Israel is revolutionizing global medicine
I met a young Israeli who I truly believe may just be the world’s best shot at finding a cure for cancer. Professor Gal Markel, just 39 years old and already with 20 patents to his credit, is the youngest physician in the Jewish state ever to achieve a full professorship — the pinnacle of achievement in his field. Markel is turning the tables on cancer by daring to think boldly. With quiet confidence and chutzpah, for which Israelis have always been known, Professor Markel has dedicated his life to defeating the scourge of sickness that has impacted so many lives in America, Israel and all the world.
Israel has committed itself to cultivating hospitals without borders — providing patients worldwide with life-saving treatments after natural disasters and manmade calamities. I met men and women who are training medical professionals in places including Equatorial Guinea, Kosovo, Rwanda, Guatemala, Haiti and other locations so that they can save their own people.
My fact-finding visit to Israel showed what the future holds in terms of high-tech medicine. I met the very doctors at the forefront of breakthroughs in the treatment and early detection of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Their findings will benefit Americans thanks to deep bilateral medical collaboration.Not far off is a world where doctors will use robotics to perform heart surgeries on patients across the world. Soon, people will be able to carry instruments on their bodies enabling them to receive CAT scans and MRIs from the comfort of their own homes. It sounds like stuff from the science fiction novels, but it’s real and happening right now in Israel. The country is carving out a niche as a global medical pioneer.
Pivotal collaboration between the top Israeli doctors and leading American physicians is a win-win for both countries. And the relationship between the United States and Israel must remain strong and committed. We share the same core democratic values. As Vice President Pence recently said, “We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, in good over evil and in liberty over tyranny.”
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