'With Natural Gas at the Fore, U.S. Firms Should Explore Business Deals in Israel'

Head of Prime Minister’s Office cites burgeoning sectors, including cyber industry, and classics, like high-tech, at speech at U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

U.S. companies should explore more business deals in Israel now that new industries like natural gas are coming to the fore, the director general of the Prime Minister’s Office, Harel Locker, said this week.

Locker, a key aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was speaking Sunday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He said Israel had a gross domestic product per capita of $33,000 and was growing despite the global recession. He pointed to infrastructure development, high-tech, cyberspace, natural gas and research and development as areas that would provide opportunities for American companies.

“The prime minister and I believe in the power of the business sector and the government’s role in making it easier to operate,” he said, mentioning the lifting of barriers.

Locker also held talks with senior administration officials. He spoke with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, who serves as U.S. President Barack Obama’s main trade adviser.

Locker also met with David Thorne, Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior adviser for economic affairs. He also spoke with Mary Landrieu, a Democratic senator from Louisiana who will soon head the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Cars on a highway in Tel Aviv, December 17, 2013.
Reuters