Maryland Governor to lead trade mission to Israel

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to visit Israel in hopes of luring local cybersecurity and life-science companies to open offices in Maryland.

Ben Ariel ,

Maryland governor Larry Hogan
Maryland governor Larry Hogan

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will lead a trade mission to Israel this month in hopes of luring cybersecurity and life-science companies to open offices in Maryland, his administration announced Wednesday, according to The Baltimore Sun newspaper.

The seven-day mission, which is scheduled to begin September 19, will include a mix of business deals, speeches, meetings with dignitaries and sightseeing.

Hogan and about 35 business leaders, academics and state officials plan to visit Be’er Sheva, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the report said.

A detailed itinerary was not released, but officials said it includes a meeting with former president Shimon Peres and speeches to business leaders at the U.S. Embassy and at a conference of entrepreneurs at Tel Aviv University.

They said Hogan might also meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The governor, a first-term Republican, will also receive a homeland security briefing from the chief of the Israeli police's anti-terror unit, Maryland officials said.

Hogan will visit several cultural landmarks, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa and the Stations of the Cross, the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Israel trip has been organized by the Maryland/Israel Development Center, which works with the Maryland Department of Commerce.

Recently, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, made a three-day visit to Israel, marking his first overseas trip since taking elected office last year.

During the trip, Bush met Netanyahu and "expressed his strong support for Israel" while thanking Netanyahu "for all he is doing to fight terrorism."

The pair discussed possible Texas-Israel partnerships on issues including technology and desalinization. Bush also visited an Israeli desalination plant.