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A fifth of all congressmen taking paid-for holidays to Israel this summer

Washington , Tue, 09 Aug 2011 ANI

Washington, Aug.9 (ANI): A fifth of members of the House of Representatives will be taking their summer holidays in Israel this year with almost all the trips being paid for by one of America's most powerful lobby groups.


According to the Daily Mail, the American Israel Education Foundation is shelling out to take around eighty congressmen to Israel during the summer recess period.


The group is the supporting organisation to the American Israel Public Affair Committee (AIPAC) that describes itself as 'America's leading pro-Israel lobby'.


According to the Jerusalem Post, 55 of the holidaymakers will be Republicans while 26 will be Democrats.


Many will be visiting Israel for the first time.


House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer will head the Democratic delegation, while House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will lead one of the Republican groups.


This year Israel is believed to be the most popular foreign holiday destination for members of the house. (ANI)


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