Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has expressed joy over his Wednesday meeting with Democratic lawmakers from the party’s progressive wing, including Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who is considered a member of “the Squad” – the group of left-wing members of Congress known for their strong criticism of Israel.
Bennett who meet the group at his office in Jerusalem said it is always nice to talk about strengthening ties between the US and Israel.
“it was good seeing you and discussing ways to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance,” Bennett said.
Aside from Bowman, two prominent Democrats who attended the meeting are Rosa DeLauro – the House Appropriations Committee chair who was a key figure in passing a standalone bill granting Israel $1 billion in emergency funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system – and Barbara Lee, the chair of the House subcommittee on foreign operations.
In his political career, Bowman is a vocal advocate of a two-state solution who has not hesitated to openly criticize Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
Bowman is also one of several progressive lawmakers who pushed to remove $1 billion in emergency Iron Dome missile defense system funding from a stopgap funding bill this September as well as one of 53 House Democrats who urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday to work with Israel and Egypt to ensure humanitarian aid is able to enter Gaza this August, three months after a military confrontation between Hamas and Israel.