This evening marks the beginning of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s 75th Independence Day. Since 1948, Israel has displayed great resilience and strength against its opposition and oppressors. House Republicans recognize the importance of Israel’s independence for the Jewish community and the advancement of global democracy. Together, we celebrate this milestone.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ HISTORY OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL:
- In May 2021, following a conflict between Israel and Hamas, Chairwoman Stefanik and House Republicans held a press conference standing in support of Israel and sent a letter to President Biden demanding he do the same. Many Members proudly displayed “I Stand with Israel” signs outside of their offices on Capitol Hill.
- During the May conflict with Hamas, House Republicans dedicated a Special Order Hour on the House Floor to highlight the conflict and reiterate our strong support for Israel.
- In September 2021, House Republicans voted to reinstate $1 billion in funding for Israel’s Iron Dome after House Democrats stripped the funding from the Continuing Resolution.
- 200 House Republicans sent a letter to President Biden in November 2021 opposing his administration’s proposal to reopen the U.S. consulate general in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem, that would provide separate diplomatic outreach to the Palestinians.
- In February 2022, Leader McCarthy led a group of more than two dozen House Republicans to Israel to reaffirm the special relationship between the United States and the only democracy in the Middle East.
- In February 2023, in a strong show of support for our ally, Speaker McCarthy, Majority Leader Scalise, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman McCaul sent a letter to President Biden encouraging the Administration to oppose and veto any anti-Israel resolution put before the U.N. Security Council.
- This week, House Republicans will vote to support the expansion of the Abraham Accords to encourage nations to normalize relations with Israel and express continued support for bilateral cooperation across economic, security and civilian issues.
- In May 2023, Speaker McCarthy will visit Israel in his first trip abroad as Speaker and address the Knesset, as only the second U.S. Speaker in history to do so.