Pence Meets With Israeli Leader

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Governor Mike Pence has begun the economic development leg of his trip to Israel by meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Pence's office says the meeting focused on strengthening ties between Indiana and Israel in areas including life sciences, technology and advanced manufacturing.

December 29, 2014

News release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Governor Mike Pence began his jobs and economic development mission to Israel today by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem. The meeting highlighted Indiana's key innovation industries, including life sciences, technology and advanced manufacturing, focusing on enhancing Israel's economic ties with Indiana.

"Meeting today with Prime Minister Netanyahu, we discussed ideas on fostering shared growth between Indiana and Israel through partnership and cooperation," said Governor Pence. "Our futures can be more prosperous tomorrow by working together today. Our industries are finding their stride in the innovation sectors of life sciences, technology and advanced manufacturing, while our educational institutions share bonds in thought."

Prior to his visit with the Prime Minister, the Governor sat down with Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett and discussed economic development opportunities for both Indiana and Israel, in particular ways in which the two can partner in the research and development sector. He also participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. On departure from the memorial, Pence wrote in the Yad Vashem guestbook, "Nizkor lead," meaning in Hebrew, "We shall remember forever."

Today's meetings in Israel began Governor Pence's fifth international economic development mission as Governor. Tomorrow morning he will host an Invest in Indiana breakfast seminar in Tel Aviv for Israeli business leaders interested in learning more about doing business in the Hoosier State. Later in the day, he will also give remarks at a luncheon highlighting Indiana's commitment to strengthening its relationship with Israel. The events are expected to draw more than 100 business and government leaders.

Updates from the Governor's three-day jobs and economic development mission, which ends on December 31, will be posted throughout the trip here: http://www.in.gov/gov/Israel2014.htm.

Source: Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence