Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the conclusion of today’s Israeli election:

“With the peaceful and active participation in today’s elections, Israel has again demonstrated itself a beacon of hope—a free-market democracy in a region awash in violence and extremism. 

“Not only is Israel a pluralistic democracy, which includes the freedoms cherished by the people of the United States, it continues to serve as a model of democratic values by regularly holding free and fair elections.

“I look forward to working with the new government in the coming months to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.”