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Ten Minnesota legislators paying their own way to Israel

Ten Minnesota legislators traveling to Israel this week are paying their own expenses as they visit religious and historical landmarks and meet with Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian civic and political leaders.

In a news item Monday, I didn’t make it clear that the nine DFLers and one Republican were paying their own way. You can see the details here.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 11/03/2009 - 10:37 am.

    Is it strictly Pawlenty’s poodle parade in spite of their political orientations? And will they all carry a copy of the Goldstone Report tucked in their rucksacks? Bet they haven’t even read it yet,ho!

    Might as well suggest another good read to make the time pass on the trip over… “Where have all the friendships gone…?” by Israeli Uri Avnery from the Palestine Chronicle.

    I wonder too, if this business/goodwill contingent will make it over in time to watch the games…not the NFL, but the US-Israeli War Games. (BBC News, “The Shadow Behind Us-Israeli War Games” Paul Wood, BBC Middle East correspondent.

    It’s nothing new but it’s grander this time, yes sir. Think ‘Operation Juniper-Cobra’. Comes around every two years but the big Navy destroyer “Higgins” is stationed there this time and it is not a tourist boat…plus “US Patriot missile trucks parked in beachside car parks”…and they are not there for a picnic.

    Higgins battle ship Commander Carl Mauser…”We’re here for some specific reasons, some specific threats that the Israelis are interested in. And that’s as far as I want to come down the road.”, in response to BBC reporters’ questions.

    …and another BBC reporter’s question…”Is there an American veto over Israeli action?”

    Ronen Bergman, a leading Israeli security analyst and author…”Israel has the ability to go it alone.’

    So what are we there for, if they don’t need our training, our money…ungrateful buzzards, indeed,hey!

    Have a safe trip folks. Sounds like a great business-as-usual trip. But keep Alliant’s cluster bomb component’s at home please; just one wee suggestion?

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 11/03/2009 - 11:52 am.

    You’re welcome, Joe.

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