Yair Lapid Violates Gov’t Boycott & Meets With J Street Members

Yair Lapid meets with Democratic members of Congress brought to Israel by J Street. (Yair Lapid Twitter)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday met with members of US Congress brought to Israel by J Street, the first time in years that an Israeli cabinet official has met with the progressive left-wing organization, which was unofficially boycotted under former prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The delegation members, including J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, also met with Transportation Minister Merav Michaeli (Labor), Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frij (Meretz), Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), and Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev (Labor).

Lapid omitted the mention of J Street on his Twitter post about the meeting, writing only that he met with “a delegation of Democratic members of Congress.”

During their five-day trip, the delegation members are also meeting Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh and other Palestinian leaders and will “examine the impact of the Israeli settlement movement and de facto annexation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

The delegation includes House Appropriations Committee chairwoman Rep. Rosa Delauro (D-CT), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Marc Pocan (D-WI), Mondair Jones (D-NY), and Melanie Stansbury (D-NM).

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)