Governor Brian Kemp instructs State Treasurer to buy $10 million in Israeli bonds

By Hamilton Keener Anchor / Reporter
Posted 8:00PM on Sunday 15th October 2023 ( 6 months ago )

Governor Brian Kemp announced Friday he instructed the State Treasurer to buy $10 million in bonds from Israel to support its defense efforts against Hamas.

A release from the Governor's office said the $10 million amount was the highest available on the market and brings Georgia's current investment in Israel via bonds to $25 million.  

"Israel is one of Georgia's strongest allies and greatest friends, and our support for its people as they endure horrific attacks from terrorists is unwavering," Governor Kemp said. "Purchasing these bonds is just the latest expression of that support. Though this conflict was not of Israel's choosing, we know they will be victorious in this fight against evil and those who seek its destruction. In addition to these bonds and other measures of support, Marty and I also ask that our fellow Georgians join us in praying for Israel's safety, for its swift victory, and for the families painfully impacted by the attacks."

Hamas launched a coordinated attack on Israel on Oct. 7. Nearly 1,300 Israelis including 25 Americans have been killed the AP reports. 

Kemp ordered U.S. and Georgia flags to fly at half-staff until Saturday, Oct. 14. 

Governor and First Lady Kemp led a delegation of state officials on an economic development trip to Israel in May of this year. 

During the trip, Kemp met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Isaac Herzog, Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen and other Israeli officials to discuss security issues in the Middle East, among other topics.

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