David Brody reports:
The Brody File just got an exclusive tip about an important trip Sen. Rand Paul is planning to the Middle East.
A top advisor to Rand Paul tells us that the senator will travel to Israel and Jordan for the first time to meet with leaders on all sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The trip will be privately funded, and The Brody File has learned that Sen. Paul will be accompanied by Christian and Jewish leaders. The trip is planned for January. They will tour all of the major historical and cultural sites.
Meetings with Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Jordan's King Abdullah, Mahmoud Abbas, and others have been requested.
Rand Paul is contemplating running for president in 2016 and so this visit to Israel will raise political eyebrows around the country. The trip is being organized by prominent evangelical activist David Lane. It was Lane who approached Paul about touring Israel.
UPDATE: Here's what the Washington Independent had to say last year about the organizer of Rand's trip, David Lane:
David Lane, the influential California-based activist the New York Times has called “a stealth weapon for the right,” typically avoids the mainstream media spotlight — as he has since the mid-1990s, when he began mobilizing evangelical pastors and their congregations to vote during “Pastor Policy Briefings” and the Texas Restoration Project, which he used to lead...His Iowa briefing is said to have helped former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee secure victory during the state’s Republican caucuses in 2008.
Given his strong ties to presidential hopeful Rick Perry, it may be little surprise that Lane extended an invitation...to speak at his upcoming AFA-funded pastor briefing in Florida