tv Campaign 2022 PA Senate Candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz Speaks in Philadelphia CSPAN August 22, 2022 12:42am-2:03am EDT
>> please welcome the executive director matt brooks. [applause] >> good evening. wow. wow. great crowd. it is so great to be back home and live the greatest city in america, philadelphia. this is my hometown. even though i have the unfortunate -- i have to live in d.c., but this is always in my heart. we are all here today for an incredibly important reason. for those of you who care about the future of this country, if you care about a strong u.s. world relationship, the entire
senate hangs in the ballads of this race -- talents of this race in the keystone state read -- keystone state. we cannot win the majority if we don't hold the seat here. i will tell you, in addition to that the stakes for this race, because the choice of the two candidates could not be starker. you will hear tonight from an incredible candidate, dr. oz, a muslim republican who was going to be more pro-israel than his democratic opponent. thing about that for a second. [applause] and the choice, if it is not dr. oz is a john fetterman. john fetterman who endorsed bernie sanders. john fetterman who refused to
come out and support israel, as israel was under attack. john fetterman, who stands for and will work with everything that the squad cares about, he will be the squad in the senate. we have to do everything in our power to make sure that he does not get into the senate, that dr. oz wins in november and we have a republican majority in the senate and house of representatives in november. [applause] there is no more important race in this country for us then right here in pennsylvania. the senate races going to be our top priority we're going to be involved in the important races in florida and ohio and nevada and north carolina and other states. but this is where we are taking a stand. because we cannot have john fetterman in the united states senate. before i turn the program over
to get us started, i want to take one second to thank all of you for being here but also to thank the incredible our jc staff some of whom have come up from our d.c. office some love come down from new york. he and his crew, big round of applause for the rjc. [applause] without further ado. let me take an opportunity to introduce someone who you all know, one of the local leaders in our community, you know him from his race for lieutenant governor, if you would have only beat john fetterman then, we would not have this problem. he also ran for the senate primaries, a terrific leader for our community, for the jewish community and in the rjc. jeff barto's. [applause]
>> we got it. someone tell me if it is moving. we are going to put it here for now. good evening. it is so great to see everybody. i want to first recognize some of our friends in the audience, some honored guests. i have the distinct honor and privilege of introducing, ambassador david freeman. before i do that, i want to recognize our friends in honored guest. saw before -- i saw her before, the investor, it's great to see you -- ambassador, it's great to see you. thanks for being here. my friend from high school. going way back to high school, and one of the world's leading authorities on middle east national security. [applause]
y6 -- my political sister, my friend of over 20 years, our great montgomery county committee chair. [applause] we have two amazing candidates for congress, republican nominees for congress in the fourth. i saw him on his way in and i know he is here. christian. [applause] and dave, running in the fifth. [applause] terrific young leaders running hard races. we all need to get out there and support them. credit to mehmet and his team for supporting these candidates. finally, i want to give a shout out to our friends john and larry, where are they. i know you guys are shy and don't want to put your hands up,
these are the brains behind the operation, the man who makes all of the videos and all of the commercials, let's give them a round of applause as well. [applause] i usually have the honor of introducing mehmet and lisa oz to the audience, since the primary ended, our entire team, we have all come together to support our nominee. i generally have the honor of introducing mehmet to an audience in pointing out and shouting out to lease on the whole family. but tonight, thanks to matt and alex and scott, and the whole team, i have this very distinct honor to introduce ambassador david friedman. cheryl and i have been involved with supporting the u.s.'s relationship for over 10 years. in that time the family has made eight trips to israel. let's talk about sarah was lived in israel for three months and two months, recently she got
back a couple of ago. emily play for team usa in the games back in 2017, which is when i first met the ambassador. we met at the residence and receiving lines. i'll tell you something about ambassador friedman and his wife. chatting about why we were there, i told him we were there with the squash team and plane for the u.s. tammy smiled and said, if the team wants to come swim in the pool, tell them to come by. i was so stunned by the hospitality. but that is the type of people they are. we know ambassador friedman for all of his tireless work on behalf of the u.s./israel relationship. less than a year after i met him in 2017, the u.s. was pulling out of the disaster iran deal. [applause] ambassador friedman and his team pushed to get that done, when so many of the geniuses at foggy
bottom and diplomats around the world said he could not do it, it would risk war and catastrophe. the nuclear deal with iran was a patient pathway for the islamic republic to get a nuclear weapon. the ambassador bucked the trend and boldly pushed to make sure we pulled out of the deal. the trump administration and saved a lot of lives by doing that. [applause] his leadership and support of the u.s. extended even further. we all know the track record, the greatest ambassador in the history of the united states, the most pro-israel administration in the history of the u.s., but them off. the abram accords. remarkable. [applause] recognizing jerusalem as the eternal undivided capital of our people.
and finally moving the embassy to jerusalem. [applause] recognizing israeli sovereignty over the heights. [applause] and unapologetically advocating for the jewish people, our people's right to live in all of our biblical homeland. [applause] before i turn the mic over, you did not come to see me tonight, i encourage all of you to read up on abbasid or friedman's remarkable -- ambassador friedman's story is a man. where no one was buying apartments in jerusalem. his recent trip was secretary pompeo through israel on route 60, the original bible till -- bill, this is a man who lives his values. we are honored to have them here tonight.
