We need to create relations between Israeli and Florida universities, partnering research efforts and ties between their business incubators.
We in Israel have long regarded the USA as our best friend. During the course of the recent hostilities in southern Israel and Gaza this was fine tuned: Governor Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum, Florida Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson, and the entire Florida Congressional delegation made statements of support for Israel.
No other state stepped forward and stood up so clearly and decisively on the side of Israel — on the side of western values and democracy.
Florida’s Senate and House both passed resolutions supporting Israel during those hostilities.
Of interest is the final point of House Resolution 1A: “… promote economic relations, bilateral trade, and partnerships … with the State of Israel to stimulate the economies of both the United States and Israel in this time of crisis.”