Barbour to go to Israel
February 1st, 2011
10:43 AM ET
12 years ago

Barbour to go to Israel

Washington (CNN) - Following in the footsteps of other likely GOP presidential candidates, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is headed to Israel next week.

Like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee before him, Barbour will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will tour various energy-related sites in the country, according to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which is hosting the trip. At the end of the four-day visit, Barbour will address the Herzliya Conference, a gathering that focuses on Israel's global policy.

"This visit will give Governor Barbour the opportunity to learn more about the difficulties facing Israel, about the current thinking of Israel's political, military, and economic leaders, and about the Jewish state's exciting advancements in the development of new technologies," RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said in a statement.

Romney wrapped up a visit to Israel and other Middle East hot spots two weeks ago while Huckabee sat down with Netanyahu Monday.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Enough is Enough

    How sick is it that all the politicians feel that they have to kiss Israels' ass to get elected. I guess its true that Washington is an occupied territory.

    February 1, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. yaho

    I will go to Israel to start my presidential run there......anyone out there to support

    February 1, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Fatboy, this us not going to give you any points come election time. You have already list the fight before reaching the starting gate. Go eat something. Looking at you makes me sick.

    February 1, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Wouldn't it have been more cost effective if each of the GOPer hopefuls would just pool their money, rent a plane, and make the *Israel experience* trip together? This revolving door of he did it, so I'm gonna do it too is too, too juvenile to be taken seriously. Next GOPer strategy: jumping over cliff.

    February 1, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. papa73

    Maybe we'll get lucky and Israel will keep Barbour.

    February 1, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    why are this people going to Israel? .. it is not like Israel will vote in the USA elections ..... oooh I get it .. it is to show them our pig is a pig no matter where the pig is ...

    February 1, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Is he bringing an English translator with him so that OTHERS might understand the depth of his stupidity, or will he just leave them wondering "What the hell did he just say"?!

    I think the Half-Wit half-termer should accompany him and complete the non-star cast from "Deliverance".

    February 1, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    I wonder what his thoughts on Jews were during the 1960's? If anyone believes he cares a hoot about Israel, they are dreaming.

    February 1, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Republicans = Fascists

    Everyone is going to israel as if that is a requirement to run for President. Haley Barbour can forget about it.

    February 1, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Why don't you ever hear of any Democrats going over to Israel? I guess they don't care. I wonder why so many Jewish people support the Democrats when their support of Israel can best be described as tepid.

    February 1, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    I hope this Mississippi governor doesn't pull a Ross Barnett and call any Israelis "fine, Christian people."

    February 1, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. A. Goodwin

    Haley Barbour will not win the GOP nomination...mark my words! He will get little to no support from blacks/hispanics (basically anyone who thinks he's an idiot for whitewashing the Civil Rights movement); little support from independents that lean moderate-to-liberal, and little support from those of us who think he's an over-inflated bag of wind. What has Haley Barbour done for America? Oh yeah, bungle the Katrina, he's awesome.

    February 1, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. diridi

    why....stop licking Israel's other end....o.k, They are playing drama....o.k...

    February 1, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. John

    I guess all the Republican candidates have to go get their instructions. Next!

    February 1, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. David

    Israel just making sure whoever will be prez in 2012 is under their control.

    February 1, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Debbie

    A visit to Israel doesn't give foreign policy experience.

    February 1, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Whatever

    I see it is time to kiss ass! Does this give them international exposure and experience?

    February 1, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. NVa Native

    I wish these religious and social bigots would stay in there state of origin and not out in the real world.

    Having Barbor and all the rest of these self-righteous red-necks ramblin' around the world for photo-ops for the purpose of promoting their religious myths/fantasies about the end of the world are an embarrassment – and do nothing but further negative feelings toward all Americans.

    February 1, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. sammieb51

    This guy needs to saty in Mississippi and keep his BIG MOUTH SHUT. We don't need his input on our foreign policy, thank you Mr. Barbour.

    February 1, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Yes yes, the GOP is sending all of its wannabe candidates for 2012 over to Israel to get their ultra-conservative leader's blessings by promising to support Israel's illegal and human-rights-violating expansionism and oppression of the Palestinian people. This is a country where conservative rabbis have started a campaign of demagoguery and racism against arabs, sending letters telling women not to marry arab men because they will all beat you and keep you locked up in the house etc. etc. Israel is descending into a fascist state quiet rapidly and we're all ignoring it and making excuses while the GOP takes notes on how to accomplish the same thing here in America.

    February 1, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Jeff in Virginia

    And I am sure, SURE, I tell you, that he will be operating under the strict guidelines of our State Department.

    Seriously, this kind of undercutting of our administration is beyond ridiculous. I said it when the Left does it, and I'll say it again when the Right does it. The Republicans scream "bloody murder!!!" when Carter goes anywhere. Or Pelosi for that matter. Just another example of IOKIYAR (It's OK If You Are Republican).

    February 1, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. GI Joe

    HIDE THE FOOD !!! If you don't feed him, he'll go away.

    February 1, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Israel's Prime Minister isn't a stupid man and knows why these bunch of yahoos are campaigning because they have no power to do anything for Israel. This Prime Minister is intelligent and this is an insult to his intelligence, nobody can use Israel for their own personal gains.

    February 1, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. laylahb

    Could he possibly pick a worse time to set out on this trip? Nothing like wading in while the entire region is in turmoil., and the US is trying to stay above the fray. I know that all 10 Jewish Republicans -and the one Jewish Republican in Congress–would love to make a splash, but is now the right time.

    February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Mary

    I think Israel has been weakened by the Egypt revolution and now Jordan. Maybe Israel can put away their arrogance
    and try for peace.

    February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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