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Hice Attends U.S. Embassy Dedication Ceremony in Jerusalem

Joins Delegation to Israel

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Washington, May 15, 2018 | comments

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Jody Hice (R-GA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after returning from a Congressional Delegation visit to Israel. During the five-day engagement, Hice and other members of Congress met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and senior government officials to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israeli alliance. On Monday, May 14, 2018, the delegation participated in the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

“Israel remains one of our closest allies and a critical partner in the Middle East,” said Congressman Hice. “I was humbled to attend the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, which underscores the deep friendship between our two nations and highlights our longstanding strategic alliance as we work to bring safety and stability to the region. With flagrant aggression from bad actors like Iran, this was also an important opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ambassador Friedman, and other world leaders to evaluate our near and long-term challenges and strategies.”

While meeting with officials, the delegation received a firsthand update on security risks facing the region and discussed the ongoing, on-the-ground security cooperation between the United States and Israel. Members also highlighted key provisions of H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2019, which authorizes $500 million for the co-development of missile defense systems and co-production of Iron’s Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow weapons systems in connection with Israel.

“As a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, I deeply value learning about our collaborative missile defense programs,” Hice continued. “Missile defense is a critical component of our partnership with Israel, and we must continue to support and strengthen efforts that advance our shared security interests.”

The delegation meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The delegation meeting with the Knesset’s Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee Avi Dichter

The delegation meeting with senior adviser to the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Aryeh Lightstone

Congressman Hice meets with the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

Congressman Hice in front of the Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem, Israel following the dedication ceremony

Members of the delegation included: Representative Jody Hice (GA-10), HASC Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Representative Dennis Ross (FL-15), Representative Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Representative George Holding (NC-02), Representative Tom Rice (SC-07), Representative Steve Knight (CA-25), Representative Lee Zeldin (NY-01), and Representative Scott Taylor (VA-02).

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