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S.J.R. 18 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION STRENGTHENING UTAH-ISRAEL

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RELATIONS

             3     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

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House Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges the Governor to further strengthen the
             11      bonds between the nation of Israel and the state of Utah by embarking on a trade
             12      mission to the nation of Israel.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the strong cultural, economic, military, and security bonds that exist
             16      between the nation of Israel and the state of Utah; and
             17          .    urges Governor Herbert to further strengthen the bonds between the nation of Israel
             18      and the state of Utah by embarking on a trade mission to Israel to experience
             19      first-hand the enhanced opportunities for economic cooperation and job growth
             20      resulting from the relationship between Utah and the nation of Israel.
             21      Special Clauses:
             22          None
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             24      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          WHEREAS, from the time that Orson Hyde, an original member of the Quorum of the
             26      Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, served a mission in
             27      Jerusalem from 1841-42, to the present, there has existed a strong bond between the Jewish
             28      people and the pioneers who settled Utah;
             29          WHEREAS, both Utah and Israel share a love of democracy and human rights, as both


             30      were founded in part to serve as a safe haven for those seeking to avoid religious persecution;
             31          WHEREAS, the citizens of both Utah and Israel have a strong passion for helping those
             32      in need and engage in vigorous efforts to help less fortunate nations and engage in disaster
             33      relief efforts in nations such as Haiti;
             34          WHEREAS, Utah universities have flourished partially through binational foundation
             35      grants with Israel and have received grants totaling more than $3 million through these
             36      foundations;
             37          WHEREAS, disciplines covered by these grants include agriculture, science, and
             38      industrial research;
             39          WHEREAS, the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies,
             40      with its location on Mount Scopus, provides a unique curriculum while also allowing students
             41      from Utah the opportunity to explore Israel;
             42          WHEREAS, beyond the classroom, the viability of the economic partnership between
             43      Utah and Israel is flourishing;
             44          WHEREAS, Israel now ranks 24th in Utah exports, with a 29% increase from 2009;
             45          WHEREAS, in 2010 alone, Utah exported about $58,717,215 worth of manufactured
             46      goods to Israel;
             47          WHEREAS, since 1996, total exports to Israel have reached nearly $500 million;
             48          WHEREAS, The United States Government-funded military contract with Israel,
             49      through the Foreign Military Financing program, provided Utah with $2,423,987 in military
             50      contracts in 2010;
             51          WHEREAS, this specific security cooperation may also be seen in a Tel Aviv-based
             52      and developed digital monitoring system used at the Salt Lake City International Airport in
             53      Utah, protecting patrons from crime and terrorism;
             54          WHEREAS, Utah law enforcement participates in Israel-based homeland security
             55      training to learn about evolving threats and how to face them;
             56          WHEREAS, Utah's security abilities have been greatly enhanced by learning from
             57      Israel's counter-terrorism experience; and


             58          WHEREAS, the economic, cultural, military, and security bonds between Utah and
             59      Israel stand firm:
             60          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             61      recognizes the strong cultural and economic bonds that exist between the nation of Israel and
             62      the state of Utah.
             63          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Governor Herbert to further
             64      strengthen the bonds between the nation of Israel and the state of Utah by embarking on a trade
             65      mission to Israel to experience first-hand the enhanced opportunities for economic cooperation
             66      and job growth resulting from the relationship between the nation of Israel and the state of
             67      Utah.
             68          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             69      Israel and to the Governor of Utah.


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