HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A very special guest made a stop in Huntsville to discuss important defense work and economic opportunities between Israel and the United States.
The Deputy Consul General of Israel to Alabama, Guy Gilady, met with Mayor Tommy Battle on Monday.
They talked about Israel's 70th Independence Day Anniversary and how important the assistance from the U.S. has been over the years.
"Seventy years ago, Israel was a country surrounded by enemies with a lot of problems. It's population was mostly refugees and Holocaust survivors. We've grown. We've made the dessert bloom. A lot of this is thanks to the great friendship and assistance we get from the United State of America. We are very grateful for that," said.
One of the big things he talked about with the mayor was the important defense work done in Huntsville to help strengthen national and international security.
"I came here to Huntsville because there is cooperation in every possible sphere, economic sphere and security sphere. And we looking forward to seeking more new opportunities for Israeli companies and Alabamians to work together," Gilady stated.
"That is a great thing for our community to be able to say that we can help in making sure that the world stays a safe place for Israel and the whole world. And that we can provide some technology and some ability that we have, whether it's in geospatial or missile or energy or cyber- something that help improve the world. That's our job here, to make the world a better place," Mayor Battle added.
Gilady pointed out to the mayor that Israel and Huntsville have a lot of brainpower at work. He said that Huntsville has the highest ratios of engineers in the U.S. and Israel has the highest ratio of engineers in the world.
He also attended a service Sunday at Etz Chayim Synagogue.
Gilady was appointed to serve as the Deputy Consul General of Israel to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico in August 2016.
Prior to his arrival at the Consulate, he served as the Deputy Head of Mission and the Head of the Political Section at the Embassy of Israel in Kiev, Ukraine.
He has served in many other roles, including a Sergeant Major in a Special Intelligence Unit of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Gilady thanked Mayor Battle for all of the Southern hospitality he received during his visit and said he looks forward to returning to the Rocket City in the future to continue to build connections on many different levels.
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