WASHINGTON—This week, Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, was presented the “Excellence in Public Service Award” by B’nai B’rith International. In a speech accepting the award, Rep. Engel stressed his concern about a resurgence of anti-Semitism and the importance of Israel’s security.

“For over 16 months, I have been urging the President to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Frankly, it’s outrageous that the Administration has not appointed a Special Envoy on Anti-Semitism yet.  It is urgent, and I renew that call tonight,” said Rep. Engel.

“We must provide Israel with the support it needs to defend itself—by itself. This includes its defense against missiles and rockets, through important cooperative programs like Iron Dome, David’s Sling and Arrow. But we must also provide rhetorical and diplomatic support… We must also ensure that the United States abides by the Memorandum of Understanding – negotiated by Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama—to provide Israel with the assistance it needs.”

In a statement, Daniel S. Mariaschin, B'nai B'rith International CEO said, “Congressman Engel's exemplary service to his constituents, to the country and to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship is truly worthy of being recognized. He's been a trusted friend to the Jewish community. We have valued our relationship with him over so many years. In every respect, Eliot Engel is a true mensch.” 

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