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December 29, 2014 8:30 am

During Visit to Israel, Indiana Governor Refuses Abbas Dinner Invitation

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President Barack Obama listens as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responds to a question during a joint meeting with the press in the Oval Office. Photo: Pete Souza.

Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence spent Christmas with his family in Israel, part of a nine-day trip that includes a three-day jobs mission to meet with government and business leaders to discuss expanding economic ties between Indiana and the Jewish State.

According to a Facebook post by Caroline Glick, senior contributing editor of The Jerusalem Post:

As a visiting dignitary, Pence and his family were invited to PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas’s annual Christmas dinner, where he was notified that a car would be sent to fetch him to Abbas’s office for an unscheduled and unsolicited meeting at 10:45pm.

Governor Pence in his inimitable wisdom, politely and firmly declined the summons.

Pence’s support for Israel is not new.

During his tenure as congressman, representing Indiana’s 2nd and 6th Districts, Pence was regarded as one of Israel’s staunchest supporters.

“His support for Israel and the safety and security of her people is genuine, not politically motivated in the least,” said Protect Our Heritage PAC Co-Chair, Peggy Shapiro. “I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the region and the threats against Israel’s existence. He is a truly genuine friend of the Jewish people.”

In 2010, then-Congressman Pence revealed his disgust with the way the Obama administration was treating the Jewish State. As reported in The Hill, he told the Christian Broadcasting Network:

I believe the Obama administration is the most anti-Israel administration in the modern history of the state of Israel and our relationship with her. Israel is our most cherished ally. The American people support Israel’s right to self-defense. The American people support the Jewish state of Israel, and the American people expect the American president to unambiguously do the same.

He added, “I’ll be honest with you: I never thought I’d live to see the day that an American administration would denounce the Jewish state of Israel for rebuilding Jerusalem.”

According to the official Indiana government website, Mr. Pence is being accompanied by his wife and three children, along with three members of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and two members of the governor’s security detail. Private donations and personal funds are covering the cost of the trip, with the exception of the security detail paid for by Indiana taxpayers.

A call and email to the governor’s press secretary went unanswered.

A request for comment via phone and email to the Palestinian ambassador in Washington was also unanswered.

This article was originally published by Breitbart.

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  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    Thank God that the Republicans won the last election. Isay this as a persoon who has most often voted Democratic. The new congress should be able to provide a balance to the anti Israel administration of Barak Obama.

  • klaus

    Pence another great Republican presidential candidate

  • RobiMac

    Kudos to one politician who isn’t afraid to tell the muslims what he thinks of them. All the rest of US politicians are kiss butts.

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  • steven L

    The President is angry at the US for its treatment of blacks, and Muslims in the middle East. He has promoted the infiltration of the government by members of the brotherhood while rejecting true moderate American Muslims.

    • Crazycatkid

      Treatment of blacks and muslims in the middle east??? Huh? Israel is multicultural and multiracial. Muslims live in Israel (no Jew may live in a muslim land) and not all Jews are light skinned or white. The US doesnt treat Blacks badly in the middle east. Muslim countries are highly racist with certain derogatory words for Black skinned individuals that mean “slave” as Mulsims still practice slavery.
      You are confused or mistyped.

  • Lauren Goldman

    It is refreshing to see an American politician in Israel who is not simply a yes-man for President Hussein’s pro-‘palestinian’ agenda.

  • Golum

    Wish I could VOTE for HIM!!!

  • Scott

    Thank You Govenor Pence……

  • Jacques Bertrand

    Well done Governor ! Indiana should stand proud to have you at the helm ! Any chance you Americans could manage to get Pence elected President ?!?

    I’d offer my vote , but I’m Canadian. Oh well .

  • Mickey Oberman

    Thank you Governor Pence.