Massachusetts Gov. Patrick leading trip to Israel

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is heading out of the country on a trade mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Patrick has said the goal of the nine-day trip is to expand opportunities for economic development and job creation in the innovation economy. He leaves Sunday and arrives in Israel on Monday.

In 2013, Massachusetts was Israel's 12th largest import partner within the United States, with Israel importing $212 million in goods and services.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Boston Economic Development Chief John Barros and the heads of various state agencies will join Patrick on portions of the trip.

It's a return trip to Israel for Patrick, who led a trade mission to the nation in 2011.

Patrick recently returned from a weeklong trade mission to Panama City and Mexico City in March.

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