President Trump Closing Remarks To Thank Israeli People…

Prior to departing Israel President Trump gave closing remarks to thank the people of Israel.


[TRANSCRIPT ] 2:28 P.M. IDT – PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s very nice.   And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu.  And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner.  We had a great time.  We talked about a lot of very, very important things.  And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America 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 much be united in this effort.  This trip is focused on that goal:  bringing nations together around the goal 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 who yearn for security, prosperity and peace.

Jerusalem is a sacred city.  Its beauty, splendor, and heritage are like no other place on Earth.  (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 the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a site revered by Christians throughout the world.  I laid a wreath at Yad Vashem, honoring, remembering, and mourning the six million Jews who 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 stand with Israel.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.

Through your hardships, you have created one of the most abundant lands anywhere in the world — a land that is rich not only in history, culture, and opportunity, but especially in spirit.  This museum where we are gathered today tells the story of that spirit.  From the two Holy Temples, to the glorious heights of Masada, 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.  I was hosted by King Salman — a very wise man.  There, I urged our friends in the Muslim world to join us in creating stability, safety and security.  And I was deeply encouraged by the desire of many leaders to join us in cooperation toward these shared and vital goals.

Conflict cannot continue forever.  The only question is when nations will decide that they have had enough — enough bloodshed, enough killing.  That historic summit represents a new opportunity for people throughout the Middle East to overcome sectarian and religious divisions, to extinguish the fires of extremism, and to find 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 prejudice in their heart.  No one should teach young boys and girls to hate and to kill.  No civilized nation can tolerate the massacre of innocents 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 extremists 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 run to the bomb shelters — with fear, but with speed.  ISIS targets Jewish neighborhoods, synagogues, and storefronts.  And Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction.  Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  I like you too.  (Laughter.)

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 goal 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 am 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’ve heard it before.  I am telling you — that’s what I do.  They are ready to reach for peace.

In 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.  He especially loves the Israeli people.  Benjamin 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 nations.  The United States is firmly committed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and halting their support of terrorists and militias.  (Applause.)  So we are 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 and applause) — 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’s 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 is nothing in the world like them to defend their nation, and it was wonderful to see these mighty aircraft in the skies over Israel recently as you celebrated the 69th anniversary of Israel’s independence.

But even as we strengthen our partnership in 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.

The values that are practiced in Israel have inspired millions and millions of people all across the world.  The conviction of Theodor 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 in the 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 this city — so beautiful — and we see people of all faiths engaged in reverent 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 limits, 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.

Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the State of Israel.  And God bless the United States.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)

END – 2:48 P.M. IDT

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102 Responses to President Trump Closing Remarks To Thank Israeli People…

  1. I have just watched this moving video of OUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES getup and say…”And Iran’s leaders routinely call for Israel’s destruction. Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me”… There are the words that have been missing for the last eight years in the the White House…PDJT has OBLITERATED the brown stain’s legacy with this one sentence. There is a wind blowing and it is getting stronger and it will blow through this world of ours but MOST Importantly, through the land that is called The United States of America. Mr President, a Hand Salute to you Sir!!!…

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    • FYI…watch the video…it is EXTREMELY moving to watch the interactions with PDJT and PM Netanyahu…when finished watching the entire video you will feel like standing up and doing a fist bump…Sundance…kudos to you for posting this most important video…

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      • Running Fast says:

        In my mind it is on par with the historic relationship of Washington and Lafayette. We are literally living, seeing and supporting history in the making.

        To that point I will be visiting DC for business next week and will make my way over to the White House. Got me thinking about how I (and we) could start showing an outward sign of respect and support for Pres Trump? The simplest sign of support, appreciation and agreement is a clapping of the hands. Imagine how powerful this could become if we, the Deplorables, started clapping for our president whenever appropriate in a public space?

        Me… I will be applauding outside the White House next week.

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    • fleporeblog says:

      eagledrive 50 you are absolutely correct! What an incredible speech by such an incredible man! PM Netanyahu, every single Israeli in attendance and throughout the world said “Thank You” to God for delivering this gift. For those that voted for the despicable HRC, they better say as many prayers as humanely possible to have God forgive them. These same morons would have seen their beloved country blown off the face of the Earth had she won.

      Iran is ABSOLUTELY scared out of their minds! Many countries in the ME and Israel have been united by one man to make sure that Iran never ever sees the day that they have a nuclear weapon. That POS Barry from Hawaii tried to do the deed for the Devil.

