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Stefanik meets Netanyahu and condemns Biden during his visit to Israel

Rep. Elise Stefanik denounced President Joe Biden and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend during a visit to the Middle East.

Stefanik, chairman of the Republican Conference, said she conveyed to Netanyahu the Republican Party’s “unwavering support for Israel, our most precious ally,” according to a social media post.

Their meeting came a day after Stefanik openly criticized Biden during remarks in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. “There is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel, aid that has been duly passed by Congress,” she said.


What you need to know

  • Rep. Elise Stefanik, who chairs the GOP conference, said she conveyed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the Republican Party’s “unwavering support for Israel, our most precious ally,” according to a social media post.
  • Stefanik also spoke in the Knesset and denounced Biden’s decision to pause a shipment of military aid to Israel.
  • During her trip, Stefanik also visited a kibbutz and the site of a music festival that were attacked by Hamas on October 7.

Biden recently halted a shipment of bombs to Israel and threatened to withhold additional aid related to Israel’s strategy in Rafah, a city in the Gaza Strip where more than a million people are estimated to be sheltering amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas .

(Biden is not the first president to block the delivery of military aid to Israel. Ronald Reagan did so in the 1980s, for example.)

Stefanik, who represents New York’s North Country, has become one of Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill. Earlier this year, Trump reportedly considered her as a potential vice presidential pick.

During her remarks in the Knesset, Stefanik also referenced recent hearings on Capitol Hill focused on anti-Semitism on college campuses. Stefanik made headlines in December with her questioning of the leaders of Harvard, Penn and MIT. Two eventually resigned.

“What a striking comparison: young Israelis answering to the call of duty, fighting for their families, their people and their homeland, while the pro-Hamas apologists on so-called elite campuses across America…cosplaying Hamas, calling for Intifada and genocide with Borden with the final solution,” Stefanik said.

During her trip, Stefanik met with other Israeli leaders and visited a kibbutz and the site of a music festival that were attacked by Hamas on October 7.

“I am heartbroken for the families who faced unimaginable losses at the hands of the horrific barbaric Hamas terrorists,” she said in a social post.