tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN March 24, 2016 6:00pm-8:01pm EDT
whether the facility is opened or closed. the proper analysis is what are the risks of keeping it open in light of the very obvious use of that facility as a propaganda tool, which frankly you should not have to question. isil which has now claimed responsibility for the belgium attacks, uses guantanamo as a prop began a da tool. there's no question about this. we have all seen images of risoners taken by isil being executed wearing orange jumpsuits that we believe are meant to mimic and evoke the guantanamo jumpsuits. there's no question it's being used as a propaganda tool as president bush himself concluded when he determined to close the facility. ms. kelly: i'm running out of time so thank you. i yield back.
mr. royce: matt salmon. mr. salmon: as long as we're talking about cuba policy, i have something to get off my chest. i find the images of the president yukking it up with farc terrorists at a baseball game when europe is under siege disgusting. absolutely disgusting. i believe that -- well, i'm not going to go on on that. i just think there are better things that i think the public hould be seeing. one of the troubling aspects of the transfer of six detainees to uruguay was the slow letter, the letter assuring the uruguay government that none of the detainees had been associated with terrorism. we know this isn't true. i know it was your predecessor who wrote the letter but can you walk us through how the
administration could make such a misleading statement? how can you expect a host government to then take seriously the monitoring and mitigation of the detainee in uruguay's case the government stated ahead of time they would not monitor we still released them. does this speak to the administration's overall willingness to accept greater risk in pursuit of the president's political goal to empty the prison. mr. wolosky. mr. wolosky: sure, thank you. though we can't speak in open session about the specifics of the security assurances that have been agreed to with any one country, i can assure that any public statements you may have just referenced are not accurate and we do have security assurances with uruguay. we briefed this committee in closed session on those security assurances and we're happy to come and brief you about what they are and how they're being implemented.
as to the letter, what i can tell you is that the conclusion in the sloan letter mirrored the conclusions reached by the executive, the eotf process, the process put in place at the beginning of this dministration to carefully review all reasonably available information to the u.s. government with respect to a particular detainee. that process was described in some detail in my written submission and involved dozens of national security professionals from all relevant agencies and departments of the government including the ntelligence community. many of them career professionals. and they reached certain conclusions about each detainee and the information available,
then available to the united states about each detainee. so what the cliff sloan letter does is it attracts the onclusion -- it tracks the conclusion of the eotf report, a comprehensive interagency review conducted for the specific purpose of analyzing the available information in the u.s. government about each detainee and then making a disposition recommendation about that detainee. mr. salmon: whatever justification you're trying to make for why is a letter, though inaccurate was sent, doesn't really provide a lot of comfort to most of us. the fact is, it was flat out wrong. it was an error and a gross error. in an interview with, recently with npr, you said that after having visited guantanamo bay you felt the detention center was better certainly than any
state or local correctional facility or prison you visited and better than many of the federal facilities. yet you're advising the president on the closure of this facility to build a new facility here? would it not be better to tell the people the real story that it's a model detention city, that the international committee of red cross has regular access to it? wouldn't it be best to dispel the false narrative some use rather than close down what by your estimation is a great facility? mr. wolosky: i do think it's a professionally and humanely run facility and in particular the service men and women who serve there face enormous hardship in their service and do an outstanding job in running the facility. squen kelly did an amazing job, the admiral has taken over, they do a great job maintaining
a top well-run facility. that said we still think it should be closed. mr. royce: we're going to greg meeks of new york and then mo brooks of alabama. mr. meeks: i want to get a cup of things first straight for the record. as i listened, my heart goes out to those who lost their lives recently in belgium as well as we talk about the paris attacks often. i want to make sure that everyone in the record is clear that this war is not just against the west. we don't talk about all the ttacks that have taken place in various places, taken place and we should be just as concerned in nigeria, in kenya, in turkey, so to think that these are all human lives, we have to be concerned about all those lives, not just in one area, not just against us, not just against christians. when you look at that, muslims have been killed also by these thugs.
and that should be properly noted. and it should also be clear i think that the historical record is clear that in acts of fear when we act out of fearing our nation has made monumental mistakes in keeping gitmo in operation out of fear because that's what i'm hearing, folks are saying out of fear we need to keep gitmo open, would be yet another monumental mistake that one hurts america's interests rather than helps it. what comes straight to mind is we acted out of fear when we put the japanese into internment camps. so therefore i caution us and then after it happens we say, oh, we try to not talk about what we did system of history gives us a reminder of what we should or should not be doing in this place and calmer heads and better heads as opposed to acting out of fear and emotion. i think the record should be
clear on that it should be clear that all kinds of lives are lost in all parts of the world. this is a threat to everybody, not just to the west. not just to the -- to christians but to everybody. that's why we've got to band together work together in a cooperative manner. that being said, let me ask a uick question. where do we go, if the guantanamo detention facility is closed, we closed them, what will the united states do then we capture terrorist suspects in the future? do we have other adequate facilities for these individuals? and how would the administration approach the future capture, detention and interrogation of high level isis commanders? mr. lewis: we do believe we have the facilities. future captures would be considered on a case-by-case basis and we'd consider whether the host nation could detain them or whether there'd be a disposition under prosecution, article 3, possibly military
commissions, but we believe we have the ability as we've shown in one or two cases in iraq recently to detain people and then turn them over to the host country but it's on a case-by-case basis. mr. meeks: there is a clear and concrete plan on how we would do this? mr. lewis: yes, sir. mr. meeks: i was listening to debate earlier, there was a question about recidivism rates. in, i guess, according to the official report from the office of director of national intelligence that fewer than 5% of detainees transferred by the obad -- obama administration are confirm to have had engaged in terrorist attack. i did hear, i think it was chairman royce, they used the re-engagement rate that is 30%. how -- can you describe how you make that determination? how are those rates determined? why is there such a disparity? mr. wolosky: i'll let the chairman speak for himself.
