In his speech, Mr Fox underlined that Israel will be a “key partner” in Britain’s future as it exits the European Union, and said that “as a longstanding friend of the Israeli people” he was “delighted to attend the Tel Aviv in London festival last month”.
The International Trade Secretary said he was “struck by many similarities between the two cities, not only in their formidable international reputations for technology, innovation and financial services, but in the vibrancy of the culture that we share”.
He emphasised: “The UK is already the number 1 destination in Europe for Israeli investment, with over 300 companies already operating here. Yet there is more to be done and more to be achieved”.
Mr Fox said he was proud of his department’s creation of a UK-Israel Trade Working Group, which is “designed to identify and remove barriers to trade between our two countries”.
On Brexit, Mr Fox said: “The United Kingdom has the ability to shape the world – all we require is the confidence to do it. My department stands ready to help shape the future of global trade, placing Britain back at its heart”.
The International Trade Secretary praised the charity for their work, stating: “your organisation not only provides important care for the elderly members of the Jewish community, but also for those with dementia, disabilities, or mental health issues”.