To save peace in Middle East, O'Malley cancels Israel trip

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November 20, 2012|By Jill Rosen | The Baltimore Sun

When Gov. Martin O'Malley canceled his planned trip to the Mideast this morning, it wasn't for any of the obvious reasons.

Like, he didn't want the delegation to be in harm's way.

Or, the powers that be in Israel might be too preoccupied to deal with a Maryland development tour.

No. O'Malley thought his presence in Israel could scuttle the entire peace plan.

“After many days of monitoring the situation in the Middle East, I've decided to reschedule Maryland's Economic Development Mission to Israel," he said in a statement. “Not wanting to be a distraction from the urgent cause of peace, I look forward to visiting Israel in the months ahead with Maryland business, research and academic leaders."

Israel and Gaza have been engaged in rocket attacks for days. Other nations have been trying to broker a peace agreement.

O'Malley and the delegation were to visit Israel, Jordan and Ramallah next week.

Who knew the presence of a Maryland governor and a few local development officials could matter so much?

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