      They also realize that Muslim nations have had enough and will work with our Lion to destroy the terrorist both on the battlefield as well as in the cyber world and financially. How many realized the following that was announced at the end of the Arab Summit:

      Trump & 55 Muslim-majority states sign pact pledging 34,000 troops to fight ISIS in Iraq & Syria.

      https://www.rt.com/news/389152-trump-muslim-leaders-terrorism/

      From the article linked above:

      Described as the Riyadh Declaration, the document was signed following US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Saudi capital for a summit that brought in Islamic representatives from 55 countries, and vowed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots, dry up its sources of funding and to take all necessary measures to prevent and combat terrorist crimes in close cooperation among their states.”

      The exact membership of what the communique called the Middle East Strategic Alliance will be decided next year, but putative members have committed to assembling “a reserve force of 34,000 troops to support operations against terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria when needed.”

      Eventually NK will be resolved. The Chinese are stepping up and are ready to implement even more sanctions.

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-imports-north-korea-sink-below-100-million-031935617.html

      From the article linked above:

      BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s imports of North Korean goods in April fell below $100 million to the lowest in nearly three years, data showed on Tuesday, after China stopped buying coal from the isolated country and as calls mount for further economic sanctions.

      Neighboring China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner, and the data indicates that China’s halt of North Korean coal imports on Feb. 26 is having an impact and curbing Pyongyang’s ability to raise hard currency through exports.

      ISIS is facing destruction throughout SE Asia, ME and Africa. Sooner rather than later they will cease to no longer exist. Syria will be resolved in the very near future. Libya will have a leader in place in the mold of President al-Sissi as Egypt continues to push the agenda their.

      When all that is resolved, the force of the US as well as the 55 Arab nations, Israel and others will turn towards Iran. Our President will make sure of it well in advance of January 2025!

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    • jainphx says:

      Oh my! Every time this man speaks, he brings tears of hope and appreciation to my eyes! Wow what a difference! That other guy, What’s his name I forget. always brought revulsion to my heart and soul.
      This message today was one of peace, a message that all MEN are GODS children and terrorism will not be tolerated, but most of all it was a promise from the heart of a man of GOD that the Jewish nation has a friend once again in Washington. Praise to the highest.

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    • kallibella says:

      Absolutely agree with you, eagledriver50!!!

      President Donald J Trump has had a massively successful trip thus far in the ME. His speech to the Islamic countries leaders couldn’t have been more clear and more focused. “Drive them out…of your places of worship…of your communities….of your holy land..” And I think he concluded with “…of this earth!”

      Though he didn’t use the phrase “radical islamic terrorism,” his allusions to it, and his descriptions of it and his hatred for all the evil they perpetrate on innocence and humanity was not unclear!

      His reception in Israel by PM Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, and all other officials is, to me, a sign of the high regard in which they hold our President.

      Many times during this speech on this thread I felt my emotions rise, those that are linked to life, real hope, righteousness, respect, strength, resoluteness, true leadership, and love for people who love people and respect life.

      Our President is doing a magnificent job at representing the American people and our God-oriented ideals. He is doing us proud. Very proud indeed!

      And If I went on about how well our First Lady is representing the true essence of womanhood, beauty, strength, elegance, poise, stature, culture, warmth, and total and all around loveliness I’d have to go on for a long time, because our First Lady is in a class all by herself!
      ……………………………………………………………………..
      I ask the Lord of heave, the Almighty, the Prince of Peace to surround our President with His mighty and protective hand, as well as his entire family. To protect him from all forms of evil, seen and unseen, to thwart the evil scheming of those who seek to harm him in various forms and to make those evil plans to crumble to nothingness!

      I ask the Lord God, the Most High God, to give our President wisdom from above, to guide him with true insight, to give him understanding in all that our President seeks to do to better the lives of Americans, and people around the world.

      May our President grow in influence as one who speaks with true aplomb, with veracity, with the weight of righteousness, such that it inspires us in all our dealings, that we may once again enjoy a true expression of our American ideals, fleshed out in our President as in us.

      May the Lord of salvation visit us by His powerful Holy Spirit and grant repentance and move people’s heart to bend the knee in true reverence to Him who is the only God, the only true God, our only Source.

      I ask all this in the name of Jesus the Christ, the Savior. Amen!

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    • TONYA PARNELL says:

      TRUMP 2020

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  2. mcclainra says:

    Without watching POTUS’s speech, but reading it, I can honestly say that he is an amazing gift from G-D to the US, and the world. However, Evil will never give up. IMO, he is the most presidential president we have had in my memory, with the exception being Reagan. We need to pray for him without ceasing.

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  3. Pam says:

    This was a very beautiful and powerful speech. I don’t think Israel has to worry about America’s commitment to Israel as long as Donald Trump is POTUS.

