ATLANTA, Ga. -

A Georgia congressman has announced he plans to travel to Israel.  Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who represents northwest Georgia, says he wants to learn more about the relations between the United States and Israel.  Also on his agenda is to discuss the situation in Gaza.

The American Israel Education Foundation is funding his trip.

Graves plans to leave for Israel this week.  Once he gets there, he says, he is planning on meeting with leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  They plan on discussing Israel's economic issues.  Graves says the country's major ports will be part of the talks. 

Graves recently sponsored a House Bill for providing the country.  It'll provide funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system.

Graves says he looks forward to learning more about the country.  He's interested in gaining knowledge of Israel's counterterrorism techniques along with its approach to boarder security.