Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, is currently visiting the Knesset as a guest of Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Likud), and the two are holding a work meeting.

Speaker Edelstein told his guest that he acknowledges the true friends in the United States, in the Congress and in the White House. He truly appreciates the presence of Paul Ryan in the Knesset together with the delegation of additional members of Congress. ”In `our neighborhood,` true friendship isn`t only something important; one must say that the commitment of the United States to stand by Israel`s side regarding sensitive matters and against terror, ISIS, and Iran – this is the guarantee for Israel`s existence.”

Speaker Paul Ryan expressed his thanks for the warm welcome in the Knesset and replied that he started this job not that long ago, and his first work meeting was with Israel`s President Reuven Rivlin. Also this current visit to Israel is the first trip in his new role, and this is not a coincidence. He stated, ”I wanted to come to Israel first in order to emphasize just how committed the United States is to Israel and how important is our strong friendship. Especially against the shared security threats of ISIS and Iran, this friendship is even more important than in the past. I and my fellow members of Congress are working and fighting against every appearance of BDS or any boycott on Israel. We will work shoulder to shoulder with you against all threats. This is the reason I am here, and this is the point I want to emphasize.”

Paul Ryan was received in the Knesset by Speaker Edelstein, who was accompanied by Director-General Ronen Plot and Secretary-General Yardena Meller-Horowitz. After passing by the Honor guard, he signed the Knesset Guestbook in the Chagall State Hall and then began the work meeting in the Speaker`s Bureau.