On Monday, March 21, 2016 leading GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. In this speech he laid out his position on support for the State of Israel. He spoke on the Iran “bad” deal and Iran’s proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and the threat to Saudi Arabia.
Trump laid out three strategies to deal with Iran:
- Stand against all of Iran’s efforts to “destabilize and dominate” the region (Middle East).
- Totally “dismantle Iran’s global terror network.”
- Enforce the Iran nuclear deal like “you’ve never seen a contract enforced before.”
Trump then called out the “utter weakness and incompetence” of the United Nations. Trump said the UN is not a friend to democracy, freedom, the United States or Israel.
Trump’s comment “with President Obama in his final year, yeah!” got a standing ovation.
Trump noted that Obama may be the “worst thing” that ever happened to Israel. Trump called any effort by the Obama administration to impose any UN imposed agreement between Israel and the Palestinians a “total disaster.” Trump said as President he would veto any such resolution.
Trump was adamant that rewarding Palestinian terror knife attacks, such at that which slaughtered American veteran and West Point graduate Taylor Force in Tel Aviv, cannot happen, ever.
Trump repeatedly stated he would veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state of Israel.
Trump said as President “the days of treating Israel as a second class citizen will end, on day one.” Palestinian incitement and Jew hatred has to stop, said Trump. Glorifying martyrdom is a “barrier to peace.” Palestinians must end the “education of hatred, and end it now.”
He noted that Obama continually punishes our friends and rewards our enemies. He called Hillary Clinton a “total disaster.”
Trump observed that when America stands with Israel the chances of peace rises “exponentially.” He promised to move the U.S. embassy to the “eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem” and that there is “no daylight between America and its most reliable ally Israel.”
He concluded with “my Daughter Ivanka Is about to have a beautiful Jewish baby.”
Trump’s speech was a major foreign policy statement on the Middle East in general and toward Israel specifically. He set his red lines in the sand.
Now we must wait for November 8th to see if he will be the man to implement them.