FULL TEXT: Speaker Ryanís Remarks at 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) addressed the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm the strategic alliance between the United States and Israel.
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Speaker Paul Ryan
WASHINGTONó House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) addressed the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. to reaffirm the strategic alliance between the United States and Israel.
Below are Speaker Ryanís full remarks as prepared for delivery:
"To Lillian Pinkus, Howard Kohr, and my buddy Howard Friedman: Thank you so much for having me. It is so great to be back at AIPAC, but what happened to the turntable from last year? I liked that thing. Sometimes it feels like politicians are just talking in circles. And last year we really did.†
"First of all, how many people do we have here from Wisconsin?
"Iíve been coming to this conference nearly every year since I arrived in Congress, and each time I ask myself, 'How could they possibly get more people than last year?' Youíve done it again. This is really incredible.
"I am inspired to see so many people from all walks of life rally together in support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. I am especially encouraged to see so many young activists here from across the country. You are the next generation of leaders, and I canít thank you enough for getting involved. Letís give them a hand.
"Friends, this has been quite a year. When I spoke on this stage last March, I was just a few months into this job. I hadnít even decked out my office in Packers gear before my team asked me where Iíd like to go on my first overseas trip as speaker. To me, the answer was obvious: I would return to the Jewish, democratic state of Israel.
"It was an incredible visit. From the unparalleled security cooperation to the miracle of Iron Dome, I saw first-hand the difference our support for Israel makes. Any American who has ever traveled there has heard the same thing from political leaders to everyday citizens you meet on the street: 'Thank you.'
"You see, Israel does not take our support for granted. And neither should we. The U.S.-Israel relationship is not a one-way streetóit is a strategic partnership rooted in shared values and interests.
"But letís be frank: These past eight years have been tough. Our friendship has been tested. No single political spat or public disagreement can sever our historic alliance with Israel, but it can erode trust. And I think the actions of this past administration damaged this trust. †
"But now, itís time to turn the page. We have a new presidentóa president who Iíve gotten to know quite well. And let me assure you right here and now: President Trumpís commitment to Israel is sacrosanct. Congressís commitment to Israel is sacrosanct. We donít take Israel for granted. We know that this special relationship is central to our national security. And we believe that words must always be backed up with real, concrete actions.
"Letís start with Iran. My views on the nuclear agreement struck by President Obama