Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson to Visit Israel

Visit expected to burnish Carson's foreign policy credentials before the American electoral process gets underway on February 1, 2016.

Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson speaks during the 2016 Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington, DC, December 3, 2015.
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United States Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson plans to visit Israel within the next few weeks, Bloomberg News reported on Monday.

Carson last visited Israel in December 2014. He paid a short visit to Jordan last month to visit a Syrian refugee camp.

“Where there are problems, like with the Syrian refugees, I want to find out for myself what’s going on because if we listen to the standard narrative, you know, you get either we have to take in tens of thousands of these people or we’re heartless individuals,” Carson said in an interview with Bloomberg.

“Those are not the only two choices. And it became very clear going over there that there’s another choice, which demonstrates our humanity—that we do have a heart, but also demonstrates that we have brains—and that is take care of them in the refugee camps.”

Carson's visit will be before the Iowa caucuses on February 1 next year, the first event on the 2016 voting calendar.

Carson's Republican rivals have questioned his foreign policy and national security credentials, particularly following the recent terror attacks in Paris and California.

But the retired neurosurgeon was adamant that he was “the only candidate” running who has saved anybody's life."