Cuomo, NY Leaders, to Visit Israel Tuesday

ALBANY -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York state legislature will be making a trip to Israel this week on a solidarity visit to reaffirm support as Israel fights terrorism in Gaza.

The trip, which will leave on Tuesday and return Thursday, follows an invitation from Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Joining Cuomo will be Senate majority co-leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The group will meet with the Israeli leadership and visit Israelis affected by the fighting, according to a prvess release.

“Friends stand together in times of crisis,” Cuomo said. “…As Hamas and other terrorist organizations continue to threaten Israel, now is the time to deliver that message of solidarity in person.”

A group of business leaders will go along, giving the trip a veneer of business for Cuomo, who is widely believed to harbor presidential ambitions. A trip to Israel has long been a prerequisite for traveling the road to the White House.

Cuomo visited Israel three times previously.