let's give a warm philadelphia welcome to ambassador david friedman. [applause] ♪ >> thank you so much. we are going to get dr. oz elected. forget about everything else, right? let's get him elected. we have no margin of error. we have to win every senate seat. oops. [laughter] thank you so much. it's great to be with all of you. it was four years, of miracles,
that we were able to experience and you have to get back to that point. we are going to talk about israel. you may say, where we talking about israel? we have so many problems at home, open borders, high taxes, high crime, do we really want to talk about israel? we do. because israel is not just a foreign policy issue. when you can about israel, think about it in different ways. there are not too many people in this room, but if you are a realpolitik person who wants to see a good return on investments, there is no return to the united states like we get on investing in israel, whether it is the intelligence sharing and the military coordination. i can tell you -- i can't tell
you the details but i can tell you from four years as ambassador, that the state of israel keeps american safe on their own homeland. it is not important. -- it is that important. [applause] if you care about commerce and trade. there some people here that care about that. if you look at the nasdaq, among all of the hundred and 90 countries in the world, israel has more countries traded on the nasdaq -- companies traded on the nasdaq. whether it is there tech or biomedical research, they do incredible research -- things for the world. if you're more like me, and you feel a little bit uncomfortable with the direction that our country is going, you feel that we have grown untethered from the great judeo-christian values
that made our country such a very country. well, that's where values have come from, the land of israel. whenever we need to recharge our batteries and remember what made america such a great country, remember when our founding fathers wrote to the deck relation of independence and concluded that we were endowed by our creator with certain values. how do they know what our creator had in mind? they did it because they read the bible. those of you who speak hebrew, if you are someone who thinks at the end of the day, the core of our country, the core of what makes our country great are the judeo-christian values that we are founded upon, go to israel and get your batteries are charged. you'll understand why it is such an important relationship with the u.s.
at every level, this is not a foreign policy issue. israel is a domestic issue. it may not be as pressing as the rampant crime we are experiencing everywhere. but it is an issue, an important one nonetheless. so, as jeff was kind enough to say, i look at what we did during the trump administration in two buckets. people think it is the disconnected and they are not. one bucket is the unapologetic support for the state of israel, whether it was moving our embassy to jerusalem a recognizing israeli sovereignty. or recognizing what is now been called the pompeo doctrine, the rights of the jewish people, within their bebo homeland. -- biblical homeland. everyone predicted an explosion of violence. what happened instead, was an explosion of peace. people say, well, you got lucky.
the abraham accords came at the right time. everyone is afraid of iran. you were able to make peace with five muslim countries. you are able to do that in spite of your support for the state of israel. no. we made peace with five muslim countries, precisely because of our support for the state of israel. that's how we achieve peace. that's how we will continue to achieve peace skill these abraham accords. as these muslim nations begin to see the relationship that the u.s. had with israel, that he could be trusted as an ally, that it stood behind its word, that it put its money where its mouth is, this country said, we think we would be better off if we joined the circle of trust as well. so, support for israel and the cause for peace are not like conflict with each other. one comes because of the other.
now, it is important for me that restore america to his glorious days of supporting the state of israel. we are not there now. [applause] we get there with a very important decision in 2024. first we get there with very important decisions in the next few months. we have to, we have to hold and grow our pro-israel position in the united states senate. now, i've got the luxury and privilege and joy of having lots of conversations with dr. mem an awesome over the last --mehmet oz over the last couple of months. the only thing i knew about dr. oz before that was whenever i called my mother-in-law at 10:00 in the morning, she would say i can't talk i'm watching dr. oz.
that's all i knew about him up until that point. now i have got to know him better. i was intrigued by the idea of a pro-israel muslim, a very pro-israel muslim. in the old days, that would probably be as common as a philadelphia eagles fan in manhattan. you don't just find them that often. it's not so unusual anymore. that's one of the beauties of the abraham accords. there are thousands and thousands of people in the muslim world whereof now become highly pro-israel. i do conversation with president trump a few weeks ago and i said, mr. president, i have an easier time getting a kosher sandwich in abu dhabi than in washington dc that's how the world has changed. i've developed a relationship with the foreign minister of the
uae. he said the current battles around the world are not between nations, but ideologies. there between moderates and extremists. america has these problems and israel has these problems and the gulf has these problems. we are on the same side. moderates have to win. i agree with him. i think we were at a point where we can begin with the right leadership to scale the abraham accords and the relationships we have made in the muslim world to new heights. after tell you, dr. mehmet oz is the right person at the right time with the right values and the right ideology, to help scale those achievements. he is the right guy. i know that speaking with him. i know that from seeing what he has written, what he says, what he believes. we need him. we need him in congress, in the senate. we need him to help scale these
relationships. he has a unique ability to do it. i hope we will see him soon on the senate forms relations committee. i hope we will see them taking a leader role in advancing the abraham accords, and ending the conflict for the next 100 years. i probably, probably endorse -- proudly endorse the candidacy for dr. mehmet oz, and it is my pleasure to introduce him now. [applause] ♪ >> i appreciate it. i recognize faces out there.
