U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, will visit Israel next week as part of a delegation of about 35 members of Congress.
A meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on the schedule, as well as meetings with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, military leaders, professors and entrepreneurs, according to a release from Mast’s office.
House Foreign Affairs Committee member Mast is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran who lost his legs after a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
In 2015, Mast visited Israel to volunteer for a few weeks to serve alongside the Israeli Defense Forces.
“Following my service in the U.S. Army, I chose to volunteer alongside the Israeli Defense Forces because our countries share the common ideals of freedom, democracy and mutual respect for all people,” said Mast. “This trip is a great opportunity to hear directly from Israeli government and military leaders about how our two nations can work together to further advance these values.”