Two Israeli ministers are being boycotted by a Democratic legislator leading a bipartisan delegation of senators to the Jewish state, according to Axios on Tuesday.
According to the source, Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) informed Israeli officials that she would not meet with either National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir or Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism Party) (Otzma Yehudit).
Along with Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Ted Budd, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is leading a delegation to Abraham Accords signatory nations (R-N.C.).
The team from the Abraham Accords Caucus, which has previously traveled to Morocco, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates, was due to arrive in Israel on Tuesday.
The agreements, which the Trump administration mediated, restored diplomatic ties between the Jewish state and Sudan and those three Arab nations.
Two Israeli officials and a source close to Rosen were named in the Axios piece.
The American team was not scheduled to see any lawmakers from the Religious Zionism or Otzma Yehudit parties, according to Foreign Ministry sources quoted in the report.
According to a statement issued before the trip, the senators are debating how the agreements may be enhanced and expanded to include other nations as they observe firsthand how the Abraham Accords have facilitated unprecedented regional integration and collaboration.
The Middle East has been altered by the historic Abraham Accords, opening the door for previously unheard-of cooperation and normalization between Israel and its Arab allies, according to Rosen.
“The Accords are already benefitting the economy of all four nations and enabling them to cooperate to counter Iranian aggression.
My coworkers and I are eager to meet with top government officials, business executives, and civil society groups representatives to discuss how we can enhance the alliances forged by the Accords and extend them to more nations.