President and Speaker Meet with Israeli Consul General

December 5, 2023

Today, President J. Stuart Adams and Speaker Mike Schultz met with the Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest, Israel Bachar to receive a briefing on what is happening on the ground in Israel. President Adams and Speaker Schultz issue the following statement:

“During our visit with Consul General Bachar, we reaffirmed our commitment to the State of Israel and their battle against terrorism.

“In the strongest terms, we support Israel in this battle and denounce Hamas’ appalling acts of terrorism and barbarism. We continue to press for the release of all hostages held by Hamas — including our fellow American citizens. Today, we call for the condemnation of Hamas’ horrific acts of physical and sexual violence against Israelis. We denounce and hold Hamas responsible for the Gazan casualties caused by Hamas’ reprehensible use of Gazans as human shields.  

“Israel is our strongest democratic ally in the Middle East. It is imperative our bond with Israel remains strong during this period of conflict and uncertainty. As elected officials, it is our responsibility to stand up for the American and Utahn values that we share with Israel and to support our ally in their hour of need.

“The horrific actions Hamas has committed against innocent children, women and the elderly – both Israeli and Palestinian – have shown this is clearly a fight of good and evil.

“We grieve for the many men, women and children who have lost their lives in this conflict and pray for peace in the region. We urge our fellow Utahns to stand united against hatred and antisemitism.”

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