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Barbour to Israel

From NBC's Chuck Todd and Mark Murray

Gov. Haley Barbour at his office in Jackson, Mississippi.

Courtesy of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Mississippi Gov. (and potential presidential candidate) Haley Barbour (R) is headed to Israel.

He'll be in the country from Feb. 5-9. Per a release from the RJC:

This will be the second time that the RJC has had the privilege of taking Governor Barbour to Israel. The organization also hosted him in 1994, when he was chairman of the Republican National Committee.

This trip will include briefings and meetings with senior leaders in Israel, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It will also include touring important sites in the country. In addition, given the Governor's strong interest in energy issues, there will be visits to several sites such as the Noble Energy offshore gas rig and the Better Place electric car facility outside Tel Aviv. The trip will conclude with Governor Barbour making a major address at the prestigious Herzliya Conference on February 9.