State Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) met with Israeli Consul General to New England Yehuda Yaakov during a formal session of the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday, April 30 in commemoration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, honoring the Israeli Declaration of Independence of 1948.
“It was an honor to welcome Consul General Yaakov to the Statehouse and to celebrate the close ties between Massachusetts and Israel,” Lesser said. “There are more than 200 Israeli companies currently operating in Massachusetts, generating billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs.”
During the Consul General’s visit to the Senate Chamber, Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) presented Yaakov with a Senate Resolution from a number of senators, including Lesser, highlighting the important economic relationship the Commonwealth has forged with the nation of Israel and encouraging the continued growth of this special partnership.
Lesser noted that El Al Israel Airlines will introduce regular non-stop flights between Tel Aviv and Boston beginning in June, which he said is one of many opportunities for economic development with Israel in the Commonwealth and Western Massachusetts in particular. As Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, Lesser has defended the need for robust tourism funding from the state to encourage the expansion of international marketing partnerships with Massachusetts and countries such as Israel.
Yaakov’s visit marks the third time the Israeli Consul General has visited the State House. Following an introduction by Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester), Yaakov addressed the Senate about the relationship between Israel and the United States and the strong cultural ties and friendship between the Jewish communities of Boston and Israel.
The Consul General of Israel is the official representative of the State of Israel to New England and serves as the liaison between the residents of New England and the State of Israel. Yaakov has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since 1989.