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ttle bit more. Perhaps more than anyone in today's hectic and divided world president tom deserves our gratitude is proud. Israelis is proud, americans and it's proud jews, no matter what our politics are, where his ways where his predecessors promised thispresident has delivered, but by finally recognizing jerusalem is israel, eternal and beloved capital and moving the u. s. embassy here, where his predecessors shut their eyes to reality. This president has demonstrated strategic vision by recognizing the golan heights is israel's sovereign territory, and, just last month his administration again made history by declaring that there is nothing wrong and everything is right about jews living anywhere in the ancient jewish homeland. President trump has shown global leadership in the face of evil by withdrawing from the disaster nuclear deal with iran and increasing sanctions against it, and he always always baked israel and the jewish people.

President trump knows that america stands tallest when it stands with its truefriends and allies. He knows that israel's interests are us interests and that when one of these nations become great again so too does the other. He knows that the red white and blue looks terrific flying alongside the blue and white star in stripes, alongside the star of david. We all president drop our sincere and heartfelt thanks without apology or hesitation. That'S what it means to have common cause in a shared destiny. Anyone who has been in israel during the war knows that when the air-raid sirens sound superficial differences between people immediately vanish, religious or secular, nakute, oka holub and israelis offer each other total stranger shelter in the homes or rights to safety in thecars. Our enemy weapon do not discriminate among israelis and our friends. Our real friends do not discriminate between right or wrong time to support israel or right or wrong. Israel government to engage with, we must embrace such friends, and the greatest of them is right here with us. President, the gratitude ryeowon is above parties and politics. It is a duty we must feel in our soul. That speaks to the very heart of our existence.

President trump has already gone down in the annals of the jewish history and, and that is before he has even completed his first term in office. Ladies and gentlemen, now please join me in welcoming and thanking our greatest of friendsin, our greatest of president donald j trump [ applause, ], [ applause, ], [ applause, ]. Thank very much and thank you to miriam. Thank you so so cute. She said i didn't finish. My speech, what should i do, i said, go ahead and finish it. Don'T worry, don't let a little music get in your way and it was a beautiful speech that was a beautiful speech. Thank you. Both these are great people. They love israel and i have to say on behalf of everyone here today. I want to thank miriam and sheldon for the extraordinary commitment they make to fostering an unbreakable bond between the united states and israel, its unbreakable unbreakable, each of you in this room tonight. Isa national treasure just remember that too, before continuing also want to express our profound support to our entire nation for the victims of the evil and barbaric attack at the nevel air station in pensacola florida.

Our hearts break for the families who lost their precious loved ones. In this atrocity another atrocity, we send the urgent prayers of all americans during times of pain. Americans always stand together and never leave each other's side. We do best under pressure today, i'm here to talk about how peace-loving nations could work together to build a future of greater security, prosperity and hope for our children and generations. To come. I'D like to begin by saying how truly thrilled iam to become the president of the united states and to address the fastest-growing jewish organization in the nation, the israeli american council. Thank you job great job, fastest-growing in the nation. Wow, that's big stuff, but i know some of the people in this audience. Many of you, i know, and i'm not surprised to hear that thank you for the invitation to address you today and congratulations to your outstanding chief executive officer, shoham nicola shoham. Thank you, as well as your leadership and all of those incredible people that work so hard, nadie se doff nadie. Where are you today? Thank you. Thank you very much great job and shawn iva higham.

Thank you. I don't knowif. That was good, but not bad. We wanted to put a little extra spin on it. Thank you, shawn great job. We'Re also grateful to be joined by a group of incredible people that are with you all the way. A friend of mine, a man who's done a fantastic job for this country. Secretary ben carson ben, where are you ben [ music? ]? Thank you been incredible job and we have two warriors and they are congressmen and they're fighting all the time and they're defending our country, defending your president against oppression and that's what it is, and our poll numbers keep going up. You'Ll explain that to me, but they are indeed warriors congressman jim jordan, congressmanmichael waltz. Please stand up and we have a lot of politicians here tonight, but i have to ask a man that happens to be a truly brilliant young man, i'm a little bit prejudiced when i say that, but he loves israel and he's fighting hard for israel. He wants to make peace with your neighbors and a lot of people say that can't be done. A lot of people say it can't be done.

