LAS VEGAS – Former President Trump said Saturday he was “proud to be the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White House,” said President Biden had “betrayed Israel and the Jewish community” and swore that, if re-elected in 2024, the United States “will stand with” the Jewish state “once more.”
Trump, speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual conference via satellite on Saturday, just days after announcing his 2024 presidential campaign, warned that the Biden administration was “destroying our nation before our eyes.”
“We must push hard against every overshoot and call out every failure, there are so many, and then we must take back the White House in 2024 – it’s imperative,” Trump said, vowing to “revitalize our alliances with our close friend and ally. , the State of Israel.
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“The alliance is not strong now, not even a little strong,” Trump said. “Under my administration, we fought for Israel and the Jewish community like no president in history.”
He added: “Everyone in the room knows that I was proud to be the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White House.”
Trump said that by “working with all of you, I have delivered on my promises, officially recognized the true capital of Israel, and opened the American Embassy in Jerusalem.”
In 2018, the Trump administration moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a relocation long debated in Washington – and which showed that the US officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
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“I also recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, something most people didn’t even ask me to do because they thought it was impossible – 52 years they worked there – on it – I did it in a day,” Trump said – greeted with laughter and applause.
“I removed the United States from the hypocritical and corrupt UN Human Rights Council, which had allowed the world’s most horrific human rights violators to attack the United States. United and attack Israel,” he continued. “I withdrew from the unilateral Iranian nuclear deal and imposed the toughest sanctions ever imposed on the Iranian regime.”
Trump, in a swipe at President Biden, said he “would never allow the State of Israel to be threatened with nuclear destruction as is happening right now.”
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“Working with our Israeli allies, we destroyed the territorial caliphate of the Islamic State – 100%,” he continued, adding that he “appointed a special envoy to combat the scourge of anti-Semitism in the world”.
Trump also celebrated his administration’s negotiation of the Abraham Accords – a “historic peace agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that normalized relations and created bilateral agreements regarding “investment, tourism, flights direct communications, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, health care, culture, environment, establishment of reciprocal embassies and other areas of mutual interest.”
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“With the historic Abraham Accords, we created peace in the Middle East, something no one thought they could say, let alone do,” Trump said.
“Tragically, Joe Biden betrayed Israel and the Jewish community and squandered our incredible success,” Trump continued, adding that from the “very beginning” of the Biden administration, Biden “sold out Israel’s security and started to beg to return to Iran”. nuclear deal on even worse terms.”
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“It was a disaster before, but it would be even worse,” Trump said.
The Biden administration has been in talks with Tehran to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, for months. The deal would give Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to bring its nuclear program back to the limits set in the 2015 deal – which includes caps on enrichment and the amount of material it can use. can store.
“When we win in 2024, the era of backstabbing and betrayal will end and the United States will once again stand with Israel and just as it has in my administration. – two years ago we were a great nation,” Trump said. “And soon, with the help of the Republican Jewish Coalition and patriots across this country, we will be a great nation again.”
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Trump was greeted with applause from RJC conference attendees, chants for “four more years” and standing ovations.
Meanwhile, during a question-and-answer session with moderators, Trump said the Republican Party is “a much bigger and more powerful party than it was before I took office.”
“It has a lot more influence,” he said.