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Schwarzenegger Promotes Tolerance In Mideast

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his Mideast trip, meeting today with King Abdullah II of Jordan. On Sunday, Schwarzenegger was in Israel where he helped dedicate a planned museum of tolerance.
/ Source: KCRA.com

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger continued his Mideast trip Monday, meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Schwarzenegger met with Abdullah at the king's private residence in the suburbs of Amman following criticism that from Arab-Americans that the governor's trip to the region ignored Palestinians.

Details of the meeting with Abdullah were not released.

Schwarzenegger flew to Jordan from neighboring Jerusalem, where Sunday he helped dedicate a planned museum of tolerance.

The governor met with senior Israeli government officials, including Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, before being given a heroic welcome at a groundbreaking ceremony.

"These are difficult times for the state of Israel. We come here today to join with you in affirming our belief that Israel's better days lie ahead," said Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Wiesenthal Center Museum.

"I'm so honored to be here in Israel and to be here in Jerusalem ... the city that was intended to be God's dwelling place," Schwarzenegger said.

The Israeli foreign minister said Sunday that he believes Schwarzenegger's involvement with the museum project will send the proper signal to American investors and tourists.

But the governor's own motive is much more personal. Schwarzenegger -- whose father was a Nazi soldier -- referred to that heritage Sunday.

"I was born in Austria -- a country that is beautiful and I love it, but, a place where intolerance and ignorance led to atrocities and heartache. Because of that, I want to do whatever I can to promote tolerance around the world," he said.

Schwarzenegger later paid tribute to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazi regime by laying a wreath at a special shrine built in their honor.

Also Monday, Schwarzenegger was scheduled to travel to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany to speak to soldiers wounded in Iraq and meet with military personnel from California.

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