While visiting the DC area for meetings with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other officials, Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon took time from his schedule to greet leaders of Israel Bonds Washington on Sunday, July 24. A dinner was held in his honor at the home of Debra and Dennis Berman, in Potomac, Maryland.
Development Corporation for Israel — or Israel Bonds, as it is popularly known — is a FINRA-member broker dealer that underwrites securities issued by the State of Israel in the United States. It ranks among Israel’s most valued economic and strategic resources with a record of proven success spanning sixty-six years.
Worldwide sales have surpassed $40 billion since the first bonds were issued in 1951. In 2016, sales of Israel bonds in the United States exceeded $1.127 billion, the largest domestic total in the organization’s history.
“Israel’s economy is very strong,” Kahlon said at the dinner.
At the dinner he outlined three major threats to Israel: Syria, Iran, and cyber warfare. “Israel is strong and resilient, but we need your help, and know we can count on you to be there for us,” he said.
The next day, Kahlon tweeted about the evening: “Yesterday I met with leaders of Israel Bonds in Washington. I thanked them for their incredible and historic contribution to the State of Israel.”
The informal dinner program was opened by remarks by Israel Bonds Washington Executive Director Adam Herman and Israel Bonds President and Chief Executive Officer Israel Maimon. The buffet dinner was catered by Medina Cuisine and included slow-cooked sliced BBQ Brisket, Chicken Francese with lemon caper sauce, and a variety of sumptuous vegetable sides.