Wilson Outraged by Senator Hollings’ Vote Against Israel

May 2, 2002
Press Release
Today, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC made the following remarks in response to a vote by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-SC, against passage of S. Amdt. 3389, a resolution saying that the United States and Israel were “engaged in a common struggle against terrorism,” and condemned Palestinian suicide bombings. Sen. Hollings and Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV, were the only two votes against passage of the resolution. “Senator Hollings’ vote today is unconscionable. Israel is America’s most dependable ally, and we must stand side-by-side with them against terrorism,” said Rep. Wilson. “I am appalled by his actions, but I am not surprised. Senator Hollings was the only member of the South Carolina delegation to vote against supporting former President Bush in taking on the oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War, and today he is the only member of the delegation not to support Israel. The views of Senator Hollings are not representative of the people of South Carolina.” ###