Saturday, October 29, 2011

Upcoming Visit of Congressmen

JTA rereported an Israel Hayom story:

Seven Republican congressmen to visit Israel next month

Among those who will be making the trip are the co-chairs of the Republican Israel Caucus, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Doug Lamborn of Colorado. They will be joined by Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, which advances a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.

The congressmen will attend discussions at the Knesset, hold meetings throughout the country and take a helicopter flight over the West Bank Judea and Samaria, Israel Hayom reported.

Others heading to Israel are Reps. John Flemming of Louisiana, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Randy Forbes of Virginia and John Carter of Texas.

Some people have a problem with US lawmakers visiting this area. Others, too.

They seem to be a promising group of politicians:

...the trip organizer, MK Danny Danon (Likud), announced. “The visit proves without a doubt that we are not alone in our political conflict with the Palestinians,” he said.

The seven congressmen are Jim Jordan (Ohio), chairman of the Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending subcommittee, and a member of the National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations subcommittee; John Fleming (Louisiana), a member of the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittees; Peter Roskam (Illinois) and Doug Lamborn (Colorado), co-chairmen of the Republican Israel Caucus; Louie Gohmert (Texas), chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security subcommittee; Randy Forbes (Virginia), chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a member of Armed Services Committee; and John Carter (Texas), co-chairman of the House Army Caucus...

...The seven congressmen are to attend Knesset debates and tour the country, including a helicopter flight over Judea and Samaria.

More:

Danon said he intended to show the visiting congressmen “the complexity of Israel's political situation, with a focus on Judea and Samaria.. Each visitor who has been invited to Israel has returned to their country as an ambassador for Israel. The seven congressmen will understand why Israel insists on maintaining a presence in Judea and Samaria, and is not interested in seeing that area turned into the next terrorist base, bringing terrorism so close to Jerusalem, Netanya and Ben-Gurion International Airport...

I'm sure they will have an interesting, informative and important tour as befits the relationship between Israel and the United States, and moreover, between those who realize that Judea and Samaria is an issue crucial for Israel.

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