The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) welcomed over 400 attendees to its 13th anniversary dinner on June 12 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The pro-Israel think tank’s honorees for 2019, recognized as “Speakers of Truth,” included U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D – Fla.) and Lee Zeldin (R – N.Y.).
During his speech, Sen. Graham announced that he aims to have a security agreement between the United States and Israel voted on by the Senate next year. “The goal will be to make sure the [Israel Defense Forces] never surrenders its sovereignty and never asks us for one soldier to defend Israel. They just ask us for prayers and weapons, and we give them both,” he said.
Deutch focused his talk on combatting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and the rising anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Zeldin discussed various pieces of pro-Israel legislation he has co-sponsored and is working to pass.
Another honoree was Dr. Salman Zarka, a Druze Israeli physician and retired IDF colonel who ran Operation Good Neighbor on the Israel-Syria border. He treated hundreds of Syrians who required medical treatment during Syria’s civil war.
Also honored were Robbi and Stuart Force, the parents of Taylor Force. Their son, a U.S. citizen and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa, Israel in 2016. The Taylor Force Act, recently passed by Congress, restricts U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority until it stops paying salaries to terrorists and their families.