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RECOGNIZING THE 57TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL; URGING WITHDRAWAL OF SYRIAN FORCES FROM LEBANON, SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN LEBANON, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; EXPRESSING SENSE OF THE HOUSE REGARDING MANIFESTATIONS OF ANTI-SEMITISM BY U.N. MEMBER STATES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES; AND WELCOMING THE PRESIDENT OF AFGHANISTAN ON HIS MAY 2005 VISIT TO THE U.S., AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
AND CENTRAL ASIA,
Washington, DC. The Subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9:30 a.m. in room 2172, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Chair of the Subcommittee) presiding.
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. The Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia is now in session with Mr. Lantos, Mr. Mack, and Mr. Boozman present.
Pursuant to notice, I call up the following measures for purposes of markup and move their recommendation to Full Committee: H. Con. Res. 149, Recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel; H. Res. 273, Urging the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon, support for free and fair democratic elections in Lebanon, and the development of democratic institutions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic rule in Lebanon; H. Res. 282, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding manifestations of anti-Semitism by United Nations member states and for other purposes; and H. Con. Res. 153, Welcoming His Excellency Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, on the occasion of his visit to the United States in May 2005 and expressing support for a strong and enduring strategic partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.
[The resolutions referred to follow:)
H. CON. RES. 149
Recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MAY 11, 2005 Mr. WILSON of South Carolina (for himself, Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN, Mr. CAN
TOR, Mr. PENCE, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, and Mr. LANTOS) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
Recognizing the 57th anniversary of the independence of
the State of Israel.
Whereas on May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was estab
lished as a sovereign and independent nation;
Whereas the United States was one of the first nations to
recognize Israel, only 11 minutes after its creation;
Whereas Israel has provided the opportunity for Jews from
all over the world to reestablish their ancient homeland;
Whereas Israel is home to many religious sites which are sa
cred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam;
Whereas Israel provided a refuge to Jews who survived the
horrors of the Holocaust and the evils committed by the Nazis which were unprecedented in human history;
Whereas the people of Israel have established a unique, plu
ralistic democracy which includes the freedoms cherished by the people of the United States, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of the press, and government by the consent of the governed;
Whereas Israel continues to serve as a shining model of
democratic values by regularly holding free and fair elections, promoting the free exchange of ideas, and vigorously exercising in its Parliament, the Knesset, a democratic government that is fully representative of its citizens;
Whereas Israel has bravely defended itself from attacks re
peatedly since independence;
Whereas the Government of Israel has successfully worked
with the neighboring Governments of Egypt and Jordan
to establish peaceful, bilateral relations; Whereas, despite the deaths of over one thousand innocent
Israelis at the hands of murderous, suicide bombers and other terrorists during the past 4 years, the people of Israel continue to seek peace with their Palestinian neighbors;
Whereas the United States and Israel enjoy a strategic part
nership based on shared mutual democratic values, friendship, and respect;
Whereas the people of the United States share affinity with
the people of Israel and view Israel as a strong and trusted ally;
Whereas Israel has made significant global contributions in
the fields of science, medicine, and technology; and
Whereas Israel's Independence Day on the Jewish calendar
coincides this year with May 12, 2005: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate
2 concurring), That Congress
(1) recognizes the independence of the State of
Israel as a significant event in providing refuge and
a national homeland for the Jewish people;
(2) praises the efforts of President George W.
wishes to the people of Israel as they celebrate the
57th anniversary of Israel's independence.
H. RES. 273
Urging the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon, support for free
and fair democratic elections in Lebanon, and the development of democratic institutions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic rule in Lebanon.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MAY 11, 2005 Mr. McCOTTER (for himself, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. Cox, Mr.
BURTON of Indiana, and Mr. SCHWARZ of Michigan) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
RESOLUTION Urging the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon,
support for free and fair democratic elections in Lebanon, and the development of democratic institutions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic rule in Leb
Whereas the people of the Lebanese Republic have a rich,
proud, and honorable history dating from ancient times to the present, and Lebanon has been a free and democratic nation for much of its modern history;
Whereas Lebanon and the United States have enjoyed a his
tory of friendship and cooperation which has been witnessed by the immigration of millions of Lebanese to the