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Jesse Jackson Jr. Headed to Israel

By Soyoung Kwak in News on Aug 7, 2011 4:30PM

Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is leaving on a jet plane for Israel tomorrow to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to learn more about foreign policy issues that affect the region today. Jackson plans to meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, along with senior Israeli and Palestinian government officials.

On the privately funded trip to Israel by the American Israel Educational Foundation, Jackson is eager to learn more about a range of topics while he is abroad:

"I particularly look forward to learning more about the latest tools and technology Israel is using in its fight against terror and its dynamic business and commercial sectors," said Jackson. "I also plan on discussing the quest for a lasting peace in the region with a wide variety of leaders across the spectrum - Israelis, Palestinians, religious figures, opposition members and ordinary citizens."

Jackson will return from his visit on Aug. 15.