Gov Abbott Meets With Israeli PM Netanyahu On Business Development Tour

Chris Fox
January 17, 2020 - 6:20 am
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Credit: Office of Governor Greg Abbott

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Governor Greg Abbott Thursday kicked off his economic development mission to Israel by visiting Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) Headquarters in Tel Aviv.

The Governor met with leaders of SNC to discuss opportunities for Israel and Texas to collaborate on the advancement of the cyber security, energy, and robotics sectors, and discussed the growing technology sector in Texas - including the state's continued success as the number one technology exporter in America.

Governor Abbott also attended roundtable discussions with Israeli start-up companies currently doing business in Texas to learn more about the Israeli energy and healthcare sectors, as well as how these sectors impact Texas' economic partnership with Israel.

Abbott continued his first day in Israel by visiting the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, where he met with Ambassador David Friedman. The two leaders discussed the enduring friendship between Israel and Texas, and the Governor reaffirmed the Lone Star State's unwavering support for the Israeli people. The discussion concluded with an update on Texas' cornerstone plaque, made for display in the U.S. Embassy that was unveiled in 2018. Complete with the Texas seal, the plaque reiterates the Texas-Israel connection and serves as another reminder of this historic relationship.

Following the visit to the U.S. Embassy, Governor Abbott traveled to the Western Wall where he prayed for the blessings of peace and prosperity among the people of both Israel and Texas. The Governor was accompanied by Ambassador Friedman, as well as Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Gilad Katz.

Abbott concluded his first day in Israel by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. The Governor and the Prime Minister discussed the long-standing economic and cultural bond between Israel and Texas, as well as ways to strengthen this relationship in the future.

This is Governor Abbott's second time to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu — the two leaders met in 2016 when Governor Abbott visited Israel for a previous economic development mission.

"The unwavering bond between Texas and Israel is marked by our shared commitment to freedom and economic opportunity," said Governor Abbott. "I am grateful to Prime Minister Netanyahu for his warm hospitality and for his enduring friendship. In Texas, we have worked hard to reaffirm our steadfast support of Israel, and I am confident that this relationship will continue to prosper in the years to come."