World Trade Center - Kansas City recently hosted a "Doing Business with Israel" Business Roundtable on September 16th with the Consul General of Israel in Miami, Maor Elbaz-Starinsky. The Consul General assumed his role in 2021. He encouraged participants to engage in business with Israel by saying "Israel has no better friend than the United States." He described Israel as a "state-of-the-art country" with assets, such as a strong military presence, cultural diversity, economic power, and innovation. Israel has a large high-tech sector with a lot of emerging innovation. Israel helped develop some of the largest and most successful U.S. companies like Intel, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Cisco. Israel is ranked second, behind Ireland, in locations where American companies have research and development centers worldwide. They have also built advanced military technologies for the United States, such as the F-35 Fighter Jet. Consul General Elbaz-Starkinsky noted that Israel is a small by mighty country. He encouraged U.S. companies to visit Israel to explore trade options and meet with potential partners. He urged U.S. companies to take advantage of the businesses in Israel and engage with their community. The Consul General emphasized that, "Israel is a beacon of prosperity," and that they would love to build relationships with more U.S. companies.