Governor Jack Markell is in Israel this week to strengthen the state’s business and economic development ties with the country.

Gov. Markell met with Israel President Shimon Peres and discussed the Delaware-Israel partnerships between companies and higher education institutions.

"The relations between Israel and Delaware are indeed very special. Delaware is a wonderful place and I look forward to finding ways to further strengthen and enhance the cooperation between Israel and Delaware,” said President Peres during the meeting.

Many Israeli-based businesses have already incorporated in Delaware including high-tech companies. Israel is also one of the top countries contributing to Delaware's franchise tax revenue.

Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office is accompanying Gov. Markell on the trip as well as Charlie Riordan, vice provost of research and development at the University of Delaware.

The Delaware delegation has also met with the leaders at Israel’s Center for Investment at Ministry of Economy and Trade.

In the last year, the governor has made similar business trips to Japan, South Korea, India and Switzerland.