Jerusalem, May 26, 2003

The Governor of Colorado Visits Israel
(May 28 – June 1, 2003)
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Governor of Colorado, Bill Owens, will arrive tomorrow (May 28, 2003) for an official visit to Israel.

During his visit, the Governor will meet with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, Minister of Finance and the Minister of Trade and Industry. He will also meet with entrepreneurs, and will visit the ‘seam line’ area, the northern border and military industries.

Governor Owens will visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority, and will participate in the Jerusalem Day Ceremony at Ammunition Hill. He will also lay a wreath at the site of the Dolphinarium terrorist attack.

Owens, 53 years of age, and a native of Texas, has been serving as the 40th Governor of Colorado since January 1999. This is his second term of office, after he was re-elected in 2002 with the largest ever majority in the history of Colorado. Previously, he served in the State House and Senate. He also serves as the Chairman of the Group of Republican Governors, and is considered a leading figure in the Republican Party.

Prior to his election as Governor, Owens served as the Chairman of the America-Israel Friendship League in Denver, and has been very active on the issue of Russian Jews.