Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined her colleagues in welcoming Israel’s President Isaac Herzog to Congress to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Israel’s statehood and partnership with America.

Watch her full remarks here.

View the full transcript of her remarks below:

“Well, thank you all for coming today. What a historic and wonderful speech we just heard from President Isaac Herzog. It is my honor and pleasure, on behalf of the House Republican Conference and Speaker McCarthy, to welcome Israel’s President Isaac Herzog to Congress today to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Israel’s statehood. As one of our strongest allies, closest friends, and only democracy in the Middle East, Israel’s special relationship with the United States is and forever will be crucial especially as our adversaries are increasingly emboldened around the world due to Joe Biden’s weakness on the global stage.

Since 1948, Israel has remained resilient in the face of its opposition and oppressors as it stands as a role model for the advancement of global democracy. This May, I was honored to help lead a bipartisan House Intelligence Committee delegation to Israel to commemorate the anniversary of Israel’s sovereignty and echo our support for Israel’s’ right to defend itself. 

It is disappointing and inexcusable that Democrat members of Congress use their platforms to disseminate harmful and shameful anti-Semitic rhetoric choosing to align themselves with Israel’s aggressors and Iranian backed terrorist groups. The silence from Democrat leadership is deafening. The silence from the White House is deafening. House Republicans proudly condemned anti-Semitic rhetoric yesterday, and it is telling that a number of Democrats voted ‘no’ on that resolution. In fact, today, many chose to boycott today’s address. That is shameful. It is un-American. 

God bless the United States of America, and God bless Israel. I’m so proud to stand here with so many of my House Republican colleagues here today.”