Add Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to the list of potential 2012 White House contenders visiting Israel.
The Republican Jewish Coalition announced Tuesday that it is sponsoring Barbour’s trip Israel starting this weekend. Barbour’s trip comes on the heels of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee‘s trip there this week and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trip to the Middle East last month.
According to the Republican Jewish Coalition, Barbour will meet with senior level Israeli officials. Those include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been meeting with all of the prospective Republican contenders as they tour his country. Netanyahu met with Romney last month and Huckabee earlier this week.
Those meetings are particularly notable because they come as Netanyahu’s relationship with the Obama administration appears to be straining.
The visit — like it has been for Romney and Huckabee — shows Barbour is serious about a presidential run and is trying to bolster his foreign policy credentials.
This is the second time the Republican Jewish Coalition has sponsored Barbour’s trip to Israel, the first was in 1994. In addition to meeting with Israeli officials, Barbour will tour the country and visit several Israeli facilities that specialize in new energy technologies.