It'S the hardest of all deals. I love deals and i used to hear the toughest of all. Deals. Is peace with israel and the palestinians? They say that's the toughest of all deals, but if jared kushner can't do it, it can't bedone. Thank you jared. Thank you. Jared credible job he's doing. He wants to see that, and he loves israel that i can tell you we're delighted to have with us president, juan orlando hernandez of honduras and the first lady of honduras, and i have to tell you. Thank you, sir, that president hernandez is working with the united states very closely. You know, what's going on on our southern border and we're winning after years and years of losing was stopping drugs at a level that has never happened. Unfortunately, the drugs become worse. They become bigger quantities.

You have no idea, what's happening, they're being smuggled in from all parts of the world, but we've never hadanything like it, and we're building a wall now we're up to almost a hundred miles and we're getting a lot of support not only from honduras but from guatemala. From el salvador we're getting tremendous support from mexico mexico's got some difficult problems as you know, but they are really helping us and the president of mexico has become a friend of mine and he's working hard right now we have 27,000 mexican soldiers on our southern border, Telling people you can't come in, you know that right, it's a good job there. So thank you and thank you, mr. president. Madam, thank you very much for coming. Let me also extend my deep appreciation to israel's ambassador tothe united states, a great gentleman and a friend of mine ron, dermer ron, dermer ron. Thank you known you a long time around heaven i long before this thanks as well to florida chief financial officer jimmy patronus. Thank you jimmy. Thank you jimmy. Thank you. Great job, florida wow got a good fanclub florida senate president bill galvan. Oh thank you.

Bill majority leader of the florida house, dane eagle, thank you dane and chairman of the florida republican party, joe gruder's. Thank you, joe great job. How we doing joe, i think, we're doing pretty well. Joe wright tells me we're leading every poll you're doing better than we did on election night, but you know whatwe'll take election night. It was just fun. Somebody said we're way ahead. I said: let's just win by one vote: that's okay, too! Now we're way ahead, we're doing good, we're all doing good together. I also want to recognize [ music ] israeli shalva band for their amazing performance tonight. You'Re gon na hear him again in a couple of minutes. I want to thank you very much that was a great performance. Millions of people watched their terrific appearance at eurovision earlier this year. They were incredible and they are an inspiration to the entire world and thank you very much.

They'Re gon na be back they're gon na be back. This is truly an extraordinary time for america. Our economy isbooming like never before, and our people are thriving. You saw what happened yesterday was announced that two hundred and sixty-six thousand jobs were added in november and that shattered all expectations. They were thinking about 70,000. They would thinking about 90,000, which isn't so bad two hundred and sixty six thousand plus they corrected previous months, and you could add that to it, plus we created 50,000 manufacturing jobs. Remember the previous administration. You need a magic wand. What we're doing great with manufacturers we're bringing manufacturing back if you don't have manufacturing? What do you have not a lot of good things, but we're bringing manufacturing back? We'Ve created seven million new jobs, since the election and ifi would have said that before or if i would have said that during the campaign, the fake news media would have gone crazy. They would have said that so possible. Nearly 160 million americans are now working. That'S the highest ever recorded in the history of our country.

We'Ve never had so many people. Unemployment has reached the lowest level in half a century. America is winning again. America is respected again. America is winning and respected. Frankly, like never before it's happened. Now it's surely my honor to be here this evening to celebrate our progress to deepen the incredible partnership between the united states and israel and it suffered very gravely in the last administration. I don'tknow, if you know that so many of you voted for people in the last administration someday you'll, have to explain that to me, because i don't think they liked israel too much. I'M sorry. I don't think they liked israel too much after eight long years in which our alliance was undermined and neglected. I am happy to report that the united states, israeli relationship is stronger now than ever before. America and israel are woven together by history, heritage and the hearts of our people.

