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US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks at a special session of the Knesset plenum

Kevin McCarthy Tells Knesset: We Thank You for the Miracle of Israel

US Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy addressed the Knesset Monday, May 1, during the opening ceremony of the Knesset's summer session.

McCarthy is the second House Speaker in history to address the Knesset, and the first since Newt Gingrich in 1998. The Speaker began his remarks by stating that it is "an honor to join you in the city of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel."

"Ladies and gentlemen, Israel's rebirth is nothing less than a modern miracle, and I thank you for it," he said. "If we remain united, then the forces of freedom and democracy will always prevail," McCarthy declared.

"This is the foundation of our special relationship. We are the only two countries in history that were conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are equal. America is grateful for our friendship with Israel. We are a better nation because of it, and we must never shy away from defending it."

Earlier, on Sunday, McCarthy said that if US President Joe Biden does not invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the White House soon, he will invite the Israeli leader to meet with Congress.

On Monday, Israeli President Isaac Herzog hosted and McCarthy met for a private working meeting, followed by a wider diplomatic meeting attended by the President's advisors, Israel’s Ambassador to the US Michael Herzog, and 17 members of Congress who arrived with the Speaker as part of a bipartisan delegation.

During the meeting, the President and Speaker of the House discussed the strong partnership between Israel and the United States, and focused on ways to deepen cooperation between the countries in various fields. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we thank You for the many allies of Israel that are not afraid to defend us globally. We are grateful for all foreign representatives that choose to speak in favor of Israel and condemn hateful actions against us.”