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    Rutledge Calls Bi-Partisan Attorneys General Delegation Trip to Israel a ‘Success’

    June 9, 2017

    Says, ‘I was humbled to represent the State of Arkansas’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge concluded the month of May with a weeklong attorneys general delegation trip to Israel to build state-level relations with legal and security officials.

    “I was honored to discuss important issues, such as human trafficking, cybersecurity and combatting terrorism, with top Israeli officials,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This trip was an enormous success, and I was humbled to represent the State of Arkansas in the Holy Land as we work to build strong trans-national partnerships with law enforcement, military and justice officials.”

    The bi-partisan delegation of seven attorneys general from across the country met with Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli Minister of Justice, to discuss trans-national security issues, including cybersecurity and human trafficking. Rutledge also traveled to the Golan Heights where the delegation observed and was briefed on fighting in the Syrian Civil War just across the border and visited injured Syrians receiving treatment by Israeli medical staff at the Galilee Medical Center.

    Rutledge also met with Israel’s Deputy Attorney General, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s office, legal advisers to the Israeli Defense Force, members of the Knesset and an Israeli Arab journalist. Discussions included combating terrorism, as well as law enforcement and other public safety challenges.

    The delegation was led by the President-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The America-Israel Friendship League sponsored the delegation and no taxpayer funds were used.

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