A senior DUP Delegation comprising MPs and MLAs is visiting Jerusalem this week to strengthen ties between Northern Ireland and Israel. The visit is being facilitated by the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, supported by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meetings will be held with senior politicians from a number of parties in the Israeli Knesset as well as with representatives of the Palestinian community in Ramallah.  However, much of the focus of the visit is on developing economic links in such sectors as cyber security, with Israeli and Northern Ireland companies at the cutting edge of new technology in this specialist field. 

The delegation will also visit the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem and the grave of Chaim Herzog, former President of Israel who was born in Belfast 100 years ago this year. 

Speaking from Jerusalem,  DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said:
“During this week of parliamentary recess, we are taking the opportunity to meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian representatives to gain a better insight into the current political situation here and in the Middle East generally.  We are also focusing on the economic prospects for Northern Ireland businesses in Israel as part of our strategy to develop new market opportunities in preparation for Brexit. 

"We are proud of the strong ties between Northern Ireland and Israel, not least through the legacy of Chaim Herzog who was born in my constituency 100 years ago. 

"Israel and Northern Ireland have many shared experiences and we are keen to strengthen our cultural and economic connections.”

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