Rep. Lee Zeldin Returns from Presidential Delegation Visit to Israel for Funeral Service of Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres

October 4, 2016
Press Release

Patchogue, NY - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Co-Chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and the only Jewish Republican in Congress, released the following statement after travelling with President Obama to Jerusalem to attend the funeral service of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres. 

“It was an honor to join President Obama in attending the funeral service of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres to pay my respects to the last founding father of Israel, and offer condolences on behalf of the First Congressional District of New York and the United States. Shimon Peres was deeply committed to preserving peace, security and democracy in Israel and the Middle East. The funeral service was a very powerful ceremony, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passionately honoring Peres' 93 impactful years of life and the legacy left behind. They were political rivals, but with a deeply shared love of their country and the strength of the bond between the United States and Israel. It was an honor to attend the service, and I thank the President for the invitation.”

Congressman Zeldin travelled to Israel on Thursday, September 29, 2016, to attend the funeral service on Friday, September 30, 2016. That evening, Congressman Zeldin stayed overnight in Cyprus, where he and several other House members had dinner with the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, which was on her one year anniversary as Ambassador. He returned to the United States on Saturday, October 1, 2016.