i know carl was mentioned and jeff being a co-chair. it is an honor to have some of the candidates and they have come on board like different ways and it is great to have a unified republican party. it makes it easier to establish values with pennsylvania. i think most of you are curious about how i got involved in israel. maybe my values are good place to start their. if the go way back in my family. my dad was an immigrant to this country. how we got here has a lot to do with jewish medicine. my dad was born of the very poor part of turkey and grew up on a dirt floor. the only way out was a scholarship. he managed to get a scholarship to article school. he matriculated in 1944. medical schools in turkey were ok. in 1944, the university was probably the top medical school in the world. all the jewish physicians fleeing the atrocities of the
nazis, were given a solemn that they desired in turkey. some of the most famous doctors in the world had fled from germany, austria, czechoslovakia, poland and had come to turkey taught my father. when my dad finished medical school, and the u.s. was looking for doctors because we didn't have enough doctors in the 50's, he was brought here. which is how my family was blessed to experience the american dream. the american dream was tangible. i am a living embodiment of it. it was clear. if you worked hard, if you respected the values and people around you, if you wanted to become like america, then you would live the american dream. we have done that for my family's entire course. much of what i speak to in this campaign is about the american dream. one of the reasons that catalyzed me to run it all was because i see the american dream slipping away. people not clear on what it represents. it doesn't look so crisp when he first try to see it.
that is something we can address, something we can manage. a lot of it has to do is with the values we bring out. my wife, where's my wife? oh there she is. [applause] i remember, one of the smartest things i did was marry away 37 years ago, across the street in montgomery county. we got married in the house we live in now. lisa went to a school where they taught her the scripture in hebrew. it was interesting to me to see the intertwining of christianity and judaism and how the values merged. in turkish, islamic culture there is a strong respect of judeo-christian values. they have evolved over time together. the fascinating part for me is, as i began to respect the american dream i began to do things that were important. i went to medical school. i got involved in preventing illness and preventive medicine was in a hot topic at the time.
i became president of the student body because i cared about it. we could teach our patients, hey listen, do it for yourself, take this advice and go often manager wellness. that offers you autonomy and agency over your future. years later, when lisa and i launched the show, that you will are mentioning, it always good to get the mother-in-law's on your side. it is very smart. it would allow us to tell the same story to all of america. it wasn't just america. the show was in 100 countries. we could speak to the whole world ask winning our american ideas about controlling your future by trolling your health. if you could change what is happening in your body, you can change what is happening outside of it. my life revolved around that basic belief of you. which comes -- will come through when it -- my opponent in this race, john fetterman is on the opposite side of every major issue from me. that includes the future of israel.
he is opposite from me on what he believes that should be happening with our federal budget, reckless spending, throwing money at programs that are not proven to work. on dealing with inflation is the highest it has been in 40 years. he is ok with the assault on carbon-based energy, believing in an ideology. as a scientist, i like it when the science agrees with your belief system. in the case of a gray new deal it is not possible to argue scientifically, it could happen. it weakens us in important ways. he has called fracking on pennsylvania. that is insulting to many people who make their living on that field. it is undermining when it is hindering the industry, to use regulations to suffocate. john fetterman is advocating it for when he is calling on more tory m's on energy -- moratoriums on energy. he believes that we have been
too harsh in our law enforcement, an issue that will come back to israel again, and has desired to abolish life sentences given to murderers. one third of all prisoners and lay pennsylvania. this is a time, where the murder rates are the highest ever. i grew up south of philadelphia. this is a number that is startling high. 561 deaths last year for a white woke ideology that is crating a social experiment -- creating a social extremity by the people who are paying the price for these rules. john fetterman is ok with it and is ok with sanctuary cities and no border. and he has been ok with abolishing all private health care, which is an issue for me. this is something qian bernie sanders partnered on. they call themselves the two most progressive candidates in america and i don't see that as a path for for us. i can go on and on. let me go to israel which is the main reason we are here.