We share a love of freedom, democracy, religious liberty, the rule of law and national sovereignty, and we share that the story of israel is a tale of triumph in the face. Ofcenturies of oppression and persecution, the jewish people endured, persevered and flourished beyond measure building a thriving, proud, beautiful and mighty nation in the holy land. The friendship between our countries is essential to achieving a more safe, just and peaceful world. That is why, every single day since i took the oath of office, i have stood firmly strongly and proudly with the people of israel. You know the jewish state has never had a better friend in the white house than your president donald j trump, that i can tell you for over 20 years, every previous president promised to move the us embassy to jerusalem and they never acted. They never did it. They never had anyintention of doing it in my opinion, but unlike other politicians, i kept my promises two years ago this week i officially recognized israel's true an eternal capital and we opened the american embassy in jerusalem. Finally, and you know that's an interesting story because david friedman do you know david friedman, our great ambassador? Well, david was one of the most successful lawyers in new york, maybe the most successful lawyer in new york, but he loves israel. He loves this country, but he loves israel and, i said, called him. I know how much he feels about you know the heart: he'd go there all the time. I'D say david. Would you like to be the ambassador toisrael you're, giving up a lot you're, giving up one of the great practices in new york city? Would you like it? It took him about two seconds to say: yes, that's what i want to do and he gave up his law practice gave up a lot of great clients.

He became the ambassador and a lot of conflict was taking place, a lot of bad feelings, a lot of bad will. We have to get the people of our country of this country to love israel more. I have to tell you that we have to do it. We have to get them to love israel more because you have people that are jewish people that are greatpeople. They don't love israel enough. You know that [ applause ] but david freedman is not one of them and he went to israel and immediately made an impact, and then i said you know i want to do what no president has done. Many many presidents said they were going to move the embassy to jerusalem and they never did it, and i understand why they never did it. They never did it because when they thought i was going to do it and when they heard that i was going to make an announcement in two weeks, i started getting calls from everyone. I got calls from presidents. I got calls from prime ministers. I got calls from kingsand queens. I got calls from everyone, don't do it don't do it.

Please don't do it, it will be terrible. If you do it, it will be horrible. If you do it - and i heard this from many people and then the time came closer and closer, and i did something that was smart because i learned then and there for that two-week period, i was inundated. I learned why other presidents, in all fairness to them? Why they made the campaign promise, but why they never got it off, because they were besieged by foreign leaders, the top the biggest people in the world call them. You wouldn't believe how many some countries you never even heard ofwe're calling i said: what's that country all about and about a week and a half out, i said, listen tell these people i'm here to call them back. I'M so busy through, i said, tell him: i'm gon na call her back i'll get to him as soon as i can and one week went by and then three days went by and then i made the announcement at the white house that were moving the embassy To jerusalem and that jerusalem will be the capital of israel. Finally, somebody said it and it was a big deal and it was great and a day went by in a second day went by and there was no violence. I heardthere was going to be massive violence. They showed violence because about 20 people were violent in the front row, but there was nobody behind him. So cnn had the cameras very low, pointing to the sky, [ applause ]. They said massive crowds have gathered massive crowds. That i looked.

I said that's a strange angle: i've never seen that angle. It was like you had a cameraman sitting on the floor, pointing up, but every once in a while, you said: there's nobody behind the people in the front row what's going on and it was a con. It was fake news as usual, so these days went by and then i made the phone calls that i'd call upthe kings and i call up the queens and i call up everybody - the presidents, the prime minister's i'd, say hi, i'm sorry, i couldn't get back to You quickly, but what's up what's up and they said [ applause ]. Thank you! [ applause ]. Well, i learned all these tricks from sheldon, so yeah. So i call hi king. What'S up what's happening, he said i wanted to tell you. I didn't like your doing that with israel, oh man, i wish i called you back a little sooner. I'M sorry call a president. What'S up president, i wanted to tell you not to do that, sir, but you've done it. What can't i said yeah i wish shake. You know iwish.

I could have gotten you sooner, but our soap is. I took about 40 of those calls right. Everyone was the same. I wanted to tell you i said, but you know in the meantime it opened. Then it was, you know, really pretty amazing. It was done. We did the deal, then we had to probably had a building and i'm a build, i'm really a good builder. I really probably do that. The best some people said. Are you a better builder or a better politician, and i thought i was going to say builder, because i really was good. You know i built good and then i said to herself. Well, let's see i was agood builder as very successful.

I did a great job, not a build, but then i got into politics and i only ran once that i became president. So i guess i'm a better politician. I don't know, maybe i'm a better politician. I don't know, maybe i'm a better politician. I don't know, but i'm a good builder, so we now have the designation and one of the generals. Good general came in front of me, sir. Would you please sign this order and you know in the united states plenty of money. This is the most beautiful orders. You have ever seen you know, i'm used to signing just like a piece of paper, but now you havethese gorgeous books that are solid, leather and everything's leather, leather, leather, beautiful everything is beautifully. These are like notes that don't even mean anything to me. I don't use them. Look at that they're beautiful i'm used to getting a piece of paper, but this is this is the way they do so they bring in this gorgeous folder twice the size of that.

I said what is this, sir: this is for the embassy. It is, i said: well, we just announced it. So what is it for we're looking for land, but this is a commitment to spend two billion dollars. I said 2 billion. It'S like a one-story building right, so we're looking for land andwe have some locations that we think are very good, but it's very expensive in jerusalem, sir, but we have the right to go up to 2 billion dollars. Sir, and i had the first name i had donald signed, then i heard it was 2 billion for the embassy and i stopped signing it and i called david friedman. I said david. I need some help. I just approved an embassy. They want to spend two billion dollars to build the embassy, and i know what that means: you're, never gon na get it built it'll take years and years. I said you know what's going on here: they look at the terrible locations. There are no good locations youknow.

Why? Because we had the best already we were there. First right, we were there earlier with you. He said you know, but could you give me two days, sir? I'D like to take a look and see calls me back two days later, so we're gon na spend two billion and one of who's gon na buy a lousy location. A lot of you are in the real estate business because i you very well your brutal killers, not nice people at all, but you have to vote for me. Yep, no choice, you're, not gon na vote for pocahontas. I can tell you that you're not gon na vote for the wealth tax yeah, let's take a hundred percent of yourwealth away. No! No! Even if you don't like me, some of you don't some of you. I don't like it all actually and you're gon na be my biggest supporters, because you'll be out of business in about 15 minutes if they get it. So i don't have to spend a lot of time on that. But david calls me back and he goes sir. He always used to call me donald now. He can't help but call me president.

I said david call me donald yes, yes, mr. president, i can't do it, sir. That'S respect for the office right. Maybe it's respect for me, but i've known him a long time. He goes mr. president, i don't feeli. Have many friends like that richard lefrak, steve, roth, steve wynn. He calls me, mr. president. He always called me donald and they always return. My call immediately upon the call being made they used to take a day a half ago. Now i call back give me steve wynn, please she's on the phone they're great people, but david caused it.

Mr. president, i have good news. What'S the good news tell me, i need some good news. I got people trying to impeach me. Don'T forget! This has been going on for three years. This is before i think baby before i started coming down on the escalator with that beautiful first lady. Is she an incrediblethink of it? I'M coming down the escalator and people behind my back are trying to do a subversion of government. To think of that, that's what it's about and we have by the way before jim jordan. Please stand up michael waltz. Please send up congressman michael jim warriors. I don't know if you have any other warriors in here congressman, but they are warriors support them. Support them support them, so the ambassador calls up basket of freedmen, because i have good news why, by this time you know it's two days, so i'm thinking i went to the next subject.

Dealmakers know what i've done, i'm like already on to the next, what he said you knowyou asked me to check on the embassy in jerusalem. Well, we already own a site, that's much better than any site. That'S ever going to be bought, it's bigger, better, has better views, its best site in jerusalem and we could have setbacks everything else. He said. I have more good news, sir there's already a building order and we can take that building and renovate it. I said no kidding. That sounds good to me. I love renovation because, if you're smart renovation course you're much less if you're stupid, it costs you're much more. You ever hear these guys. Oh it's more expensive to renovate a building. How do you figure that you have a frame youhave, the walls on the exterior built? I mean, how does it cost you more if you're stupid, of course you more but david's more, so he calls me so they will get her. Do two billion dollars right.

So david calls we have the biggest site the best site. It'S already there, it's a building, it's mostly not occupied, and so we could redo it. I think for $ 200,000 and it's the first time in my life. I'Ve ever said this, i said david, that's too cheap, it doesn't even sound good. You got to go more, usually i'm trying to cut price, but for two hundred thousand i said what the hell kind of a david make itlike five hundred thousand will do it for a forbidden, and then i have a friend ron, baron, nice guy. You know ron barons, wealthy guy he's in a beautiful building and his office has a wall opposite the elevators going into his 40th story, 50th story of this office. Building very successful guy he's got jerusalem stone. Did anybody ever hear jerusalem stone and he drives me crazy? Every time i go to his office he's just look at the jerusalem stone he's been saying it i said. Run you've told me that ten times, but i've heard jerusalem stone for 10-15 years right, look at it. Donal i'm getting off the elevator said ron. I'Ve seen a lotof stuff, but this is jerusalem. It comes from tourism, so i say to david david: let me ask you a question: jerusalem stone.

Let'S do the whole damn building in jerusalem, stone. You got so much jerusalem stone, i said, is it available david? He said we have so much, we don't know what the hell to do with it, so he has a wall opposite the elevators rich guy and i got a whole damn building made out of jerusalem, [ applause ]. So the end of the seriousness i say david, let's go, he calls me up in three months. He said, sir, the building's just about done. I said good how much less than five hundred thousand it'sall jerusalem stone. We have an opening now, but think of this. Think of this right, so we're gon na spend two billion dollars. It wouldn't be built sheldon for 10 years 50. Don'T forget at some point whether it's five years from now nine years from now 13 years from now, i'm doing this to drive the media crazy, because a lot of them say you know, he's not leaving. Don'T you one of these characters. These people are so stupid. One of them said one of them said you know, he's going to win, don't you and you know at the end of his second term, you know he's not leaving he's not leaving.

You know that and ithought he's a comedian. I thought he was getting he's for real, so now we have to start thinking about that, because it's not a bad idea. No, but these people are going crazy. You always good when they all scream for more years. Four more years, i always say, make it 12 years and you'll drive up bread 12 more years. But if i don't get the better, but if i don't get the building built, it's never gon na get built. Cuz you're gon na have some guy, like obama or crooked hillary. By the way, could you imagine crooked hillary clinton telling i'm telling you story what happened right? We'Re gon na spend billions to build this embassy and webuild it for less than five hundred thousand bucks. In a better location that we already own, we were there a long time ago had it a long time. Could you imagine her saying, let's see if we can build it for four hundred ninety three thousand dollars instead of two billion dollars, okay, number one, it would have never been designated, it wouldn't have happened, so she wouldn't have to worry about building it cuz. It would have never happened, but i am honored to say that we went there. We cut the ribbon.

The building is totally gorgeous. Maybe someday you'll build a new one. I wouldn't advise it. I'D say, fix it up and do a jobbut you've got a beautiful embassy. It'S in jerusalem and you have something that you've always wanted. It was a great great day and to support israel's security. I'Ve also recognized israeli sovereignty over the golan heights, and that was another thing that was going to take every president said that also not with the same aptitude and not with the same strength of what they were saying about jerusalem and the capital. But they were all talking about golan heights. It'S been worked on for exactly fifty-two years. People would have summits over the golan heights. They'D fly in they'd stay for two days: they'd negotiate leaders of countries for 52 years they'd do this. They'D have summits everytwo three years.

Talk about the golan heights, i said to david david, tell me about the golan heights in 30 seconds or less. He said it's high, it's important, it's sovereign and security. I said what do you think david? He said i think he could do it. I can't believe you're even asking me this question: where did you come up with this idea? I said i've been hearing about her for years 52 years and i get bing and we did it. It was done and, as israel has endured, the new wave of rocket attacks in recent weeks, my administration has made clear that america supports israel's absolute right to self-defense. We'Ve also called for therelease of israeli hostages and the return of the remains of israeli soldiers captured by hamas terrorists in gaza and this evening, as you probably heard, we're honored to be joined by raquel e frankel and bat golem share to mothers of israeli boys, who Were kidnapped and murdered by hamas terrorists in 2014, rah kelly and bud. Golem have responded to that terrible evil with courage and inspiration. They'Ve established an award to recognize leaders who advance unity among israelis of all backgrounds and religions, striving to build a more secure and hopeful future for us all, so rock ali and bed golem. We cannot fathom your grief, but we will honor the sacred memory of your son's foreverthank you very much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thank you very much to combat these wicked extremist organizations. I signed legislation to withhold us taxpayer dollars from the palestinian authority until they stop rewarding terrorists. Another thing that no other administration would do, i would say to him. I went back and spoke to negotiators because for years and years they've been trying to make this deal. I said: did you ever hold back the money? They said? No, why we didn't think it was right to do. I said i do i do so. We don't pay anything anymore and we look forward to today when we can't help out, but right, nowif, they're, going to say bad things about us. If they're going to do, evil acts we're not paying it and that's the way. It is a lot of money. Almost 600 million dollars a year, so we withhold that and hopefully we'll work a deal and everybody will be happy, but i don't know how to help you negotiate a deal when you're paying him money. How did that happen? Sheldon? Who was negotiating that the oh sheldon? It wasn't you i can tell you know it's one of my first things. I said: how do you do that you have this deal you're, paying hundreds of millions of dollars and they're saying bad things? No, that's not theway they're, not the only country.