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  4. smiley says:

    HEARTFELT, President Trump ❤

    your heart is in the right place.

    and it shows and the world sees that…many feel the same way…maybe it will be contagious throughout the shattered and fractured ME, and result in actual "unity".

    only time will tell.

    Thank you for representing The USA in such a dignified and impassioned way. 🙂

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  5. Pam says:

    The above post is a live stream of POTUS arriving in Italy.

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  6. msmelchizadek says:

    Absolutely magnificent speech!!! LOVE MY PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!

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  7. sundance says:

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  8. Steve in Titusville FL says:

    Bibi’s fist pump…Priceless.

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  9. MakeAmericaGreat says:

    Another transcendent speech. My favorite parts:

    – Children must be protected from terrorism and being indoctrinated in terrorism propaganda
    – “Iran talks about destroying Israel. Not with Donald J. Trump, believe me.”
    – Iran will not get nukes
    – God intends freedom for all people, without living in fear
    – We must protect the dignity of every child of God

    What a great trip so far.

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  10. mcclainra says:

    Not to rain on the parade, which has been fascinating, and do hope POTUS’s hopes are realized, nevertheless we must be very, very wary, as writes Dr. Ran Baratz who served as Director of Communications for Prime Minister Netanyahu between 2016-2017.
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266780/mr-president-its-fake-deal-ran-baratz

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  11. Regina says:

    wow – feels like This Day in History

    CNN just played part of this morning’s speech, and John King said
    “God Bless Him – and I mean that sincerely – for trying” No Snark

    winning!

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    • Weeper says:

      TY Regina. I hadn’t see that yet.

      📢 Well la, de ,da……we got donkeys flyin. Good job John King, you stay out of the Bee Box. I’m watchin’…..tomorrow’s another day, full of talking invisible people. We’ll see.

      P.S. You will earn extra Brownie points from me if you have a heart to heart with your Pooper Scooper. He’s locked in the BOX indefinitely 😉

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  12. sundance says:

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  13. joninmd22 says:

    No embassy move to Jerusalem however. Disappointing.

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    • Windy Day says:

      Maybe Trump held back on that to use it as a bargaining chip.

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    • napoleon32 says:

      I got the impression that this part of the journey had a couple goals. First, restore Israel to its’ rightful place in American policy. Second, patch up any misunderstandings between the US and Israel caused by the fake news. Third, get the lay of the land on the ground in Jerusalem and the West Bank and learn the political pressures and nuances at work. And finally, lay the groundwork for areas of agreement between Israel and the Arab states which may lead to better relations.

      Going whole hog on a gesture that carries such controversy in the region like that would have undercut everything, imo.

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    • cjzak says:

      I read somewhere that Netanyahu asked Pres. Trump to hold off on that. Not sure if true but it does make sense as to why no decision has been made yet.

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      • India Maria says:

        Trump is a Master of timing. Very aggressive moves at this point not necessarily indicated while all parties are still feeling good. Tough negotiations to follow, but Trump has said BETWEEN the parties. He is not looking to interfere. I trust the President’s judgement on when and IF.

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  14. Joan says:

    Sundance, thank you so much for posting all these videos. I would never have seen them except here. Very grateful.

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  15. dreadnok89 says:

    This is why I voted for him. Never going democrat again

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  16. Stringy theory says:

    Another excellent speech by President Trump, and not mere words. This was indeed heartfelt.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. John Q says:

    Why does Israel always have to be an Important Consideration for the US?

    We’re broke, we have issues of our own to deal with, and I’d prefer we work on them rather than making another country such an important consideration during our decision making process.

    I’m fairly well informed but it’s never been adequately explained to me why every American politician makes Israel such a strong talking point and seems to bend over backwards to satisfy them. Some even seem to place Israeli interests above American interests.

    Is it because of AIPAC, or because of Christianity, or just out of habit?

    Israel seems to be a wealthy country with its own defenses so I really don’t get it. I was hoping to just get down and deal with America for a change.

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    • james23 says:

      Seriously? Because they are the only western type democracy in the roughest part of the world, broadly share our values, coordinate intel, etc.

      Unless you advocate for isolationism–which is impossible for America, and not wise in any event–you have to have alliances.

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      • John Q says:

        I am serious.

        I don’t like the idea of another country being such a huge focus for the country I’m in. I don’t consider that isolationist at all. I remember Trump saying something about being neutral in regards to Israel when he was campaigning and I thought that was a refreshing change.

        I’ve read that many of our politicians have dual citizenship with Israel and I would think that’d be a conflict of interest.

