US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives in Israel and pledges support for Iran

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JERUSALEM, Feb 16 (Reuters) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Israel on Wednesday as part of a congressional delegation and reiterated the United States’ “ironclad” support for Israel’s security.

“We stand together in the fight against Iran-originated terrorism, both in the region and in its nuclear development,” she said in a speech in the Knesset. “Israel’s proximity to Iran concerns us all.”

The Speaker of the Democratic House of Representatives also said she hopes the Senate will “very soon” approve the additional appropriations the House of Representatives passed last September for the “Iron Dome” missile defense system, which Israel uses to intercept homemade missiles fired from the blocked Gaza Strip are fired.

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The visit came at a time of heightened tension following clashes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah hotspot in East Jerusalem. Israel conquered East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in a 1967 war.

Pelosi reiterated the United States’ commitment to a two-state solution “that enhances stability and security for Israel, the Palestinians and their neighbors.”

She will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Thursday, but her schedule did not include a visit to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

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Reporting by Henriette Chacar in Jerusalem; Edited by Alex Richardson

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