he does not believe. the iran accords are a problem. . he is endorsed by groups like j street who are explicitly that. he is ok with the united states with putting pressure on israel, to manage their internal affairs differently, in how they manage the palestinian population within israel. i feel people should have autonomy, with your own personal health, like what i have talked about in every arena i can't, i believe in you and you should have that wisdom. i also believe that some of the brave moves made by admiral friedman, talking about, i can promote you too if you want. [laughter] he created the abraham accords, they were fundamental to bring stability in the region. it is one of the things we look for in strong, bold leadership. the kind of leadership if i'm hopefully elected to the senate, i would be able to offer to embrace what would be a strong
america, using our soft power wisely, along friends to have confidence that will be with them and making sure our enemies know that there's consequences if they cross us. what you are able to accomplish to achieve that beautifully. i will end with a short little story. it has to do with my college -- i played football. i would wait for the national anthem to end. i would run out into the field. the last words of the national anthem, we all know. don't talk about freedom or fairness or weakness. they talk about bravery. home of the brave. you can't be free if you are not brave. i think israel has been brave. sometimes by themselves, sometimes with our assistance. america needs to be brave for israel. there's many reasons for it. i am proud, as a muslim, to stand tall and say, together with many others who are christian and jewish and many other muslims, to say israel is
a force for good. it brings light to the world. i went to israel with my wife and all of our kids. we were blessed to travel the entire country as much as we could in the week we were there. when you see grapes going out of the desert, you gain a newfound respect for what we can do, we the people can do. it is something we all seek to emulate. it is something that if you're not careful, you can lose. because they can fly away if we don't protect it and nurture it correctly. i believe in the american dream. i believe all of us have an obligation, if we are truly brave, sitting here together, to say what we see, to say unvarnished, honorably, you don't have to be aggressive, just say it with the calmness that people know they are right, and they have it in their heart. if we are not brave, and we do not say what we are seeing, other people, or have more allies to get in more ways, see
do not get hurt. it has happened in american and israeli relations. we have lost our vision. i fear one of those moments right now. when i debate john fetterman, i hope he accepts one of the five major debates that have been offered to us that i have accepted a five on. when he does come out of his home, from hiding, we will talk about issues, i'm hoping he will address some of the groups that have endorsed him and his personal philosophies on israel, and how he believes supporting iran and creating a problem with limiting israeli autonomy could be justifiable in his eyes. in the meantime, let me tell you what i believe in. i believe we can have a budget that works without bankrupting some of the most needed in our population with raging inflation. i believe we can protect our country within all of the above energy policy that gives us energy, not just as an opportunity for revenue and jobs, but also for todd amis,
and to help our allies overseas -- autonomy and help our alleys overseas. the green new deal slot. -- is flawed. i believe we can have a secured border to shut down our tell operations -- cartel operations. i believe that we can have schools and parents for those kids whose values align. and those parents have the choice to do what to do with those kids in the schools. i believe all of us can access affordable health care. finally, i believe in israel. i believe israel can achieve what it is desire to achieve with american support, without concern that our friendship would wax or wayne and with the knowledge that we would be there with israel if it is attacked from a foreign elements. those are the beliefs i believe many of you align with.
i'm looking forward to talking about with -- talking with ambassador friedman. god bless you for being here. [applause] >> i want to veer off or one second. i see this incredible poster. who's got the oz posters? put those up. in particular, i wanted to tell you, i would be shocked if you know this. you see oz in english, and the hebrew lever that hebrew letters it means strength. [applause] this is unrehearsed. i am just seeing this for the first time. any biblical scholars here?
there is a very famous psalm in hebrew. [speaking hebrew] anybody know that one? it means god will give strength unto his people. god will give oz into his people. [applause] >> now we are talking paradigm going to use that. >> you can't get any better than king david. people say, well, if god is giving strength to his people, why do his people need strength if god is blessing his people with -- you don't need to be strong. the whole point of the psalm is that you can only have peace if you first have strength. that is the message that you have given. [applause]
anybody know the word --? another get us word. it is sort of like, the timing is great. here we are today and the first question i'm going to ask about is turkey. you mentioned your mom and dad are from there. the relationship between israel and turkey has been complicated. even this past year, 500,000 israelis took their vacations and turkey. it is a very important country geopolitically in the middle east. and today, of all days, what happened? the president of israel and the president of turkey announced they are resuming normalization. they are opening their embassies, their consulates. [applause] i think they knew we would be talking today and that we would be raising it. that was thoughtful of them. >> coincidence? i think not. [laughter]
>> you know turkey better than anybody, what would you like to see with the relationship? >> there is a tremendous affinity between turks and jews. many jews come to turkey for vacation, but also business. it is unfortunate these past fears have strained the relationship. i am hopeful and optimistic, there is a lot of good that can come when turkey and israel looked -- work together. when i went to israel with the family, netanyahu was the president and invited us to visit. in his office in tel aviv, there is a map on the wall. he took a moment to go up and show iran. huge. turkey, pretty large, then tiny little israel. and although the many arab countries in between. he said, the stool for stability is often found between turkey,
israel and iran. we cannot trust iran right now. it is especially important -- especially important to have two legs and try to look for additional legs like the abraham accords offered. that is the scaffolding. when people have confidence you can achieve your goals. -- said until they love their children more than they hate us, we will -- we won't have peace. you're starting to see that more and more. people realize there is so much great that can come with collaboration. that is what i hope today's announcement will lead towards. >> yesterday or the day before, the president of the palestinian authority went to germany and surprised even the chancellor of germany. it was intended to be a ceremony to mark the munich massacre, the
1972 massacre of 11 israelis. he says israel has committed 50 holocausts. he has been condemned by every israeli leader, condemned by the chancellor of germany, not one person in the u.s. administration has condemned that. yet the u.s. sees fit to lecture israel on the importance of giving up territory essential to their security in favor of this guy. what do you think about that? >> i don't think israel should give up any territory. [applause] it is an interesting dynamic that is happening. this is another area i like to scream at my opponent on. the far left radical side of the democratic party -- and i want to clarify, the i do not think this is agreed to by traditional , regular conservative democrats that i speak to, but the far left radical side of the
democratic party has a very clear perspective on how the world works. it is based on a power dynamic. you've got power and you got weakness. whoever has power is bad and whoever has weakness is good. you look at a country like israel, which has done so much to become strong and it is almost like natural selection made it so that israel was strong. the far left radical side does not understand that it's ok. being strong and being good at what you do, maintaining a democracy in a tough area that is not so fertile in some ways is difficult and requires strong people. oz people, i guess, to go do that. it hinders some of our leaders from doing the right thing because they know that pressure is on the far left and they do not want to mix with it. when john fetterman, i liken him
to a member of the squad even though he is much taller than any of them, that is how he thinks about the world. there is no sense of compromise or understanding or appreciating what dynamics are at play. it is black-and-white and white, good or bad. that is not how the world always works. we have to protect people who need help, but we don't want to hurt people. abraham lincoln said you do not make a weak man strong by making a strawman week. we can keep israel strong and lift up people in surrounding areas but making absurd comments as you just quote it not do either. >> people ask you sometimes, what are you more afraid of, hamas in gaza or has blah. my biggest fear is america. that america will cease to be a leading force in the world.