        I was doing some reading about how Israel was formed a few weeks ago and I don’t think it was a very honorable thing to do. They basically colonized Palestine. I’ve read that they felt some claim to the area but, as far as I can tell, the Palestinians were there for a long time.

        I’ve heard about the animosity between Israel and Palestine for a long time but I never really took the time to investigate it. I’ve been delving into it now because I’m trying to figure out why it is that Israel is always so prominent in American politics.

        We’ve spread ourselves way to thin by putting our hands in so many pies (and giving away our own pies) over the years and I think it’s time to rebuild ourselves and kind of regroup.

        I don’t consider it isolationist to want to just take a deep breath, consider our situation, and prioritize our own issues.

        Many people seem to think that Israel and American issues are one and the same, but I don’t agree. To me, they’re just another country that’s draining attention and resources that would be put to better use at this time here at home.

        Just because I want to scale back our international reach it doesn’t mean we can’t have alliances; I’m simply saying that I don’t feel it necessary to spend so much time (and making such a spectacle) to “reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel.”

        Some Americans don’t feel that bond and see it as a conflict of interest. Because I’m one of those Americans I’m trying to understand why it is that our government always has to make such a show of supporting Israel.

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        • kaste668 says:

          I do not want to assume that you do not read the Bible. Based on the Bible, I know that to God, Israel is the apple of his eye. When Christ returns to earth, he will return to Israel, not NYC or Rome or anywhere else. For God, Israel is the center of the world. I support Israel because I am a follower of Christ, I read and believe the Bible is the word of God.

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          • Sylvia Avery says:

            Kaste668 you spoke for me as well.

            I would also add for me, personally, an additional reason: I think the world has a moral obligation to Israel because the world stood by and did nothing and allowed 6 million Jews to be murdered.

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        • kaste668 says:

          Sorry I hit liked rather then reply. The land has always been Israels, not Palestine’s. If you want the history, read the Bible.

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        • Ploni says:

          The Jews were there ALWAYS. Do you understand how long ALWAYS is? They were there with a political, social, military, financial, and religious civilization that not only thrived but gave birth to the fundamental principles upon which the entire modern world are based today.

          There was never any entity known as Palestine. Palestina is the Roman word for the region, similar to the terms the Congo, the Sahara, or the Caribbean. It is not a word the Romans fully created but is the Romanized version of the biblical name of the פלישטים, the Philistines, who lived just south of the Land of Israel and were the arch-enemy of the Jews (study the biblical story of Samson).

          The Romans chose that name as an added insult to the Jews when they destroyed the Land and murdered and exiled the Jews in 70 C.E. (along with cutting down every tree in the Land of Israel and even mixing salt into the soil so nothing would grow for centuries).

          Our president is reiterating the essential, fundamental philosophical bond between the two countries. Before you can go forward, you have to know where you are.

          And practically speaking, Michelle’s comment is right on target.

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        • India Maria says:

          80% of Jordan is Palestinian. Thus, Palestinians have a HUGE homeland in Jordan. Besides the Nazis did not INCINERATE 6 million Palestinians. You had to be there, but folks felt really bad for the 2/3 of the ENTIRE EUROPEAN JEWISH POPULATION THAT had, moments before, been MURDERED. So they felt that the most impoverished strip of SAND in the Mid East , was appropriate.

          By the way, it was not really cool either that the WHOLE WORLD agreed to giving the surviving Jews a patch of worthless sand in the desert, and then almost IMMEDIATELY they were ATTACKED SIMULTANEOUSLY by FOUR ARAB Neighbors. And just to allay your anxieties, the U.S. did not lift a finger to help Israel in 1968. They established their freedom on their own by defeated these FOUR ARAB countries.

          No, you are right. It is not “isolationist” to oppose close ties with Israel. It would actually be stupid. We have similar ties with UK, France, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Having a close friend in the Mid East makes good geopolitical sense.

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          • John Q says:

            Wait… Because jews were killed we must support Israel?

            Do you hold the same view when blacks say they should be given things because of slavery?

            I’ve been called “stupid” and a “fool” and had it suggested that I cannot understand unless I’m a “spiritual(ly) mature Christian or a Jew” so far.

            All I’m doing is asking why we must always support Israel because it’s seems as though much of what we do with regards to Israel is against a lot of other people, and it’s often detrimental to our own progress.

            It’s true that assessing progress is a relative thing, but I now know that US support of Israel is based upon Jewish and Christian religions.

            So… I have my answer and I appreciate the dialog.

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        • MaineCoon says:

          “I remember Trump saying something about being neutral in regards to Israel when he was campaigning…”

          In the sense that he/USA is not going to tell sovereign nations how to live, what their religion should be or the ruler. Same message he told at the SA Summit.

