Pence meets Israeli prime minister

Gov. Mike Pence meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the first day of the Indiana leader’s trade trip. Photo provided by the governor’s office.

Staff report

Gov. Mike Pence kicked off the economic development portion of his trip to Israel on Monday with a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Pence met the Israeli leader at his office in Jerusalem after spending Christmas in the city with his family, a trip paid for by the nonprofit advocacy group Christians United for Israel.

“We discussed ideas on fostering shared growth between Indiana and Israel through partnership and cooperation,” Pence said in a statement after the meeting. “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.”

But the leaders also discussed international politics. In an edited video of the public portion of the meeting, Netanyahu told Pence that “Israel and our civilization is under attack” from Iran, from Islamists and from the Palestinian Authority. He urged the international community to reject a proposal to create a Palestinian state by withdrawing from Judea and Samaria.

Pence assured the leader that “support for Israel in the United States has never been stronger.”

Pence’s meeting with Netanyahu comes after Israeli-American journalist Caroline Glick reported that the Indiana governor declined a private meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Also on Monday, Pence met with Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett to discussed economic development opportunities for both Indiana and Israel, in particular ways in which the two can partner in the research and development sector, according to the governor’s office.

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.” is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.


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