Unlike our Knesset, in the US Congress and Senate, members can serve for many years, directly re-elected by their constituents. Over the years, many of them acquire experience and wisdom in the areas they have chosen to pursue. Their colleagues acknowledge this by appointing them to lead important committees. When they choose to speak out, their colleagues sit up and listen attentively, not necessarily because of their party label. Contrast this with sessions of the Knesset, where speakers address a nearly empty forum. Do not minimize the importance of his remarks because he is a mere congressman from a district in California, one of 50 states. He is expounding opinions that reflect a near consensus of the US congress and Senate regarding most of the issues he is addressing. In America, it is not shameful to declare oneself a Zionist.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
from the article: 'Palestinian hurting their cause by pursuing unilateral statehood'