Republican Leaders Tout Support for Israel and the Embassy Move at Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference

Written by Zachary Leshin on . Posted in Community News

Officials at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, held June 7-9 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C., discussed a number of issues related to Israel and the American Jewish community.

“No longer do leaders like Bibi Netanyahu have to question where America is on the big issues,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in his address to the conference on June 7. “We stand with Israel unapologetically. Earlier this year the president proved that by moving our embassy to its rightful home in the capital city of Jerusalem.”

“In Congress after years of work, we were able to make the Taylor Force Act the law of the land. This freezes any aid from going to the Palestinian Authority if they continue to support terrorist groups like Hamas and finance terrorism. Israel is our friend and our partner. America is stronger when our bond with Israel is stronger,” said Ryan.

Speaking prior to Ryan, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) discussed an amendment that he introduced to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that took college 529 savings plans and “expanded them to cover K-12 education, to cover public school, private school, religious school, parochial school, your choice up to $10,000 per child per year.”

“We saw the most far-reaching federal school choice legislation that has ever passed come into law providing potential benefits to up to 50 million school kids across the country, enabling parents and grandparents to save for your kids, to save for your grandkids, and to choose the best educational options for them,” Cruz said.

Cruz also noted that “the same week that we opened our embassy, the president made the decision, the right decision, to withdraw from the disastrous Obama Iran nuclear deal.”

On Friday, June 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also discussed the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, saying “20 years ago, Congress passed a law requiring the embassy in Israel be moved to Jerusalem, and every president since then of both parties waived the law. Donald Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem and we should thank him for that. It’s long overdue.”

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer spoke on stage with the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Founder and Chair, Ralph Reed. In reference to the embassy move, Dermer noted “I’m not so sure the Persians remember Cyrus, but the Jewish people remember Cyrus, and this decision of President Trump will be remembered for generations to come and it’s one of the great historic decisions that were made in the history of Zionism.”

“Israel and America are not just countries, we are causes,” he said later in his speech. “As long as Israel and America believe in that cause, this alliance will be rock solid.”

By Zachary Leshin 

Zachary Leshin has lived in DC since 2012 and recently graduated with a master’s degree in statecraft and national security from the Institute of World Politics. He previously served as a legislative assistant to a congressman who served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has worked as a reporter for covering Capitol Hill.