“Any Enemy of Israel is an Enemy of Texas”

While kings and presidents came to get their pictures taken, Texas governor offered genuine support

Texas Governor Abbott meets with Israel PM Netanyahu.
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We all know that one simply doesn’t mess with Texas.

Texas is now warning that anyone who messes with the Jewish state will likewise earn the ire of the Lone Star State.

 

Practical support beats photo-ops

While the visiting kings and presidents of the Western world were busy trying to be seen ahead of this week’s Holocaust commemoration event, Texas Governor Greg Abbott quietly visited a week earlier to show his support for Israel in a much more practical way.

The primary reason for Abbott’s visit was to scout for new Israeli technology for Texas to either invest in or purchase. 

The trip was facilitated by Start-Up Nation Central, a local non-profit that exists to connect Israeli innovations with the people and regions that need them most.

Texas is already one of Israel’s biggest trade partners, and vice versa, and Abbott vowed that would continue.

“There is a connection between business in Israel and Texas that make both Israel and Texas far better,” he told the gathering in Tel Aviv.

 

Mess with Israel, you mess with Texas

Later, Abbott came up to Jerusalem, where he was honored with the “Friends of Zion Award” by the Friends of Zion Heritage Center.

In his acceptance speech, Abbott firmly planted his state’s flag of support for Israel.

“There are strong relations between Texas and Israel,” said the governor. “Anybody who is an enemy of Israel is an enemy of Texas. Whenever anybody threatens Israel, we come side by side with Israel to support Israel in any way we can.”

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