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Gov. Patrick Cultivates Ties with Israel

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says his trip to Israel this week is all about “cultivating” an important relationship that has generated thousands of jobs for people back in Massachusetts.

Patrick is leading a trade mission with about 120 Massachusetts business leaders. It is the second time he has visited Israel as governor.

At least six business deals or partnerships are being announced during the visit.

According to the New England Israel Business Council, more than 200 Israeli-founded businesses are based in Massachusetts. It says these companies booked $6 billion in revenue in 2012 and provided 6,600 jobs. The companies are overwhelmingly involved in high-tech sectors.

Patrick says Massachusetts has a “very compatible” relationship with Israel. He says “the way to keep it going is to keep cultivating it.”

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