Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to discuss future collaboration between Wisconsin and Israel as well as political and economic issues in the region.
The hour-long meeting in Jerusalem took place on the first full day of the governor’s trade mission to Israel, where he is leading a 16-member delegation on a trip aimed at boosting exports, increasing foreign investment in Wisconsin and developing new partnerships between the state and Israel.
“I enjoyed the opportunity to have a wide-ranging conversation with Prime Minister Netanyahu about some of the serious issues facing his country, as well as focus on ways to bolster the strong relationship that already exists between Wisconsin and Israel,” Governor Walker said. “Our nation’s commitment to Israel is stronger than ever, and I made it clear to the prime minister that Wisconsin stands by his country as it addresses the many challenges in the region.”
While in Jerusalem, Governor Walker and Secretary Hogan also met with several government leaders, including Michael Oren, deputy minister at the Prime Minister’s Office; Yuval Steinitz, minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, Water; and Avi Dichter, chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
The governor and Secretary Hogan are heading the delegation, which includes business leaders from five Wisconsin companies and representatives of the state’s water technology sector.