Rep. Zeldin Midweek Update from Israel
Israel – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, departed on a weeklong visit to Israel on Saturday, August 8, 2015, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the senior member traveling with a delegation of Congressional colleagues.
Yesterday, Congressman Zeldin, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while in Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during a visit across the Green Line into Ramallah to discuss foreign affairs in the Middle East.
Earlier this week, Congressman Zeldin met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem.
“Israel has always been a strategic partner of the United States in the Middle East. This timely visit to Israel will serve to help strengthen the critically important alliance between our two great nations,” said Congressman Zeldin. “This visit to Israel comes at a very critical moment, especially with the President’s recent announcement of a deeply flawed nuclear deal with Iran. Yesterday, while meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we discussed the many troublesome components of the deal. While meeting with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, I questioned him on the Hamas influence on the Palestinian Authority, and expressed the need to stand up to this terrorist group if a two state solution is ever to be viable.”
Since taking office in January, Congressman Zeldin has been an outspoken advocate on the need to strengthen the alliance between the United States and Israel, and has been a vocal advocate against America agreeing to a bad nuclear deal with Iran.
The visit was arranged to pursue solutions for foreign policy, national security and economic issues affecting both the United States and Israel.
During the visit, Congressman Zeldin has also been to the Gaza border, the Golan Heights border with Syria, an Iron Dome Battery, and an Israeli West Bank Settlement, as well as historical sites such as the historic Western Wall at the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and Yad Vashem, which is a remembrance to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust.