Tribeca congressman escapes Israel after fighting starts

Tribecan and D-10 Congressman Dan Goldman was in Israel with his family when the fighting broke out in Israel on Saturday. His spokesman sent this statement: “Congressman Goldman, his wife and three youngest children were in Israel for a family bar mitzvah when Hamas brutally attacked Israel on Shabbat and Simchat Torah, one of the holiest Jewish holidays. Congressman Goldman and his family sheltered from Hamas rocket fire in their hotel’s interior stairwell until early Sunday morning, when they were able to safely depart for New York.

“Congressman Goldman is grateful for the assistance of the State Department and Israeli authorities, and he hopes all Americans can come together to support Israel’s right to defend herself from terrorism and war crimes.”

By coincidence New Jersey senator Cory Booker was also in Jerusalem this weekend, and was flown out Sunday, though it is unclear to where. Booker’s office told The Hill that he arrived there on Friday for several days of planned meetings and site visits ahead of the start of an summit on regional economic integration in Tel Aviv and was scheduled to leave on Tuesday.


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