Staten Islander Grimm, who campaigned as a supporter of Israel, was recently appointed co-chair of the GOP's "Israel Caucus", which Grimm says serves as a pro-Israel educational, informational and policy forum for academics, policy experts, members of the Israeli and Jewish communities, and members of Congress.
The article from the Daily News.
Grimm has also become the first House Republican to support clemency for convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.
Grimm said in a YouTube video posted this week that he visited Pollard two weeks ago at the North Carolina prison where he is serving a life sentence, and that he is working with others in Washington to have Pollard released.
Earlier this month, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain became the first sitting GOP lawmaker to back clemency for Pollard.
Democratic state Assembly Member Dov Hikind and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have sent a letter, signed by 100 New York State legislators to President Obama, calling for clemency for Pollard.
The article from JTA.