Negev Region, Israel

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The Negev Region is in southern Israel and includes numerous cities with the largest being Beersheva. The Negev houses Israel’s cybercommand and is a center of a lot of high tech activity. The Negev’s largest university, Ben Gurion University, has world renowned academic departments including some that focus on water reuse, recycling, purification, desalination, etc. The Negev, because of its warm climate, is also a popular tourist destination with resorts, hikes, natural beauty, etc. Finally, the Negev is home to many ancient cities that date back to Abrahamic times and the time of the prophets.


BWI-TLV Direct Flight Campaign

The Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee – as part of a coalition of business and community groups – is leading a campaign to add a direct flight between Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) and Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport.
Please click on the link below to complete the survey expressing your interest in a direct flight from BWI Airport to Tel Aviv.

It is our belief that a direct flight will improve the travel experience for hundreds of thousands of travelers who journey every year between the Greater Washington Area and Israel. The reduction in travel time will spur economic growth, build community ties, and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

A similar campaign was launched successfully in 2015 to establish direct flights to Israel from San Francisco.  The route quickly expanded from three flights per week to daily flights.

Additionally, it would be greatly helpful to have a letter from your organization(s) stating that you/they would use a direct flight between BWI and Tel Aviv. NOTE: There is no contract or obligation requiring that you actually take such flights. A statement of interest and intent is sufficient to demonstrate to the airlines that the demand exists.


Water Management Exchange

The Sister State Committee is in the process of planning an exchange between Maryland and Israel to inform both states regarding technological advances and objectives in the water management sector.


On February 1, Lt. Governor Rutherford and Secretary Wobensmith attended and gave remarks at the opening of “Beyond Duty: Diplomats Recognized as Righteous Among the Nations,” a temporary exhibit in the Jewish Museum of Maryland, honoring diplomats from around the globe who took extraordinary measures to save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. This event was attended by representatives from the Embassy of Israel as well as members of the Kocaeli-Maryland (Turkey) and Negev Israel Sister State Committees.



Governor Hogan traveled to Israel in September 2016 and formally announced the formation of the Sister State relationship at a Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony. The Governor co-signed the MOU with Israel’s Deputy Minister of the Interior, Meshulam Nahari.

 Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Deputy Secretary Luis Borunda, and Bonnie GlickOn March 7, Secretary of State John Wobensmith, Deputy Secretary Luis Borunda, and Bonnie Glick, chair of the Maryland-Negev Region, Israel Sister State Committee speak on a panel at the University of Maryland, College Park. This event was a partnership with Terps for Israel, a student organization that advocates for a strong US-Israel relationship both domestically and internationally.

Statement from the Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem

The Secretary of State hosted a gathering in Annapolis on June 7 to participate in the live-streamed event known as, “50 Years, 50 States, 2 Capitals” which celebrated the State of Israel’s recapture of the Eastern part of Jerusalem and the reunification of the city, Israel’s capital, under Israeli rule. The reunification of Jerusalem led to the reopening of the city to people of all faiths: Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Borunda and Wobensmith meet at Negev Region eventWe were joined in Annapolis by members of the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee, an organization committed to broadening ties between the citizens of Maryland and the citizens of Israel. Together we watched speakers in the two countries capitals, Jerusalem and Washington, deliver warm remarks commemorating the occasion and illustrating the commitment our two great nations have for each other.

I join representatives from across all 50 States in congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.


H. Randall Morgan, Jr.

Chairperson of the Maryland-Israel Sister State Committee