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Jerusalem, Israel – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and a group of more than two dozen House Republicans are in Israel this week to reaffirm the special relationship between the United States and the only democracy in the Middle East. Today, they met with all of Israel’s top leaders: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, Head of the Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu, and Speaker of the Knesset Mickey Levy.

I am proud to lead this group of mostly freshman Republican lawmakers to proclaim in-person what has been true for a generation: America supports Israel. And Israel supports America,” said Leader McCarthy. “That mutual respect has never been based upon what political party is in power—in either country. I want to thank Prime Minister Bennett and the rest of Israel’s leadership for taking the time to meet with us today. Together, we recognize the threat the Iranian regime poses, and we are in agreement in our goals of preserving peace and stability, here and around the world.”

Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Dozens of House Republicans Visit the Knesset in Jerusalem to meet with Speaker Mickey Levy.

Leader McCarthy and Lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul discuss Middle East dynamics with Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid.

Leader McCarthy and Israel’s Leader of the Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands.

Background: This marks Leader McCarthy’s 7th diplomatic trip to Israel. The Congressional delegation is largely made up of newly-elected House Republicans who seek to better understand the unique geopolitical and national security challenges in the region and who want to ensure the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong.

Follow along with the rest of their tour of Israel on Twitter at @GOPLeader or check out his Instagram stories at @RepKevinMcCarthy.

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