The Jerusalem Post reports: Visiting U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) said Monday he chose Israel as the destination of his first trip abroad in his powerful new role “to show how important our ties and our alliance with Israel is.”
Ryan, in an interview from Jerusalem with the Hugh Hewitt radio show in the U.S., said: “In this dangerous, chaotic part of the world, with terrorism all over the world, Israel is one of our most important allies.”
Ryan’s comments came after he, and the senior bipartisan congressional delegation he is leading, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ryan has been speaker of the house for just over four months.
While in the past the Prime Minister’s Office often provided readouts of the premier’s meetings with U.S. lawmakers, in recent months it has stopped doing so in what may be an attempt not to be seen as taking sides in the U.S. election.
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