          Can you name any politicians who have dual citizenship USA/Israel? I’m curious to know as I’ve never read that.

          Were you the one who had the same basic post about a week or so ago?

          I responded in full before. My basic comment/question today is are you a Christian? And I don’t mean a nominal – in name only – Christian.

          I’m going to assume you aren’t a Jew.

          The crux of the issue is Judeo-Christian faith. Most likely you will never understand this issue if you are not spiritual mature Christian or a Jew.

          It is not a secular issue.

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          • John Q says:

            A quick google search called up this list:
            http://investmentwatchblog.com/members-in-us-politics-who-hold-dual-usisraeli-citizenship/

            No I wasn’t “the one who had the same post…”

            I’ve been reading about this stuff and this whole Trump visit prompted a little bit more. Because the commentary here is often more intelligent I thought I’d ask around.

            I’m not Christian. I asked “Is it because of AIPAC, or because of Christianity, or just out of habit?”

            I did this because I don’t think one religion should dictate US policy. I don’t want to go down the whole “America is a Christian Nation” path because it’s a side issue and we’re well beyond that now. What I wanted to get at is whether or not those who seem to unconditionally support the way Israel is given special consideration when it comes to US policy do so because of their faith, whether our support is due to lobbying, or because it’s simply been that way for so long we continue to do it.

            Judging by the responses I’d say it’s probably because of their Christian faith. Personally, I don’t think that’s an appropriate way to determine policy.

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            • Sylvia Avery says:

              My Christian faith informs what I do, and that includes policy determination and who I choose to vote for. I’ll pray for you, John.

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            • MaineCoon says:

              “I’m not Christian.” Neither are you a Jew.

              I determined that but thank you for confirming. Your well-thoughts out thought are based on a secular, non-godly mindset, but Israel and USA support of Israel are not a secular-based mindsets. Therefore, this will always be an enigma to you. It will never be an enigma to a Jew nor a spiritually mature Christian.

              It is a faith-based mindset. A belief in the eternal Abrahamic Covenant.

              For believers & non-believers, the history of the Hebrews/Jews is fascinating. For further understanding on this issue, study their history, specifically the Abrahamic Covenant and Genesis 12:3.

              From a secular perspective, I want Israel as USA’s ally (IDF, Mossad, cyber security – (did you know P45 took 20 IT people on this trip?) – STUXNET, assistance with USA airport security, i.e. Atlanta, etc.), preventing Iran from going nuclear.

              Israel is an asset to USA as is USA to Israel, imo.

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            • MaineCoon says:

              JQ,

              Just reviewing the dual citizen link. Although it’s a 2013 list, it makes the point. I am totally surprised by this aspect and will have to a my friend a Messianic Jew (MJ).

              This is very interesting. Obviously this aspect would have an affect as you have said, but for the every day Christians, it is based on their faith belief.

              Did AIPAC support P45? I don’t recall specifics, but do not believe he got that vote nor most of the Jewish vote. I could be wrong on this. Should our Jewish reps. follow this trend, I still belief whether practicing Judaism or not they would support Israel in decisions. This is my personal opinion.

              Abrahamic Covenant.
              Gen. 12:3

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            • 22CatsInTN says:

              Then you lack spiritual understanding, historical context and geo-political dynamics. Support for Israel is not just some willy-nilly concept. Our support of Israel and their support back as an ally in the region is rooted in all 3 of these dynamics. Until you broaden your knowledge and understanding, I doubt you will get it. And, I don’t say this to be a meanie; it is reality. I have yet to meet a person who disses this relationship that has a well grounded understanding of this 3-prong approach. JMHO.

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        • lady4trump says:

          Genesis 12:3. God blesses those who bless Israel; God curses those who curse Israel.

          The apple of God’s eye is Israel and the Jewish people. He made an unbreakable covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and gave them THAT LAND. Period. Since you do not believe in God or the Bible, you are adrift in your own ‘feelings’. Don’t leave earth without Jesus Christ as your Savior!

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        • ZurichMike says:

          Seriously? As if this topic hasn’t been discussed ad nauseum on this site and elsewhere FOR YEARS? Do a little research and stop trolling / wasting threadspace and our time with your long, incredibly stupid posts.

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    • Michelle says:

      Because we get a LOT of intelligence info and military/weapon technology from them.

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      • John Q says:

        And they get things from us, but we also get other things from other countries.

        In my view, Israeli interests are way too prominent in American politics and I’ve yet to find an adequate reason why that should be. That’s why I’m asking.

        Maybe Sundance can explain why it is because I sure don’t know…

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        • Joan says:

          It is because Israel is the only true ally we have in the Middle East. We need them.

