On Monday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the congregation of over 15,000 attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington DC via video. In the address, Netanyahu stated:
I am confident that the United States and Israel will stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to ensure that light triumphs over darkness and hope triumphs over despair.
Besides offering thanks to the United States, Netanyahu also talked about Israel’s contributions to the world when he said:
Where terrorism threatens innocent people, Israel is there, with unmatched intelligence and counterterrorism capabilities. Where people are suffering from hunger and thirst, as in Africa, Israel is there with technologies that help feed the world’s hungry and literally create water out of thin air. Where hackers threaten the critical networks of our lives – our banks, our transportation and power plants – Israel is there, with incredible cyber capabilities to help protect all of us. Where natural disasters strike around the world, Israel is there too, with rescue and medical services second to none.
I am proud of the unique contribution Israel is making to the world – a contribution to humanity that vastly exceeds our size.
In a 10-minute speech, he touched on many other things as well, including confirming the strong partnership between Israel and America. You can read the full transcript of his speech here, or watch the video of his speech below. (You might want to fast forward to the 2:00 mark, to skip the AIPAC introduction.) Enjoy!