USIEA sponsors advanced educational tours to Israel for senior members of Congress. During the tours, they visit the two primary security fronts of Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Although the American people call on them to make important policy decisions on this strategic patch of land, Members of Congress are prohibited from visiting these areas on U.S. government-sponsored tours. Consequently, they have limited knowledge on the complex realities of the region and the nature of daily life between Israelis and Palestinians. USIEA’s Congressional tours deepen their understanding and help drive cooperation in the areas of defense, security, technology, economics, and public opinion. The Members’ firsthand encounters with the people of the region equip them with vital information on:

  • Modern Israel in the context of the region’s history

  • The developing Israeli Defense Missile Systems that are part of the U.S.-Israel collaboration

  • Congressional foreign aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority

  • Emerging security technology

  • The Integrated Business Initiative, meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders who are working together to improve the economy of the West Bank