House Republicans to visit Israel this week as tensions mount over Gaza war

A group of House Republicans are traveling to Israel this week to meet with Jewish and Palestinian leaders as Democratic support for the war in Gaza wanes in the United States.

A roster for the delegation has not been released, but House Republicans, including Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI), will travel there to “learn more about the U.S.-Israel relationship, the peace process, Israel’s security situation, and important political and economic trends in the region,” according to a release from the congressman’s office sent Monday.

The trip will be sponsored and paid for by the American Israel Educational Foundation, which is associated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But it gives Republican lawmakers another opportunity to highlight their virtual unity on Israel as the Biden administration‘s calls for a ceasefire fracture the Democratic Party.

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