Jewish Journal

Nearly 20 percent of Congress heading to Israel

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 7, 2011 | 10:51 pm

It’s almost easier to ask which congressional representatives are not going to Israel in the coming weeks. From JPost:

Eighty-one congressmen, or about 20 percent of the US House of Representatives, will visit Israel over the next three weeks during Congress’s summer recess, with the first group of 26 Democrats scheduled to arrive on Monday.

The Democratic delegation will be followed by two Republican ones, bringing a total of 55 Republicans.

Most of the representatives are freshmen congressmen, with 47 – or fully half of the freshmen Republicans voted into office in 2010 – making the trip.

For many of them, this will be their first trip to Israel.

The JPost doesn’t say, but it sounds like the overwhelming majority of these Congressman are not Jewish. After all, the Jewish make-up of the House and Senate is only about half that 81, and most of them have been to Israel before.

The delegation are being organized and sponsored by an arm of AIPAC, so you can imagine the congressional reps will be getting the dog and pony show. Though they will be visiting the West Bank and meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

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