Senator Warren Meets Leaders On Middle East Trip

BOSTON (AP) -
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (R) and his Czech counterpart Martin Stropnicky sign bilateral agreements between the two countries at the King David Hotel in Yerushalayim on Tuesday. Joint declarations were made to enhance cooperation in international affairs, defense, trade and technological research. (Flash90)
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (R) and his Czech counterpart Martin Stropnicky sign bilateral agreements between the two countries at the King David Hotel in Yerushalayim on Tuesday. Joint declarations were made to enhance cooperation in international affairs, defense, trade and technological research. (Flash90)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas.

Warren’s office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday. Her trip also includes a scheduled meeting with officials of the Jordanian government.

Warren aides say she’ll also visit with military troops from Massachusetts stationed in the region.

During her visit, Warren was introduced to the Knesset.

The trip was organized by the State Department and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, of which Warren is a member.

Warren is also scheduled to meet with representatives of the United Nations refugee agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and local non-governmental organizations.

The trip gives Warren — who has built her political career largely on domestic economic issues — a chance to burnish her foreign affairs resume. Her most ardent supporters have called on her to consider running for president in 2016, something Warren has brushed aside.