Washington, D.C. – This week the House passed the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 2497) to strengthen U.S.-Israel security assistance, and the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018 (H.R. 1911) to elevate the official in charge of the State Department office responsible for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism globally.

On the passage of these measures, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) said: “The democratic Jewish state of Israel is a friend and major strategic partner of the United States. Israel is a beacon of freedom, democracy, and stability in the otherwise troubled Middle East. These bills will strengthen security assistance, ensuring Israel has the tools to defend itself and our shared interests, and help confront rising anti-Semitism worldwide. By mandating the prompt appointment of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and elevating its mission, we can ensure the U.S. plays a leading role in stopping this scourge of hate.”