Rep. Luria Defends Israel On House Floor

May 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—  Congresswoman Elaine Luria spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to defend Israel in the wake of terrorist attacks. The Congresswoman led an inter-faith group of colleagues to speak out after many criticized Israel, America’s strongest ally in the Middle East, for defending itself. 

You can see Congresswoman Luria’s speech here

Transcript of the Congresswoman’s remarks:

Throughout history — the Jew has never been safe.

People have demonized, ostracized, and murdered Jews for millennia. 

From the ashes of the Holocaust, the massacre of 6 million of our brethren, Jews returned to their ancestral homeland to build an oasis in the desert— a democracy of their own. 

Jews, persisted, even in the face of the ultimate evil.

And today — in their rightful homeland, they are attacked from within.  Some call them villains for defending their homes and their families; for not turning a cheek and a blind eye to terror and bombings and missiles raining down. 

Who would turn a cheek when their mere right to exist is questioned?  Or turn a blind eye when history has been so unforgiving?

Not you and not the Israelis.

And we — as Americans, and me — as an American and a Jew — must stand for what is right.

Must declare: That Israel has a right to exist. That Israel has the inherent right to defend itself. That we have a duty, as Americans, to stand by the side of Israel in the face of attacks from terrorists and suicide bombers and malign regimes— who again, have the same goal in mind: to kill Jews.

That now is the time to stand with Israel. 


Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the committee’s Vice Chair, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.