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tv   President Lays Wreath at Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial  CSPAN  May 27, 2017 1:04pm-1:21pm EDT

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>> the president's trip to israel also included a laying ceremony at -- wreathlaying ceremony at yad veshem national memorial. the ceremony is about 15 minutes. [cameras clicking] [indiscernible]
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pres. trump: thank you, prime minister netanyahu, sara netanyahu, chairman avner shalev, and rabbi israel meir lau for hosting us for this moving wreath-laying ceremony. we are here at yad vashem to
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honor the memory of six million jews murdered in the holocaust. two-thirds of the jews in europe were sent to their deaths. words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction. it was history's darkest hour. millions of innocent, wonderful and beautiful lives -- men, women and children -- were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the jewish people. it was the most savage crime against god and his children. and it is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken.
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as ely was l said -- elie wiesel said "for the dead and , the living, we must bear witness." these words should be carved into the conscience of humanity forever. only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who endured the unbearable horror of the holocaust -- only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating. this place, and this entire nation, are a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the jewish people -- and the hope that light can shine the path beyond the darkness. through persecution, oppression, death, and destruction, the jewish people have persevered. they have thrived. they've become so successful in so many places.
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and they have enlightened the world. the state of israel is a strong and soaring monument to the solemn pledge we repeat and affirm: never again. from the depths of the suffering, the jewish people have built a mighty nation -- and the star of david waves proudly above this cherished land. as long as we refuse to be silent in the face of evil, as long as we refuse to dim the light of truth in the midst of darkness, as long as we refuse to become bystanders to barbarity, then we know that goodness, peace and justice will ultimately prevail. with sadness for the lives and
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dreams that were stolen from this earth, with determination to always keep the memories of the victims alive, and with resolve to confront evil wherever it threatens, we ask god to give us the strength, wisdom and courage to chart the righteous path. thank you. god bless the memory of the perished. god bless the survivors. god bless the jewish people. and god bless the state of israel. thank you for having me. thank you.
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netanyahu: what a moving speech. thank you mr. president. this adds to a historic visit. you are the first american president who chose to include israel on his first foreign trip. you are the first president in office to visit the western wall. by seeingdeeply moved you touch the stones of the wall and first lady melania trump
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touching the stones of the wall, and equally moved when we saw your daughter, if uncle, -- your son-in-law, jared. now you touch other stones we honor -- stones. you honor the memory of 6 million jews murdered in the holocaust. today in this solemn place, at m, aopposition -- yad veshe great monument of remembrance, we remember the holocaust and the hatred towards jews that consumed a defenseless people. we pledge never to be defenseless against that hatred again. we provides -- to fulfill that pledge, israel must always be able to defend itself, by
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itself, against itself, and any threat. we appreciate america's long-standing commitment to that president,and i, mr. appreciate your commitment to that principle. we are entrusted with securing the jewish future. you said that we must confront evil in the world, confronts the barbarians. they are, sadly, still with us. i want to say something about the bloody horror in manchester last night. he slaughter of innocence must be condemned and confronted, no matter where it occurs. terror.s terror is we must all unite to defeat it.
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the other day, you call the terrorists "losers." i know you agree with me that it is our job to make sure they continue to lose. we will feed them. you, thank you to first lady melania trump, thank you for taking such a strong stance for jerusalem and the jewish people. it comes from the heart of all of us. thank you mr. president. we have here a unique memorial, a token of memory.
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-- wasll specifically specifically made for you. [indiscernible] what we have here is her personal album. it went on and on. was [indiscernible] but this album we have is a withca of her album everything we can find here, mr. president, is things like this. the child, the baby, and here
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child. see another it is filled with the hope and love of youngsters and all that life can bring with them. love, a beautiful life, believing in god, do not be afraid of death. truth.r way,at life in a positive and this is the exact replica of that lady. , this is howident it came to us. her father and mother brought it
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, and one sister survived, she was sent to australia as a young girl. after of the world -- after the war, a cousin came back and had kept some pictures of the family from the war, and this is the way that album came back to us and his family, and here we have sistervivor, margo, the that survived. she was so kind to donate this album to be part of the collection at yad veshem, where we have hundreds of postmark documents to remember jewish lives. unique to have a glimpse
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of 1.5 million children, most of them who did not leave any trace behind them. [indiscernible] their own lives. this kind of material can begin identify to study and what kind of human beings, and i think that we shall do our duty, and remember all of them. them, and manyer others because the remembrance of those human beings means a -- we have to member each human being and have to remember the sake of the lives and the destiny they have.
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specifically, what the how to measure. thank you so much. pres. trump: thank you so much. thank you very much, appreciate it. [indiscernible] >>


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