WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee Tom Price (R-GA) will serve as senior members for two groups of House Republicans, 56 in total, visiting Israel from August 13th-21st and August 21st-28th. These trips mark the largest ever visit of U.S. lawmakers to Israel in this capacity and will allow new Members of Congress to learn about the U.S.-Israel relationship and the country's critical role in national security.
Majority Leader Cantor stated, “I am pleased to be bringing so many of our new Members of Congress to Israel so that they can learn firsthand about Israel and the important role our key ally plays in the Middle East. The United States and Israel share similar core values of democracy, human rights and a strong national defense. These shared values contribute to our strong relationship and allow our two countries to work closely together to protect the interests and security of both of our nations. By visiting Israel in-person, Members will better understand the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and our role in promoting stability in this critical region.”
Whip McCarthy stated, “Israel has long been a beacon of freedom, democracy and capitalism in a part of the world sorely in need of these qualities. They have been one of our closest allies throughout the years, and our relationship with Israel continues to be one of critical importance. We must always remain committed to our good friends and continue to work to increase understanding around the world of the difficulties that face one of our most important allies on a daily basis.”
Chairman Price stated, “A strong U.S.-Israel relationship is vital to the security of our two nations and the hope for a more peaceful future for the Middle East and the world. This visit offers an opportunity to further that strategic alliance and create a better understanding of the issues and implications of policies being pursued by our respective governments. I look forward to joining my colleagues in advancing our relationships in the region.”
Members participating in the trips will meet with government officials from Israel and Palestine including, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Additionally they will meet with military officials and American diplomats, and visit important historic sites throughout the county.
The trip is organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, an independent, nonprofit charitable organization.