US lawmakers have overwhelmingly affirmed Israel’s right to exist and demanded the release of all hostages from Gaza. The House of Representatives voted 412 to one in favour of the the resolution.
(1) reaffirms the State of Israel’s right to exist
(2) recognizes that denying Israel’s right to exist is a form of anti-Semitism
(3) rejects calls for Israel’s destruction and the elimination of the only Jewish State
(4) condemns the Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel
New York Republican Representative Mike Lawler introduced the resolution, telling the House: “Everyone has the right to say what they want about a foreign government, to say what they want about war. But they don’t have the right to delegitimise the very existence of the Jewish state to justify terror.”
The resolution also affirmed widely accepted facts about Israel and the Jewish people, including the atrocity of the Holocaust and the history of persecution of Jews. It made made no mention of Palestinians and stated that Jewish people are “native to the Land of Israel.”
The only Palestinian-American lawmaker, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, voted ‘present’ which is effectively an abstention, because the resolution ignored the existence of the Palestinian people. Kentucky Republican Thomas Massie dissented because he objected to anti-Semitism being equated with anti-Zionism.
Minutes earlier, a separate resolution condemning Hamas and calling for the release of all hostages passed unanimously.