Elise Stefanik

05/19/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/19/2024 15:37

ICYMI: Stefanik Delivers Address at Knesset, Meets with Senior Israeli Officials, Hostage Families, and Visits Historic City of David

Jerusalem, Israel - Today, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik delivered an address in the Knesset at the invitation of Speaker of the Knesset Amir Ohana. Following the address she met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Speaker Ohana, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz, and families of those still held hostage by Hamas to discuss the American people's steadfast support for Israel and the Americans and Israelis still held hostage by Hamas.

Earlier in the day she returned to the historic City of David archeological site of shared importance to Christians and Jews worldwide. Chairwoman Stefanik is the highest ranking elected Republican and Member of Congress to visit Israel since the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks.

Watch her full address here.

"It was an honor to meet with Israeli President Isaac Herzog today. When he visited the United States last year to deliver a historic joint address to Congress, President Herzog shared a message of allyship and the close bond between our nations. Today I'm in Israel during one of its darkest periods in history to share a message of our own: the United States must always stand with Israel," Chairwoman Stefanik said.

"Today I met with the Speaker of the Knesset Amir Ohana to discuss House Republicans' unwavering support for Israel in its fight for survival against the vicious Iran-backed Hamas terrorists. The Biden Administration's betrayal of our most precious ally does not represent the vast majority of Americans who unequivocally support Israel's right to exist and defend itself," Chairwoman Stefanik said.

"Today I met with Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz to discuss efforts to safely return the American and Israeli hostages Hamas is holding in captivity," Chairwoman Stefanik said.

"I met with families of the hostages who shared horrific and tragic stories stemming from the brutal October 7th terror attacks. Let me be very clear: We will not rest until the hostages are back home," Chairwoman Stefanik said.

"Honored to return to the City of David today to highlight the incredible archaeological research at one of the oldest cities mentioned in the Bible and a significant site of our shared Christian and Jewish heritage. Thank you Ze'ev Orenstein for the informative tour and gracious hospitality," Chairwoman Stefanik said.