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House majority leader supports ‘any decision Israel makes’ after Iran attack

“Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Majority Leader Scalise for his warm support, and made it clear that Israel would do everything necessary to defend itself,” the Prime Minister’s Office stated.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) speaking with attendees at the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2023 Annual Leadership Summit at the Venetian Convention & Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) speaking with attendees at the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2023 Annual Leadership Summit at the Venetian Convention & Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and “expressed support for any decision that Israel makes in light of the Iranian attack,” per a readout from Netanyahu’s office.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Majority Leader Scalise for his warm support and made it clear that Israel would do everything necessary to defend itself,” Netanyahu’s office stated.

“Majority Leader Scalise informed the prime minister of his initiative to advance in Congress, in the coming days, a series of measures against Iran and for Israel,” the Prime Minister’s Office added.

The House majority leader discussed the call with Fox News.

“We spoke about the House agenda this week as well as expressed my support for Israel and their right to defend themselves,” Scalise said. “He truly appreciated the action we’re taking to support Israel and to hold Iran and their terrorist proxies accountable.”

Scalise announced on Saturday evening, after Iran attacked Israel with hundreds of drones and missiles, that the House was changing its legislative schedule for the coming week.

The House “stands strongly with Israel, and there must be consequences for this unprovoked attack,” he said on Saturday.

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