Governor Abbott Meets With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

AUSTIN, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Governor Greg Abbott spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday.

The phone conversation between the two took place on Thursday. The two spoke in regards to bills signed into law during the 85th legislature. The call follows Governor Abbott's trip to Israel last year where he promised to seek legislation strengthening the bond between Israel and Texas. House Bill 89, along with Senate Bills 252 and 253 aim to do just that.

House Bill 89, authored by Representative Bill King, is known as the anti-BDS (Boycotts, divestments, and sanctions) bill.  This bill prevents contractors from working with, and certain public funds from being invested in, companies that boycott Israel.

Senate Bills 252 updates state contracting laws to prevent governmental entities from working with Iran or designated foreign terrorist organizations.

Senate Bill 253 expands the states current Iranian divestiture standards to include additional state and local government funds.

During the phone conversation, Governor Abbott affirmed that anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, while Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Abbott for solidifying the bonds and values shared by Texas and Israel.

Governor Abbott said this in a statement: "Texas has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Israel, and I am proud to reaffirm our commitment to our most trusted partner in the Middle East with the signing of these laws," said Governor Abbott. "I thank the Texas legislature for passing laws to strengthen the relationship between Texas and Israel, and I look forward to further fortifying our alliance moving forward."

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