mr. royce: because it's confirmed and suspected, you're leaving out suspected. mr. wolosky: the rate of suspected in this administration is 8.3%. mr. royce: that's the numbers i concur and the overall numbers are 30% overall. 8.9% confirmed and suspected and as explained to us the investigators say it takes about four years lead time in order to get the confirmation, all the confirmation. r. wolosky: there are over 530 detainees transferred in the previous administration. we can't speak to the circumstances under which those detainees were transfer. first, how was the decision made to transfer them? second how was the decision made to transfer them to a specific country? third what assurance, if any,
did the previous administration obtain from the third country to keep us and them safe? we can't speak to that. all we can do is speak to what we are doing. what we are doing in this administration at both stages of the process, first making a determination in principle that a detainee may be aproved for transfer and designated as such and second transferring him to a specific country subject to specific and detailed security assurances, what we are doing is very thorough, it's interagency, very comprehensive, it takes a long time. it's described as length in my written testimony, i'm happy to answer questions about it. but the results of it as set forth in the odni report from his month are clear. the results of it are first, confirmed re-engagement. seven out of 144. that's 4.9%. suspected, 12 out of 144.
that's 8.3%. those are what the numbers are, sir, for this administration. i point out also that with respect to the standards that are applied in defining what it even means to be confirmed or suspected, it's important to point out first that confirmed is a preponderance of information standard. this is not a reasonable doubt. this is not that we are 100%. mr. royce: the gentleman's time has expired. if i could just go to the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho for his questions and then maybe a question from mr. trout and mr. connolly. mr. yoho: i have more of a statement, i appreciate it. to start with, when we speak about closing guantanamo, i'm glad to hear you say that they will not transfer the naval base back to cuba. we're talking about the detention center only, there's two entities there as we're all
aware of. as far as the recruiting tool, guantanamo bay as a recruiting ool, i think that's a weak argument. if those people come to the united states is that not a recruiting tool too? to say they're in guantanamo is going to be a stronger recruiting tool is sophistry at ts finest. because the jihad dees will look at them being here in the belly of the great satan. i think that argument is very weak and we shouldn't talk about that i disagree with your comments about the ewing way six. i met with their foreign minister, they don't have a clue of what the negotiation was when it was negotiated under president mojica. they don't know what the deals were. what the conditions were. they don't have a clue of monitoring and i think it's a joke. but saying that, i think the overall success rate, if there were 780 total detainees, we're down to 94% have been processed. that leaves only 6% and of those 6%, there's -- that's taking out the 36% -- or the 36 that have been cleared, yet this administration hasn't
found them a suitable place to go. i would encourage you to move a little bit quicker on that. of the remaining 52% if we take the 30% that we know will go into combat against our young men and women or suspected, that comes out to be 15.6 terrorists back fighting our young men and women. i don't think any american ould want that or people around the world. i'm going to yield the rest of my time back to mr. trout. mr. royce: we're going to have one question from mr. trout and one from mr. connolly. mr. trout: thank you, i thank the gentleman if florida. if we move detainees to u.s. soil that's not going to be used as a recruitment tool for sis? mr. wolosky: it's still a tool but we're taking away the issue
our allies are asking us to do, they're saying close gitmo. mr. trott: you think our allies are going to thing chair positions in light of brussels and paris as was suggested earlier? isn't there a chance they'll change their position in light of recent events? mr. wolosky: it's been a continuing position they want gitmo closed. their leadership and our leadership say the costs of gitmo outweigh the enefits. mr. connolly: do you remember the c.i.a. incident a number of years ago in fairfax ounty? was the perpetrator of that terrorist incident caught and tried? mr. lewis: it's my understanding yes. mr. connolly: was he tried in guantanamo or tried in u.s. district court right here in virginia? mr. lewis: it's my understanding, the u.s. district court in virginia. mr. connolly: was he sentenced. mr. lewis: he was. mr. connolly: he received the death penalty, did he not?
mr. lewis: i don't know for sure. mr. connolly: but somehow ustice worked. we could handle a terrorist and did. i just, for the record, we have to take into account the consequences of the symbolism of guantanamo and frankly, the act that the suggestion is planted that we're not all that competent in our own system of justice and handling terrorist cases. the fact of the matter is, we do have experience and our system worked. thank you, mr. chairman. mr. royce: thank you, mr. connolly. we have votes on the floor, we appreciate the time of our witnesses this morning. and our witnesses have agreed to meet with us in april in losed session so we appreciate that. as you have heard there are many concerns with the president's plan, especially given the ever-growing
terrorist threat as evidenced by what happened in brussels this week. the points made by mr. trout -- mr. trot and mr. mr. yoho: -- mr. trott and mr. yoho bring to mind a conversation i had yesterday with the former n.s.a. and c.i.a. director about the concept that if you move them to u.s. soil, in fact, that will be a magnet for terrorists, the fact that jihaddists are being held in the united states. and so i think the last two -- the last questions raised were also questions worth contemplating but we will adjourn at this time for the votes and thank our panel. thank you very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016]
>> vice president joe biden says president barack obama did his indicty during a time in a divided government. and nominated a moderate to the supreme court. and he says now it's time for the senate to do its part and consider the nomination. here's a portion of what you'll see tonight. mr. biden: it's frankly ridiculous. there is no biden rule. it doesn't exist. there's only one rule i ever followed. on the judiciary committee. that was the constitution's clear rule of advice and consent. article ii of the constitution clearly states, whenever there is a vacancy in one of the courts created by the constitution itself, the supreme court of the united states, the president shall, not may, the president shall
appoint someone to fill the vacancy with the advice and consent of the united states senate. and advice and consent includes consulting and voting. nobody is suggesting individual senators have to vote yes on any particular presidential nominee. voting no is always an option and it is their option. but saying nothing, seeing nothing, reading nothing, hearing nothing and deciding in advance simply to turn your back, before the president even names a nominee, is not an option the constitution leaves open. it's a plane abdication of the senate's solemn constitutional duty.
