Kevin McCarthy lost his job as US House Speaker in a shocking vote this week, but his Israeli counterpart, Amir Ohana, was quick to express his gratitude.
He said McCarthy had done a lot to strengthen the relationship between our two states, and in May, he was the first US House Speaker to visit Israel for 25 years. “We share your values and heritage, and we share your dreams,” Ohana said.
Now that the race to replace him is open, Israeli leaders are hoping that another big supporter of the Jewish state will get the nod. This is especially important at a time when a peace agreement between the two countries is on the line, and there are growing calls from some quarters for US disengagement and cutting off funding to foreign countries. So far, two Republican congressmen have said they’re running to replace McCarthy.