Senator John McCain
AIPAC Policy Conference 2008
June 2, 2008
Thank you very much. Thank you for that kind welcome and
thank you, Ron, for your generous remarks and the invitation to
address you. I see that we have some students here, including a few
from Arizona and I welcome you to Washington and your money and
it’s--it’s a pleasure as always to be in the company of the men and
women of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
And I know that all of us are proud to be in the company of my
dear and beloved, distinguished Senator from the State of Connecticut,
my dear friend, Joe Lieberman. Joe, thank you; a man of humility, a
man of kindness, and a great and dear friend--not only of America--
my family, State of Israel and the world.
My friends, all of you involved in the work of AIPAC have taken
up a great and vital cause and a cause set firmly in the American
heart. When President Truman recognized the new State of Israel 60
years ago he acted on the highest ideals and best instincts of our
country. He was a man with courage and a sense of history; and he
surely knew what great challenges the Jewish State would face in its
early years. To his lasting credit, he resolved that the people of Israel
would not face them alone because they would always have a friend
and ally in the United States of America.
The cause of Israel and of our common security has also
depended on men and women of courage, and I’ve been lucky enough
to know quite a few of them. I think often of one in particular, the late
Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson. I got to know Senator Jackson when
I was the Navy Liaison Officer to the United States Senate. In 1979, I
traveled with him to Israel where I knew he was considered a hero.
But I had no idea just how admired he was until we landed in the
airport in Tel Aviv to find a crowd of 700 or 800 Israelis calling out his
name, waving signs that read God Bless You Scoop and Senator
Jackson, Thank You. Scoop Jackson had the special respect of the