Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04), member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement regarding her vote on H.Con.Res 57:

“Today, I voted yes on a resolution in support of Israel. My vote on this resolution emanates from my strong commitment to the existence of a Jewish, democratic state in Israel, as well as freedom and prosperity for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

I condemn antisemitism and hatred in all forms. The Jewish community all over the world — including the large community in my district — has faced discrimination and bigotry for centuries, reinforcing the need for a safe haven for the Jewish people. Nevertheless, criticism of the Israeli government and its leaders for their flagrant threats to democratic institutions, fairness, and freedom, is both warranted and necessary.

Speaker McCarthy and this Republican majority’s resolution is, on its face, a statement reaffirming support for Israel, but its underlying intention is just the opposite — another attempt to use Israel and the Jewish people as a political football.

This Republican majority has worked aggressively to erode the likelihood of a two-state solution. It is a caucus that allows its members to spew antisemitic rhetoric unchecked, and soon their Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government will welcome a known conspiracy theorist who peddles unfounded antisemitic theories. Yet again, this Republican majority does not practice what it preaches.

Whereas I, and many of my Democratic colleagues, stand firm in ensuring continued discussions, progress, and action for our democratic ally. To maintain a strong US-Israel partnership, we must be honest, frank, and open with one another. These conversations demand respect and nuance, and it is vital that they continue. My ‘yes’ vote reflects this commitment to Israel — and a dedication to peace and freedom for all.”

Rep. Madeleine Dean is a mother, grandmother, attorney, professor, former four-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and U.S. Representative for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania.