Indiana governor traveling to Israel at PM’s invitation ‘during hour of need’

Eric Holcomb cites business and cultural ties as reason for trip, which follows recent fighting in Gaza between IDF and Hamas

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (AP Photo/Darron Cummings File)
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (AP Photo/Darron Cummings File)

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s governor is traveling to Israel in the wake of the ceasefire to the 11-day conflict between Israel and the Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group.

Governor Eric Holcomb’s office announced Tuesday morning he would be in Israel Tuesday and Wednesday at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Republican governor cited business and cultural ties between Indiana and Israel for making the trip.

“I stand in support of Israel and look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu to continue forging an even stronger Israel-Indiana bond,” Holcomb said in a statement. “When I was invited, I did not hesitate to make this trip to meet in Israel during such an hour of need.”

The governor’s trip comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Egypt to an attempt to secure the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

Holcomb previously traveled as governor to Israel in 2018 for economic development meetings. The governor’s office says Holcomb will return to Indiana on Thursday and that the trip is being paid for by Imagine Indiana Inc., a nonprofit group whose directors include his 2016 and 2020 campaign managers.

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