Israeli Knesset member Danny Danon reports on Facebook that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Israel within the next week. Gingrich’s biggest financial backer, Sheldon Adelson, is a staunch supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud party. Danon’s announcement, if true, would suggest the Likud MK is ignoring Netanyahu’s calls for Israeli politicians to avoid partisan U.S. politics. (HT: Didi Remez)
A Gingrich aide emails Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith:
Contrary to rumor, Newt is not going to Israel next week, although he looks forward to visiting again soon – unlike President Obama.