|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2012
Flores Visits Israel to Explore U.S. Policy in the Region
Will Meet with Top Israeli and Palestinian Leaders
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) will be in Israel this week to participate in a Congressional delegation American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) Seminar. Flores will gain a firsthand understanding of some of America’s most pressing foreign policy challenges in the region, meet with top American, Israel and Palestinian leaders and policymakers and hear from speakers representing diverse views across the political spectrum. Flores released the following statement regarding the delegation visit to Israel:
“I stand in strong support of Israel, the United States’ strongest democratic ally in the Middle East. An historic friendship exists between our two nations, but the U.S.-Israel relationship is more important now than ever. As responsible nations, we must depend on each other for our security; we are both engaged in a broader conflict against world-wide extremism. For more than 60 years, we have stood side-by-side to advance our shared goals of a more democratic Middle East. Now, we must continue to stand together as we confront the threats from extremists and rogue regimes in Iran and Syria.
“So many of our nation’s critical foreign policy issues have a direct connection to the Middle East, and it is my obligation as a Member of Congress to be as well informed as possible on these significant issues. I am pleased to attend this AIEF seminar in Israel to meet with key Israeli and Palestinian leaders to gain greater insight on core issues such as security, diplomacy, defense cooperation, trade and investment, which are vital to American interests and the well-being of my constituents. I will continue to work to preserve our longstanding alliance with Israel and to uphold the democratic rights of all people.”
NOTE: The seminar is privately funded by American citizens through the AIEF and organized in full compliance with all ethics and disclosure rules.
Congressman Bill Flores represents the 17th District of Texas and is an entrepreneur, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and member of the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.