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          • John Q says:

            Our involvement in the Middle East over the last several decades has caused many of the problems we face today.

            I’m ready to let the Middle East deal with itself. I suppose that’s “isolationist” to some, but it’s also a matter of caring for your own house when the chips are down (for a change).

            I know that we get resources from the Middle East. I also know that some people over there aren’t deserving of what befalls them and that we helped set the stage for many of the problems they face, but sometimes you have to just throw in the towel and lick your own wounds.

            We’ve played the role of meddlers for far too long and I’m just weary of it. I do think we have a responsibility to help rectify the chaos we’ve helped cause which is why I support helping to create safe zones. I just don’t like the idea that another country is so influential in the decision making process of this country.

            I do think we meddle on behalf of Israel a lot of the time, and often in ways that degrade us at our expense. Perhaps it’s because they’re Our Allies but, again, I think it’s time to be Americans and rebuild ourselves rather than continuously traipse around the Middle East.

            That seems to be a minority position here, but it’s still how I feel.

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            • India Maria says:

              The “traipse” around the Mid East just created HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF U.S. jobs in the last two days. So there is that. I suppose a big part of “rebuilding ourselves” is INTERNATIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS, which I saw in spades the last few days.

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              • John Q says:

                Fine. Jobs are good.

                There are Middle East expenses to consider as well. How many trillions have been thrown at that area that could have been better spent? How many jobs would have been created had we used those funds differently?

                Because are activities in the ME so often benefit Israel I can’t help but wonder why we continuously engage in them, and I don’t think saying “allies” is good enough. I tend to see allies as working towards a goal that’s mutually beneficial.

                I don’t see the benefit of routinely supporting Israel because doing so often puts us at odds with so many others.

                What I’m trying to understand is why the ever-present gut reaction is to support Israel.

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            • lady4trump says:

              Getting tired of you trying to push your point here. Several of us have told you why, but you refuse to accept the answers. Are you a Leftist? Islamic?

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        • Ploni says:

          If you have all the answers, why do you ask questions?!

          That is the sign of a fool.

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          • John Q says:

            I’m asking because I’ve noticed a strong allegiance to ISrael here, and this is one of the websites I visit regularly because I find the discussions informative.

            My process went something like this:
            – Wonder why Israel is so prominent in US policies and many of out politicians have dual citizenship with Israel.
            – Do some research and discover that the history of Israel isn’t really so rosy.
            – Hear Trump say he’d remain neutral on Israel which sounded good to me because I’d like to rebuild my own country.
            – Watch Trump turn around and decide Israeli considerations are a priority for the US.
            – Do more research and realize that many of the conflicts we participate in directly benefit Israel.
            – Consider that Israeli interests supersede our own because of how much retaliation we get for acting on their behalf; “what do we get out of it?” is a natural question.
            – Go to CTH where so many seem to have an immediately positive response to anything that supports Israel to ask why we must always support Israel.
            – Have it suggested that I may be isolationist (when I’ve come to view Israel’s actions and positions as isolationist), then get called a fool because someone assumes I “have all the answers” when my words indicate a different perspective than the one they hold.

            I might also add that the research I’ve done has led me to “alt-Right” sites which tend to say “it’s the jews!” over and over again. I find that answer as trite as “they’re allies.”

            It just seems to me as though the US government is working for Israeli interests in the ME even when it doesn’t benefit us, or when it’s actually detrimental to our relations with other countries in the area.

            I’m approaching this subject as I approach all others. When it came to the whole Russia Conspiracy I went online and actually listened to what Putin had to say (and he seems like a reasonable guy to me.)

            My goal is to understand what my government is involved in and why. If you consider that foolish it’s entirely up to you, but I view that as a cop out which allows you to write off anything I say.

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          • Ad rem says:

            John is a time-waster troll. He keeps asking the same basic question but worded in different ways, while disregarding the suggestions and responses of others. The goal is to hijack the thread and creat dissention.

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        • MaineCoon says:

          My full response is up thread. I’ll re-post the part I believe applies specifically to yur lack of understanding/wisdom.

          “Were you the one who had the same basic post about a week or so ago?

          I responded in full before. My basic comment/question today is are you a Christian? And I don’t mean a nominal – in name only – Christian.

          I’m going to assume you aren’t a Jew.

          The crux of the issue is Judeo-Christian faith. Most likely you will never understand this issue if you are not spiritual mature Christian or a Jew.

          It is not a secular issue

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    • India Maria says:

      After the U.S. stumbled upon the CREMATORIUMS and the full horror of The Final Solution spread worldwide, the U.S. pushed for a Jewish homeland. We essentially created Israel.

