Navajo president visits Israel

Posted at: 12/11/2012 7:34 AM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly is visiting Israel this week.

The Farmington Daily Times reports that Shelly and his wife, First Lady Martha Shelly, arrived Saturday amid Hanukkah celebrations and growing tensions between Israel and Hamas.

But Shelly says he plans to stay out of the political fight, and instead concentrating on Israel's agricultural and infrastructure strategies.

He says he also wants to learn more about Judaism and its history. Shelly intends to visit a number of the country's top leaders in agriculture, including members of the Ministry of Agriculture and dignitaries of the Knesset, Israel's legislative body.

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.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 12/11/2012 6:46:30 AM (GMT -7:00)