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Even ‘ironclad’ US-Israel alliance ‘can rust, corrode,’ congressman warns

Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) is scheduled to speak at a State of Israel’s 76th Independence Day event hosted by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) walks out of the U.S. Capitol Building on March 13, 2024. Credit: Philip Yabut/Shutterstock.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) walks out of the U.S. Capitol Building on March 13, 2024. Credit: Philip Yabut/Shutterstock.

In remarks at a Consulate General of Israel to New England event celebrating Israel’s 76 anniversary, Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) is expected to say that the U.S.-Israel relationship is “stronger than the vicissitudes of politics, the disagreements on tactics, the strains of negotiations.”

“It is an alliance forged from shared values, animated by a common commitment to freedom, democracy and the dignity of the individual, and cultivated by the love and labor of the Jewish community,” the congressman, who is Jewish, is expected to say on Monday evening at the event in Newton, Mass., according to a source familiar with his remarks.

“Seventy-six years ago, the dream of Israel was reborn, established from tragedy and nurtured by heroism. By necessity, modern Israel was born fighting. The United States of America was by your side,” the congressman is expected to say. “By necessity, Israel is still fighting today, and the United States of America is still by your side.”

Although the U.S.-Israel alliance is strong and “ironclad,” Auchincloss is expected to warn that “even iron can rust and corrode.”

“Americans who understand, intuitively, the history and the value of the US-Israel relationship must not assume that the younger generation embraces that history and value as well,” he is expected to say.

“Let us all commit to the education and engagement that assures that the America of 2050 supports Israel with the tenacity of those assembled today, and that the Members of Congress of 2050 are as ready to defend their ally as I am,” he is expected to add. “My commitment will not waiver: to the release of all hostages; to the permanent defeat of Hamas; and to the security and prosperity of Israel for generations to come.”

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