Thu, 12/29/2022 – 16:46
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism issued the following statement after the new Israeli government was sworn in.
“Congratulations to the people of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu on the formation of a new government. The U.S.-Israel relationship is built on an historical, shared commitment to democracy and the rule of law. I look forward to advancing our shared priorities and maintaining Israel’s position as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state.
“While government formation is an accomplishment, I remain deeply concerned by many provisions in the coalition agreements, as well as the rhetoric and policy positions espoused by new far-right members of the government, including on issues related to the treatment of Arab Israelis and LGBTQI+ individuals, approach to a final status agreement between Israel and Palestinians, and ensuring an independent judiciary and adherence to the rule of law. These views run counter to our shared values, challenge Israel’s relationships with its neighbors, and inflame tensions with Palestinians.
“I will continue to engage with the Israeli government on these challenging issues as well as to advance peace, prosperity, and security across the region and for all citizens of Israel.”