RELEASE: Statement on Recent Comments Regarding the Ironclad U.S.-Israel Relationship

Jul 17, 2023
Press

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, July 17, 2023, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-25), Dean Phillips (MN-3), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Kathy Manning (NC-6), Greg Landsman (OH-1), Jared Moskowitz (FL-23), Angie Craig (MN-2), Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20), Frederica Wilson (FL-24), Wiley Nickel (NC-13), Darren Soto (FL-9), Dan Goldman (NY-10), Jeff Jackson (NC-14), Jimmy Panetta (CA-19), Don Norcross (NJ-1), Jared Golden (ME-2), Ed Case (HI-1), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Jim Costa (CA-21), Juan Vargas (CA-52), Scott Peters (CA-50), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Hillary Scholten (MI-3), Rob Menendez (NJ-8), Susie Lee (NV-3), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Marc Veasey (TX-33), Chris Pappas (NH-1), Mike Levin (CA-49), David Trone (MD-6), Don Davis (NC-1), Abigail Spanberger (VA-7), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Brad Sherman (CA-32), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Annie Kuster (NH-2), Seth Moulton (MA-6), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (WA-3), Lou Correa (CA-46), and Grace Napolitano (CA-31) released the following statement regarding the historic relationship between the United States and Israel, our most important ally in the Middle East.

“Israel remains the only vibrant, progressive, and inclusive democracy in the region. Arab parties serve in the Knesset, women serve at the highest levels of the military, and the country remains an oasis for LGBTQ+ people in a region hostile toward the community. Pluralism flourishes in Israel. 

We are deeply concerned about Representative Pramila Jayapal’s unacceptable comments regarding our historic, democratic ally Israel, and we appreciate her retraction.

Israel is the legitimate homeland of the Jewish people and efforts to delegitimize and demonize it are not only dangerous and antisemitic, but they also undermine America’s national security. Israel is critical to our fight against terror, and our defense and intelligence collaboration continues to strengthen our leadership in the world. Israel remains our greatest partner for peace in the Middle East.  

Any efforts to rewrite history and question the Jewish State’s right to exist, or our historic bipartisan relationship, will never succeed in Congress. We remain committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinians to establish two states that exist side-by-side in peace, prosperity, and mutual security.  

We will never allow anti-Zionist voices that embolden antisemitism to undermine and disrupt the strongly bipartisan consensus supporting the U.S.-Israel relationship that has existed for decades.”

###

Recent Posts


Apr 20, 2024
Press

RELEASE: Problem Solver Gottheimer Helps Pass Critical Bipartisan Security and Humanitarian Aid Package for U.S. Allies — Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Saturday, April 20, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chair helped pass a $95 billion security aid package to provide critical security and humanitarian aid for America’s key democratic allies, Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The package, which includes eight Gottheimer-led bills, all passed with bipartisan support. “After working […]



Apr 18, 2024
Press

RELEASE: Gottheimer Remembers Jersey Firefighter and Labor Leader Bobby Allen on House Floor

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, April 18, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored and memorialized the life of Robert “Bobby” Allen, a Paterson firefighter and New Jersey labor leader, in a floor speech.  Video of Congressman Gottheimer’s floor speech can be found here. Bobby began his career with the Paterson Fire Department in 1992, serving as a […]



Apr 16, 2024
Press

RELEASE: House Passes Gottheimer-led Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Antisemitic “From the River to the Sea” Chants

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Congressman Anthony D’Esposito (NY-4), and Congressman Jared Moskowitz (FL-23) led a bipartisan resolution that successfully passed the House. The resolution, H.R. 883, condemns the chant “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will be Free” as antisemitic. The resolution passed the House by a […]