As Israel gears up to commemorate its 75th anniversary of founding, which congressional leaders have referred to as a “historic and joyous milestone,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog has been asked to address a joint gathering of Congress.
In a letter sent to Herzog on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York extended the invitation.
They claimed there was “an unbreakable tie” between the two countries, one that was based on friendship, shared values, and mutual security.
Herzog’s address has no specific date as of yet. On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was declared.
The following day, President Harry S. Truman acknowledged the new country. Pelosi and Schumer said in their letter that Truman’s prompt action “has long been a point of honor for our Country.”
Pelosi and Schumer stated, “through the years, the US Congress has been honored to stand in solidarity with Israel on a bipartisan and bicameral basis.”
“We hope the Congress will have the chance to hear from you at this historic and happy milestone in the success of the State of Israel and the U.S.-Israel partnership,” the statement reads.
Tuesday marked the start of Herzog’s two-day trip to Washington, where he will meet with Pelosi and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, among other American officials.
On Wednesday, he was supposed to meet with Joe Biden, the president.