This weekend, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will visit Israel to explore the resources that the US may offer for Israel’s conflict with Hamas.
According to his office, Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is leading a bipartisan delegation of senators to Israel “to demonstrate the United States’ unwavering support for Israel.”
Schumer, the highest-ranking Jewish elected politician in the United States, is the first Jewish majority leader of the Senate.
The trip is timed to coincide with two other high-ranking officials, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, visiting in recent days, as well as Congress debating how much funding and equipment to send to Israel.
According to Schumer’s office, he will meet with President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and prominent opposition leader Benny Gantz, who is a member of Israel’s recently constituted wartime cabinet.
The senators who will be accompanying him on the trip have not been identified by his office. Just this week, the majority leader returned from a trip to China, where he exerted pressure on leaders to denounce Hamas’ heinous attack on Israel. In an effort to prevent the Middle East war from spreading further, U.S. officials are in communication with Israeli authorities about the type of assistance required to fight against Hamas assaults.
Before a predicted Israeli ground attack, the Israeli military ordered approximately 1 million Palestinians to leave northern Gaza “for their own safety and protection.”
Palestinians were then urged to “remain steadfast in your homes and to stand firm” against Israel by the Hamas-led government in Gaza.
Schumer’s visit comes as the Senate prepares to reconvene in Washington on Tuesday to discuss how much aid to send to Israel in the form of cash and equipment, as well as whether to attach a package of aid to funding for Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion.