Jesse Jackson Jr. Heading to Israel

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is headed to the Holy Land.

The Democratic congressman leaves today, and returns a week from Monday, his aides told the Tribune.

He’s planning to meet with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, to discuss the stalled peace negotiations.

"I particularly look forward to learning more about the latest tools and technology Israel is using in its fight against terror and its dynamic business and commercial sectors," Jackson said in a release.

A privately funded charity, the American Israel Educational Foundation, is paying for the trip.

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