U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the elections in Israel. The statement follows:
"Israel demonstrated once again that it is the only flourishing democracy in the Middle East and I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu on his first place finish. To Israel's political leaders and people, future cabinet ministers and opposition members from across the political spectrum, know that the U.S. Congress stands shoulder to shoulder with the state of Israel. Whether it is imposing crippling sanctions on Iran, funding and extending support to the Iron Dome missile defense system, or ensuring Israel's qualitative military edge, we in Congress will always defend Israel. This commitment is ironclad, a pledge made by Democrats and Republicans alike."