May 18, 2024

By Mary Kay Linge and Josh Christenson


New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will address members of Israel’s Knesset in Jerusalem Hall Sunday, slamming President Biden for his “dithering” on American military aid, The Post has learned.

The speech was part of a trip to visit sites where Hamas terrorists slaughtered Israeli civilians on October 7.

In remarks released to The Post, Stefanik, who chairs the House Republican Conference, described herself as “a lifelong admirer, supporter, and friend of Israel and the Jewish people” and denounced the Biden administration for withholding military aid that Congress has authorized.

“There is no excuse for an American president to block aid to Israel — aid that was duly passed by the Congress … or to dither and hide while our friends fight for their lives,” her speech reads.

“No excuse. Full stop.”

The five-term Republican, who led the GOP’s assault on lefty university presidents and their refusal to tamp down campus antisemitism in a fiery House hearing last year, also plans a swipe at American academia.

“We must not let the extremism in ‘elite’ corners conceal the deep, abiding love for Israel among the American people,” she will say.

“The majority of Americans support you and we always will…They have opened their hearts to you in this dark hour.”

Stefanik’s trip makes her the highest-ranking member of the House to visit Israel since the cowardly attack by Hamas, her office said.