(Photo: Herschel Gutman)

(Photo: Herschel Gutman)

By Viva Sarah Press - June 23, 2015

Originally appeared here in Israel21c

Owner of the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, along with 19 NFL Hall of Famers, is in Israel for a special tour of the country’s tech scene, landmarks and local football action.

The goodwill week-long trip to Israel, called, “Touchdown in Israel: Mission of Excellence,” was organized by Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, in coordination with Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer.

“I don’t think there’s a better place that you can bring people no matter what their faith might be. They come here and their lives are changed,” Kraft said.

The gridiron greats got an up-close look at 10 Israeli startups at a technology expo in Jerusalem’s Old City.

“Jerusalem was recently voted by Time Magazine as one of the world’s five emerging tech hubs and that can truly be seen today,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. “I think it’s a combination of really understanding our past and the beauty and the power of Jerusalem and its history. I believe in a very strong connection between our past and our future. More and more high tech entrepreneurs see their future here.”

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