Congressman Bera returns from congressional trip to Israel | Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Bera returns from congressional trip to Israel

Aug 13, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. returns today from a congressional delegation visit to Israel. The trip, which included meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian chief negotiator Dr. Saeb Erekat as well as visits to military sites such the Iron Dome air defense system, offered a balanced insight into the region while highlighting the strategic partnership between Israel and the United States.

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to visit Israel during this important time,” said Congressman Bera. “Ensuring the security of our friends in Israel is vital to maintaining stability in the Middle East and promoting democracy throughout the world. Seeing firsthand our shared values and visions for a peaceful future in the Middle East reaffirms my hope that a lasting peace can be found. I applaud the commitment from all sides, including Secretary Kerry, for taking up such a daunting but necessary task.” 

The weeklong trip also included visits to the Gaza border, the Golan Heights, and various religious and cultural sites. As a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Bera is working to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. represents Sacramento County. Born and raised in California, Bera is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He’s fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country’s debt in a responsible way. One of Bera’s first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don’t pass a budget, they don’t get paid. As a co-chair of No Labels' Problem Solvers, he’s working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation’s challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit