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Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is touring Israel this week in a business and pleasure trip that also is considered as a first step to tout credentials to be the Republican party presidential nominee in the 2016 elections.

He celebrated Christmas in Jerusalem with his family and toured Christian holy sites.

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Last week, Ben Carson, a black Republican, avowed Christian and retired neuro-surgeon from Florida and also a touted candidate for the GOP nomination, visited Israel for the first time in his life

Pence, like Carson, often sounds like an evangelist and is deep in the conservative camp, but his being virtually unknown outside Indiana has left him in the bottom of the growing heap of possible candidates.

A non-profit Christian-based organization paid for the Pence family’s trip, which is also a three-day economic mission.

“Hoosiers have cherished our relationship with the people of Israel for generations,” Pence said in a statement. “As we look ahead, deepening our ties with the people, businesses and state of Israel remains a commitment that will empower us as partners.”

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith called Israel a “global entrepreneurial hotspot” and stated, “Israelis are launching new businesses at a tremendous rate, and that’s triggering economic and job growth that’s primed to expand to the United States.”

His trip includes a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and leaders in high technology and life sciences.

Pence will meet with the Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett on Monday and will fulfill the requirement of foreign dignitaries by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

It is only a matter of time before likely GOP candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz visit Israel to enhance their CVs for being policy experts, more so than several Israeli Knesset Members.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Who ever will be a real friend of Israel, will stand by Israel, and discard every anti Israel policy of Obama, must be the next POTUS>
    It is good to know that Israel has friends in high places.

    I only hoe that those countries, Britain, Sweden, Spain, will reverse their approval of a PLO state.

  2. Even thought Indiana is against everything that Israel is for, such as Abortions on Demand, Living Wages, Universal Health Care, a full agenda of gay rights, the list goes on and on. People from Indiana do not support these rights at all! How do you account for that?

  3. Edward Lobel not everyone is on board with the above mentioned that live in Indiana. But I do however get your drift. As a former union member I think it is tragic we became a right to work state. The church element is mostly pro Israel in Indiana. Also, military people like myself realize Israel is considered strategic to our national interests being on the front lines combating Islamic terror. Maybe it is a generalization to say all people are like this or that; but yes were are a very conservative state that generally supports Israel.

  4. Keith James…GOD'S WORD tells us who ever blesses Israel with be blessed and who ever curses Israel will be cursed. IT does NOT say only if Israel is right. GOD says just to do IT. GOD'S fully capable of handling HIS people. Pray for the PEACE of JERUSALEM even if you don't agree with what they're doing.

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