(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday with a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, thanking the lawmakers for their “strong support” of the Jewish state, according to a statement from the Israeli leader’s office.
Netanyahu and the six-member American delegation discussed regional security challenges as well as opportunities for further U.S.-Israel economic collaboration.
The prime minister’s meeting with the lawmakers came before President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and international negotiations representative Jason Greenblatt arrived in Israel Wednesday night for discussions on renewed U.S.-led peace efforts in the region.
More than 50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have visited Israel this month in visits facilitated by the American Israel Education Foundation. The delegations are primarily comprised of lawmakers serving their first term in office.
Eighteen Democratic members of Congress, led by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), met with Netanyahu Aug. 7. Thirty-three Republican lawmakers, headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), met with the prime minister Aug. 10.