Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein met in Jerusalem with speakers of US state houses
of representatives on Wednesday, praising them for their support of
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver led the
Edelstein especially thanked Speaker of the Oklahoma House of
Representatives Tahrohon Wayne Shannon, 35, for helping pass a resolution
unconditionally supporting Israel in March. He plans to meet with Shannon and
Oklahoma politicians when they visit Israel again in October.
I don’t have to dedicate this meeting to justifying having the Jewish People
live in its land,” Edelstein said.
“The Israeli parliament, which has
representatives of all the populations in the country, does not rest for a
minute. We were just elected, and now we’re in the middle of the tumultuous
process of authorizing a budget.”
Edelstein described the chief rabbi
election process, after members of the group expressed curiosity on the
At the end of the visit, Edelstein brought the American
politicians to a balcony in the Knesset with a view of Jerusalem and talked to
them about the city.
Earlier on Wednesday, the group met with MKs David
Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) and Shuli Muallem (Bayit Yehudi) and discussed the