Bustos Returns from the Middle East

Bustos Visited Israel and Jordan as Part of Trip with several Members of Congress to Learn More about the Region and National Security Issues

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) returned from Israel and Jordan as part of a trip to the Middle East with several Members of Congress. On the trip – which came at no cost to taxpayers – Congresswoman Bustos learned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and issues facing American national security.

During Congresswoman Bustos’ time in Israel, she visited an Iron Dome launch site, the Knesset – Israel’s unicameral parliament – and the West Bank. She also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and Palestinian peace activists. While she was in Jordan, Congresswoman Bustos visited the U.S. Embassy in Amman, a refugee maternity hospital and refugee settlements where she met with Syrian refugees and their families.

“Visiting both Israel and Jordan was deeply informative and reaffirmed the importance of the United States’ diplomatic and national security efforts in the Middle East,” Congresswoman Bustos said.“As our strongest ally in the region, it’s important for Congress to support Israel’s security and to work with them and our allies toward a peaceful, two-state solution. Additionally, we must continue to partner with countries like Jordan to ensure that Syrian refugees – especially the millions of displaced children – have access to education, jobs and the basic resources needed to survive. Too often, brutal conditions for those displaced by the war in Syria has led to radicalization – we must devote our attention and resources to this urgent matter of national security.”