I'Ve done that. We'Ve done that too numerous countries across the middle east. My administration, has made historic progress to crush the depraved and sinister forces of radical islamic terrorism. When i took office three years ago, isis controlled more than 20,000 square miles in iraq and syria - that's the equivalent of the state of ohio in size. Today, the isis caliphate has been 100 % obliterated 100 percent. Just a few weeks ago. Us special forces and credible soldiers brought the world's number one most wanted terrorists to justice. The monstrous animal known as al-baghdadi the founder and leader of isis is dead, [ applause ]. Never again, will this savage killer hurt another man, womanor child. You saw the men in the orange jumpsuits with somebody behind a mass average with a knife and they chopped off the head. That was al baghdady, that was al baghdadi's people and a lot of people died that way and they died a lot of other ways too, and he died a rough way and these soldiers 68 of them they jumped off those helicopters, and i watched it. It was incredible i literally was able to watch it because of what we can do.

Technologically, i watched it and it was an incredible sight. They jumped off long before those helicopters were anywhere near to the ground. Michael would understand that very much because he wasa great soldier, but they they jumped off those helicopters and they charged that house and the enemy didn't have any idea what the hell hit him. It was incredible actually to see our message to the bloodthirsty terrorists is clear. You don't stand a chance against the awesome power of the united states military. I have rebuilt the united states military when i took it over, it was depleted, it was old. We had fighter jets that were 50 years old. It was old, it was tired. Now we've spent two and a half trillion dollars on rebuilding our military and we have a military, that's the most advanced, the most powerful. By far of any in the worldtwo and a half trillion dollars, we rebuilt our military. My administration is also confronting the world's number one state of terror. You know that is your state sponsor of terror, the brutal dictatorship in iran and, i said to sheldon, i said to sheldon: what do you think was bigger israel and if you look what was the bigger thing israel and the embassy going in and it became jerusalem? The capital of israel or the golan heights he said, neither is it.

What do you mean neither sheldon? He said the biggest thing you did for israel was breaking up and terminating the horrible, one-sided catastrophic deal that was made by president obama. I said i never thoughtof it that way, sheldon, but i agree with you. If you want to know the truth, i agree that we paid 150 billion dollars to iran 1. 8 billion in cash. We got nothing but that's a different country today. That doesn't mean they're going to come out and hit and they might and they might not, but they have riots all over their country. They don't have money, we put sanctions on them, the strongest sanctions ever imposed on a country and, let's see what happens, their gdp went down 25 percent this year, 25 nobody's ever even heard of that. So we'll see - and you know what can never give them a nuclear weapon - we can never dothat. We can never do that, but maybe we'll be able to make a deal. The regime, funds, violence and chaos and mayhem throughout the region, but the greatest victims are its own people. In recent weeks, we've seen the iranian people rising up to reclaim the noble destiny of their nation. In response, the dictatorship has killed hundreds and hundreds, and probably thousands of those people, probably thousands.

