Gov. Tim Pawlenty embarks on a trade mission to Israel on Thursday, traveling more than 6,000 miles to promote Minnesota businesses.
Pawlenty will lead a delegation that includes business leaders who see trade opportunities in Israel, Minnesota's 22nd largest export market in 2007.
The trip includes stops in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The Republican governor will also address a large economic conference.
Minnesota businesses shipped $121 million worth of manufactured goods including computer products and machinery to Israel last year. Republican Arne Carlson was the last Minnesota governor to take a trade delegation there 15 years ago.
Pawlenty has already led trade missions to Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Poland and India.