Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
August 5, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) will serve as the senior member of a group of 26 House Democrats visiting Israel and the West Bank from August 8th to 14th to learn more about issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship and international security.

“I look forward to returning to Israel to continue learning first-hand about the evolving security situation in the Middle East, the deep challenges facing Israel, and the role the United States can play in the region during this time of uncertainty,” said Hoyer. “I'm pleased Members of Congress have this opportunity to study American interests in the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in increasing stability in the region.”

Hoyer and the delegation will meet with Israeli and Palestinian government officials, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. They will also meet with military officials and American diplomats. In addition, Members will visit important historical and cultural sites, including the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

The trip is organized by the American Israel Education Foundation, an independent, nonprofit charitable organization.