When read between the lines, the Feb. 21 issue of the Jewish Journal may give us a glimpse of the future of our Massachusetts economy and the Jewish role within the state. Past Governor Deval Patrick made Israel a major target for bringing Israeli startups in innovative fields to Massachusetts. In 2016 Charles Baker initially fostered innovation in cybersecurity to lead Israeli startups to America. Now the Consul General of Israel to New England, Ze’ev Boker, presents as an extremely well versed diplomat inviting additional participation of the Israeli and Boston area economies. Specifically he calls for participation of hospital executives and leaders in medical innovation with their Israeli counterparts. His wife adds to his goals as a physician specializing in public health and disease control.
I foresee joint projects in startup medical technology and projects in the control of our southern border involved with the quarantining at the border drug passage, sexual slavery, disease prevention and other major medical issues of poverty and mental health. Nation states have always quarantined their borders and considered this practice a national emergency. I think our new counsel will handle all the areas he came to promote and new ones during his tenure in office.
Leonard R. Friedman, MD, Middleton