Mr. Speaker, Israel is the United States’ most important ally in the Middle East. But the President made a bad nuclear deal with Iran that brought a whole host of new security threats to Israel.

H. Res. 551 is about bringing the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship back into focus. While security is the cornerstone of our relationship, many do not realize that we have very strong economic ties to Israel.

Bilateral trade and investment has strengthened our partnership in the past and will continue to do so in the future. I look forward to exploring new agreements with Israel in energy, medicine, technology, and security.

Fostering deeper economic dialogue will more firmly cement the bond between the U.S. and Israel. I support H. Res. 551 because it recognizes the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel alliance.

Together with our Israeli allies we can initiate new areas of cooperation. It’s time this Administration shows Israel how much the U.S. values our partnership.

 And that’s just the way it is.