it's an abdication, quite frankly, that has never ccurred before in our history. now, i'm able to square their unprecedented conduct with the constitution, my friend, mitch mcconnell and the chairman of the committee, he is my friend, senator from iowa, senator grassley, they're now trying another tact. they ask, what's the difference? what difference does it make if a court has eight or nine members? [laughter] no, i'm serious. remember, they said they weren't going to fill any vacancies on the circuit court of appeals for the district for four years. remember that's what they said? that's not a constitutionally created court. the supreme court is. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> the vice president spoke today to students at georgetown law school. you can see his comments on the u.s. supreme court vacancy tonight at 8:00 eastern here on c-span. and tomorrow night at 8:00, we'll display the supreme court oral argument this week in the case challenging the health care law's contraception coverage mandate. an order of nuns is challenging he law on religious grounds. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu delivered key note remarks recently at the american-israel public affairs committee's annual policy conference. he addressed the terrorist attacks in brussels and the u.s.-israel alliance. prime minister netanyahu spoke to conference participants via satellite from jerusalem. this is about 20 minutes. mr. netanyahu: good morning, america. good morning, aipac. and a special good morning to the 4,000 students who are
cutting class today to be with aipac in washington. greetings to all of you from jerusalem. i want to first send my condolences to the families of those murdered in today's terrorist attacks in brussels. the chain of attacks from paris to san bernardino to istanbul to the ivory coast and now to brussels, and the daily attacks in israel, this is one continuous assault on all of us. in all these cases, the terrorists have no resolvable grievances. it's not as if we could offer them brussels orris tan bull or california or even the west
bank. that won't satisfy their grievances. because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination. their basic demand is that we should simply disappear. well, my friends, that's not going to happen. the only way to defeat these terrorists is to join together and fight them together. that's how we'll defeat terrorism. with political unity and with moral clarity. i think we have that in abundance. and i want to thank today the
leadership of apack -- aipac and each and every one of you. i thank you for the tremendous support you've provided israel over so many years. i thank you for the clear and unequivocal stand you took last ar during the nuclear iran deal debate, a debate critical for israel's security. and that debate, though tense, did not undermine the unbreakable alliance between srael and the united states. as part of that great alliance, america's generously provided israel with many of the tools we need to defend ourselves. we're not working -- now working on a new agreement to help bolster israel's security in the years to come.
i hope we can conclude that agreement soon. and i take this opportunity once again to thank president obama for his support, including for ballistic missile defense. israel deeply appreciates it and we also deeply appreciate the strong bipartisan support for israel in congress and the strong overwhelming support for srael among the american people. year after year the overwhelming majority of americans stand with israel.
they know something profound that stands out for all to see today. they know that israel is an island of liberty and emocracy, that israel must never be an issue that divides americans, but a great cause of liberty that unites americans. my friends, two weeks ago, i visited yodfat in northern israel. it was there, 2,000 years ago, that the romans began their military campaign against the jews.
i'm holding in my hand right now an exact replica of an arrow found at yodfat -- one of thousands used by the romans in their war to crush jewish independence. yet two millennia later, the jewish people are once again free and sovereign in our ncient homeland. and in rebuilding our land, our state, our economy, our army, our science, our culture, we've achieved remarkable successes. but it's true we also face great challenges. we are in fact today witnessing two contradictory trends.
first, the positive trend -- every day, high-level delegations land at the airport. they come from america. they come from europe. increasingly, they come from asia, from africa, from latin america. as many of them confront the rise of militant islam and its accompanying terrorism, they come to israel to strengthen heir security. they wish to learn from israel's proven security and intelligence capabilities how to better protect their own people. but they also come to israel because they want to upgrade their economies with israel's technology. and for good reason -- israel's know-how is powering the world's computers, navigating its cars, protecting its bank ccounts.
it has led to breakthroughs in treating multiple sclerosis, parkinson's, alzheimer's. it helps farmers around the world yield more crops, produce more milk, conserve more water. so, for all these reasons, the world is coming to israel. today we have diplomatic relations with 161 countries -- more than at any time in our history. and by the way, there are not that many countries left. there are only about 200 countries in the world. but alongside this positive trend, there is a second, egative trend. while israel is embraced by a growing number of individual nations, there are those who seek to malign israel among the nations, and especially in the
nited nations. at the u.n., israel, the middle east's only true democracy, is slandered like no other country on earth. at the u.n., israel is subjected to consistent, systematic discrimination. only israel is permanently scheduled for condemnation at the u.n. human rights council -- not iran, not syria, not north korea. only israel is hounded by u.n. bodies expressly established to delegitimize its very existence. only israel is condemned every year by 20 hostile resolutions n the u.n. general assembly. the un, my friends, has a shameful record of singling out israel for castigation and condemnation. so i have a question for you.
