No town hall next week for Childers, he’s off to Israel

Congressman Travis Childers (D-MS) will travel to Israel next week to learn more about U.S.-Israel relations, Middle East peace talks, Israel’s security situation, and to meet with important business and government contacts in Israel.

The trip will include stops of specific relevance to North Mississippi. The Congressman will meet with the Chairman of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and will tour IAI’s world headquarters. IAI is the parent company of Stark Aerospace, which is based in Starkville and has a second facility under construction in Columbus. These two facilities will employ approximately 100 people in North Mississippi in high-paying jobs.

Congressman Childers will also visit with members of the Israeli military to observe Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in action, which were produced at the Navistar facility in West Point. Navistar is currently working to extend its contract with the U.S. military to produce more of the vehicles. Congressman Childers hopes to highlight the need for the vehicle not only by the U.S. military but also by our allies like Israel.

“As a Christian, I believe we have a biblical mandate to support the State of Israel, and as an American, I believe that it is strategically important – both economically and militarily – for our nation to stand by Israel as our long-time democratic ally in the Middle East.

“In today’s increasingly globalized world, understanding international relations is crucial to our national and economic security. North Mississippi’s aerospace and MRAP facilities are an example of this interconnectedness.

“I look forward to exploring other economic development opportunities for North Mississippi while also learning more about Israel’s terrorism fighting techniques, the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship, and the Middle East peace process during this trip. These experiences will offer important first-hand insight into the national security and international relations issues that Congress addresses on a daily basis.”

Congressman Childers will participate in a series of high-level meetings with a wide variety of leaders – Israeli, Palestinian, secular, religious, government, opposition party, business, as well as experts in the peace process, U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation, and Israel’s economy.

The American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF), the charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is sponsoring the trip. The trip was scheduled several months in advance.

Childers Presser
8/7/9