Texas Gov Compares Mexico to Gaza Strip

Trip to Israel is this third
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 4:01 PM CDT
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the Lions Club in Conroe, Texas, on July 8, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – On a trip to Israel this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared Mexico with the Gaza Strip and said his state could learn from his hosts when it comes to security. "Just like it's important to Israelis to keep heavy security on their border with Gaza, it's important to citizens of Texas to keep out the illegal activities that are going on with drugs," he told the Jerusalem Post.

Perry also noted that Texas and Israel have common interests "in the areas of water conservation and semi-arid land.” Perry will face Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican gubernatorial primary in March, and her team was critical of his remarks. "So far, Rick Perry’s done more talking about securing our borders than actually getting results for the people of Texas," a Hutchinson rep said.