In her third floor speech since becoming a Congresswoman representing Virginia’s Second District, Congresswoman Jen Kiggans spoke about the importance of supporting Israel. The speech took place on Friday, March 10. The speech follows:
I rise today to recognize the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Our relationship with Israel is a mutually beneficial partnership that not only reinforces America’s moral values and strategic interests, but also promotes peace and stability. The U.S.-Israel relationship is truly the embodiment of “peace through strength.”
Having served 10 years in the U.S. military, I know how volatile this region is and understand that a key element of our own national security is the strength and security of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.
Our two nations face many of the same terrorist threats, the only difference being that Israel is surrounded by hostile regional actors. As malicious regimes like Iran continue their quest for nuclear capabilities, it is imperative that America does not waiver in our commitment to strengthen Israel’s ability to defend itself.
In a world that grows more dangerous by the day, weakening our allies would have disastrous consequences for the security of her country and threaten the possibility of world peace.
I remain steadfast in my support for Israel and look forward to helping advance U.S.-Israel defense cooperation here in Congress.
Thank you, I yield back.