US President praises Israel’s innovation and economy, congratulates Netanyahu on becoming Israel’s longest sitting PM; Netanyahu: Under your leadership, we’ve made the alliance between our two remarkable countries stronger than ever…

United States President Donald Trump praised Israel as a “technology powerhouse” with a “world-class economy” as the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization announced Israel, for the first time, falls under the top ten innovative states globally.

Taking to Twitter, President Trump congratulated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on becoming Israel’s longest sitting prime minister and praised bilateral ties. Netanyahu has now been prime minister longer than late Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, serving Israel for 4,876 days between 1996-1999, and from March 2009 through the present. Trump wrote, “Congratulations to Bibi Netanyahu on becoming the longest-serving PM in the history of Israel. Under your leadership, Israel has become a technology powerhouse and a world-class economy… Most importantly, you have led Israel with a commitment to the values of democracy, freedom, and equal opportunity that both our nations cherish and share!”

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The UN World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Global Innovation Index announced the top ten finalists last week, among them Israel. The organization will release the final list later this week from India.

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to President Trump on Monday, stating, “Thank you, President Trump, for your warm words, outstanding support and incredible friendship. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with you. Under your leadership, we’ve made an alliance between our two remarkable countries stronger than ever. I know there’s more to come.”

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Source: beholdisrael

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