hy would anyone think that the u.n. could decide on a fair and secure peace for israel? yet amazingly, there are some who believe exactly that. they seek to impose terms on israel in the u.n. security council. and those terms would undoubtedly be stacked against us. they always are. so such an effort in the u.n. would only convince the palestinians that they can stab their way to a state. mind you, not a state next to israel, but a state instead of israel. a security council resolution to pressure israel would further harden palestinian positions, and thereby it could
actually kill the chances of eace for many, many years. and that is why i hope the united states will maintain its longstanding position to reject uch a u.n. resolution. i was glad to hear the presidential candidates from both parties reaffirm this basic principle. peace won't come through u.n. security council resolutions, but through direct negotiations between the parties. the best formula for achieving peace remains two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized palestinian state finally recognizes the jewish state.
now, i know there's some skepticism about my views on this. so let me state unequivocally, and here's the acid test -- i am ready to begin such egotiations immediately, without preconditions, anytime, nywhere. that's a fact. but president abbas is not ready to do so. hat's also a fact. there is political will here in jerusalem. there's no political will there
in ramallah. for the last 5.5 years, president abbas has refused to sit down and talk with me even for a minute. but that doesn't mean he's been silent. he has helped inculcate a new generation of young palestinians with murderous hatred for israel. and my friends, this incitement has deadly consequences. palestinian children are taught to stab jews. they are taught that the goal of the palestinian people is not to establish a state on the west bank, but in all of israel -- in akko, haifa, nazareth, jaffa. now, what i'm about to show you s deeply disturbing. i think you have to see for
yourselves what the palestinians are teaching their hildren. i want you to see the daily pledge of allegiance of palestinian children. take a look. >> i am a palestinian child. my toys are the rock and the rifle. >> the 48 lands are all ours. and will return to us, right? >> they preach to kill israelis just because they are jews and children emulate the murderous videos online. >> take along a rock and knife. >> this comes directly from the palestinian leadership. >> we welcome every drop of blood spilled in jerusalem. >> the results, hundreds of terror attacks in the past few months. dozens of israelis were
murdered in those terrorist attacks. about half of the terrorists are under the age of 18. this fuels terror and prevents peace. mr. netanyahu: this is sick. t's inexcusable. my friends, that little girl asn't born hating. she was taught to hate, as were the palestinians who murdered the american student taylor force, and other american citizens in recent months.
you've already heard what an mpressive young man taylor was, but president abbas's fatwa movement praised taylor's killer as -- and i quote this -- as "a hero and a martyr." now, that's not from hamas -- hat's coming from abbas. and now the palestinians will pur even more terrorism by rewarding the families of murderers -- including those who murdered americans -- with a regular monthly payment. so the message they send to palestinians is clear -- terrorism pays -- literally. if the international community really wants to advance peace,
it must demand that the alestinians stop poisoning the minds of their children. if the international community wants to advance peace, it must address the true core of the conflict -- the persistent palestinian refusal to accept a jewish state in any borders. so there's bad news, but there's also some good ews. while the palestinians are stuck in their refusal to make peace, others are moving forward. first, israel's peace agreements with egypt and
jordan have weathered many torms. second, increasingly our other neighbors recognize that we have common interests. they understand that we face the same threats from iran and from isis. now, i can tell you from a perspective of my lifetime -- this is a historic change. i believe it offers a unique opportunity to advance peace. and we are working every day to eize that opportunity. ladies and gentlemen, i am confident that over time the
trend of embracing israel will overcome the trend of maligning israel, because ultimately freedom beats tyranny, and ultimately, when vigorously efended, truth beats lies. so i believe that israel faces a future of promise. i believe that when we stand ogether, all of us, we can overcome all the challenges facing us. nd of these challenges, none is greater than iran's nrelenting aggression.
iran remains fully committed to genocide -- our genocide. its leaders loudly, openly, even proudly, they say and proclaim that their goal is to estroy israel. iran sends deadly weapons to hezbollah in lebanon against us. it bankrolls hamas and islamic ihad in gaza against us. it seeks to open a new terror front on the golan against s. and it offers thousands of dollars for each palestinian terror attacks against us. o here's what i believe -- i believe that both those who supported the nuclear deal and those who opposed it can, at he very least, work together
to stop iran's aggression and terror and hold iran accountable for its ransgressions. since the nuclear deal, iran has continued to conduct allistic missile tests, in defiance of its international obligations. as you've heard, iran recently fired a ballistic missile with a hebrew inscription painted on it. it said, israel must be wiped out. so ladies and gentlemen, the writing is not on the wall -- it's on the missile. now my friends, an arrow just like this was shot by a roman soldier at yodfat.
he was fighting to end jewish independence once and for all. but imperial rome is long gone and i am speaking to you today rom our capital, jerusalem, as the prime minister of the reborn jewish state. we have restored our ndependence. we have restored our capacity to defend ourselves. iran should learn this history and it should have no illusions. israel will defend itself mightily against all those who seek to destroy us. nd iran
hould remember that today it's not only the enemies of the jewish people who have arrows. today, the jewish state can defend itself with powerful arrows of our own. take a look. the arrow missile defense system is the product of americans and israelis working together. so i want to say again to all of you -- thank you, america. thank you, aipac. thank you for helping secure our common future, and a happy purim to all of you. thank you. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy.
visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> republican presidential candidate donald trump delivered remarks on the relationship between the united states and israel during an address at the 2016 conference hosted by the american-israel public affairs committee. he focused on his opposition to the iran nuclear deal and on criticism of president obama's foreign policy in the middle east. his comments are about a half hour.
mr. trump: good evening. thank you very much. i speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of israel. [cheers and applause] i'm a newcomber to politics, but not to backing the jewish state. [cheers and applause] in 2001, weeks after the attacks on new york city, and on washington, and frankly, the 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%. cheers and applause] in spring of 2004, at the height of the violence in the gaza strip, i was the grand marshall 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 panleder 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. [applause] thank you. my number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with iran. cheers and 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 greaterer 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 provisions 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 the 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. cheers and applause] and we are leading in every poll, remember that, please. [laughter] [applause] 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 g.p.s. systems and rockets like very few people anywhere in the world, and certainly very few countries have. now they're in syria tryg 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 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 er $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 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 terrorist 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 and applause] thank you. thank you. 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 the earth. you can forget that. cheers and applause] what kind of demented minds write that in hebrew? and here's know 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 and applause] which brings me to my next point. the utter weakness and incompetence of the united nations. cheers and 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 -- yay. [laughter] cheers and applause] mr. trump: he may be the worst thing to ever happen to israel, believe me. believe me. 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 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 the veto , ch i will use as president 00%. they come to a table and
negotiate. each side must give up something. we have to do something where there is value in exchange for something that it requires. that's what a deal is. a deal is 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 delegitimatized israel. catastrophe and disaster for israel. it's not going to happen, folks. [applause] mr. trump: and further, it would reward palestinian terrorism because every day they are stabbing israelis and americans. point t week, a west grad, phenomenal young person, who served in iraq and
afghanistan, was murdered in the streets by a knife-yielding palestinian. you don't reward behavior like that. you cannot do it. [applause] mr. trump: there's only one way you treat that kind of behavior, you have to confront it. [applause] mr. trump: it's not up to the united nations to 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 any way. the united states can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling israel that it must be -- and really, it must abide by some agreement made by others
made by others thousands of miles away that doesn't know what is happening to israel and anyone in the area. we aren't going to let it happen. [applause] mr. trump: when i'm president i will veto by any attempt by the u.n. to impose its will on the jewish state. it will be vetoed 100%. [applause] mr. trump: you see, i know about deal making. that's what i do. i wrote "the art of the deal." one of the best selling all time, and i mean seriously, and i will be criticized if i say the and i will be diplomatic. i think it is number one, but
why take a chance. [applause] mr. trump: one of the all-time best-selling books about deal and deal making. to make a great deal. you need two willing participants. israel is willing to deal. israel has been trying -- [applause] mr. trump: right. israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table without pre-conditions for years. you had camp david in 2000 where the prime minister made an incredible offer, maybe even too generous. arafat rejected. in 2008, the prime minister made an offer. the palestinian authority rejected it also. then john kerry tried to come up with a framework and abbas
didn't 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 and applause] mr. trump: thank you. and when i say something, i mean it. [laughter] mr. trump: i mean it. i will meet with prime minister netanyahu immediately. i have known him nor many years and will be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to israel and to the entire region. meen while, every -- meanwhile, every single day, you have
children taught to hate israel and 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 or happen any longer. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: 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 will end soon, believe me. [applause] mr. trump: in palestinian textbookses and mosques, you have a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years and if we want to achieve peace, they have to go out and start this educational process. they have to end education of hatred and they have to end it and now. [applause] mr. trump: there is no moral aquiffle -- he equivalent. israel does not pay its children to stab random palestinians. you see, what president obama gets wrong about dealmaking is
that he constantly applies pressure to our friends and rewards our enemies. cheers and applause] mr. trump: you see that happening all the time. that pattern and practice by the president and his administration , including former secretary of state hillary clinton, who is a total disaster, by the way. cheers and applause] mr. trump: she and president obama have treated israel very, very badly. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: but it has repeated itself over and over again and done nothing to embolden those who hate america. we saw with the $150 billion in
iran and hope they would join the world's community. it didn't happen. [applause] mr. trump: president obama thinks that applying pressure to israel will force the issue, but it's precisely the opposite that happened. already, half of the population of palestine has been taken over by the palestinian isis in hamas and the other half refuses to confront the first half so it's a very difficult situation that's not going to get solved unless you have great leadership in the unions and we'll get it solved one way or the other. we will get it solved. [applause] mr. trump: but when the united states stands with israel, the chances of peace really lies and rises up. that's what will happen when
donald trump is president of the united states. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: we will move the american embassy to the eternal capital of the jewish people of jerusalem! cheers and applause] mr. trump: and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between america and our most reliable allies, the state of israel! [applause] mr. trump: the palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bonds between the united states and israel is absolutely, totally unbreakable.
