HARRISBURG, March 1, 2013 — State Sen. Daylin Leach will join several state legislators on fact-finding mission to Israel March 2 to 9, where they will learn about the issues facing the nation, as well as Israeli customs and culture.

“Israel is a crucial Middle East ally, so it’s important that lawmakers on both the federal and state level understand the challenges Israelis face domestically and from surrounding Middle East nations,” said Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware). “We can learn from each other and partner on global issues that impact both nations, and even Pennsylvania.”

This is the senator’s second fact-finding trip to the Holy Land.

During the trip, Leach will meet Alon Pinkas, the former Consul General of Israel to New York; Danny Gilerman, former Israel ambassador at the UN. He will also receive a security briefing on Israel’s security fence from retired Col. Danny Tirz, tour Mount Bental in the controversial region of the Golan Heights, and visit the Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Leach will also visit the vocational program STRIVE, a job-readiness training, placement assistance and long-term support program for chronically unemployed young adults trapped in a cycle of poverty.

The trip also includes a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, and

Mount Herzl, the burial place of Israel’s founding fathers, the country’s leaders and the site of Jerusalem’s military cemetery. Among those buried here are Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin.

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