(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister and Acting Finance Minister Ehud Olmert this afternoon (Monday, 11 June), met with the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, whose members are visiting Israel. "I am proud that you chose to convene your Board of Directors in Jerusalem," the Prime Minister said. "The fact that a major financial institution, one of the most important in the world, is holding working meetings of this kind in Israel is very significant for us."

Prime Minister Olmert briefed the Goldman Sachs Board of Directors on the latest economic data regarding the state of Israel: Growth is up, unemployment and poverty are down, interest rates are low, foreign investments are up, and Israel is in the process of joining the OECD. "What we still need is for global companies such as yours to invest in Israel," the Prime Minister said. "Israel has much to offer and I hope that you will exhaust the opportunities provided by the Israeli economy."

Prime Minister Olmert briefed his guests on Israel’s views regarding the diplomatic situation in the Middle East and noted the importance that he ascribes to strengthening the pragmatists as opposed to the forces of Islamic extremism, led by Iran, that are active in the region.