President Calls on Allies to Defeat Radical Ideologies in Wake of... CSPAN May 23, 2017 11:06am-11:36am EDT
prime minister netanyahu: ladies and gentlemen, this museum tells the story of israel. mr. speaker, you have just gone through a fast pace visit through our past, our present, and we work together to fashion the future. here you can see hebrew text of the bible that are 2,000 years old. you can see the coins that bear witness to nearly 4,000 years of our presence in this land. you can see the candles we lit, the synagogues we prayed in during our long exile, but the story of israel is not simply the story of the passion. it's the story of a nation borne of a barron land brought back to life, of an ancient language revised, of an exiled
people returned, of jewish sovereignty restored. we have a saying, mr. president, the people of israel lives -- the state of israel lives on, alive at ever. a thriving democracy, a powerful army, innovative, free economy and a proud, resilient people. mr. president, over the years israel has had many friends but israel has never had and will never have a better friend than . e united states of america [applause] that friendship is reflected in the overwhelming support of the american people. strong bipartisan support of the american congress, and the support of american presidents from harry truman to donald trump. [applause]
thank you, president trump, for your steadfast friendship to the jewish people and the jewish state. it is deeply, deeply appreciated. mr. president, i believe that the alliance between american and israel is more important than ever. together we must defeat those who glorify death and protect those who celebrate life. together, we can defeat the forces of militant islam who seek to destroy the civilized world and together we can and we must defeat the forces of terror. terrorism, the deliberate slaughter of innocence, must be equally condemned and equally fought, whether it strikes in europe, in america or in israel or for that matter anywhere else. and as you said this morning, mr. president, funding and
rewarding terrorism must end. standing next to you, president abbas condemned the horrific attack in manchester. if the attacker had been palestinian and the victims had been israeli children, the suicide bomber's family would have received a stipended from the palestinian authority. that's palestinian law. that law must be changed. [applause] i hope that are president abbas heeds the principles, the clear, strong, moral and practical principles that you enuciated today, president trump. stop rewarding terrorists. stop glorifying murders. i believe that this is the first and the crucial step towards the road to a genuine peace that israel seeks and that i believe that together with you we can achieve.
president trump, working with you, i believe we can advance a durable peace between israel and its arab neighbors as well as the palestinians because of the common danger that the arab world and israel face from iran and because of the leadership hat you bring to this process. ultimately, around the world i have no doubt that freedom will defeat fear, that light will advantage wish darkness because that is the story of america, a nation that's defeated the forces of tyranny, that is the beacon and hope of all humanity and that is the story of israel, a nation that's overcome unimaginable horrors and impossible odds and is the hope of the jewish people. mr. president, thank you for your historic visit, for your unbelievably moving gestures in
a concentrated 36-hour period in israel. you touched the core and the .tones of our being at the western wall yesterday, now at yad veshem, and now in our wonderful museum, you, first wife, first lady, melania trump, your family and your delegation, you've shown a great commitment to israel's future and to its security. i want to thank you, mr. president, for standing up for israel at the united nations and everywhere else. [applause] and i thank you for your unrelenting support and a friendship that comes from the heart to the jewish people and the jewish state. thank you, mr. trump. god bless you, god bless israel
night in really a very unforgettable dinner. we had a great time. very, d about a lot of very important things. and thank you to ambassador friedman, for joining us with a number of good friends who've come from our country to yours as we' firm the unshakeable -- we reaffirm the unshakeable bond between the united states and israel. thank you. [applause] i'd like to begin my remarks today by sending the thoughts and prayers of the entire american people to the victims of the terrorist attack in manchester. you know, you've all been watching. you've seen just a horrible thing going on. i want to send our condolences
to the many families who lost their loved ones. horrific, horrific injuries. terrible. dozens of innocent people, beautiful young children savagely murdered in this heinous attack upon humanity. i repeat again that we must drive out the terrorists and the extremists from our midst. obliterate this evil ideology and protect and defend our citizens and people of the world. [applause] all civilized nations must be united in this effort. this trip is focused on that goal, bringing nations together around the globe of defeating the terrorism that threatens
the world and crushing the hateful ideology that drives it so hard and seems to be driving it so fast. it is a privilege to stand here in this national museum, in the ancient city of jerusalem to address the israeli people and all people in the middle east ho yearn for security, prosperity and peace. jerusalem is a sacred city. its beauty, splendor and heritage are like no other place on earth. the tides -- [applause] what a heritage. what a heritage. the ties of the jewish people to this holy land are ancient and eternal. [applause]
they date back thousands of years, including the reign of king david, whose star now flies proudly on israel's white and blue flag. yesterday, i visited the western wall and marveled at the monument to god's presence and man's perseverance. i was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from god. i also visited and prayed at e church of the holy seplecular, a site revered by christians throughout the world. i laid a wreath at yad veshem, honoring, remembering and mourning the six million jews o were murdered in the
holocaust. i pledged right then and there what i pledge again today -- the words, never again. [applause] israel is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the jewish people. from all parts of this great country, one message resounds and that is the message of hope. down through the ages, the jewish people have suffered persecution, oppression and even those who have sought their destruction. but through it all, they have endured and in fact they have thrived. i stand in awe of the accomplishments of the jewish people, and i make this promise to you. my administration will always
of that spirit. from the two holy temples to the glorious heights of mesada, we see an incredible story of faith and perseverance. that faith is what inspired jews to believe in their destiny, to overcome their despair and to build here, right here a future that others dared not even to dream. in israel, not only are jews free to till the soil, teach their children and pray to god, in the ancient land of their fathers and they love this land and they love god. but muslims, christians and people of all faiths are free to live and worship according to their conscience and to follow their dreams right here.
