BOSTON – Sen. Eric P. Lesser welcomed members of the Israeli Knesset, the country’s legislative branch, to the State House Wednesday. “It’s important for Massachusetts, and especially for us here in the Springfield area, to build strong partnerships with Israel,” Sen. Lesser said. “I was glad to welcome these legislators to the State House and to build upon the strong ties between Israel and Western Massachusetts.” Last fall, Sen. Lesser hosted Israeli Consul General to New England Yehuda Yaakov on a tour of the Greater Springfield area as part of an effort to open new economic and cultural partnerships. Massachusetts is home to more than 200 Israeli businesses that produce a combined $6 billion in annual revenue.