we all saw that picture. some people here may remember there was an iconic picture of the poor little girl running from the napalm. that created huge public support for the vietnam war. one picture can have enormous impact. that picture of american allies, partners, citizens chasing the u.s. air force plane, hanging onto the wheel well as it ran from afghanistan, that sets the united states back immeasurably in terms of its ability to influence foreign affairs. that is what the israelis are afraid of the most, that america will no longer be america. making america strong again implicates all different issues whether it is strong military or strong economy. how do you see us regaining the
blessed conditions that made the world a better place? >> we have to be clear, definitive with our allies on what we will do to protect them. we have plenty of examples in the world where we are being challenged. i am asked why i care so much about israel's future, it is because i love america. it happens to be greater israel too, but it is america i believe benefits tremendously as well when you keep allies like israel strong and make sure there is no question about where you are on these issues. i remember vividly when i would travel around for my show, i would do television programs in these countries. i was in singapore watching the news. the anchor looked over and said, will you make sure america stay strong? i said, that is a beautiful comment, why are you worried? she said, we sometimes have squabbles here and people get mad at each other. but then someone stands up and says look at america over there.
those guys figured this out. based on a parchment 250 years old, they are holding it together. if those guys can figure it out, we can too. it's not just the soul of america we are fighting about, we are fighting for the soul of the world. people watch things we do very carefully. about one third of the world's citizens live in democracies right now. much of the world is looking at us and looking at china and comparing us. america has a democracy, and i believe that is thriving. we have a capitalist economic system that is working, unless we muck it up with spending money we don't have. china is a surveillance state. on top of that, they have an economy that is working as well. the whole world is looking at that dynamic saying, which when are we going with? they prefer to go with us. if we message the right idea that appropriates strength for allies, we can appropriate
strength our enemies and they want to be with us. all china wants to do is make sure we trip and fall. that is how they become the best option. when i look at many of our decisions, in this probably colored your thoughts as well, so much of the deeper, hard choices in american foreign policy revolve around how it influences china policy. we saw it recently with the visit to taiwan by speaker pelosi, but i think it is a larger narrative. when i travel around the commonwealth, it is rare that china is not an element of either supply chain or fundamentally how they work or their biggest fears are the relationship. we have to be extremely bold because that is a place we do not want to trip and fall. >> in 2015, the u.s. entered into an agreement with iran, the jcpoa. it was opposed by more than half of the u.s. senate.
unfortunately at that time, bob corker, head of the formulations committee, was outmaneuvered. it was put into place. it was an agreement that did not permit inspections of iran's military facilities. that tells you about what it was worth. these israelis are on a dairy mission, uncover their archives to prove that iran was lying all along. president trump got us out of that deal. president trump authorized the assassination of the world greatest single sponsor of terror. [applause] and then fast forward to now and iran is literally seeking to assassinate americans on our soil. we just learned about an attempt on the life of john bolton. there are americans that still
have to travel with security because they are under threat in this country. we are on our knees, begging iran to go back to a deal that did not work and will not work. if you were in a position to influence this outcome, how would you address it? >> can i ask you one question? what is iran need enriched uranium? >> they can't wipe out israel otherwise. >> this is a question. over the last several years, i have become more attuned to how science gets twisted. for that reason, it becomes a weapon. during covid, i sought. you mix politics and medicine, you get politics. it hurts medicine because you can't say anything -- if you want to follow the signs, get the science and argue about it. that is the scientific method. in the case of energy, when i
look at some of these questions i think, why are we quibbling about this? the saudi's have nuclear energy, right? they have access to non-enriched uranium? >> not threateningly. >> i think there is a solution here. except one of the parties does not want that solution, iran. they want enriched uranium to use it -- and this is stuff i am willing to learn on. i get curious. i look at the iran deal and i do not know why we would have done that. why would we have given them back all the money we had been able to block for so many years, and allow them to accelerate the weaponization of their armed forces? provide a risk to israel? i still don't understand why joe biden would get better -- get us back in. the hard part was getting out. my opponent is embracing that idea. for the life of me, i can't appreciate white folks in america would think it was a smart idea to take someone who
is not a good player, has been a thorn in many sites, and make them a bigger player. i don't think people in that region understand why we are doing this. >> the iranians were proven i the israelis to be liars. they represented in the jcpoa they had no designs on a nuclear weapon. israelis uncovered an entire archive of attempts to weaponize their nuclear program. we discovered that. i remember being in the room with trump when -- i was in the oval office. they pulled this stuff out of this isolated, remote place in the middle of iran. one dog was killed, that was it. i feel worse about the dog being killed than any of the iranians. he really wanted to surprise
trump. he thought trump would be excited. he and i fly to washington and go to the oval office. -- was excited because it was such a daring move. bb shows this to trump, show some the stuff and trump says, wait, so, all of this proves that there liars? he says, yes. he says, you didn't have to fly all the way to america to tell me iranians are liars. [laughter] i could have told you that myself. [laughter] [applause] let's jump back for a second to the palestinians. i know you know this already, but the palestinians, we give the palestinians lots of money. we cut off funding for
palestinians because they were taking american packs -- taxpayer dollars and using it to kill israelis. to kill americans. we set them until you stop financing terror, stop rewarding terrorists, giving them stipends depending on how severe and outrageous their terror acts are, we are not giving you any more money. that was reversed and now they are getting hundreds of millions of dollars. the united states has returned to the united nations human rights council, which occasionally is headed by such human rights luminaries as china. sometimes iran. venezuela. these are the great countries that had the united nations human rights council. the biden administration jumped back in and said, we can do more from the inside. since they have been back in, the council has passed one extraordinarily insulting resolution against israel as another.
