65 House Members, Sans Jewish DNC Chair, Sign Letter Congratulating Israel on its 65th Birthday

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 16, 2013 | 4:38 PM EDT

A bipartisan group of 65 House members signed a letter to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, and Members of the Israel Knesset congratulating the people of Israel as they celebrate the State of Israel's 65th birthday.

Conspicuously absent from the 65 signatures is that of Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

The letter, initiated by Republican Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), co-chair of the Congressional Israeli Allies Caucus, was sent to the DNC chair multiple times, but received no response, Franks' office confirmed today.

The DNC chair's website proclaims her "The first Jewish Congresswoman ever elected from Florida." It adds that "Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced a resolution, which passed the House of Representatives and called on the President to declare an annual Jewish American Heritage Month." In recent weeks, Wasserman Schultz put out press releases recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day and touting her trip to Israel with Pres. Obama.

The letter honoring the 65th birthday of Israel, reads:

"It is truly an honor for us at the U.S. Congress to wish the Israeli people and all of you a very happy and blessed 65 years of independence.

"In its 65 years of statehood, the State of Israel has had to face and overcome monumental challenges.  From the 1948 Independence War, 1967 Six Day War, 1969 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War, 1982 First Lebanon War, 2001 Second Intifada, and 2006 Second Lebanon War, to the current threats and challenges mounted by Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and others, the resilient and courageous nation of Israel has prevailed and continues to stand strong.

"Time and time again throughout their existence, the Jewish people have been subjected to untold hardships and appalling injustices. The Persians, the Romans, and the Nazis, among so many others, tried to destroy the Jewish people without cause or provocation, but they are gone, and Israel remains.  And one day, the people of Israel will walk the streets of Jerusalem in peace and security and the Jihadist haters of Israel will also be no more.

"Never let it leave your mind that the people of America and so many in Congress carry an abiding love and loyalty in their hearts for Israel that will never be diminished. We stand with Israel at its 65th year of Independence and we will continue to stand with her during these challenging days and beyond."

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