Senator Elizabeth Warren Visits Israel as Part of Mideast Trip

The Massachusetts Democrat is to meet with Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials, according to The Boston Globe.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts at a Senate Banking Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on November 21, 2014.Credit: Bloomberg

U.S. Senator for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren arrived in Tel Aviv on Saturday as part of a visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. This is the lawmaker's first trip abroad as senator.

The Democratic senator is planning to meet with Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials, according to the report, which cited an aide.

Warren was also set to meet representatives of UNRWA and UNHCR, as well as USAID. She is also to visit troops from Massachusetts who are serving in the area.

“She is visiting the Middle East because the United States has an important interest in the region,” The Boston Globe cited Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose as saying.

The trip, which was organized by the State Department and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, has been on Warren's agenda for months. She is accompanied by her legislative director, Jon Donenberg.

In August, during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, Warren said in a meeting with constituents that Israel was being attacked “indiscriminately” and had a right to defend itself, according to the report.

As a Senate candidate, Warren told Haaretz in 2012 that she supports the two-state solution – "a Jewish democratic state and a home for the Palestinian people. It has to be negotiated between those two parties and it has to guarantee safety for Israel.”

“The role of the United States is to do everything possible to support that, to encourage that, to move to that direction but ultimately to have two parties work out the solution for themselves,” she said at the time.

Warren's trip may renew speculation of a 2016 presidential run.