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U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and her husband, in Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday presented letter of appreciation and thanks to U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen in a special ceremony in Jerusalem.

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Netanyahu thanked the outgoing Congresswoman for her activity on behalf of the State of Israel and for the deepening of the ties between Israel and the US.

The Congresswoman, who has the distinction of having been the first Cuban American and Latina to have been elected to the U.S. Congress, is retiring this year from the U.S. House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen is the most senior U.S. Representative from Florida, representing that state’s 27th Congressional district. She was Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011–2013.

The prime minister thanked her for her years of strong support and advocacy on behalf of the State of Israel.

Ros Lehtinen is visiting Israel together with her husband and the Resident Commissioner – meaning the Congresswoman – of Puerto Rico, “representing 3.2 million American citizens,” as the Congresswoman said. Also present for the ceremony was U.S. Ambassador to Israel David M. Friedman.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.