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Reps. Sires, Foxx, McCaul, and Lowey Introduce Bipartisan Resolution in Support of Israel

Apr 20, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Michael McCaul (R-TX), and Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced H. Res. 835 yesterday, a resolution supporting robust bilateral relations with the State of Israel globally and fairness in its treatment in multilateral fora upon seventy years of statehood. The resolution highlights Israel’s recent advances in diplomacy, urges support for its bid for the United Nations Security Council and affirms the diplomatic recognition that America’s strategic ally deserves. 

Statement by Representative Sires:

“I am pleased to introduce this timely House resolution with my colleagues to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, which has been a continued friend and ally to the United States. Israel has remained a stalwart of democracy and a beacon of hope for Jewish immigrants all over the world, and embraces the values, and freedoms that are the cornerstone of a vibrant democratic society. As the Middle East struggles with protracted conflicts and growing challenges, Israel continues to be an essential international partner and plays a critical role in promoting stability in the region and abroad. This resolution will reaffirm Congress’ steadfast commitment to Israel and our continued support for our ally, friend, and partner on the international stage.”

Statement by Representative Foxx:

“May 14, 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence and birth of the State of Israel; it also marks the beginning of a longstanding friendship between the U.S. and our strategic ally. I am proud to introduce this House resolution with my colleagues to honor this occasion and express Congress’ support for Israel’s bilateral relations and equitable treatment in international organizations. Respect for Israel’s national sovereignty and broad recognition of its statehood is crucial for advancing peace in the Middle East and is vital to U.S. national security. This resolution sends a clear message to the UN and the world that the U.S. will continue to stand by Israel as a trade partner, equal member state in all multilateral fora, ally and friend.”

Statement by Representative McCaul:

“Since its creation in 1948, Israel has thrived in a region surrounded by few who recognize its existence as a state and enemies who issue threats of annihilation on a regular basis. The United States, through decades-long aid and assistance, has been instrumental in Israel’s success. I am proud to introduce this resolution with my colleagues in support of a continued robust bilateral relationship that sends a clear message to the world that the United States stands in lockstep with our strongest ally in a turbulent region.”

Statement by Representative Lowey:

“As Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding, this resolution will act as a powerful reminder that the unbreakable U.S.-Israel relationship must be fundamentally grounded in bipartisanship and support for a negotiated two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.”