GOP candidate Ben Carson cancels Israel trip citing ‘security concerns’

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson cancelled a trip to Israel, citing “security concerns.”

Carson had been scheduled to travel to Israel on Dec. 27 and meet with Israeli government officials, and then travel to Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria, returning to the United States on January 2, 2016, according to the Washington Post.

“The trip has been cancelled due to significant security concerns,” campaign spokesman Doug Watts said in a statement Thursday. He did not say what the concerns were.

“They were of such a nature that we found it prudent not to put anyone at any kind of risk,” Watts also said.

Carson  traveled to Jordan last month and visited two Syrian refugee camps.

Carson, a  retired pediatric neurosurgeon, has been criticized for a lack of foreign policy experience.

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