Republican Vice Presidential contender Paul Ryan came to Israel in 2005 as part of a large Republican Congressional delegation hosted by the American Israel Education Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. On the trip he met with a wide array of Israeli political leaders, led by then-prime minister Ariel Sharon, and visited strategic sites in Jerusalem and Israel's borders with Syria and Lebanon.
Republicans Abroad in Israel co-chairman Kory Bardash, who had breakfast with Ryan at a Republican summit in Park City, Utah, in June, called him "very enthusiastically pro-Israel and a political "superstar."
Bardash said Ryan was impressed when he told him that he knew many immigrants to Israel from Wisconsin who would be voting in the US election.
"He was very excited to know that I came to the summit from Israel, and he was very supportive of our organization's efforts," Bardash said. "He has co-sponsored pro-Israel legislation, he is very strong against pressuring Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians, and he is very critical of Hamas, which he called 'an Islamic terrorist organization.'"