Sen. Elizabeth Warren traveled to Israel over the weekend, a trip that some say is a career move for the Massachusetts Democrat who could potentially run for president in 2016.
The Boston Globe
first reported on Warren's trip, as she landed in Tel Aviv on Saturday. She will visit Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan, according to the story.
The trip was put together by the State Department and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, of which she is a member. Warren, the only senator traveling with the group, brought her legislative director Jon Donenberg.
The Jerusalem Post reported
Warren met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. She will also, according to Politico,
to meet with members of the Jordanian government, the Palestinian Authority, United Nations groups, the United States Agency for International Development, and troops from Massachusetts currently stationed in the Middle East.
This is Warren's first trip abroad in her Senate career, which began in 2012. She has said she has no plans to run for president in 2016 opposite a possible Hillary Clinton campaign.
One Democratic strategist told Politico Warren's trip to the Middle East signifies she is increasingly becoming a power player on the left.
"She's very quickly in a very different place than when she was first elected," said Scott Ferson, president of the Liberty Square Group and former press secretary for Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.
"My sense is that she's going to listen, more than talk, on this trip," Ferson said.
Democratic strategist and former spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid , D-Nev., Jim Manley, classified Warren's trip as a way to beef up her resume.
"There is no better way to start building your foreign policy resume than going to Israel — as long as you manage to avoid missteps in that unforgiving part of the world," Manley told Politico.
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