Unforgettable speech introducing the Trump era

Susie Dym,

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Susie Dym
Susie Dym serves as spokesperson for Mattot Arim, with over 20 years of expertise on "peace-for-peace" issues.

The unforgettable speech introducing the Trump era...

Like the United States of America, our greatest ally, the modern state of Israel is a country born from the aspiration for freedom, and standing out among the nations as a beacon of democracy and humanity. Beyond our mutual strategic interests, Israel is likewise an exceptional country that shares our most essential values. It is the only country in the Middle East where freedom of speech and freedom of religion are found.

Therefore, support for Israel is an ex‎pression of our Americanism, and it is the responsibility of our party and our government to advance policies that reflect Americans’ strong desire for a relationship with no daylight between America and Israel.

For the last 4 years, instead of standing in support for the indivisibility of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people and their nation-state, we have lent our silent approval to those wishing to split the city. Instead of calling for the U.S. embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in fulfillment of U.S. law, we have remained silent.

Making matters worse is the damaging language that has been unduly influenced into our Republican platform, some of which completely tramples upon the sovereignty of the Israeli people and their government, by endorsing President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s efforts to pressure Israel into negotiating with her enemies in the face of suicidal risk.

With the eyes of the country and wider world upon us, we have now arrived at a moment of truth, where we as a party must reckon with our principles and faith. Over the last decade, public polling has definitively proven that the Republican base overwhelmingly stands with Israel. Yet that is not what our platform presently reflects.

As it now stands, our platform endorses the idea of forcing Israel to concede strategically vital territory, for the goal of creating a state to be run by the very terrorists and jihadists who seek Israel’s destruction, and who openly celebrated the attacks of September 11th.

Today I am presenting platform language that captures the true sentiment of pro-Israel supporters everywhere. The ideas and principles it forwards transcend partisanship.  With the input of Mr. Trump’s excellent team of advisors, as well as leading policy experts from across the spectrum, we have developed a plank that is wise and deliberate in its ex‎pression, and shines a clear light upon the way forward. Today we likewise call upon our pro-Israel counterparts in the Democratic Party to demand similarly good policy from their candidate and leadership at their upcoming convention.

The false notion that the Jewish state is an occupier is an anti-Semitic attack upon Israel’s legitimacy. It is impossible for the Jew to be an occupier in his own ancestral homeland, a region that has been known as Judea since time immemorial.

The platform we present today places our support squarely behind Israel’s sovereign right to decide her own future with G-d’s help. It does not foreclose any possible solution to the conflicts Israel faces, including the TwoState proposal. Instead it affirms that we will be here to support our greatest ally in solving her challenges as she sees fit in her own superior judgment.

Today we send a clear message to the tens of millions of pro-Israel Republican voters who must see that our party stands on faith and principle: Our support for Israel’s wellbeing is of paramount concern, and will not be sold out or dumbed down for the sake of petty interests ever again. I ask all of you to stand with me and proudly make history, as we affirm for now and always that the Republican Party and America truly stand with Israel.