their approach is not working. how would you reverse course? >> i do not see a reason to be involved with an entity that, predictably, will attack and criticize israel, even for things that make complete sense from the perspective of an autonomous nation. these decisions are values-based. my opponent is taking a position like he things we should still be involved with the council and go along with whatever they are saying. the -- act, which was a smart, appropriate, ethical move, don't let people pay their kids to murder innocent folks. they were murdering americans as well. i don't see what the problem is. funding organizations that are paying those bounties to kill innocent civilians i do not think meets our values. am i right? [applause]
if you want a virtue signal, if you want to help the folks who are struggling and want to throw money at them, that hurts our allies. it shows weakness. in front of folks who are not sure about us and we are not sure about them. america needs to be more definitive. let's spend -- a few moments on the tragedy of afghanistan year ago this week. if you look into the details of what we did and how poorly we did it, imagine the lasting damage that has on american allies. will they trust us when we did things that did not align with what we had promised? we did things in a way that were so sloppy that it costs lives? it didn't seem to be done with the kind of organization that america is proud of.
the things we all expect from our leadership. those are the kind of mistakes that are disqualifying for leaders. yes, i look around and i have not seen a lot of folks take acknowledgment of their responsibility, that we specifically did these things wrong. -- a year later for us toyed knowledge that many of us have not have closure. it was a horrible event in american foreign policy and we will be reminded of that for years to come. >> we will. on the last trip, biden went to israel about a month ago. i want to contrast it with the trip that donald trump made five years ago. trump was the -- remains the only sitting president to ever visit the western wall. [applause] when i heard biden was coming to
israel, i don't have a lot of influence in those circles, but i said, we -- there's no risk, we have already done it. it's not like you pay lip service to the fact that the embassy should remain in jerusalem. come to the western wall. why? in israel's history, you could not be a dignitary of any country -- these to make you visit the holocaust memorial. it's one of the most moving, stirring, meaningful places on earth. but it is not the dna of the jewish people. it is not the dna of the state of israel. the state of israel does not exist as compensation for the holocaust. the democrats do this all the time. they speak about israel rising out of the ashes of the holocaust. israel has a 3500 year history. it didn't just emerge as a result of something from the holocaust.
the reason it was so important for trump to be there was because trump, and only trump -- i am not aware of any other serious democratic figure who is willing to stand at the western wall with a representative of the government of israel and say, this land belongs to the jewish people. it is a great feeling. it is distressing. i would love for this to be a bipartisan issue. you would think it is obvious, right? the western wall is the iconic place that shows that you can't stand there and look up and see mount moriah where abraham bound isaac. the first temple of the second temple, jews have been praying to return to jerusalem -- jerusalem for 2000 years. you can't get candidates just to show up with an israeli government official, stand there and say, this is jewish land.
you don't have a problem with that, do you? >> i have been there. >> you've got to do it again. >> i look forward to visiting again. i got goosebumps. my wife and son oliver, we went together. i do not think anyone left there unchanged. it is a special place in humanity's history. it does speak to the 3.5 -- 3500-year-old tradition of jews being in the holy land. it is a special opportunity to visit. these are important symbolic moves as well. it signifies there is something important here. that we are not just going to let go. let the wind blow a different direction. strong leaders do that. this is an important time for america to do just that. our soft power, if you want to avoid war, have soft power. that happened during your
administration. i think that is what america has been able to do reasonably well. when we see weak leadership, and belief systems like i see with my opponent, it makes me concerned that we will be haphazard in some of these relationships, send mixed signals, muddy the water on what should be very clear positions that america takes vis-a-vis allies and opponents. and then people misinterpret them and you end up with ukraine. which we do not want to repeat. >> mike pompeo and i finished filming a movie. jeff had alluded to it, it's about this one wrote in samaria that is literally the biblical spine of the jewish people. christians as well. it starts in nazareth. jerusalem, bethlehem, have run.
