Ofer Bavly heralding Israel's economic opportunities as he wraps up his first year as consul general here
Israel, celebrating its 60th anniversary next month, has become a technology powerhouse and world leader in engineering, green practices, book publishing and other fields. It's time now to strengthen commercial ties with Florida, says Ofer Bavly, consul general of Israel.
Since taking over at the local consulate in August, Mr. Bavly, believed to be Israel's first third-generation diplomat in the foreign service, has met with state and local leaders to promote creating business relationships in life sciences, water management, homeland security and other areas.
His office aims to promote both the commercial and cultural offerings of the small, vibrant country, Mr. Bavly said, citing "a misperception that Israel is all about war, violence and terrorism." It boasts, in addition to a thriving economy, rich culture, beautiful beaches, a spicy nightlife and sought-out cuisine, he said. Mr. Bavly's goal now is to make sure Floridians know it.
He was interviewed in his Biscayne Boulevard office by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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