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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:

“I knew Shimon Peres. Visiting Israel and when he came to the Capitol, I learned he was a man who loved America and loved his country. He was a visionary who helped create a home for his people. He spent his life building, defending, and cultivating a homeland for the Jewish people that has become a beacon of hope and prosperity in a troubled world. At every deciding moment, in every major choice that determined the fate of Israel during the first half century of its existence, Shimon was there as a steady and decisive leader. Shimon’s contribution to a free and democratic state of Israel is irreplaceable, and America mourns the loss of a great leader.”

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