[applause] mr. trump: 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. ialial -- [applause] mr. trump: and must come to the table willing to accept that israel is a jewish state and will forever exist as a jewish state! cheers and applause] mr. trump: i love the people in this room. i love israel. i love israel. i have been with israel -- i received some of my greatest honors from israel. my father before me, incredible. my daughter is about to have a
beautiful jewish baby. cheers and applause] mr. trump: in fact, it could be happening right now, which would be very nice. i thank you very much. this has been a truly great honor. thank you, everybody. thank you very much. cheers and applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by tional captioning institute]
senator cruz: god bless aipac. i'm thrilled to be here with you today and let me say at the outset perhaps to the surprise of the previous speaker, palestine has not existed since 1948. cheers and applause] senator cruz: on wednesday night of this week, in synagogues across the world, jewish people story ad which tells the of the miraculous rescue the jewish people from from the
hands of a wicked persian king. when the evil-doer plots to kill the jews, he describes them as a nation that is scattered and spread out. it is taught that they were divided a the lesson is when its forces of good are divided, evil can prevail. but when we come together in unity, we can defeat tyrants. [applause] senator cruz: 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 building a
coalition of young people in hispanics and african-americans reagan democrats, which will lead to a commanding unity 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 role in making this happen in bringing this together. just today, my colleagues,
lindsay graham, hosted an event for me here, which should allay any doubt, anyone one that the god can still do miracles. [laughter] i want to begin by asking all of us to remember taylor force, a text ann who comes from lubbock, a west point graduate, an army veteran. on march 8, he was stabbed to death by a palestinian terrorist in israel. the terrorists didn't ask for his passport. influenced by the relentless campaign of insite meant that has fossterd hatred twars jews, all he cared about was killing as many as possible. 10 people were wounded by the
time the terrorist was neutralized. it is 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 ament who will be a champion for israel. in my time in the senate, i have endeavored to do both. in the four years i have been serving in the senate, i have been privileged to travel three times to the state of israel. [applause] senator cruz: i had the great privilege of visiting a hospital in israel where they have treated over 1,000 refugees wounded in that civil war and have done so free of charge
showing the heart and character of the people of israel. [applause] senator cruz: when the nation of iran, named as their mr. amodei: bass dor to the united nationses, a known terrorist who participated in holding americans hostage in the late 1970's, people in washington said there is nothing we could do. i was proud to introduce legislation from him coming to america. that legislation passed the senate 100-0 and passed the house 435-0 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 tanyahu noticed we are using missile defense and they are using their civilians to protect their missiles. i entirely agree with prime minister netanyahu, hamas places rockets in elementary schools and place their headquarters in the basement of a hospital, and i would note that hillary this in 2014 explained 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, madam secretary, with all respect, the reason that missiles are in school is not because the schools are small or
that they are monsters using children as human shields. cheers and applause] senator cruz: and in response to this atrocity, i joined with new york democrat senator gillibrand condemning hamas' human shields as a war crime and that passed both houses unanimously. and in the midst of these rocket attacks, we saw the obama administration cancel civilian flights into the nation of israel. i asked the question, did this administration just launch an economic boycott on the nation of israel? [applause] the administration does not ban
flights into pakistan, does not ban flights into yemen or afghanistan. indeed, did not ban flights much into ukraine and ukraine just seen a passenger airliner just shot done by a missile. [applause] senator cruz: why exactly is a sanction put on israel bus one rocket fell harmlessly? one of the safest airports in the world? and why was that time to could inside with john kerry in the middle east with $47 million in the middle east that would end up with hamas terrorists? when i asked that question, the state department was being asked, is this an economic boycott of israel. the state department said that is ridiculous and we refuse to
answer. so i responded fine, i will place on hold every nominee to the state department. [applause] senator cruz: shortly thereafter, michael bloomberg demonstrated saying it was safe o fly to israel. and as a result of mayor bloomberg's efforts and my efforts and 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. [applause] senator cruz: looking forward, as president, i will lead very, very differently from the current administration. [cheers and applause]
senator cruz: 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 and address a joint session of congress and would be boycotted from the president and the vice president of the united states and every member of the cabinet, that would have been dismissed as crazy, that could never happen and sadly that is exactly what happened when prime minister netanyahu came to address congress. [applause] senator cruz: in on similar vein my leading republican opponent said he would be neutral between israel and the palestinians. let me be very clear. as president, i will not be neutral. [cheers and applause]
senator cruz: america will stand unapoll getically with the nation of israel. cheers and applause] senator cruz: what does that mean specifically? let's start with today's persian kings, the nation of iran. hillary clinton and donald trump said they would maintain this iranian deal. donald trump said he will negotiate and get a better deal. my view is very different. on the first day in office, i ill rip this iranian deal to shreds. [cheers and applause] senator cruz: this agreement
gives over $100 billion to the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, that dwarfs the military aid we give each year. that is not just unconscionable and if i am president on the rst day, we will re-impose sanctions on iran. [applause] senator cruz: in a mockery of this deal, iran has continued with missile tests, including launching a missile with the words, israel should be wiped from the earth. hear my words, ayatolla. if i am president and iran launches a missile test, we will shoot that missile down. cheers and applause]
senator cruz: in january of 2017, we will have a commander in chief who says, no circumstances will iran be allowed to acquire missile programs. shut your nuclear program or we will shut it down for you. [cheers and applause] senator cruz: a year ago when prime minister netanyahu dressed congress, i joined weizel on this disastrous iranian deal. not a single democrat was willing to join him. to sit along side who witnessed the holocaust. who brings a moral weight and
graft second to none, was both powerful and humbling. and i'm convinced, after this election, the american people will stand together and say 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 eternal capital of israel. [applause] senator cruz: i recognize for years a whole lot of presidential candidates, both democrats and republicans have said i recognize some candidates have said that standing here today. here's the difference. i will do it.
