This week, the U.S. House passed a resolution “honoring the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Israel relations and calling for the expansion and strengthening of the Abraham Accords” with the strong support of the Florida delegation.
The House passed the resolution from U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., the vice chair of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, on a 401-19 vote as 18 Democrats and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., voted against it.
Every member of the Florida delegation voted for Wagner’s resolution except for U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., who has been a strong supporter of Israel during her decade in Congress.
“My resolution honors the decades-long partnership between the United States and Israel that underpins security in the Middle East and promotes economic growth throughout the region. The bipartisan passage of this resolution reaffirms our commitment to the people of Israel and promotes vital security assistance so they can defend themselves in the face of an increasingly aggressive Iran,” said Wagner. “We urge other nations to normalize relations with Israel and ensure existing agreements continue to provide necessary economic and national security for those in the area.”
Among the more than 20 co-sponsors were U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., and Jarod Moskowitz, D-Fla.
“This important legislation encourages nations to normalize relations with Israel and expresses continued support for bilateral cooperation across economic, security and civilian issues,” noted Bilirakis.
“For 75 years, America and Israel have stood side by side as partners in the cause of freedom and democracy. The Abraham Accords provides an important model for peace between Israel and its neighbors throughout the Arab world. I believe now more than ever that the U.S. must focus its effort on expanding the Abraham Accords and ensuring that our ally, Israel, has the resources to defend itself. This resolution is a strong step towards that,” said Moskowitz.
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