      Also, since it is the only democratically chosen and run government in the entire region, it is part of our legacy as The Great Experiment to be supportive of a People who 1) were ROASTED in ovens to the tune of 6 million, 2) we worked so hard with to create a New Nation that at its heart was accomplished to provide a SAFE HAVEN for Jews, and 3) allow its very own People to rule, unlike EVERY OTHER country in the region.

      Trump promised to Make America Great Again. AMERICA FIRST does not mean AMERICA HIDES,

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    • ibobland08 says:

      I agree with you John. And all the negative reactions are just proving you correct. It’s one thing if you support Israel’s right to exist, but it’s quite another to support Israel at the expense of the American people (notice I said American people). If you think supporting Israel benefits the Average Joe in Ohio, Texas, Montana, or any other state, then explain why. Otherwise it is not an America First belief, but a globalist one.

      I believe an argument can be made, but I personally am very skeptical that supporting Israel benefits the American people.

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      • Bee says:

        The US has spent untold amounts of time, money, and energy into meddling with the world’s affairs but it’s been under the guise of “keeping Americans safe.” The average American doesn’t know about all the secret programs and gun running that is perpetrated by the FBI, CIA, and such. I may be the odd one out appreciating all of this being out in the open rather than handshake deals done in back rooms.

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    • Lanna says:

      This policy analysis is from 2012, but outlines why Israel is a strategic partner to the U.S., and in fact, was upgraded to a MAJOR strategic partner in 2014.

      An alliance with Israel has meant many benefits in many areas for the U.S. beyond governmental cooperation and collaboration. This is NOT a one-sided relationship. Mentioned in the analysis is just one of those other benefits:

      “U.S. companies’ substantial cooperation with Israel on information technology has been crucial to Silicon Valley’s success. At Intel’s research and development centers in Israel, engineers have designed many of the company’s most successful microprocessors, accounting for some 40 percent of the firm’s revenues last year. If you’ve made a secure financial transaction on the Internet, sent an instant message, or bought something using PayPal, you can thank Israeli IT researchers.”

      http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/friends-with-benefits-why-the-u.s.-israeli-alliance-is-good-for-america

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  18. MIKE says:

    I just watched the departure video on the tarmac and came away with these thoughts; 1) Marines in dress uniform are the baddest, bar none.(No better friend, no worse enemy) 2) Sarah N. did not really want Melania and the rest of the entourage to leave, and 3) Bibi could not hide his pride and respect for OUR President, and what together these two men will ultimately accomplish.
    Semper Fi and God bless them all.
    Oh. And so not even in the same league as the mom-jean wearing globalist metrosexual neophyte known as barry hussein.

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  19. Cassandra says:

    I am so overwhelmed by God’s grace. This country seemed to be on such an inevitable downhill slide. It seemed like the left had infiltrated and taken over everything and there was no hope of overcoming, but the Lord heard our prayers based on 2 Chronicles 7:14 and He is going to heal our land, which will bring healing to many other nations as well. I thank God every day for His mercy, for Donald Trump, and for all the incredible people Trump has surrounded himself with, from Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway to his Cabinet and Supreme Court choice. I wholeheartedly agree with Running Fast that we need to become more vocal and public in our support. Our President has shown incredible courage standing up for America and our values. We need to let him know how much we appreciate it. I encourage everyone to call or email the White House to express your support every time he does something you like. Don’t think it does matter; it does.

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    • India Maria says:

      202-456-1111

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    • thluckyone says:

      Thank you, Cassandra! You must’ve overheard my heart’s longing. You’ve put into words, that – though from my soul – I haven’t been able to say. We are SO blessed! Thank you also ESPECIALLY for the reminder to thank God EVERY DAY for His mercy.

      And AMEN! We MUST let our Lion know that we love & wholeheartedly support him. One of the things that struck me from our President’s closing remarks was when he said, “I was humbled to place my hand upon the wall and to pray in that holy space for wisdom from God.” The ancient Scriptures tell us that another great man in Israel prayed for wisdom from God and God honored that prayer.

      Let us also join in prayer with and for our treasured President that he may lead with wisdom from on High to do God’s work in God’s way. We have work to do.

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  20. gary says:

    Trump gets a better welcome in all these countries then he does with the MSM and D.C. crowd.

    Trump is amassing the world leaders to stand up against terrorism, I didn’t see obama do that.

    And they gave obama the Nobel Peace Prize, as he was entering his presidency! I’m sure they regret giving it to him. Obama was the great divider , and was anti-american in what he did. We HAVE TO GET those obama left-overs out of D.C. … and the obama spy’s out of the CIA/NSA/FBI/ and MSM.

