In Teaneck, Gottheimer talks about bipartisan Congressional Israel trip
US Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) joined the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck to discuss his summer bipartisan congressional trip to Israel.
He was joined by Robin Tare, AIPAC’s Bergen director; Dr. Mort Fridman, a national AIPAC board member; Rachel Roth, AIPAC’s senior development director; and members of North Jersey’s Jewish community to talk about the historic trip.
Get The Jewish Standard Newsletter by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up
“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,” Mr. Gottheimer said. “Our trip 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 trip 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. 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 US-Israel relationship remains bipartisan and durable.”
Mr. Gottheimer went to Israel with six other members of Congress, three Democrats and three Republicans. The trip, sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, included 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 Dr. Mort Fridman of Teaneck, the chairman of the board of AIPAC, who is from New Jersey’s Fifth District.
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.