Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday declared a Mississippi business development mission to Israel this week the best such trade trip he’s had as governor.

“There’s no doubt about that,” said Bryant, who had left Sunday and arrived home Thursday night. “This is the best opportunity for Mississippi since we began our relationship with Japan.”

While on the trip, Bryant said, two Mississippi business leaders secured large orders for their companies and, “That almost never happens.”

To cap things off, a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Bryant expected to be an obligatory handshake and hello turned into a 45-minute sit-down talk.

Bryant said the prime minister was very interested in Ingalls shipbuilding (they’ve built ships for Israel before) and in an electromagnetic rail-gun missile defense system General Atomics produces in Mississippi.

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