Shalom Life | November 06, 2015

Google CEO Praises Israel, Commits to Continue Google Investment in Jewish Homeland

Eric Schmidt also praised Israel's start-up community, calling it second only to Silicon Valley

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: June 9th, 2015 in Business » Israel

Google CEO Praises Israel, Commits to Continue Google Investment in Jewish Homeland

Photo: Google CEO Eric Schmidt meets with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt Tuesday, who praised the innovation of the Israeli hightech sector.

In their meeting, Netanyahu emphasized Israel's trailblazing efforts in the cyber-technology sector, and described how the growth and further development of Israeli technology in international industry has become one of the country's highest priorities.

Netanyahu also explained how Israel has begun diversifying its hightech trade markets, a likely reference to renewed Israeli efforts to develop connections in Japan and other Asian markets.

Schmidt responded by admiring Israel's status as a leader in global technological innovation, and it's particular excellence in developing new cyber-technology.

He also praised the creativity of Israeli tech developers, lauding them for their unprecedented creativity which is constantly pushing the industry forward into the future.

Elaborating on Israeli accomplishments, Schmidt praised the Israeli start-up mentality, which is second in terms of numbers only to Silicon Valley. Israel has seen a huge rise in the number of start-ups created, with over 6000 in the last decade alone.

The Google CEO also spoke highly of Israel at a press conference at the Weizmann Institute on Monday, saying that, "Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture to challenge authority and to question everything. You're not going by the rules."

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