"81 Members to Visit Israel: Over the three-week recess, 81 members 55 Republicans and 26 Democrats will take a trip to the Jewish state, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday. That breaks down to about 20 percent of the House who will spend a week of their August break in Israel...."The American Israel Education Foundation, a charity group connected with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is sponsoring the visits...."In a statement, [Steny] Hoyer said he is "pleased members of Congress have this opportunity to study American interests in the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in increasing stability in the region."Will they fit in visits to Egypt, Syria, and Yemen, I wonder? At PoliticoFor those still on duty: Stephen Walt offer his views of THE TRIP: The Greatest Elected Body that Money Can Buy.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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