You know they turned off the internet. There'S no internet there's no form of communication. I believe thousands of people have been killed. Thousands and thousands of people have been arrested. America will always stand with the iranian people in their righteous struggle for freedom. The iranian regime routinely traffic's inthe most toxic and heinous anti-semitism. You know that better than anybody last year the country's supreme leader, as they call him said israel is a malignant cancerous tumor that has to be removed and eradicated from the face of the earth. We must never allow a regime that chants death to america or death to israel to obtain a nuclear weapon. That'S all we can say - and it's for this reason - that i withdrew the united states from that disastrous iran nuclear deal and implemented those sanctions which are so fighting in so tough we're, also working to free hostages, unjustly detained around the world, including in iran. This morning you probably read and probably saw i announced thatz wang, an american citizen and princeton university grad student imprisoned in iran for three years during the obama administration taken during the obama administration was not a spy by the way is coming home throughout history, anti-semitism has Produced untold pain, suffering, evil and destruction, we must not ignore the vile poison or those who spread its venomous creed. My administration is committed to aggressively challenging and confronting anti-semitic bigotry in every resource and using every single weapon at our disposal. Roughly 80 times this past decade.

The united nations human rights council has denounced israel, while ignoring many of the worst human rights abuses anywhere in the world. To call out this egregious hypocrisy, i withdrew the unitedstates from the un human rights council recently. The european union court of justice has also tried to discriminate against products made in israeli settlements, advancing the agenda of anti israeli boycott divestment and sanctions movement or commonly known as bds. You know all about it, you know all about it right. My administration is now corrected a long-standing in justice by officially declaring that international law does not prohibit civilian settlements in the west bank and as president, i want to be very clear. My administration vigorously condemns the bds campaign against israel, but sadly, bds has also made disturbing headway on american college campuses. You know that don't you here with us today is adela koha, a recentgraduate of new york university who courageously stood for israel in the face of hostility and bigotry, incredible hostility, an incredible bigotry adela! Would you please come up and quickly or not quickly. Anyway, you want share your story. Please come up. [ applause ]! Thank you. My name is adela koha and six months ago i took legal action against nyu only two weeks before graduation. My university failed to protect its jewish community from ongoing harassment from attacks on social media, to resolutions on student government to boycotts, flag, burnings and physical assault.

The physical assaults ended in two arrests and the university didn't stand idly instead. They gave an anti-israel hate group. The president's service award the highest honoryou, can receive as a group on campus, i was notified. My case was accepted by the department of education and an investigation has been launched against nyu for failure to protect this community. [ applause, ] till all of the students in the audience today don't be afraid to stand up because you deserve better and as an immigrant myself from mexico city, i am extremely thankful to live in a country where the office of civil rights takes the concerns of Jewish students seriously thank you, mr. president, and thank you all for supporting the work that we do on campus. Thank you, adela. Thank you very much. Adela shockingly, a number of far-left members of congress have also recentlyjoined the international effort to bully attack and denigrate israel, and it's incredible what's been happening with your congress ten years ago it was unthinkable six years ago it was pretty unthinkable and now to see. What'S going on and to watch nancy pelosi and these people be pushed around is unbelievable. Earlier this year a number of prominent democrat lawmakers sponsored legislation to support the bds movement. You know that, right, outrageously, the resolution compared boycotting israel to boycotting nazi germany a grave insult to the memory of the six million jews who were murdered in the holocaust.

You remember that, don't you where this was just put before congress. This is different. This is different than what itwas this couldn't have happened. Ten years ago could have happened twenty years ago. It would have been impossible. Ten years ago, would have been impossible. You'Ve got to be very careful. Make no mistake. Radical lawmakers who support the bds movement are advancing anti-israel and anti-semitic propaganda and americans will not stand for it. We'Re not going to stand for we've also seen far-left members of congress proliferate dangers, anti-semitic rhetoric, you've seen it it's rhetorically and morally unacceptable. One lawmaker even wrote that israel has hypnotized the world and said support for israel is all about the benjamins you're. That and i'll be honest.

That'S one of the nicer statements. Far worse. She said far worse than thatand, so did others in congress. My administration strongly opposes this despicable rhetoric and as long as you're - and i am standing before you as long as i'm your president - it makes no difference. It'S not happening. Okay, it stops at bye guys. I said in my state of the union address last year with one voice. We must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere that it occurs. We'Re grateful to be joined tonight by our new special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism, ilan car ilan, please come up and say a few words: ilan, [ applause ]. Thank you, mr. president, and thank you for making the fight against anti-semitism. What you always call the vile poison of anti-semitism that'sexactly, what it is! Thank you for making this fight a top priority for our country.

