Matthew Gould: 'enormous potential' for UK-Israel cooperation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

Matthew Gould has called for increased cooperation between Israeli and British scientists.

The British ambassador to Israel, speaking to Israeli newspaper Ynet soon after the inaugural meeting of the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council, said: "There is enormous potential for the UK to use Israel's innovation.”

Mr Gould, the first Jewish diplomat to hold his position, added: “Israel can provide the UK with a reservoir of relatively low-cost and high quality innovation which the UK could easily tap into.”

He said it was important "to identify the hurdles that have stopped Israeli companies looking to the UK, and stopped British companies coming to Israel, and what we need to do to get over those hurdles.”

Mr Gould has previously said that the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council is an expression of the British government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel.

Last updated: 9:28am, February 4 2011