RELEASE: Gottheimer Joins North Jersey Q&A Following Bipartisan Congressional Trip to Israel

Aug 22, 2022
Press

Joined by local Jewish community & AIPAC at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck

Gottheimer Led Bipartisan Trip

Following Discussions with Israeli Prime Minister, Political Leaders, & Palestinian Authority

Reinforcing Bipartisan Relationship with Historic U.S. Ally Israel

Above: Gottheimer discussing his recent bipartisan congressional trip to Israel at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ.

TEANECK, NJ — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) joined with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ, to discuss his bipartisan congressional trip to Israel.

Gottheimer was joined by AIPAC Bergen Director Robin Tare, AIPAC National Board Member Dr. Mort Fridman, AIPAC Senior Development Director Rachel Roth, and members of North Jersey’s Jewish community.

“It’s great to be able to sit down with members of North Jersey’s Jewish community and with local and national AIPAC leaders to discuss the United States’ relationship with our historic ally, Israel,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Our congressional trip this summer showed Israel that efforts to strengthen and maintain our nations’ strategic relationship are bipartisan and more important than ever. Along with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle, it was an honor to lead the trio and meet with many leaders and have the opportunity to hear their many perspectives. Despite the significant challenges faced across the region and the world, it was refreshing to see how closely these leaders are broadly aligned.”

Gottheimer continued, “There is palatable excitement around the Abraham Accords and all that it offers the region, and of course, deep concerns regarding the threat of Iranian nuclear capabilities and its terrorist proxies. We must remember that Israel’s national security is key to America’s national security, and to our fight against terror, including against Hamas, Hezbollah, and ISIS. I look forward to making sure that the U.S.-Israel relationship remains bipartisan and durable.”

In June, Gottheimer traveled to Israel with seven Members of Congress — four Democrats and three Republicans. Gottheimer met with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Alternate Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Head of the Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the United Arab List Party Mansour Abbas, and Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad Shtayyeh, as well as national security experts and business start-ups. Gottheimer also met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides and Bahrain Ambassador to Israel Khaled Yousif Al Jalahma.

Gottheimer’s bipartisan trip occurred during Israel’s change in government and came shortly before President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel.

Gottheimer participated in discussions with senior level officials regarding: 1) strengthening the historic U.S.-Israel relationship to improve defense and security cooperation; 2) coordinating on combatting global antisemitism; 3) making progress toward regional normalization and economic and security cooperation stemming from the Abraham Accords; 4) supporting the independent investigation into the tragic killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh; and, 5) countering the threat of Iran and its terrorist proxies to Israel, the region, and the U.S. 

The group also traveled to the Lebanon border to see a Hezbollah terror tunnel, and toured and received briefings on military installations including missile defense systems Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow 3. 

The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation (AIEF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and Gottheimer was joined by Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Jake Auchincloss (D-MA), Don Bacon (R-NE), Ron Kind (D-WI), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), and Michael Turner (R-OH), as well as Chairman of the Board of AIPAC Mort Fridman, a Teaneck, NJ native from New Jersey’s Fifth District.

Below: Gottheimer at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck.

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