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- The Dome of the Rock sits at the Temple Mount site - Mount Moriah, over the rock where Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac and where Solomon built the Jewish First Temple 1000 years before Christ. The Dome was built between 685 and 691 and is Islam's third most holiest place after Mecca and Medina.
The Statehouse File
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gov. Mitch Daniels left Tuesday on an eight-day trip to Israel that was organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and led by Indianapolis businessman Mickey Maurer, who previously served as the governor's secretary of commerce.
The trip is not an official state event.
Members of the Jewish Federation asked the governor to participate on the tour, which the group has organized nine times during the past two decades. More than 160 civic leaders have traveled with Maurer over the years to become better acquainted with Israel.
During Daniels' trip, he plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leaders of several Israeli businesses and aerospace companies, and visit a number of cultural sites. The governor will celebrate Easter in Jerusalem and also tour Christian holy sites.
The governor's press secretary, Jane Jankowski, said she did not have information about whether Daniels paid for his own trip or if his expenses were covered by the Jewish Federation or another source. Because the group does not have a business relationship with the governor's office and is not trying to influence action by the governor, the trip is permitted by state ethics rules, she said.