Congressman Jerry Carl (R-AL01) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) and a group of more than two dozen House Republicans this week on a trip to Israel.

The purpose of the trip was to reaffirm the strong relationship between the United States and Israel, which is the only democracy in the Middle East. The Congressional delegation met with all of Israel’s top leaders: Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid, Head of the Opposition Benjamin Netanyahu, and Speaker of the Knesset Mickey Levy.

“Regardless of which political party is in power, the United States and Israel remain strong allies and continue supporting each other,” Carl said. “I’m proud to join Leader McCarthy and more than two dozen of my Republican colleagues in reaffirming this commitment and further strengthening the bond between our nations.

“I’m thankful to Prime Minister Bennett and all of Israel’s leadership for meeting with us to discuss how we can work together to promote peace and stability in the Middle East and around the world."

Congresswoman Julia Letlow (R LA-05) said, “Israel and the United States are bound together by our common values.Today, my colleagues and I visited the @KnessetENG in Jerusalem to reaffirm our unwavering support for Israel.”

Under the terms of the most recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two nations, the United States pledged to provide—subject to Congressional appropriation—$38 billion in military aid ($33 billion of it in Foreign Military Financing grants plus $5 billion in missile defense appropriations) to Israel. This MOU followed a previous $30 billion 10-year agreement, which ran through FY2018.

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