|Martin O’Malley, governor of Maryland|
(Scroll down for video) The governor of Maryland was invited to open the Stock Exchange in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland, was invited to ring the opening bell at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Maryland is building a strong relationship with Israel by helping Israeli startup companies who choose to operate in the U.S. Maryland officials have helped the Israeli start-up companies to make their transition.
"Israel is an innovative country with many strong entrepreneurs with great new ideas coming to market,” Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said. “This is my third visit to Israel, and I always enjoy the time I spend in Israel. It is a remarkable country. It’s hard to visit Israel without being stricken by the kindness of the people here and also the deep spirituality of the land,” he added.
The Maryland delegation also includes several other elected officials, including Baltimore city councilwoman, Sharon Green-Middleton. "It's my first time in Israel and I'm just enjoying the whole country, I mean it's been amazing. The media does not do it justice, it is a very interesting place." Sharon Green-Middleton said.
“I am not surprised that they love Israel. I have met many tourists who came to Israel for the first time and they are shocked by its peace, friendliness and by its entrepreneurs. The media bashes Israel whenever they can, therefore people are pleasantly surprised when things turn out to be so different than to what they were led to believe,” Daniel Ben-david, 32, of Tel Aviv, Israel told YourJewishNews.com after hearing the wonderful comments made by the deligation of the U.S. officials.
Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange CEO Ester Levanon, was impressed by efforts to help Israeli business people to start shop in Maryland.
"There are 20 Israeli companies that have their headquarters based in Maryland," Ester Levanon, CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange said.
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