Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) returned today from an official visit to the State of Israel with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27). Together they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, and defense leadership officials. The trip was undertaken to examine the current security relationship between the United States and Israel. As continued threats of violence linger, specific security talks examined the implications for a nuclear Iran, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, political instability in Egypt and the current state of negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
"The State of Israel has long been one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East and around the world," Frelinghuysen said. "It is our responsibility to closely examine threats posed by violent extremists to our mutual interests of freedom, democracy and regional stability."
Rep. Frelinghuysen joined former Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and current Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for the trip. Rep. Frelinghuysen is a member of the Appropriations Committee and serves as Chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice-Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves as the Defense Appropriations liaison to the House Select Intelligence Committee.