Daily Israel Report

Reichert: 'Unlike the U.S. Israel is Surrounded By Enemies'

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert visits ancient Jewish sights: the Cave of the Patriarchs and the City of David.
By Kochava Rozenbaum
First Publish: 9/1/2013, 3:05 PM

Dr. Frager. Rep. Reichert, MK Hotovely
Dr. Frager. Rep. Reichert, MK Hotovely
Itzik Nissim

“Israel’s enemies are America’s enemies,” declared U.S. Republican Congressman, Dave Reichert, while on his first visit to Israel this past week.

As a guest of the American Jews for Israel lobby, Reichert toured toured several Jewish communities, such as Hevron and the City of David. Additionally, Reichert met with senior leaders of the religious Zionist movement. 

“I have always been pro-Israel," Reichert professed on Thursday evening during a formal dinner with members of Knesset, Israeli municipal leaders, and intellectuals. 

"It was only during my visit that I discovered how tiny this country is. The biggest difference between Israel and the United States is not only the size, but also that Israel is surrounded on all sides by enemies, unlike the United States which is surrounded only by friends.”

The Congressman also shared that what stood out to him during his trip was the determination, kindness, and inner truth that the Jewish nation possesses.

“Israel needs to be certain that she has friends around the world and in Washington State. That which affects Israel, affects America,” Reichert declared.

As a former SWAT Commander in United States, the Congressman’s primary reason to visit Israel was to gain insight on the country’s field of security and to make connections with leaders.

“We feel we have a lot to learn from the people here in Israel,” Reichert said, speaking highly of Israel’s efficient security systems which he intends on implementing in the U.S.