[laughter] [cheers and applause] senator cruz: and as president, i will do everything in my power to ensure that anyone who provides financial support to the b.d.f. movement including schools and universities, will lose nyack cease to federal funding. cheers and applause] senator cruz: to the extent they have engaged in illegal behavior, they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. [cheers and applause] senator cruz: all of us understand that israel is not the barrier to peace. it is the palestinian authority and so-called unity government with hamas that celebrates the murder of women and children and
insights and even compensates the terrorist attack. if the palestinians try to push through a united nations resolution to unilaterally declare a statehood, america will veto that resolution. [applause] senator cruz: indeed, i tell you today, i will fly to new york to personally veto it myself. cheers and applause] senator cruz: someville asked, why on earth did a cuban ann become one of the leader defenders of israel. 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 furthering the vital national security interests of the united states of america whether it is missile defense, from iron dome or whether it is intelligence and military cooperation. israel provides an enormous benefit to keeping america safe d protecting us from islamic terrorists. [applause] senator cruz: but on a very personal level, for me, much of my view of israel is framed on my family story. my father was born and raised in cuba. s a kid, he was imprisoned and
tortured. my father fled cuba in 1957, when he came to america, he had nothing. he had 100 in his under wear and washed dishes making 50 cents an hour. he paid his way through school and went on to start a small business. when i was a kid, my dad used to say to me over and over again, when i faceed it in cuba, i had a place to sleep. if we lose our freedom here, where do we go? and i will tell you, it is an incredible blessing to be a child of an immigrant who fled oppression and came to america seeking freedom. and there is one other nation of was created as a beacon hope who faced oppression and
and the nation of israel like america is a beacon of light onto the world. [applause] senator cruz: and all of us here understand as ronald reagan did, that peace is achievable only through strength. this is what israel understands, when you are surrounded, neighbors that would drive you into the sea, sometimes you don't have time for political correctness. [applause] senator cruz: weakness is provocative, apiecement increases the chance of military conflict. i believe this iran nuclear deal
a isking consequences with homicidal maniac to acquire the tools to murder millions. [applause] senator cruz: stand up to bullies and it is worth remembering that this same nation, iran, in 1981, released our hostages the day ronald reagan was sworn into office. [applause] senator cruz: that is the difference. a strong commander in chief can make and together, standing as won, we can and will do it again. thank you. god bless america. and speaking help brew]
wow! gosh! all i got to say is wow! man, it is really nice to see you here today. [applause] mr. ryan: i want to say to bob and lillian, thank you so much for inviting me here today. i ome to washington d.c. heard from a lot of folks today that you heard from a lot of folks today -- [laughter] a good thing ys when america's leaders declare their support for israel. [applause] mr. ryan: it's not enough,
though. the speeches, the statements, all the words in the world mean nothing if you do not back them up with actions. [applause] mr. ryan: that is why, two years ago, when the rockets were falling on tel aviv, the house approved support for the iron dome. [applause] mr. ryan: and that is why within just two months of my taking the speakership we voted to fund every penny of our security assistance commitment. [applause] mr. ryan: and that is why, in my first trip overseas as speaker of the house, my first trip, will be to return to israel. cheers and applause]
mr. ryan: and that is why, i can pledge to you here tonight that as long as i'm the speaker of the house, we will not allow any legislation that divides our countries to come to the house floor for any consideration. [cheers and applause] mr. ryan: it is action, indeed, that builds trust. and our friendship is too important. the dangers we face today are too real to let there be any misgivings between us. ou know, like my house colleagues, i understand that america is not safer when we back away from israel. america is safer when we stand with israel. [applause] mr. ryan: so, if there's one
thing that i would ask you to take away from tonight, it is this. my colleagues and i will do everything we can to strengthen our friendship, not just with words, but with concrete achievements. no taking thing for granted. a friend is a priority. and american leaders should act like it. [applause] mr. ryan: now, that's what i think most americans believe on both sides of the aisle. but i do hear people raising doubts every now and then. they say things like, the middle east is a mess. it's not our business. why are we involved. .hy are we taking
it cuts against our interests. and in experience, it does us no good to wave off our opponents or dismiss them as narrow minded. that doesn't bridge the divide. that deepens the divide. instead, we need to confront our critics' arguments head on, have a real conversation. and i would say to them, that i firmly believe that the friendship between our countries -- t just in yeals' israel's interests, but america's interests. it is good for israel and good for america and it is good for the world. [applause] mr. ryan: it is just a lesson in history. you know, for many years, we
avoided what thomas jefferson called entangling alliances. we weren't as strong as a country back then. they wanted to use us for their own purposes. no reason to play the pawn in their chest game, so we stayed out. well, that all changed in world war ii. we learned the hard way. that even if you don't go looking for trouble, trouble has a way of finding you. he day that japan bombed pearl harbor. two oceans couldn't protect us anymore. we have grown too strong for our enemies to ignore us. our enemies have reached across the world and so do the threats. e couldn't beat the nazi
pansers or liberate the islands in the south pacific on our own, we had to work with other countries who shared our objectives and had to make sure our allies stood with them. we had to lead a global reliance. after the war was over, a new threat was emerged, the so far yets were setting up puppet regimes and aiming missiles. they were in the march. and so we faced a choice. either we could withdraw from the world, arm ourselves to the teeth and make ourselves into a garrison state or we could pursue a forward-leaning defense, create free nations, keep open the lanes of commerce
