JERUSALEM (JTA) — Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, the only sitting Jewish governor in the United States, is visiting Israel with a delegation of his state’s business leaders and entrepreneurs.
The weeklong economic
development mission that began Monday includes meetings with local economic and
government leaders, as well as Israeli high-tech and biotech companies.
The mission was planned
to highlight Delaware’s strong economic ties to Israel and further raise Israeli
business interest in the state.
The delegation was
set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon
Peres and U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, as well as the president of the Tel
Aviv Stock Exchange, Esther Levanon, among others.
Israeli-based businesses are incorporated in Delaware.
“We’re really trying to focus in on opportunities to
create more partnerships between Delaware and the evolving and emerging
high-tech economy of Israel,” Markell told The Jerusalem Post in an interview
upon his arrival. “In the midst of a volatile region, Israel has been this
incredible beacon of stability, which is truly remarkable and impressive.”
Markell, who has served
as governor of Delaware since 2009, also heads the National Governors’