In his first official overseas travel as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) led a bipartisan Congressional delegation to Israel this week. Speaker Ryan and his House colleagues met with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Speaker of the Israeli Knesset Yuli Edelstein, and they specifically discussed the threat of ISIS, terrorism, the Syrian war, and last summer’s Iran nuclear deal.
Speaker Ryan noted it was not a coincidence that his first visit as Speaker with a foreign head of state in Washington was with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his first official trip in that role was to Israel. “It was by design,” he said. Calling Israel “an island of freedom in a very difficult, chaotic region,” he told Israeli Speaker Edelstein, “We believe that our alliance, and our partnership, and our friendship is more important now than ever before.”
The NRB Board of Directors, a body of approximately one hundred leading Christian communicators, unanimously approved a resolution supporting Israel earlier this year. That declaration highlighted the special relationship of Israel with the U.S. as “nations committed to freedom and democratic governance that respects the rule of law and the rights of minorities” and called on “the United States to continue to stand steadfast by Israel in its time of need.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: April 8, 2016