In Brief: Israel is twentieth century’s greatest achievement, says Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi and Isaac Herzog > Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO

The creation of the State of Israel is the greatest achievement of the twentieth century, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on a visit to Israel this week.

Speaking at the Knesset, Pelosi said that the US was proud to have Israel as an ally and would continue to support its security and stability, amid the threat from Iran.

“We are together in the fight against terror posed by Iran and its nuclear development”, Pelosi said.
“It’s a threat to the world. Israel’s proximity to Iran is a threat to all of us and the responsibility of all of us.”

Pelosi is visiting Israel at the head of a delegation of US Congressional Representatives, which she said was united in support for a two state solution.

Relations between the Knesset and Congress are critical, she also said.

Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy greeted Pelosi and thanked her for her “uncompromising struggle for Israel’s security”, pointing to Pelosi’s role in passing funding for the Iron Dome missile defence system in recent years.

Pelosi and her husband laid wreathes at the foot of the memorial for fallen IDF soldiers, located near the Knesset entrance.

The delegation led by Pelosi is made up of a number of Democratic congressmen, including Adam Schiff, Ted Deutch, Bill Keating, Eric Swalwell, Ro Khanna and Andy Kim.

Pelosi also met with Israeli president Isaac Herzog and foreign minister Yair Lapid on Wednesday. The delegation will also visit Germany and the UK.