Walters, Israelis Sign Deal To Set Up Trade Exchange

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Daily Oklahoman
Paul English

While touring Israel, Gov. David Walters has signed an agreement to establish an Oklahoma-Israel Exchange, his office announced Wednesday.

A Walters aide said the Oklahoma delegation discussed trade opportunities in aerospace and telecommunications.

An exchange of business delegations and the possibility of meetings between industry groups using satellite communication was explored, the aide said.

Walters press aide Bill Crain said the first two days in Israel were instructive and productive for the Oklahoma delegation, which includes Oklahoma City Councilman Mark Schwartz; state Commerce Secretary Greg Main; Henry Von Tungeln of Calumet, chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and Jewish Federation leaders from Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

After initial briefings on politics, the economy and strategic challenges, the delegation met with the director general of agriculture and later spent a half day touring the Agriculture University in Rehovot, Walters’ office said.

The group had lunch with the minister of industry and trade, Micha Harish, who is given credit for the recent Labor victory due in part to radical reforms of the party designed by Harish, Crain said.

Marvin Weiss, chief executive officer of Unarco of Wagoner, and Fred Bendana of Ben-Tre Corp. in Tulsa joined Walters and Main in a discussion of trade opportunities in the area of aerospace and telecommunications, Crain said.

The Oklahoma delegation planned to continue meetings with government and business officials in Israel through Sunday.