House members to tour Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bipartisan delegation of members of the U.S. House of Representatives will tour Israel next week.

The nine-member delegation, led by Rep. Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he returns from a summit Tuesday with President Obama.

The delegation, comprised of eight Republicans and a Democrat, also will meet with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and with Israeli opposition and military leaders.

Joining the lawmakers will be Father Daniel Coughlin, the House chaplain.

The tour is funded by the American Israel Education Fund, the non-profit educational arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Roskam co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus.

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