ON FRIDAY, DEC. 6, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan language reaffirming the United States’ “ironclad commitments” to Israel.
The measure was introduced by N.J. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Dist. 5), Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.), and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), and co-sponsored by 35 others, including N.J. Representatives Mikie Sherrill (D-Dist. 11) and Jefferson Van Drew (D-Dist. 2).
“This vote officially puts to rest the splinter view of adding new conditions on aid to Israel and reinforces our historic commitment to preserving a two-state solution,” said Gottheimer. “We know that this aid helps save countless lives, and we know the United States is better off when Israel is fully equipped to defend itself.”
H. Res. 326 expresses a commitment to maintaining the 2016 U.S.-Israel Memorandum of Understanding, which “seeks to help Israel defend itself against a wide range of threats.”
The resolution also affirms “a just, stable and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that recognizes the Palestinian right to self-determination and offers Israel long-term security and full normalization with its neighbors.”
According to Gottheimer, “This language is absolutely necessary because of the extreme, and misguided views of some, especially several currently running for our nation’s highest office, who seemingly believe that assistance to Israel should be held hostage until Israel makes concessions according to their beliefs — including how Israel treats Gaza, which is controlled by the foreign terrorist organization, Hamas. We must stand together in rejecting that harmful view.”