RELEASE: Gottheimer Statement on House Resolution “Recognizing Israel as America’s Legitimate and Democratic Ally and Condemning Antisemitism”

Feb 02, 2023


Today, February 2, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) released the following statement after introducing H.Res.92 “Recognizing Israel as America’s Legitimate and Democratic Ally and Condemning Antisemitism.”

“I have been consistent in my public condemnation of anti-Israel rhetoric and antisemitism — from either side of the political spectrum. I have also always believed in constructive engagement with those with differing viewpoints. For some time now, I have had an open, often emotional, sometimes pointed, and always honest dialogue with U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

It is no secret that, over the years, I have been unabashedly critical about Congresswoman Omar’s past comments. But, it is an enormous step forward that Congresswoman Omar has signed onto this Congressional Resolution in support of Israel as a Jewish and legitimate democratic State, that acknowledges Israel as a vital ally, and that condemns the use of antisemitic tropes, including those masquerading as anti-Israel sentiments. My hope is that the resolution (H.Res.92) — ‘Recognizing Israel as America’s Legitimate and Democratic Ally and Condemning Antisemitism’ — will reinforce to people across our country, especially the scores of young people who look up to Congresswoman Omar, the importance of rejecting reflexive antisemitism and historic tropes, and seeing Israel as a key, historic, democratic ally of the United States.

I am sure there will be issues in the future where Congresswoman Omar and I will differ, as in the past, and I will not be shy about my views. I know that debating our differences is what a healthy democracy demands. Removing a Member of Congress for inciting violence is appropriate. However, removing a Member for having different viewpoints — even ones I strongly oppose — violates the entire basis of our democracy. After all, what if next year, a Member of Congress targets me for my unshakable commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship? 

We have made progress with this Congressional Resolution — without rancor or name calling. It reflects what is possible. The work against hate, against anti-Israel antisemitism, and against violence targeting Jews continues — and all of us must be both resolute and ready to reach out. That is the best path forward.”


Recent Posts

Mar 27, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer Combats “Change of Address” Fraud and Identity Theft

Criminals fraudulently redirecting victims’ mail, stealing bank statements and Social Security numbers, opening credit cards Above: Gottheimer with a North Jersey victim of “change of address” fraud outside the Paramus Post Office on East Midland Avenue. PARAMUS, NJ — Today, March 27, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced new action to combat the shocking surge […]

Mar 23, 2023

RELEASE: Gottheimer, North Jersey Law Enforcement Convene Roundtable to Address Drastic Rise in Burglaries and Auto Theft — Organized Burglary Rings Targeting Indian Americans, AAPI Communities

Joined by Local Police Chiefs, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, NJ State Police, and FBI Above: Gottheimer with local, state, and federal law enforcement for a roundtable discussion focused on combating burglaries and auto theft. NORTH JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), a member of the bipartisan Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, and local, […]

Mar 23, 2023

STATEMENT: Gottheimer Statement on the Anti-Defamation League’s 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents

Antisemitic incidents rose 36% in New Jersey in 2022 — the highest level of incidents ever recorded NEW JERSEY — Today, May 23, 2023, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), the only Jewish member of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, released the following statement regarding the release of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) 2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents: […]