Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York

REP. JEFFRIES STATEMENT ON S.1, THE STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S SECURITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST ACT OF 2019

Feb 7, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) a member of House Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, released the following statement:

“The relationship between the United States and Israel is a special one that is rooted in our shared values, an important strategic partnership in the Middle East and a mutual commitment to a lasting two state solution between Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.

The Senate has acted and now it’s time for the House to work its will through the committee process and regular order.  Israel lives in a tough neighborhood and is surrounded by enemies.  Therefore, it is vital that we maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge in a bipartisan way. We are prepared to tackle this objective.

The Congress should also reject any effort to delegitimize Israel and undermine its character as a Jewish and Democratic state. I look forward to working closely with Chairman Eliot Engel in that regard.”