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AUSTIN, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp have announced plans to create a Texas A&M branch in Israel.

The announcement was made Wednesday at the Jerusalem residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Perry is a proud Aggie graduate traveling Israel this week with Sharp, who said Tuesday that A&M will open a peace university in Nazareth, Israel's largest city.

Sharp says the university will foster understanding and education and unity in Israel.

Perry spoke Tuesday at a conference about how both Israel and Texas face the future challenge of finding fresh water.

The campus will feature a combination of Arab, Jewish and international students.

In time, the school will offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a range of academic disciplines.

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