Rep. Peter King said today that he and former New York Gov. David Paterson next week will join the stream of American politicians going to Israel to show solidarity against Hamas.
King, the Seaford Republican, and Paterson, chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, will fly out Sunday night and return next Thursday, King said.
During the 50 hours they will actually be in Israel, they will meet with government, military and diplomatic officials, but details on exactly who they will meet with are still being worked out, King said.
"It's essential for American officials to show solidarity with Israel," King said in a telephone interview.
King argued that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have given "too many indicators of moral equivalency" by urging restraint on both sides, and condemning some of the Israeli shelling that resulted in the deaths of civilian Palestinians. King blamed Hamas for firing its rockets from civilian locations and using civilians as human shields.
King follows other New York politicians to Israel, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who went last week, and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who went the week before that.
The King-Paterson trip - it had to be politically bipartisan - is being sponsored by the New York Board of Rabbis, King said. But King added that he will pay for his travel and lodging with his campaign fund.