Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is reportedly set to lead a bipartisan delegation of lawmakers to Israel as the Holy Land fights off terrorist attacks by Hamas. The delegation will meet with Israel’s unity government to discuss possible U.S. assistance.
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“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the highest ranking Jewish elected official in United States history, will be leading a bipartisan CODEL to Israel this weekend to show the United States’s unwavering support for Israel,” a spokesperson for Schumer said in a statement.
“There, Leader Schumer will meet with the new unity government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, as well as President Isaac Herzog. Sen. Schumer will discuss what resources the United States can provide to support Israel on all fronts,” the statement read.
Schumer’s office has not revealed the names of the lawmakers who will accompany the Senate majority leader to Israel, according to the Washington Examiner.
Schumer’s visit would mark the third visit by a prominent U.S. administration official in the wake of Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has already visited the Holy Land and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is scheduled to make his visit on Oct. 13, 2023.
Recently, Schumer led a bipartisan delegation of senators to China, where he met with the country’s president, Xi Jinping. Schumer’s trip to China was cut short because of the tragic events unfolding in Israel. The Senate majority leader led a delegation of six senators, including three Democrats and three Republicans.
Among those who attended the trip to China alongside Schumer were Sens. Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
Schumer’s scheduled trip to Israel comes as the U.S. scrambles to appoint a U.S. ambassador to Israel. A hearing to nominate former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will take place soon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as reported by Fox News.
To date, the death toll in the war between Israel and Hamas has surpassed 2,800, including 27 Americans who were mercilessly murdered at the hands of Hamas terrorists. 14 Americans, according to U.S. officials, remain missing throughout the war, Yahoo News reported.