Meeting Bibi, Google CEO Praises Israel as Global Tech Leader
Eric Schmidt praises Israeli innovation as 2nd only to Silicon Valley in start-ups, commits to continued investment in Jewish state.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday met with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, hosting him at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.
In the meeting, Netanyahu described Israel’s cutting-edge cyber industry and emphasized that the growth of that industry is among the highest priorities for the Israeli economy.
He also noted how Israel is trying to diversify its hi-tech trade markets, in a likely reference to the increasing shift of focus towards Japan and other technological powerhouses in Asia.
Schmidt responded by praising Israel’s leadership in technology, and its particular excellence in the field of cyber technology.
He lauded the Jewish state’s prowess at adapting new technologies quickly and employing unprecedented creativity to push the industry forward.
Detailing Israel’s accomplishments, Schmidt pointed out it is second only to Silicon Valley in terms of the number of start-ups; Israel has seen a blossoming of over 6,000 start-ups in just the last decade.
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