Sen. Schumer Leads CODEL Visit To Israel

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is headed to Israel this weekend alongside several bipartisan colleagues. Members of Congress plan to meet with Israel’s new unity government to mull over ways the U.S. government can assist the Middle East nation.

This trip follows that of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was in Israel on Thursday, as well as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who arrived on Friday.

Blinken spoke confidently, carrying the overall message coming from the majority of the U.S. government: that Israel has every right to defend itself against Hamas. He shared, “What Israel is doing is not retaliation. What Israel is doing is defending the lives of its people.”

While not always a favorite of conservatives, Schumer is likely the best person for the job. He remains the highest-ranking Jewish person to be elected into office in U.S. history. The trip to Israel is also meant to send a message that the U.S. stands with Israel during this time of war, and our support for it will not falter.

Among those in attendance at the meeting will include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. President Isaac Herzog is also planning to attend. Leader Schumer is prepared to brief the Israeli officials on the various ways the U.S. can offer its support.

The public is eager to know who else is on board with this trip, but Sen. Schumer’s office hasn’t published that information just yet.

Schumer was already leading a CODEL visit in China this week which had to be cut short in light of the continued violence playing out in Israel. He was joined by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Kennedy (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA).

Prior to heading back to the states, Schumer convened with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The goal of that trip was focused on bolstering national security interests. 

Xi was very clear that he has every intention of maintaining a stable relationship with the U.S.

Schumer has been making the rounds since returning from China to address the American Jewish community in light of Hamas’ attacks on Israel.

“I met this morning with leaders from the Jewish community in New York, the largest Jewish community in the world outside of Israel. America stands with the people of Israel, and I will lead the effort in the Senate to provide Israel the support required to fully defend itself.”

In the weekend ahead, the White House and Senate Democrats are pushing for a Speaker nominee confirmation from Republicans that can’t come quick enough with the threat looming in the Middle East.