Cole Returns from Foreign Policy Seminar in Israel
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently joined five House members in visiting Israel, where the group met with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Cole had the opportunity to learn more about the U.S.-Israeli relationship, a valuable partnership with America’s closest friend in the region.
The trip was sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation (AIEF)—a charity affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), funded privately by American citizens and organized in full compliance with House Ethics rules. AIEF seminars in Israel provide a balanced, firsthand look into the foreign policy challenges facing the United States and countries in the Middle East.
“Israelis are proven experts in fighting terrorism and valuable teachers for improving our nation’s own strategies and processes,” said Cole. “We should be inspired by the way Israel has handled trials and hardships, established democracy, embraced freedom and protected its people.
“Israel is one of America’s most important and loyal friends. During times of unrest and tension in the Middle East, it is imperative that we continue to face threats together, support each other and collaborate when and where possible.”