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Young European lawmakers explore ‘Startup Nation,’ Gaza border

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A delegation of young European lawmakers spoke to The Times of Israel about their first visit to Israel last month, pointing to their encounter with startups and a briefing by the Foreign Ministry’s international law head as especially valuable for their understanding of contemporary Israeli successes and challenges.

The group of 16 lawmakers — brought to Israel by the Foreign Ministry and ELNET, an organization working to build ties between Israel and Europe — hailed from Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Sweden.

“It was very important for us to experience in our own eyes the places we saw from TV and talk with the people that deal with the situation,” Olympios Christofi, from Cyprus, scientific adviser to the DIKO Democratic Party, told The Times of Israel. “I’m a lot wiser.”

The delegation arrived on November 21 and was greeted by Talya Lador-Fresher, head of the Foreign Ministry’s European Division.

They spent a day on the Gaza border visiting the Kerem Shalom border crossing, an Iron Dome battery near Sderot, Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi and residents of Kibbutz Netiv HaAsara.

On Tuesday, they toured the Old City of Jerusalem and heard a briefing from Israel Police Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman. In the afternoon they met with coalition and opposition MKs, Science Minister Orit Farkash-Cohen and Foreign Ministry........

© The Times of Israel

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