today, gathered with friends, i call upon all people, jews, christians, muslims and every faith, every tribe, every creed, to draw inspiration from this ancient city, to set aside our sectarian differences, to overcome oppression and hatred and to give all children the freedom and hope and dignity written into our souls. earlier this week, i spoke at a very historic summit in saudi arabia. salman.sted by king very wise man. i said we should create stability, safety and security and i was deeply encouraged by
the desire of many leaders to join us in cooperation toward the shared and vital goals. conflict cannot continue forever. the question is only when nations will decide that they have had enough. ough bloodshed, enough killing. that is to represent people in the middle east to overcome sectarian and religious divisions, to extinguish the fires of extremism and to have common ground and shared responsibility in making the future of this region so much better than it is right now. change must come from within. it can only come from within. no mother or father wants their children to grow up in a world where terrorists roam free, schoolchildren are murdered and
their loved ones are taken. no child is born with prestigious in their -- prejudice in their heart. no one should teach young boys and girls to hate and to kill. no civilized flakes can tolerate the massacre of innocence with chemical weapons. my message to that summit was the same message i have for you -- we must build a coalition of partners who share the aim of stamping out extremism and violence and providing our children a peaceful and hopeful future. but a hopeful future for children in the middle east requires the world to fully recognize the vital role of the state of israel. [applause]
and on behalf of the united states, we pledge to stand by you and defend our shared values so that together we can defeat terrorism and create safety for all of god's children. [applause] israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence. israelis are murdered by terrorists wielding knives and bombs. hamas and hezbollah launch rockets into israeli communities where schoolchildren have to be trained to hear the sirens and to run to the bomb shelters with fear but with speed. isis targets jewish eighborhoods, synagogues and iran's leaders routinely call
despite these challenges, israel is thriving as a sovereign nation and no international body should question the contributions israel makes to the region and indeed the world. today, let us pray for that peace and for a more hopeful future across the middle east. there are those who present a false choice. they say that we must choose between supporting israel and supporting arab and muslim nations in the region. that is completely wrong. all decent people want to live in peace, and all humanity is threatened by the evils of terrorism. diverse nations can unite around the gall of protecting innocent life, upholding human dignity and promoting peace and stability in the region. my administration is committed to pursuing such a coalition, and we have already made
substantial progress during this trip. we know, for instance, that both israelis and palestinians seek lives of hope for their children, and we know that peace is possible if we put aside the pain and disagreements of the past and commit together to finally resolving this crisis which has dragged on for nearly half a century or more. as i have repeatedly said, i'm personally committed to helping israelis and palestinians achieve a peace agreement, and i had a meeting this morning with president abbas and can tell you that the palestinians are ready to reach for peace. i know you heard it before. i am telling you, that's what i do, they are ready to reach for peace. and my meeting with my very good friend, benjamin, i can
tell you also that he is reaching for peace. he wants peace. he loves people. e especially loves the israeli people. enjamin netanyahu wants peace. making peace, however, will not be easy. we all know that. both sides will face tough decisions, but with determination, compromise and the belief that peace is possible, israelis and palestinians can make a deal. but even as we work toward peace, we will build strength to defend our nation. the united states is firmly committed to keep iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias. [applause]
telling you right now that iran will not have nuclear weapons. [applause] america's security partnership with israel is stronger than ever. under my administration, you see the difference. big, big, beautiful difference. [laughter] including the iron dome missile defense program, which has been keeping the israeli people safe from short-range rockets
launched by hezbollah and hamas, and david sling, which guards against long-range missiles. it is my hope that someday very soon israeli children will never need to rush towards shelters again as sirens ring out loud and clear. finally, the united states is proud that israeli air force pilots are flying the incredible new american f-35 planes. [applause] there's nothing in the world like them to defend their nation and it was wonderful to see these mighty aircraft in disguise over israel recently as you celebrated the 69th
anniversary of israeli's independence. but even as we strengthen our partnership and practice, let us always remember our highest ideals. let us never forget that the bond between our two nations is woven together in the hearts of our people and their love of freedom, hope and dignity for every man and every woman. let us dream of a future where jewish, muslim and christian children can grow up together and live together in trust, harmony, tolerance and respect. in alues that practiced israel have inspired millions and millions of people all across the world. the conviction of theodore herzl rings true today.
whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will rebound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. as we stand in jerusalem, we see pilgrims of all faiths coming to this land to walk on this hallowed ground. jews place the prayers from their hearts into stone blocks of the beautiful western wall. christians pray in the pews of an ancient church. muslims answer the call to prayer at their holy sites. this city, like no other place in the world, reveals the longing of human hearts, to know and to worship god. jerusalem stands as a reminder that life can flourish against any odds.
when we look around the city so beautiful and we see people of all faiths engaged in researchant worship and schoolchildren -- referent worship and schoolchildren learning side by side and men and women lifting up the needy and forgotten, we see that god's promise of healing has brought goodness to so many lives. we see that the people of this land had the courage to overcome the oppression and injustice of the past and to live in the freedom god intends for every person on this earth. today in jerusalem, we pray and we hope that children around the world will be able to live without fear, to dream without imits and to prosper without violence. i ask this land of promise to join me to fight our common enemies, to pursue our shared values and to protect the dignity of every child of god.
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