the whole bible takes place along this road. the democratic party, i would say writ large, even the normal ones. [laughter] they want israel to give it back. they want israel to give back all the territory where the beginnings of the history and the covenants that god made to abraham, where the prophets prophesies and the priests served, this is all the history of the jewish people. the illustrious 4000-year-old history of the jewish people they want us to give it away. you know who doesn't want us to give it away? the muslim world. i have met with people in the muslim world and said, have run is very important to me. abraham bought this to barry sarah.
it is the burial place of ivory ham, a sick -- isaac, shiloh, the tabernacle rested there for 300 years. they get it completely because they are nothing if not a people that are bound to an ancient religion with holy sites. somehow, we have a harder time convincing our friends on the left about the importance of judeo and samaria then we do convincing people in saudi arabia. it is remarkable. >> it is based on values. it has driven the far left radical side. they are so deeply unhappy with what america is doing. they think we are an irredeemably sane society and in many ways want us fractured so we can be rebuilt the way we think we should be seen. as a fundamental difference between the left and the right.
i believe some of it comes down to judeo-christian values. the confidence and belief we can have autonomy over ourselves. there is an article in one of the larger papers that argued i was a problem because the time of global warming and racism and crises in front of the people of the world, i thought that solution was individualism. i think that's right, i do think it is individualism. they thought that was a dangerous solution. they were saying we should have collectivism. i was surprised when i read that. i said, at least the author is honest. publishing something that pretty accurately described where i am and they thought it was wrong. that is why i say, say what you see, be brave. much of what you said today is not known by many americans. if they knew it, they would never think twice about your administration's opportunity,
what you are able to accomplish with abraham accords. it was clearly something that benefited the world. we should give applause for that, by the way. [applause] it is sort of surprising that it has not become the motto. let me ask you a question, why haven't we had more bilateral agreements to other countries in the region. you are able to accomplish everything you did after an election. that is how passionate you were. >> if you look at every one of the abraham accords, each one is a separate agreement. think of it is a crying go where you have israel and a muslim country at the base and at the apex, the united states. in every case, the united states is not just cheerleading, but providing assurances. we are welcoming this new alliance. we are making people feel they are on the right track.
we are telling them, we've got your back. especially in the muslim world, we say we are going to support you if you need. if you need help in defending yourselves, we will help you. we will give you the tools you need and the advice you need. if you need financial assistance. we were always there at the top. the most important thing at every one of these agreements was trust. it was all about trust. august 13, 2020, we announced the first of the abraham accords in the oval office with a phone call to netanyahu, trump and the head of the uae. nobody knew about it. the trump white house leaks like a -- i don't know, it leaked incessantly. this thing comes out and no one knows it is coming. there's about 15 of us in the whole world who knows. it didn't leak because we trusted each other. whether it was israel, uae,
morocco, sudan, they looked at the leadership of america and said, we can trust these people to deliver on their promises, to stand with us. i can tell you because i speak with them all the time, they are not feeling that now. we are not going to lose the abraham accords because they are too important. these will include saudi arabia, pakistan, so many potential countries could be added. we need a strong america that keeps its promises and that can be relied upon. with your help and god's help, we will get there. [applause] >> thank you. god bless you. [applause] >> we want to invite a few folks on stage. jeff, carla, who else?
i know you are supposed to come up. we have one or two questions, i think. do you have a question? jeff knows everything. >> just a quick story, i met him for the first time on the campaign trail but we started talking in early 22. -- 2022. i remember him discussing with me the power that a secular muslim united states senator could have advocating for the u.s. israel relationship. harry am campaigning against him and i remember saying, i do not have a response to that. it is such a powerful message and i believe it is one of the ways we can start the biden administration accountable once we win back the senate with your victory. for ambassador friedman and for you, mehmet, president biden went to the middle east a couple of months ago.
