Pro-Israel Resolution Is First Act from New US House Leader
Speaker Mike Johnson called up a resolution supporting Israel in his first action as leader of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 25. “The first bill I'm going to bring to this floor in a little while will be in support of our dear friend Israel and we are overdue in getting that done,” Johnson said as he accepted the speakership.
The House backed the resolution by 412 to 10, with six members voting “present,” reflecting traditional strong support in Congress for the Jewish state. The resolution states that the House of Representatives “stands with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists.”
The resolution also calls on all countries to unequivocally condemn Hamas’ brutal war against Israel, and “calls on Hamas to immediately cease these violent attacks and safely release all living hostages and return the bodies of deceased hostages.”
The resolution also condemns Iran’s support for terrorist groups and proxies, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, urges full enforcement of United States sanctions against Iran to prevent Iran’s funding of terrorist groups, and “stands ready to assist Israel with emergency resupply and other security, diplomatic, and intelligence support.”
The Johnson-led House must soon address a measure that would have the force of law. President Joe Biden asked Congress last week to pass a $106 billion funding package including billions of dollars in assistance for Ukraine, Taiwan, and border security in addition to $14.3 billion for Israel. (JPost / VFI News)
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