I am a proud supporter of the State of Israel, one of our nation’s closest allies in the world. For more than half a century, the United States and Israel have shared a common bonds of democracy and economic vitality, forging close partnerships in science, academia, and more. The enduring friendship between our countries is truly unbreakable.
|Congressman Hastings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Israel continues to face serious regional challenges. From Iran and Syria to the resurgence of al-Qaida and the militant strength of Hamas and Hezbollah, threats to Israel have dangerous consequences for the stability of the region.
I am pleased to support Israel in the United States House of Representatives through a number of resolutions:
H.Res.68, Condemning Palestinian incitement of violence and reaffirming the special bond between Israel and the United States
Beginning in late 2015, an extremely disturbing wave of violence began sweeping through Israel. Daily shootings, stabbings, and vehicular attacks were carried out against Israeli citizens, yet the international community reacted with near silence. Acts of terrorism are unjustifiable, and I believe the Palestinian government must condemn this type of violence. Anything less is unacceptable and damaging to Palestinian legitimacy. I believe that peace is possible, and that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve to live with dignity and free from fear of violence. This can only happen through peaceful and bilateral discussions, not incitement and bloodshed.
H.Res.231, Celebrating the importance of the 15th Anniversary of the Arab Peace Initiative as a meaningful effort by Arab countries to the commitment of peace in the Middle East
The Arab Peace Initiative was unanimously endorsed by the Arab League on March 28, 2002, as a proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. It established a regionally endorsed baseline for negotiations as a means of supporting gradual progress in regional cooperation among regional Arab and Muslim-majority countries, the United States, the State of Israel, and the Palestinian Authority.
H.Res.393, Expressing support for addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict in a concurrent track with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and commending Arab and Muslim-majority states that have improved bilateral relations with Israel
I continue to support a two-state solution, negotiated between the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and resulting in two states for two peoples, living side-by-side in peace, security, and mutual recognition. In recent years, Israel and some of her Arab neighbors have worked to address common challenges and improve bilateral relations. This engagement is commendable, and it presents a new opportunity for improving the outlook of the Middle East. Although there are rarely, if ever, easy solutions to challenges as complex as bringing lasting peace to the Middle East, Congress should encourage and support those states willing to engage in that endeavor.
H.R.393, Disapproving of UNESCO’s Inscription of Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger
UNESCO voted on July 7th to inscribe Hebron as a World Heritage Site in danger, at the request of the permanent delegation of Palestine. The Cave of the Patriarchs, located in the areas designated by the World Heritage Committee, is recognized as the burial place of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the Jewish people. In the past year, the UN has adopted resolutions that have omitted Jewish identity from the Temple Mount and also chastised Israel for planting ‘fake Jewish graves’ in the vicinity. In recognizing Hebron as a Palestinian World Heritage Site, UNESCO has once again attempted to rewrite Jewish history out of world history.
H.Con.Res.157, a House Concurrent Resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should continue to exercise its veto in the United Nations Security Council on resolutions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and to oppose anti-Israel measures considered by the United Nations General Assembly and other United Nations bodies.
H.Res.130, a House Resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and encouraging greater cooperation with the European governments, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in preventing and responding to anti-Semitism.
H.Res.651, a House Resolution condemning the terrorist attack and murder of Taylor Force, the recent wave of terrorism against Israel, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' failure to condemn such attacks.