US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of an American delegation were welcomed to Israel’s Knesset Wednesday. Both Pelosi and Speaker of the Knesset, Mickey Levy, focused on one thing—Iran.
“The nuclear threat by Iran is a global one. It is a threat to the world. Israel’s proximity to Iran is a concern to all of us and a responsibility for all of us,” Speaker Pelosi said.
“Iran is a terror state whose actions are aimed at wreaking havoc and destruction in every corner of the world,” Speaker Levy said. “We remember the firm support of the United States for Israel’s security throughout history. We are all here in the Knesset of Israel with a uniform message that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear capabilities.”
During the welcoming ceremony for the US delegation, Levy was joined by 100 Israeli children waving US and Israeli flags; the children all live in communities near Gaza.
“With us are children from southern Israel who are here thanks to the Iron Dome Anti-Missile Defense System. You have chosen to support Israel’s right to defend its citizens, you have chosen to stand by the only democracy in the Middle East, and you have chosen to assist Israel to save lives, including the lives of every boy and girl who are with us in the plenum today,” Levy shared.
Pelosi, a Democrat, led the effort in Congress last year to provide $1 billion to replenish the Iron Dome missiles after it repeatedly launched during the 11-day war with Hamas last May. Hamas reigned down thousands of rockets aimed at southern and central Israeli cities, intent on harming civilians—but the Iron Dome successfully thwarted an impressive 90 percent of the barrage.
However, to the left of Pelosi are several progressive politicians who have bought into the lie that Israel is an oppressive nation. They will do all they can to keep Israel from being secure. AOC, Talib Rashid, and Ilhan Omer have all accused Israel of racism. They must be too young to remember the Holocaust. The reason the Jewish nation must be a Jewish nation is because we have suffered 52 attempted genocides.
Speaker Pelosi also brought up the Biden administration’s position that a “just and enduring two-state solution” is the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Additionally, she praised Israel for being a shining example for the world in their COVID pandemic response.
The US delegation—which included Pelosi’s husband, several House members, and US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides—also met with President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, and other senior Israeli leaders during their visit to Israel.