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      Navajo President Visits Israel, Lends Support

      Navajo Nation president arrived in Israel amid Hanukkah celebrations, to learn about the country’s agricultural programs and tourism.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 12/12/2012, 7:47 AM

      Israeli agriculture
      Israeli agriculture
      Reuters

      Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly arrived in Israel on Saturday amid Hanukkah celebrations, to learn about the country’s agricultural programs and tourism.

      Shelly and his wife, Martha, have pledged to remain neutral in political alliances and the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas terrorists, but hope to learn more about Judaism and the history of Israel during their visit.

      “We set on this mission to look at how Israel has advanced in growth in some of the same areas we face on the Navajo Nation,” Shelly said in a statement upon his arrival.

      The Navajo President intends to meet with top leaders in Israeli agriculture, including members of the Ministry of Agriculture and dignitaries of the Knesset.

      He is also scheduled to visit Shikma, a 12,000-acre farm in southern Israel, where he will meet with Meir Yifrach, head of the Israeli Vegetable Growers Association, The Farmington Daily Times reports.