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Cantor Will Lead GOP Delegation to Israel

Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will lead a group of 25 House Republicans on a trip to Israel during the first week of the August recess. Cantor told Roll Call that the group — primarily freshman Members — would meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and other government officials. They will also meet with the Palestinians in Ramallah. “Most of the Members that are going have never been to Israel before,— Cantor said. “Things change so quickly over there, and people begin to see what’s at stake [once they visit].—The American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable arm for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, will fund the trip. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will lead a similar trip with Democratic Members in mid-August. “This trip comes at a time when relationships between our government and Israel are really, I don’t want to say at a new stage, but they certainly are seeming to change or having change given where the White House is coming from, so it’s probably going to be a very interesting time to be there,— Cantor said. He added, “Obviously there is Biblical curiosity, if you will, by Members who go there who want to see what they learned about in Sunday school all these years.—Cantor’s office declined to release the list of Members attending the trip because of their security concerns.

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