Like many of his constituents, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed used part of his summer vacation to do some traveling.

Like many of his constituents, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed used part of his summer vacation to do some traveling.
For Reed, however, it was a working vacation.
Reed, R-Corning, has joined a delegation of about 20 other freshmen Republican congressmen on a trip to Israel. He said one of the reasons he traveled to the region was to build relationships with potential trade partners.
“(We’ve come here) to focus on economic development opportunities here in the state of Israel because of the growing market it represents for American goods, also the high-tech industry that is blossoming here in the state of Israel,” Reed said.
Reed pointed to Corning Inc.’s acquisition of Mobile-Access, a wireless telecommunications company with a technology center in Tel Aviv, Israel, as a sign of Israel’s importance to the United States economy.
The congressional delegation is also meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other officials in the region to discuss issues of importance to both sides.
One of the topics under discussion is security. Reed pointed out that as a nation that has to face security threats from many different sources, Israeli officials can teach the United States much about border security.
“There’s a lot to be learned from expanding that relationship and exchanging information between the two countries, not only in traditional arenas, but we’ve had some discussions in the area of cyber-security that is a growing concern as we venture down the path of higher technology attacks that could be coming down the pipeline that many people are concerned about,” Reed said.
Reed said the United States could also learn much from Israeli airport security.
“What they have clearly demonstrated to me is they can do screening measures in such a way, asking common, generic questions and through extensive training and body language techniques they have been able to have a very high success rate of identifying risks,” Reed said.
Reed said the trip was paid for by the American Israeli Educational Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization funded by United States citizens.