and build cooperation and that is exactly what we did. these are the years that we created nato and the international monetary fund and of course, in 1948, we were the first country to recognize the state of israel just minutes after she declared her independence, the first country! [cheers and applause] mr. ryan: both the cold war and the world war taught us that free countries are safer when we work with each other, when we stand by each other, when we trust each other, because then, when the threat arises, we can confront it together. well, the threats, the threats are very different now. north korea thumbs its nose at the world as it plays with its nuclear weapons. iran funds terrorist groups as
it jockeys for dominance in the middle east and russia is trying to reclaim its neighbors as its clients' states and with the se of isis and even deadlier strain has taken hold. once again, we face an aggressive militant ideology with an assist from a gang of rogue states. so why is our relationship with israel so important? because in the fight against terrorism and proliferation, our interests are one and the same. israel is the first target and we are the ultimate target. [applause] mr. ryan: and you know why? you know why this is? we share the same values. israel like us is a liberal democracy in a sea of
authoritarian regimes. both countries will become stronger. both countries are protecting our way of life. just remember, israel does not fund terrorism in other countries, but it does help the new york police department fight terrorism in our country. [cheers and applause] mr. ryan: pretty profound. this is the crux of the matter. i think the current administration -- i think they understand that we need our allies. but it fails to understand what our allies need. [applause] they need more than vague assurances that we got their back. they need to see that the measure of our full commitment
and i don't blame anybody, i say this to bring clarity to the situation we are facing. i think this is the most fundamental misunderstanding that has undermind our security. exhibit a, exhibit a is the iran deal. [applause] mr. ryan: i think it was a terrible deal. [cheers and applause] mr. ryan: not since 1939 have we seen horrible foreign policy ince this iran deal. and you know what? because of this deal, our friends in the middle east are losing faith in us or at least in our judgment.
iran got billions of dollars in sanction relief and in exchange for what? for taking up our some, not all, some of its nuclear programs and in 10, 15 years, all those limits expire. in other words, they get something for essentially nothing. it was a steal. [applause] mr. ryan: it was a steal and even if they don't cheat -- [laughter] mr. ryan: look, we all wanted the negotiations to succeed, but we were supposed to get something out of it. it is fine to negotiate with our enemies. it really is. but not at our friends' expense.
that doesn't make any of us any safer. [applause] mr. ryan: i don't think it's an accident that every few months we hear of iran launching another ballistic missile. we legitimatize it. [applause] mr. ryan: this is a huge threat to the state of israel. and it is a threat to our country, too. but whatever you think of the iran deal, i want to make something really clear. whether you oppose it or support , whether you are optimistic -- and i sense a few skeptics, it is your right to petition your government on any issue at any time. that is what aipac does.
that's why you are here. [applause] mr. ryan: if anyone questions that right, i just want you to know that we stand with you. [applause] mr. ryan: so this point, i think we have got to do everything we can to shore up our alliance. we have to hold iran accountable for its violations and push back against iranian aggression in lebanon and syria and extend our bilateral agreement and expand it to missile defense. [applause] mr. ryan: we have to help israel to help david sling. one more thing, one more thing i worked on quite a bit when i was chair of ways and means, we have to push back with clarity, with firmness against any attempts by
other country to boycott, divest from or ever sanction israel. this is where america can lead and can make a difference and this is where your voices can be heard. this is what they are trying to do to us. we can and must be clear on this. and you know what this does? with all these things do is send a signal that america has no greater friend than in israel and we will stand by her through thick and through thin. [applause] mr. ryan: you have people running for president, they'll get political, but here's what we see. we have a choice coming. we are going to make a big choice in 2016 and along those
lines, in the house, we are going to try and help crystalize that choice. we have several members on our task force on national security. their goal is to design a strategy for a competent america and at the top of the list is how do we strengthen our allegiances with our allies like israel. to sum up our approach. i use the words of general madison. we need to take our own side in this fight. [applause] mr. ryan: there is a side to be taken and as we put together our agenda for the next president, we are going to need the help of aipac and everyone here today. and i can see you, we need the help of the young people that are here in this room. cheers and applause]
mr. ryan: you know why? and you know why? because the decisions we are going to make today, those decisions will determine what kind of world you will inherit. just seeing you here, knowing that you want to take part gives me a lot of hope for our future. [applause] mr. ryan: i know we can do this. and so, i want to leave you with this. i think we need to build a confident america. the way i see it, a confident america does not shrink from our commitments or shun aside our allies, a confident america does not distance itself from israel, a confident america, a confident america keeps its word. it stands by its allies. a confident america stands by
israel because that's what will keep the peace. that is what both countries need to thrive. i know i just threw a lot out of at you. what does a guy care about israel? there is a vibrant jewish community in wisconsin. [applause] mr. ryan: and everyone of them are die-hard green bay packer fans. i guess there are a couple of bear fans, i guess. this is something we are proud about. there is a huge pro--israel community, full of people in both parties in many faiths and all walks of life. when we visit different houses of worship, one of the most questions i get, what is your
position on israel. so the pre--israel community, it is not some quins to me, these are my friends, my family, my neighbors. i know the pre--israel community has done so much for wisconsin and the world. you will have my deepest gratitude. [applause] mr. ryan: and so, i want to thank you for having me tonight. i thank you in advance for all the work you will be doing to strengthen that bond between israel and america and i want to thank you for being fantastic americans to make sure we get our state of ship america. god bless you. have a great time. make sure you keep doing it. thank you and god bless you.
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