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Andrew Gross, who was hired by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy more than the summer time as the executive director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission – which is in charge of New Jersey’s relations with Israel – spoke with Arutz Sheva not too long ago about the commission’s ambitions.

Gross explained that about half of his function for the commission focuses on financial troubles, constructing stronger financial ties involving New Jersey and Israel. His aim is to “aid make New Jersey a stronger innovation state, to take the finest of Israeli innovation and technologies and bring it to New Jersey, to generate jobs and possibilities. The other half of my function is a blend of academic, cultural, scientific and safety relations.”

There so substantially speak about the partnership involving the United States and Israel. How is the partnership felt at the state level?

“At the finish of the day, the US-Israel partnership touches person Americans and person Israelis. I think the states can play incredibly vital roles. States have their personal applications so there is a lot that the Israel partnership can do for New Jersey. We can bring innovation to person cities and communities.”

“We have visits and delegations that advantage the state. For instance, just the other day, we hosted Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, the Director-Basic of the Israeli Ministry of Wellness with each other with the New Jersey Commissioner of Wellness. That is a excellent instance of a bilateral Israel-New Jersey meeting. We spoke about healthcare and wellness technologies and functioning with each other to fight illness.”

In the course of your cooperative activities, do the subjects of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), labeling and Judea and Samaria ever come up?

I really feel really fortunate to function for a governor who has spoken out incredibly clearly against BDS. [Governor Phil Murphy] is an really sturdy supporter of Israel. He and his wife, the Initial Lady Tammy Murphy, have each been to Israel twice because he’s been governor, which I feel is exceptional since he’s only been in workplace for a year and a half. The governor sees the prospective of Israel to be a large and important driver for the state’s economy. When you are in a position to appear at Israel by way of that prism, of how substantially it can add prospective worth to the state, that defeats any unfair criticism of the Israel partnership. We are major the way when it comes to displaying how Israel can be so effective to the state’s economy, to social applications and to high-quality of life.”

How numerous Jews reside in New Jersey?

We have roughly 600,000 Jews in New Jersey. We have a single of the biggest Jewish communities in the United States. We also have the fourth-biggest Israeli neighborhood in New Jersey.

Gross concluded his remarks by wishing all of the Jewish neighborhood in the United States, in New Jersey and Israel a pleased New Year.

Eliran Assa

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