Rep. Kevin Yoder, shown here fully clothed, has apologized for his naked swim in the Sea of Galilee. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

But even typically straight-laced Washington types are getting into the laugh act.

Asked Monday at a press briefing whether the State Department planned to update its advisories for Israel, warning travelers--particularly certain members of Congress, one reporter cheekily submitted--about the hazards of swimming in the Sea of Galilee, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland displayed a quick wit.

“I’m not going to wade into that one at all.”