Massachusetts governor expects Israel visit to ‘bear fruit’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he expects this week’s trade mission to Israel to “bear fruit” for the commonwealth in the near future.

Baker is leading a delegation of some 50 business and academic leaders from Massachusetts to Israel. While no business deals have yet been announced, Baker says the meetings have brought together key players from Massachusetts and the vibrant Israeli high-tech scene.

Speaking in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Baker said he expects to see results from these meetings over the next six months.

The Republican governor, a former hospital executive, said he has a special interest in teaming up Massachusetts health care providers with Israel’s world-class cybersecurity industry.

He says that in order to digitize modern health care, people’s private information has to be “trusted and secure.”

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