Missouri governor meets with Israeli consul general


Maor Elbaz-Starinsky, (left) the consul general of Israel in Miami, presents Gov. Mike Parson with a copy of the Torah on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Missouri. (Photo from Gov. Mike Parson’s Twitter feed.)

Eric Berger, Associate Editor

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson met Thursday in Missouri with a consul general and deputy consul general of Israel.

“This morning I met with Consul General of Israel in Miami Maor Elbaz-Starinsky and Deputy Consul Mr. Mike Driquez and was honored to welcome them both to Missouri,” Parson posted on Facebook.

Gov. Mike Parson meets with Maor Elbaz-Starinsky and Mike Driquez of the Israeli Consulate in Miami. (From Paron’s Twitter feed.)

The Republican governor also announced that he planned to lead a delegation of Missouri companies to Israel later this year as part of a trade mission. Parson was scheduled to travel to Israel in March 2020 but canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The officials from the Miami consulate, which also serves Missouri, Kansas and Puerto Rico, presented Parson with a “special copy of the Torah,” which he deeply appreciated, Parson wrote.

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“There are deep trade and investment ties between Israel and Missouri and these are exemplified in the Israeli companies that have established a presence here along with a number of Missouri firms have extensive partnerships and presence in Israel,” Parson wrote. “We are committed to furthering opportunities for mutual exchange between Missouri and Israel; whether they are agricultural, commercial, educational, or cultural in order to build upon the relationships we currently enjoy.”