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Neal welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to Washington

June 7, 2006
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal recently welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the U.S. Capitol to address a special Joint Session of Congress.

"We revere the principles and values represented by your great country, and grateful for the unwavering support and friendship we have received from the US Congress, from President Bush and from the American people," Olmert told Congress.

"The similarities in our economic, social and cultural identities are obvious, but there's something much deeper and everlasting. The unbreakable ties between our two nations extend far beyond mutual interests. They are based on our shared goals and values stemming from the very essence of our mutual foundations."

"It was a privilege to welcome the Prime Minister of Israel to the United States Capitol," said Neal. "His remarks underscored the strong and important relationship that exists between the United States and Israel. I assured the Prime Minister that the bond between our two nations will continue well into the future."

Ehud Olmert, 60, became Prime Minister in April 2006. He was elected to the Knesset in 1973 at the age of 28 and was re-elected seven consecutive times. From 1993 to 2003, Olmert served as Mayor of Jerusalem, the first member of the Likud Party to hold the position. He is married and the father of four children.