• US Rep. Kennedy joining delegation to Israel


    BOSTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is planning to join a congressional delegation heading to Israel.

    Kennedy will join 36 other members of Congress. The trip is led by Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House's second-ranked Democrat.

    The delegation will spend a week traveling across Israel, Palestinian territories and the region. The trip is scheduled to begin Monday and extend to Aug. 11. It's Kennedy's second visit to Israel.

    Kennedy said he hopes the trip will give members of Congress a chance to witness the factors affecting stability in the region.

    The Massachusetts Democrat said he also hopes the trip underscores what he calls the "deep friendship between Israel and the United States."

    Kennedy is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

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