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Group of Incoming Members of Congress Spend Five Days Touring In Israel

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Incoming House Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia participates in a five-day visit to Israel, along with other incoming congressional members to learn about the region. Photo: Denver Riggleman. – A bipartisan delegation of incoming members of Congress returned to the United States on Friday following a five-day visit to Israel.

Reps.-elect Denver Riggleman (R-Va.), Elaine Luria (D-Va.), David Trone (D-Md.), Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.), participated on a trip organized by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s American Israel Education Fund to learn about the US-Israel relationship.

The incoming congressional members met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Saeb Erekat, the lead negotiator of the Palestinian Authority.

Additionally, the delegation got a helicopter tour of the Gaza Strip, and Judea and Samaria, where they saw terror tunnels dug by Hamas.

Moreover, the group visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum.

For Riggleman, who won against anti-Israel Democrat Leslie Cockburn in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District last month, this visit to the Jewish state was not his first.

“I was in Israel during the bus bombings in 1996. I was Air Force enlisted, at the age of 26,” he told JNS last month. “When I saw the strength of the Jewish people there, when I saw what they were going through, it gave me a new appreciation for some of the challenges in that area.”

Luria, who defeated Republican Scott Taylor last month, told The Washington Post that it was her first time in Israel, and that she was moved by how US support enables Israelis “to live in their communities in normal, secure lives without the fear of mortars and rockets falling on their roofs repeatedly when those types of activities do break out.”

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