infamously, as he drove through a part of jerusalem, the israeli flags were taken off of the presidential limo on his way to meet with mahmoud abbas. the vita ministration has been playing cute with reopening the palestinian consulate in jerusalem. ambassador friedman, what is the psychology of these folks that they can't look at what was done right and just build on it? mehmet, what in the senate can we possibly do once we win back the senate and the house and hold the whole administration accountable? >> the imperious this of the state department is unbearable. when i got into office, i spent ash i had a couple of meetings with them and said, these guys are not for me. i went straight to trump and said, i work for you. let's forget about these guys. they believe, from whatever they
are reading, whatever analysis they have done, they think they know better. they know it's best for israel better than israel. they think the israelis need to be pressured, hammered and controlled -- cajoled and pushed into existential risk. it is their mother's milk. it is with the state department has pushed since there has been a state of israel. you can't get them out of it. fortunately, with a good president and a good senate, you work around it. they are absolutely unbearable. >> from a senator's perspective, the memorandum of understanding that underlies a lot of america's commitments to israel should not be conditioned on things that israel does. this is a major difference between me and my opponent. folks who endorse them thanks
that is what we should do. use our influence to get a country to change its internal politics. why would we think we have autonomy on good judgment? a monopoly on wisdom? people ought to be able to have, as long as it makes rational sense, should be able to do what they think is best for their country. i don't think it helps our nation's's sovereignty for us interfere with that. it weakens our allies. -- when they see us playing footsie with the bad guys. >> we have time for one more. >> i actually want to start by saying thank you to both of you. david, for your service. we were in the trenches together. we treasure those memories. the fact he would come down here and spend time on this race means the world to my fellow
lifelong pennsylvania husband and myself. lancaster county. [laughter] dr. oz, to you and your family for being willing to jump into this excitement. i know it is not what y'all had in mind this year, but your willingness to invest, as you have come in the state and your moving comments tonight are fantastic. >> thank you very much. [applause] >> we are excited to support you. we have talked a lot about the president's stop in israel. we haven't talked about his other stop in saudi arabia. a country that had that that she had the privilege of spending time in and working with closely. what was extraordinary to me was to see the president of the united states, one of the world's three great energy superpowers, go as a supplicant to ask for more production.
now we have had israel emerge as a net energy exporter in the eastern mediterranean, a potential source for europe. we have pennsylvania as one of the burgeoning -- i would never speak ill of my friends from texas, which i have many. but pennsylvania really is the keystone state. a forward leaning u.s. energy security strategy. you mentioned an all of the above approach, could you share more? >> thank you for your service and for the insightful question the irony about our situation is we are sitting on natural gas across the commonwealth that we can use for hundreds of years. we have oil reserves across america. it could not only serve our nation, but afford us power when we go to other nations. we should have an all of the above policy that includes nuclear and small pilot projects
being done in the pacific northwest come a small nuclear plants that are easy to protect. i heard an idea yesterday to put the nuclear plants on u.s. army bases, which are already protected. that would keep those nuclear facilities free of terrorist attacks. we need hydrogen. i can keep going. we also want green. there is a company called -- that makes a lot of the batteries you need for green energy. i am told they are the biggest supplier for the private a defense. i was watching how they make the batteries and it is interesting we can do that. i said, where did you get this lithium from? she said they came from china. so, the backbone of green energy , which is the batteries to store them because you cannot pull that energy suddenly off the grid, the backbone of it is controlled by a country we do not trust.
they could very easily influence whatever happens in america by just saying, we are not shipping that stuff anymore. we are not allowing ourselves because of rules and regulations to take our own lithium out of the ground, so you are basically handcuffing us by not allowing america to seek an all of the above energy policy. what really offended me was a few weeks ago when energy prices were on everyone's radar. gas prices in particular. i saw my opponent post a picture of the gas tank when he filled his car up. he -- campaign which is a separate issue. he should have to answer questions. the most important thing i do is listen to people. i listen to my patients and understand with their issues are and very quickly diagnose the problem. you have to listen to people, you have to be out talking. i have campaigned all over the commonwealth. my opponent didn't answer questions. it is important to recognize
when he makes these posts, that's all we hear from him. he said, this is all on big energy. big energy companies are raising prices on purpose to take advantage of people. i thought, my goodness, that is pretty naive. what we actively did as a government, a government he is supportive of, is stopped drilling, create complications to the normal course of business. and then now you are blaming an entire -- an entire sector of the economy for an increase you caused. this is the kind of rhetoric that is very divisive. it is very troubling. are you going to trust the fight and administration to give you access to federal land for drilling so you can get or energy out of the ground and reduce prices? no the biggest complication of all is a quote i got from the gentleman who runs eq t, the
largest natural gas producer. listen to this stat. he said if we were together natural gas from under our feet here in pennsylvania and ship out enough, we could do it for 30 years in a row. to replace whatever they are doing. it would be the equivalent of electrifying every vehicle in the united states, every vehicle , plus putting a solar panel on every residential rooftop, plus doubling would net energy production. all at once, every year for 30 years. that is pretty good, right? that sounds good for the environment. we are not letting it happen. boston and new york get there natural gas from south america. boston is taking energy from russia. when you asked the question, why is president biden going to supplicants to take for help from a country we do not have to ask for help, it speaks to how
handcuffed the democratic party as to the far left radical elements. it is the false ideology around the green new deal that is driving all the decisions. the law that was signed over the last day. >> can i ask you a question as a scientist? when people talk about global warming, they don't talk about american warming, right? it is the whole world, right? if we went to venezuela, iran, saudi, russia and asked them to drill oil -- and their technology is worse than ours -- so if they produce energy at our request, aren't we making the globe worse than if we are doing it ourselves? >> there's a lot of other things that can destroy our environment other than what we are being told to do in america. as a scientist, i am perplexed.
the same weaponization i described during covid is happening in our school spirit there's many examples. which is why we have to say what we are seeing. for doctors and scientists, folks to go to graduate school and are supposed to be good at a specific discipline, we have to speak up. otherwise, the voices that are heard do not truly reflect what is going on. energy is a good example and i appreciate the question. >> i think we are good. [applause] ♪ >> are we supposed to get a photo? we are done. [applause] ♪
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