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Nancy Pelosi at the Knesset: ‘Israel’s Proximity to Iran Is a Threat to Us All’

(JNS) “We are together in the fight against terror posed by Iran and its nuclear development,” Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said this week at the Knesset.

Iran “is a threat to the world,” said Pelosi, who is heading a delegation of high-level members of Congress. “Israel’s proximity to Iran is a threat to us all and the responsibility of all of us.”

Pelosi was greeted by Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy, who said: “The strategic alliance between Israel and the United States has proven that we know how to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, in the battle against murderous terrorism and radical Islam. Even at this moment, terrorist organizations from the Gaza Strip and Iranian proxies on our northern border are planning and working to attack and destroy us, and they are taking advantage of the quiet to gain strength and replenish their stockpiles of rockets.”

Levy added: “Iran is a terrorist state. It funds terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East in order to sow instability and chaos. The Iranian race for nuclear capabilities is troubling to every person in Israel, and it is still important to remember that Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but a regional and global problem. It must therefore not be allowed to develop nuclear capabilities.”

Later, in the Knesset plenum, Levy stated: “We are all here in the Knesset of Israel with a uniform message that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear capabilities. ”

Pelosi noted that she is “very proud that the United States is Israel’s oldest ally,” and called the establishment of the State of Israel the “greatest accomplishment of the 20th century.”

She said that the U.S. hopes to complete the transfer of aid to Israel for the Iron Dome soon, but also stated that the delegation is in Israel to “illustrate our commitment to a two-state solution, Jewish and Palestinian. We will continue to work with Israel to advance this solution.”

Pelosi also met with Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli. They spoke about transportation as a tool for regional development across the Middle East, Michaeli’s office said. And she held a meeting with Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who stressed the importance of expanding and deepening normalization and peace agreements in the region. He also emphasized his commitment to continue working with the Palestinian Authority.

Among other members of the delegation are Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.).

Following their Israel visit, Pelosi and her delegation are traveling to Germany and the United Kingdom.

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