My friends, these past few weeks point to the breadth of the work that we're doing. I recently returned from germany, where i met with leading law enforcement and justice officials from seven separate german states to coordinate our efforts to prosecute and punish anti-semitic hate crimes. In that same trip, i was in london and i dressed an a dressed, an audience in the british parliament about rising anti-semitism in that country and then and then in paris in paris. We work together with parliamentarians, to advance a bill to adopt the formal international holocaust. Remembrance alliance definition of anti-semitism and i wantto thank the french national assembly for passing, that by a two-thirds margin and during those same weeks, i was on interagency phone calls and conferences with washington to address the appalling anti-semitism rising on college campuses. As we just heard across america and across the world, these are only the most recent examples of the multi-front battle were waging at the president's direction. We are simultaneously confronting far-right ethnic supremacy, radical left, israel, hatred and militant islam and with it and with the trump administration's continued leadership, i'm hopeful that we will roll back this rise in anti-semitism, both here at home and abroad. Thank you all for your partnership. In this vital work, thank you. Mr. president, foreverything you are doing to fight anti-semitism, to protect the jewish people throughout the world and to support the state of israel. We are in our death.

Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Elon from america's earliest days, jewish citizens have made some of the greatest and most extraordinary contributions to american life and culture. Jewish americans have fought bled and died in every major american war dating back to our struggle for independence. Well, this very morning, 78 years ago, more than 2,000 americans were killed in the surprise attack on pearl harbor. Three days after that attack a jewish american airman from brooklyn master sergeant. Mayer levin was among the first americans to bomba japanese warship sergeant. Levin went on to fly in more than 60 harrowing missions in world war, two a great hero in 1943. He volunteered for another dangerous mission on his way back. He and his crew were caught in a violent storm and their plane began to stall sergeant.

Levin'S final act was one of selfless sacrifice. He unfastened the life raft and gave it to his fellow airmen as they jumped out of the crashing plane. He shouted. I hope you make it. I hope you make it three. American airmen survived that day because of sergeant levin's extraordinary valor. One of those brave airmen was his friend jack masked us off. Also a jewish american frombrooklyn jack went on to complete another 43 missions in world war. Two, after the war he came home got married and soon he had two sons. One of them is alan masks off a veteran of the army reserves who spent 17 years as a police officer. Alan would not have been born without sergeant levin's. Bravery in allen joins us here tonight and alan.

I will tell you your presence this evening testifies to the love and the strength of a great american here. Oh, and thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much. Thank you ellen in every generation, jewish american patriots have strengthened, sustained, uplifted and inspired our nation. In a moment, theshalva band will conclude this event with a song that we know very well before they do. I want to tell the famous story behind it. In 1918, a young jewish american soldier stationed at camp upton in new york wrote a prayer in the form of a song. His name was irving, berlin, maybe the greatest of them all, and he held that song close to his heart for more than 20 years. He did not release the song until 1938 as the world learned of hitler's evil atrocities against the jewish people. On november 10th of that year, his song broadcast through the radio and into the homes all across the country, millions and millions of people wereinspired. It was the first time americans heard irving berlin's timeless him. God bless america.

These words became the prayer of our nation, the prayer that traveled to the islands of the pacific, to the beaches of normandy and all the way to nazi territory, where american soldiers opened the gates of concentration camps and liberated jewish survivors. It'S the prayer that americans sang as we face down communism and as we came together as one nation after 9/11, it's the prayer that still unites us today and the hope that burns bright in our hearts, because we are proud american patriots. We love this magnificent nation with every ounce of our strength, spirit and soul, so tonight, together, weask that god bless our military. We ask that god bless our veterans. We ask that god bless our cherished ally, the state of israel and with our flag waving high, our people standing tall and our faith forever strong. We say our prayer once more. God bless america, our home, sweet home. Now i'd like to ask the shalva band back to the stage for a very, very special performance. Thank you very much. Thank you. Everybody [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ music, ] stand beside her through the night from from the to the prairies to the oceans white with foam. [ music ] all the months [ music ], so he merica my [ music ], [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], theyare, fantastic, [ applause, ].

So it's been a great honor to be with you tonight. God bless his bill. God bless america! Thank you very much. You you.

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