Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will depart on a solidarity trip to Israel on Wednesday, June 26, arriving in Israel on Thursday, June 27, and returning to New York in the evening on Friday, June 28. Following the recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents in New York, the trip will reinforce that New York State stands in solidarity with the Jewish community and with the people of Israel. During the trip, the governor and state officials will also work to identify opportunities with Israeli businesses that can strengthen the state’s economic development agenda, including in Unmanned Aerial Systems technology and train navigation software.
Governor Cuomo said of the trip: “Israel is a very important trade partner for us. We’re going to go to Israel and do a trade mission basically, talking to businesses that are there, specifically on our economic development agenda. There has been a rash of anti-Semitism all across this country—the synagogue shootings, etc. We’ve had it in this state...and it’s repugnant to what New Yorkers believe and feel. I hope there is a message of solidarity and partnership in my trip to Israel and I hope the Jewish community here is confident in this state’s position vis-a-vis Israel.”