New house speaker Mike Johnson's first legislation is support for Israel

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Kevin McCarthy's first act as the new Speaker of the United States(US) House of Representatives was to introduce a testimony bill against Israel, which he described as 'our dear friend'.

New house speaker Mike Johnson's first legislation is support for Israel

In its first legislative act under newly elevated United States(US) White House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a symbolic resolution voicing support for Israel in its war against Hamas.


The House of Representatives elected Johnson as its new speaker at the end of the 3 weeks following the dismissal of Kevin McCarthy.

Johnson, as his first action, put the pending draft resolution on Israel to a vote, and the bill passed the parliament with the "yes" vote of 412 members against the "no" vote of 10 members.

The adopted resolution declares the support of the House of Representatives for Israel in the face of Hamas attacks. In addition, the bill condemned Hamas attacks and called on Hamas to end its attacks and release the hostages as soon as possible.


Johnson, who came to office with the support of the Jewish lobby in the US, quoted the Old Testament in a message he shared on social media on October 16, saying "Blessed are those who bless Israel".

"Our nation's biggest ally in the Middle East is under attack," Johnson said.

"The first bill I will bring to this floor will be in support of our dear friend Israel. We are overdue in getting it done," he added.


Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of October 7.

While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that 6 thousand 546 people, including 1 thousand 873 children and 1 thousand 023 women, were killed and 14 thousand 245 injured in Israel's attacks on Gaza.

It was reported that 1 thousand 400 Israelis, including 306 soldiers, were killed and 5 thousand 132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.

The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2 and a half million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.

In the occupied West Bank, 90 Palestinians were reportedly killed in attacks by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers.

In Israel's attacks on Gaza, 18 journalists were killed.

In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since October 8, 24 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon. 

Most recently, Israel attacked the al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing civilians.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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