessing, to all of my fellow americans who love this country, to all
of those gathered here who cherish israel and the people of israel, may the lord bless you and keep you. may has kinda shine upon you and be gracious unto you and may all of your ways be passed in peace with the unwavering support of all of you and all of those who call these two great nations home. with the leadership of president donald trump and with god's help i know the best days for israel and the united states of america are yet to come. thank you. god bless. god bless israel and god bless the united states .