Israeli defense minister visits Bay Area

April 17, 2012 12:38:30 AM PDT
Israel's minister of defense is in the Bay Area right now, quietly holding several meetings.

Minister Matan Vilnai was at San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management Services. He and the Israeli consul general and their team had an inside look at Bay Area disaster preparedness and earthquake retrofitting.

Vilnai flew in from Tel Aviv last night and went straight to a fundraiser by Roots of Peace in San Rafael. They are working on a new program to remove more than a million landmines from Israel and the West Bank.

The minister was just appointed as Israel's ambassador to China.