Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the latest member on Congress to make a trek to Israel.
She is there this week – her first foreign trip since being elected to the Senate in 2012 – and already she’s met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.
She arrived in the region Saturday, and aides say she will also head to the West Bank and Jordan as part of a Middle East trip organized by the State Department and Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.
Warren mostly has not been vocal on foreign policy matters as a senator. Instead she has focused on such priorities as student loan rates, consumer protection and banking regulation – all of which the long-time advocate has worked on for many years.
While Warren has repeatedly said she has no plans to run for president, liberal activists love her laser focus on income inequality and helping the middle class. Because of her popularity with the left, the freshman senator was just given a position in the Senate leadership and was one of the most popular Democratic Party surrogates this year.
During her trip, the aides say, she is expected to meet with other Israeli and Jordanian government officials as well as some from the Palestinian Authority. She also will see some U.S. military troops from Massachusetts serving in the region.