The U.S. continued its unflinching support of the Jewish state as the Jewish people prepared to celebrate the Festival of Lights. JNS' Yoni Hersch reports that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told an annual Israeli-American conference, “If the world knows nothing else, let the world know this: America stands with Israel":
“Today on behalf of [U.S.] President [Donald] Trump and our entire administration, it’s my great honor to say as a trumpet among the nations: If the world knows nothing else, let the world know this: America stands with Israel.”
Pence said the U.S. stands with Israel “because her cause is our cause, her values are our values and her fight is our fight. We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, good over evil, liberty over tyranny. We stand with Israel because support for the Jewish state is not a partisan issue, it is an American issue.”
Noting Trump’s firm stance on Iran, Pence said, “President Trump promised to stand with Israel against all those who seek to destroy her. … President Trump promised to take the fight on radical Islamic terrorists on our terms, on their soil. President Trump also promised to stand up to the leading state sponsor of terror. And he took decisive action and kept his word when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States of America from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. And this month, we reimposed every last sanction that the previous administration had lifted.
Blasting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, Pence said, “This president also promised to confront anti-Semitism on the world stage. And this summer, he directed our ambassador at the United Nations to withdraw the United States from the so-called ‘Human Rights Council’ at the United Nations. We will no longer allow the U.N. to be a forum for invective against Israel.”
Pence also expressed publicly for the first time the Trump administration’s opposition to the decision by home-rental company Airbnb to remove its listings in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria.
“In the wake of Airbnb’s decision to ban listings of Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem and the West Bank, we’ve made it clear: The boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is wrong and it has no place in the free enterprise of the United States of America...”