AG McDaniel Travels to Israel

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Attorney General and Jonesboro native Dustin McDaniel says a trip he just completed to the Middle East will help Arkansas better understand a volatile region of the world.

McDaniel just returned from a trip he took to the region that began last week.  He said yesterday that the Middle East was the most volatile part of the world, with Arkansas men and women who have died and even now are in harm's way in the region.

McDaniel went with six of his AG colleagues from other states, plus seven people who formerly occupied such posts.  The trip was sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League and the National Association of Attorneys General.  The trip was paid for by the league, an educational organization that arranges exchange programs between the two countries, his office said.

He said the trip was no vacation, with a schedule of 12-hour days.  The schedule included meetings with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Affairs Minister Zippi Livni, among other officials.  The group's itenerary also included a swim in the Dead Sea and visits to various holy sites.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)