Israel

From Texas Standard.

Israel has long been a focal point in international policy for Texas Republican lawmakers. Several current Texas officials have traveled to the country. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick even got baptized in the Jordan River.

But Peggy Fikac, Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express News, reports that some aspects of these trips have come with hefty price tags for the state’s taxpayers.

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Taking off from the San Antonio International Airport Friday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and a delegation will spend the next several days in Tel Aviv. The mayor says this trip's goal is to foster growth and create new business relationships in cyber security, new energy and bio-medicine.

From Texas Standard:

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced a trade agreement Wednesday between the state and a group of settlers on the West Bank of Israel. Neither the U.S. government nor the United Nations recognizes the settlements.

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Tuesday night Frontline explores the rise to power of one of the most controversial political figures in Israeli history, Benjamin Netanyahu.

After spending 30 years in prison for spying on the U.S. for Israel, Jonathan Pollard was released Friday. His attorney confirmed Friday morning that Pollard has been released, shortly after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement welcoming his release.

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