스티브 이스라엘 의원은 민주당 소속으로, 퀸즈의 동부지역 및 롱아일랜드의 Oyster Bay 인근 지역을 포함하는 뉴욕 제 3 선거구를 대표합니다. 민주당내 고위 랭킹 멤버이며, 지난 2007년 속칭 “위안부” 결의안 제 121 결의안 및 2013년 한국인 전문 비자 법안에 공동발의자로 후원을 하는 등 커뮤니티에 지원을 하고 있습니다.
이스라엘 의원은 2001년 연방 하원의원으로 첫 취임한 뒤, 현재 8선의원으로 재임 중입니다. 그가 대표하는 뉴욕 제 3선거구는 2010년 인구조사 기준으로 약 17,747명의 한인인구를 포함합니다.
Representative Steve Israel represents the 3rd Congressional District of New York, which encompasses the eastern Queens and areas surrounding Oyster Bay in Long Island. As a ranking Democrat, Representative Israel has co-sponsored H.Res. 121 of 2007, also known as the “Comfort Women” Resolution, as well as HR1812 (“Partner with Korea Act”) in 113th Congress.
First elected to US Congress in 2001, Representative Israel is currently serving his 8th term. The 2010 Census estimates there to be 17,747 Korean Americans within his district.
2015년 4월 21일, 아베 총리 연설관련 이스라엘 의원의 하원 특별 연설 전문
Representative Israel’s remark, as part of the Special Order on April 21, 2015:
70TH ANNIVERSARY OF END OF WORLD WAR II
Mr. Speaker, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We are at a critical juncture in America’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, and I really believe that further cooperation between the United States, Japan, and Korea will play a pivotal role towards peace and prosperity throughout the world. Next week, Japanese Prime Minister Abe will make a historic visit to Capitol Hill as the first ever Japanese Prime Minister to deliver an address to a joint session of Congress. That address must be honest. That address has to address Japan’s wartime history. It has to honestly address Japan’s atrocities and enslavement of thousands of women who have been forced to work as sex slaves, or comfort women. To ignore past atrocities, Mr. Speaker, is to ensure a very troubling future. These wounds need to be closed, and they need to be healed. Prime Minister Abe can attain that closure, can attain that healing by exposing those wounds to the light of the truth—and an apology. I am hopeful that he will do this on this floor when he addresses us next week.