LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Newly-installed Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) delivered his first main public handle as Speaker to the Republican Jewish Coalition annual summit Saturday evening, declaring: “We are going to stand like a rock with our friend, and ally, Israel.”
Johnson acknowledged that the assembly was his first public occasion as Speaker since being elected on Wednesday. He stated he had been deeply moved by the tales of Israelis who had survived assaults by the “demonic” Palestinian terror group Hamas.
Drawing on his personal spiritual religion — for which he has been mocked by critics — Johnson declared: “I believe that God is not done with America yet, and I know He’s not done with Israel.”
“We have a moment to rebuild the trust of the people and restore their faith in who we are, and what we’re fighting for,” Johnson stated.
Johnson changed Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who additionally addressed final 12 months’s Republican Jewish Coalition gathering, and who was a famous pal of Israel.
Johnson promised to proceed in that vein. “It’s no accident that my first resolution was for Israel, and my first trip was to come and be with you,” he stated, drawing a standing ovation. “I want everybody to know where we stand.”
He famous the anti-Israel views of a small however rising faction throughout the Democratic Party caucus within the House, which he stated have been a manifestation of rising antisemitism in Congress, in universities, and within the media.
Johnson additionally introduced a message for the UN: “There will be a cease-fire only when Hamas ceases to be a threat to Israel.”
He spoke of the deep spiritual roots of the alliance between the U.S. and Israel, and the Biblical instructing that those that bless Israel might be blessed themselves.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) additionally addressed the gathering, introducing Johnson. Scalise, himself a survivor of an tried mass taking pictures in 2017, informed the gathering that the turmoil of the Republican caucus of the previous three weeks wouldn’t forestall the GOP from advancing laws to reply to the Hamas terror assaults. One invoice, he stated, would forestall the Biden administration from transferring management of $6 billion in property to Iran, which had been a part of Biden’s current hostage settlement.
Republican Jewish Coalition CEO Matt Brooks stated that this 12 months’s summit had been the “best event and most important event” within the group’s historical past, given the context of the battle in Israel. He identified an empty desk that had been set within the middle of the room, symbolizing the 230 Israel hostages and lots of extra individuals lacking for the reason that October 7 Hamas terrorist assault.
He thanked the Republican leaders who had flown out to the convention to categorical their solidarity — together with all eight of the foremost presidential candidates (now seven, after former Vice President Mike Pence dropped out on the occasion throughout his speech).
Earlier within the night, Rabbi Leo Dee of Israel, who misplaced his spouse Lucy and daughters Maia and Rina in a terror assault earlier this 12 months, obtained the Defender of Freedom & Security Award. Dee addressed the gathering through video from Israel. He referred to as for an finish to the Palestinian Authority’s coverage of paying the households of terrorists who kill or strive to kill Israelis. He stated an “anti-truth” had been created, through which the one free nation within the area, Israel, was portrayed as an evil regime — by evil regimes themselves.
Eli Beer, the CEO of the United Hatzalah first responders, informed the tales of members of his group who have been killed or wounded in making an attempt to deal with the wounded through the October 7 terror assault. The first, Awad, was an Arab volunteer who was “tortured to death,” Beer stated, when the terrorists discovered him as he was making use of a tourniquet to a wounded Israeli girl. Two different volunteers have been kidnapped, and have been wounded or misplaced relations.
Beer stated that he had discovered a pregnant girl whose abdomen had been reduce open, and whose unborn baby had been stabbed in entrance of her and her different youngsters earlier than they have been all murdered. He talked of discovering the headless corpses of youngsters, such that “we don’t know which head belonged to which kid”; he spoke of youngsters discovered burned to dying in ovens; he spoke of crying youngsters used as bait to lure rescuers to their deaths.
“We paid a heavy price, but we are going to continue and save more and more lives, as long as they need us,” Beer concluded.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the writer of the brand new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He can be the writer of the current e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.