A prompt decision on the House speaker is essential to provide the Republicans with a unifying figure, especially in light of escalating tensions in the Israel conflict. Rep. Jim Jordan, competing for the position, declared that should he be elected, his initial move would be to fortify Israel’s stand against Hamas.
“We must allocate the requisite time, space, and assets to Israel to enable their victory and thereby deliver a powerful message to those who threaten our strong ally, Israel,” Jordan remarked to Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Jordan emphasized his discussions with David Friedman, the previous U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Chair of House Foreign Affairs, on the urgency of bolstering Israel’s resources.
Jordan noted that the bond between the U.S. and Israel is unique, advocating for rapid assistance for Israel. He expressed concerns over potential calls for Israel to exercise restraint, condemning Hamas’s actions as deliberately malicious.
Drawing a parallel, Jordan indicated that the aggression coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, a sudden assault on Israel by its Arab neighbors on Oct. 6, 1973.
Highlighting the urgency, Jordan stressed the need to “ensure Israel has the means to counteract these unwarranted acts and retaliate against the perpetrators.”
Regarding the speaker’s race, Jordan believes he can unite the party and effectively communicate the Republicans’ stance to the public. He opined that the U.S. populace craves potent leadership, which they don’t see from the Democrat-led White House and Senate.
Jordan emphasized the country’s challenges, such as rising crime, immigration issues, and increasing living costs. “House Republicans must rally and advocate for the nation’s interests,” he stressed.
Should he be elected, Jordan’s maiden motion as speaker would emphasize U.S. solidarity with Israel, which he expects to gain widespread support. Subsequently, he would address the upcoming spending bill and the resolution due on Nov. 17.
Jordan plans to delineate his strategy to his peers soon. “The goal is to secure 218 votes for both a Republican speaker and the impending funding bill,” he noted.
Competing against Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., for the speakership, Jordan remains optimistic about his support. Concurrently, Jordan, as the head of the House Judiciary Committee, is spearheading an investigation into government agency misuse. If elected speaker, he plans to pass on his current role to a successor, potentially leading to a subpoena of Hunter Biden.