    Drain that swamp MR President!
    Thank You.

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  21. INL says:

    Amazing DJT. Very conscious of the Divine as a common denominator of Israel & USA. he will be granted the wisdom he prayed for at the Wall. Watch out detractors….America worships God.

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  22. All American Snowflake says:

    “From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two — the “race” of the decent man and the “race” of the indecent man. Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society. No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people.” ~Victor Frankel “Man’s Search for Meaning”

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  23. Our children should have the opportunity to listen to this speech. It is about world peace. “World Peace”. What everyone wants, right? If anyone can pull it off, it’s Donald J. Trump.

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  24. fangdog says:

    The purpose for Trumps visit was not as a meddler, but as a uniter. The gist of it all is to get an alliance of all Mid-East countries to work together with their own solutions for obtaining a Mid East peace. I didn’t hear Trump say you gotta do this or you gotta do that. Trump defined the issues, gave suggestions and assured he would offer support for a mutual goal for stamping out terrorism.

    Mixing past US Mid East policy with today’s US Mid East policy is the equivalent of mixing apples with oranges.

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  25. mdt123 says:

    How strange is it that the open borders leftists in Brussels and London and Berlin hate Trump for being “anti-Muslim” while the actual 55 Muslim countries’ leaders love Trump and his strong nationalist policies! It is truly a strange phenomenon how things have become totally mixed up.
    Trump should dump the current G8 and form a new G8 made up of US, Israel, China, Japan, Russia, Saudi, India, Mexico. The New World Order.

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  26. MVW says:

    Unless a unified agreement within Islam is made to excise political and violent Jihad for world dominance from all Islam’s ‘Holy books,’ the respective versus struck out and repudiated from all their books, until that is done the collision between the world and Islam will be unchecked. There will be either political world war and terror, or biological or nuclear war, until one or the other, Islam or everyone else, is obliterated. That is the point we have reached.

    In the face of this overt and covert insanity, the words from Islam will have to be struck out. Now. Only Islam can bring a new age, by either striking out insanity and destruction from their ideology, or by self destruction by Mohammed’s written words.

    Trump has made this clear to the muslim nations. They have heard him. All the old ways can be kept except the politics of dominance, lying for tactical advantage, and violence towards non muslims. Trump has done his job. We will just have to wait and see.

    Arafat lied when he feigned commitment to peace, accumulated weapons, rockets, and population, then did what Mohammed did, after duplicitous planning and preparation, he attacked when he thought he had the upper hand. Then, Israel built the wall and implemented the anti missile ‘Iron Dome.’

    So, precedent by Mohammed and Arafat has been set. They are both dead from poison. I am not a betting man myself. We will have to see what God does.

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  27. Karen mundy says:

    Just love your site.

    God bless you, Last Refuge.

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  28. yucki says:

    Jerusalem of Gold – Yerushalayim shel Zahav -Ofra Haza- with English Lyrics

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    • yucki says:

      Description at YouTube:
      “Jerusalem of Gold” (Hebrew: ירושלים של זהב‎, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav) is a popular Israeli song written by Naomi Shemer in 1967. The original song described the Jewish people’s 2000-year longing to return to Jerusalem; Shemer added a final verse after the Six-Day War to celebrate Jerusalem’s unification under Israeli control.

      At that time, the Old City was under Jordanian rule; Jews had been barred from entering, and many holy sites had been desecrated. Only three weeks after the song was published, the Six-Day War broke out. The song was the battle cry and morale booster of the Israeli troops. Shemer even sang it for them before the war and festival, making them among the first in the world to hear it.

      On 7 June, the Israel Defense Forces captured the eastern part of Jerusalem and the Old City from the Jordanians. When Shemer heard the paratroopers singing “Jerusalem of Gold” at the Western Wall, she wrote a final verse, reversing the phrases of lamentation found in the second verse. The line about shofars sounding from the Temple Mount is a reference to an event that actually took place on 7 June.

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    • INL says:

      Beautifully touching vid. Thanks.

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  29. David says:

    I am Israeli and I was watching Trump’s speech in Israel together with my sister in law who is 60 years old and is not into politics. All of sudden she goes : “WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN, WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN, HE SPEAKS FROM THE HEART.
    I hope you all understanding, appreciating and remembering that you choose a WONDERFUL MAN.
    God Bless!

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  30. Ron says:

    If you watch, about 6 or 7 minutes in President Trump realizes he’s got a Hot Crowd and really starts getting into it, lol! Wow! He was kind of going along with it until they started clapping and he really stepped it up after that.

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