Plantation, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis formally announced the details of his business development mission to Israel, which includes stops in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. The Governor was joined at the announcement by Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) President and CEO Jamal Sowell, who is helping to spearhead the mission.

I promised to be the most Pro-Israel Governor in America and that the first delegation I would lead would be to the state of Israel,” said Governor DeSantis. “Today, I’m pleased to report that I’m keeping that promise. Our delegation will bring business, academic and political leaders to help strengthen the bond between Florida and Israel.”

Photo Credit: Governor’s Press Office

“Thank you, Governor DeSantis for making this trade mission a high priority for Florida,” said Jamal Sowell, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida. “Enterprise Florida looks forward to hosting this historic trade mission and expanding international trade opportunities with Israel.”

Saturday, May 25th through Friday, May 31st Governor DeSantis will be leading a delegation of diverse and accomplished business, political and academic leaders from across Florida on his administration’s first business development mission to Israel. While there, the Governor and members of the Florida Cabinet plan to meet at the U.S.  Embassy in Jerusalem.

The mission will foster strategic business partnerships to strengthen the economic bonds between Israel and Florida as well as connect Israeli and Florida academic institutions to help facilitate scientific solutions for Florida’s environmental challenges.

The Governor also announced that he will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 Israel-American business summit, hosted by the federation of Israeli chambers of commerce and the U.S. Embassy in Israel.

In the first days of his administration, the Governor announced his support to enhance security at Jewish Day Schools and took a strong position to oppose the BDS movement and Airbnb’s policy against Jewish listings in the West Bank. During his time in Congress, Governor DeSantis led the successful charge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem and advocated for U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights.



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