At AIPAC, VP speaks at length of strong US-Israel relations; Addresses Iran, ISIS, peace process; Pence: The United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
United States Vice President Mike Pence delivered an address on US-Israel relations under the Trump Administration during the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, highlighting Israel-US relations under the Trump Administration.
Speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Pence spoke of his upbringing and constant support of Israel, stating, “My Christian upbringing compels me to cherish Israel- the songs of the land and the people of Israel were the anthems of my youth,” adding “Let me say from my heart, as for me and my house, We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all who call her home. And I say with confidence: President Trump and I stand without apology for Israel and we always will!”
He spoke of the strong relations Israel has forged under the Trump Administration, addressing the actions already taken by the Trump Administration to improve relations with Israel following the Obama Administration. He spoke of President Trump’s appointment of Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations, stating that her appointment and the Trump Administration will make sure that “the United Nations will no longer be used as a forum for invective against Israel of the West.”
He also highlighted recently approved appointment of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel, as well as Jason Greenblatt and his delegation which were in Israel and the Palestinian territories, working on what Pence referred to as the Trump Administration’s commitment to a “equitable and just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict… President Trump is committed to forging a lasting peace in the Middle East.” He emphasized and stated boldly that in negotiations for the peace process that “President Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish state of Israel.”
Addressing the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, Pence reiterated “After decades of talking about it, the President is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.”
Speaking on the growing threat of radical Islam, he spoke of the United States commitment to Israel’s security and combatting ISIS, stating “Today, America’s support for Israel’s security is at a record level and President Trump has made it absolutely clear: Our commitment to Israel’s defense is not negotiable- not now, not ever…We will hunt down and destroy ISIS from its source, so it can no longer threaten our people, our allies or our most cherished ally- Israel.
Pence spoke at length on Iran and the threat of the Islamic Republic on Israel and the West, more so following the nuclear deal. He stated “This Administration has put Iran on notice. America will no longer tolerate Iran’s efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel’s security.”
He went on to speak about Iran’s ongoing efforts in supporting terror in the region, as well as its threat to destroy the State of Israel. He stated “The Ayatollahs in Tehran openly admit their desire to wipe Israel off the map and drive its people into the sea. For decades, Iran has funneled weapons into Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. They have gone to great lengths to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. And due to the disastrous end of nuclear related sanctions under the Iran deal, they now have additional resources to devote to sowing chaos and imperiling Israel.”
The Vice President emphasized “Let me be clear-under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. This is a solemn promise to you, to Israel and to the world.”