I recently returned from an extraordinary trip to Israel, our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East. I was joined by many of my colleagues in Congress – and my husband Brian – for a trip that undoubtedly reaffirmed my commitment to the people of Israel and my appreciation for their long and vibrant history.
After a week-long trip throughout the country – from a compelling tour of Jerusalem’s Old City to an emotional morning at Yad Vashem to an engaging visit with the Knesset and several meetings with senior Israeli leaders – I came home inspired, invigorated and optimistic about the future of US-Israeli relations. But what inspires me the most is that despite the myriad challenges Israel faces on all fronts – from Iran, Syria, and other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere – it remains an exceptionally optimistic and confident nation. It is a nation filled with a unique sense of hope – hope for the boundless possibilities of growth, advancement, democracy, and peace. And so I am impressed, to say the least, by the accomplishments they’ve made in their short 63-year history.
My trip included an insightful and engaging meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the forefront of which was an important discussion about the economic progress Israel is currently making. They’re focused on tax reform, privatization of the banking sector, and the expansion of domestic energy production. Most of all, Israel – referred to by Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “start-up” country – is witnessing the growth of many new companies looking to seize economic opportunities. This news is encouraging and this progress is tremendous.
Despite these accomplishments, Iran poses a serious and growing threat – to both Israel and the global community – and it is one that can only be met with strong resolve and an unbreakable alliance between the United States and Israel.
As your Representative in Congress, I can assure you that my commitment to Israel is firm and unwavering, now more than ever before. It is a country and a people for which my admiration knows no bounds, and I will work every day to fight for them, support them, and defend them.
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