US Congressman (Rep-PA) Keith Rothfus [Image Source, Wikimedia Commons]

The news organization Arutz Sheva reported that US Congressman (Rep) Keith Rothfus recently arrived in Israel for a tour of Samaria with his son. Rothfus visited Samaria two years ago, and decided it was an experience he did not want his son missing out on. Rothfus and son were special guests of the Samaria Regional Council’s Foreign Communications Department. During his visit, Rothfus visited “Israel’s porch” together with Samaria Regional Council Head Yossi Dagan.

According to Arutz Sheva, tourism in Judea and Samaria is at an all-time high, with Israeli and foreign tourists flooding the area’s historical and modern sites.

“Public figures from around the world have become ‘ambassadors’ for Samaria in their home countries, after visiting here,” Dagan said. “This is what happened with Congressman Rothfus, and it is of tremendous importance.”

“We are happy that Congressman Rothfus decided to come back for another visit in Samaria – not as a politician but as a regular tourist. We are happy Samaria has become an attractive tourist destination, not just for Israelis but for tourists from around the world.”

During the tour, Rothfus said, “So many good things happen here, and I encourage everyone to come and visit. I was here two years ago, and now I’m back, bringing my son to see historical sites. To see the people who make the desert bloom. It’s a fascinating area. I came here today to see historical sites, to visit local businesses where people do good work, and I think people need to see this all with their own eyes. I think people will be surprised by what they see here.”

Rothfus is a congressman for Pennsylvania, and is a member of a Congressional lobby which calls for the US to stop requiring Israel to make painful sacrifices for the sake of peace, and instead insists the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel’s right to exist and stop attempting to destroy it.

Upon Netanyahu’s visit to the US to meet with US President Trump, Rothfus posted the following comment on his Facebook page.

The United States and Israel have shared values and interests, and our alliance is essential to peace in the Middle East. Thank you Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו for your visit.

Posted by Congressman Keith Rothfus on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

According to Arutz Sheva, some of the area’s most popular destinations among tourists from Japan, Europe, and the US include Sebastia National Park (Shomron National Park), Mount Gerizim National Park, and the Samaria Winery. (See our Top 5 Places to Visit in Samaria post for more touring ideas.)

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