ISRAEL — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will continue his five-day, fact-finding trip to Israel on Wednesday with a scheduled meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister.

It’s a trip that also includes sitdowns with other senior government officials, tours of Holy sites and meetings with business and energy leaders.

“It’s learning to see if there’s a pathway to peace,” said Manchin of the trip, from Israel, on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“Basically, it’s for me to understand the very complex environment over here and that we’re very much involved in, the United States, with our greatest ally, Israel.”

Manchin’s trip was organized through the American Israel Education Foundation. ¬†Accompanying him on the trip is Rabbi Victor Urecki who has served as rabbi and spiritual leader of B’nai Jacob Synagogue in Charleston since 1986.

Earlier in the week, Manchin met with Rami Hamdallah, Palestine’s prime minister and he had several other meetings scheduled before the end of the trip on Friday.

His trip comes less than a month after a nine-month deadline for U.S.-sponsored peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority passed with no agreement.  The U.S. has supported a two state solution.

“Whether people believe that we (the U.S.) should or should not (be involved), we’re here. We’re involved,” Manchin said. “Israel is our ally. They are the best investment we have in this part of the world, can you help us try to find a pathway to peace and stabilization over here?”

Pope Francis visited the region last week. During that trip, he invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to travel to the Vatican next month to pray for peace.

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  • 2XLPatriot

    Joe will try to take control of the region and utilize his mcro-managing, "My way or the highway" stigma. Israel and Palestine will be in all out war if Joe gets in front of a local news camera. He couldn't get gun control legislation passed in America with his buddies Schumer and Bloomberg in a attempt to quell gun violence committed by certifiably, mentally deranged people, and now he's on a "Fact finding mission" in the Middle East trying to broker peace with certifiable, mentally dreanged terrorists like Hammas? Joe wouldn't know a fact if it bit him on the butt.

  • Wowbagger


    Sounds like a Congressional junket to me! Didn't take him long to figure out how to use the system.

    I'll bet he has made some really good investments recently too.

  • DWL

    He met with the palestinian terrorist prime minister first, then goes to Israel to fact find. I believe in DC terms this is called a vacation on the taxpayer's dime. Didn't take "No-Show Joe" long to learn the ways of the Dysfunctional Capital.

  • State Resident

    Hopefully worthless Joe will be caught by the Taliban. I feel sorry for them.

    • Mac

      Your statement, "State Resident" shows no sign of decency towards Senator Manchin. To quote attorney Joseph N. Welch during the 1954 hearings on communism while being questioned by Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" I say that Sen. Manchin deserves better. The WV democratic machine "put" him in D.C. to represent us. Only problem was, Joe Manchin is truly not as liberal as those in power in D.C. Between that, and being a freshman Senator, it placed him in a tenuous position. Give him time.

      • North Central WV Lady

        Well put, Mac. Senator Manchin is a good man.

  • mteermel

    Sounds to me like he may be wanting to run for higher office in the near future.

  • Jethro

    Just another shameless politician bowing down to Israel and pledging support no matter how many atrocities and terrorist activities Israel engages in.

    Chosen People? LOL it is a myth.

    • CPA

      Just a guess, but Jethro's IQ equals his shoe size

      • DWL

        You give Jethro way to much credit. I bet he can't even cypher it on one digit.

    • Pickle Barrel

      Terrorist activities? I don't recall Israel hijacking airliners, blowing up the Marine barracks in Lebanon, lobbing rockets into civilian areas indiscriminately or any of a host of other cowardly acts of violence.

      Your views are incorrect, lack reasoning and illogical.

  • sammy

    Please tell me he is not being compared to the Pope, in terms of peace keeping efforts.

  • mikeyd

    joe is a joke taking a vacation on the taxpayers money, the last time he went on a fact finding trip he found a FREE MASTER DEGREE for his daughter, maybe another job for his family

  • PMQ

    BloJoe......please stay there.

    • Tom

      Whether you two like Senator Manchin or not, your comments are silly. This is suppose to be a forum for people to engage in rational debate. Let's try to keep it that way.

      • PMQ

        My comments on BloJoe are very rational...he can do much less damage from there. Seems you are satisfied with the status-quo in WV. Most are not.

        • Tom

          No, I'm not satisfied with the status-quo in West Virginia. But your solution is silly...and absurd.

          • PMQ

            Tom....not really, think it would work better than him in DC. Keep supporting BloJoe, O-Bum-ah, Nancy Pelosi, et al and see where we end up.

    • MC