Governor Abbott Celebrates The 70th Anniversary Of The State Of Israel

April 18, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today attended and spoke at a celebration for the State of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, hosted by the Israeli Consulate in Houston. Joining Governor Abbott in celebrating this special occasion were the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest Gilad Katz, as well as a number of elected officials and business leaders. At the event, Governor Abbott expressed the importance of the Texas-Israel relationship.

"There’s a deep, enduring bond between the people of Texas and the people of Israel,” said Governor Abbott. “We share in the blessings of freedom, a commitment to democracy, and the burdens of vigilance. I am honored to be a part of this joyous celebration, and I want to reaffirm Texas' commitment to growing this important alliance with Israel both economically and culturally.”

In his remarks, Governor Abbott also emphasized Texas' recent efforts during the past legislative session to support Israel by passing House Bill 89 (HB 89), known as the Anti-BDS law. The Governor also spoke about his visit to Israel, and talked about ways in which Texas will continue to build on our historic partnership.