WASHINGTON – The 113th US Congress was sworn in on Thursday without some of the most prominent pro- Israel voices that have been heard on Capitol Hill in recent years.

The number of Jewish lawmakers also dropped, despite three new Jewish representatives and a senator, but pro-Israel activists said they expected the new Congress to remain as supportive of Israel as in years past.

Veteran backers of Israel with senior positions in their respective chambers, including Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut), Rep. Howard Berman (DCalifornia) and Gary Ackerman (DNew York), either retired or lost their election bids. Other loud voices for Israel, including Reps. Steve Rothman (D-New Jersey) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nevada), also lost their races.

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