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

Jul 17, 2023

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

Jul 25, 2024

RELEASE: Gottheimer Amendments to Expand Holocaust Education and Maintain the Delaware Water Gap Pass in Interior & Environment Appropriations Package

WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s provisions to expand Holocaust education nationwide and prevent the Delaware Water Gap’s reclassification as a National Park passed the House, as part of the FY25 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The bill, which passed by a vote of […]

Jul 24, 2024

RELEASE: Gottheimer Leads 31 Bipartisan Members in a Letter Requesting Classified Briefing on Iranian Influence in Anti-Israel Protests

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) led a bipartisan letter signed by thirty-one bipartisan Members of Congress to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, requesting a classified briefing on her statement that the Iranian government promoted and encouraged anti-Israel protests. The signatory list of thirty-one bipartisan Members of […]

Jul 24, 2024

RELEASE: Gottheimer Hosts American Hostage Family for Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Session of Congress

Above: Gottheimer with constituents from Tenafly, NJ, Adi and Yael Alexander, parents of American hostage Edan Alexander. WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Wednesday, July 24, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer announced that he is hosting the Alexander family — parents of American hostage Edan Alexander — as guests for  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to a […]