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Who’s Protecting Israel? — a physicist speaks

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

It’s not just the Iron Dome we have to thank.

With the recent onslaught of rocket attacks, Dr. Gerald Schroeder, MIT physicist formerly of the Atomic Energy Commission, puts into perspective a “scientific” approach to understanding Israel’s unusually low casualty rate. Citing a statistical study done regarding the scud missiles fired at Israel during the Gulf War, Dr. Schroeder provides us with a keen insight into the difference God makes when it comes to Israel’s security.

By Dr. Gerald Schroeder / Aish.com

Dr. Gerald Schroeder

About the Author
Dr. Gerald Schroeder earned his BSc, MSc, and double-Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught physics for seven years. While a consultant at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission he participated in the formulation of nuclear non-proliferation treaties with the former Soviet Union and witnessed the testing of six atomic bombs. He has served as a consultant to various governments worldwide and has been published in TIME, Newsweek, and Scientific American. He is the author of Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible, now in seven languages. He is also the author of The Science of God and The Hidden Face of God. Dr. Schroeder is currently a lecturer at Aish Jerusalem for the Discovery Seminar, Essentials program, Jerusalem Fellowships, and Executive Learning Center ― focusing on the topics of evolution, cosmology, and age of the universe.

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Kidnappings prompt new Israeli smartphone SOS system

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

NowForce is opening up its emergency app to all Israelis, a move that could save lives, says a top police officer.

NowForce in action (Photo credit: Courtesy)

NowForce in action (Photo credit: Courtesy)


By David Shamah / TimesOfIsrael.com

Israel’s NowForce, which develops apps to help rescue personnel deal with emergencies, has set up a national emergency alert system that will allow any Israeli to register and use its “SOS app” to call for help when they are in trouble. The system is a response to the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers earlier this month.

According to a top police official, the system could help save lives by making sure that police and rescue workers know that the emergency is a real one that they need to act on immediately. “The app represents the kind of simple and cheap technology, available right now, that can be easily deployed to prevent situations like the recent kidnappings,” according to Arik Yekuel, the former head of technology for the Israel Police.

The network, which went live last week, enables anyone who registers to immediately alert police, local security officials, family members, and emergency response workers when they face an emergency on the road, such as a kidnapping attempt, said NowForce spokesperson Julie Zuckerman. “This app has been available for our subscription clients for several years,” said Zuckerman. “In the wake of the grievous incident, in which three Israeli teens were kidnapped, we decided to release this to the general public for free as a way to boost the personal safety of Israelis all around the country.”

NowForce is well known in the emergency services community. The company’s apps are used by fire and rescue, EMS, campus security groups and law enforcement services around the world. In the U.S., for example, the app is used by fire officials in Boone County, Missouri, to keep track of emergencies in the 500 square mile area they are responsible for. The 250 volunteer firefighters, the only ones available in the area, carry the NowForce app on their mobile phones. The app immediately alerts volunteers in the area when a 911 emergency call comes in reporting a fire. With the app, response times in the mostly rural area are in the two- to four-minute range, far better than they were before the district started using the app, say fire officials.

The emergency app NowForce is offering Israelis includes a big SOS button, which app users press to set the process in motion. Once the button is pressed, the NowForce reporting center will alert responders who are in the area of an emergency, including police, local security officials, and United Hatzalah emergency rescue workers. The app shows them a map of where the incident took place, and provides turn-by-turn instructions to get to the site. It also provides forms, updates and anything else connected to the specific incident, and lets responders take photos, videos and audio recordings of the incident.

The app will also simultaneously call the police and send the caller’s location to his/her emergency contacts and local emergency service providers such as United Hatzalah. “We invite the police and other national and local emergency service providers to take part in this initiative to safeguard Israel’s citizens,” she said.

Zuckerman said that NowForce was including technology to detect and prevent fraud. According Yekuel, 80 percent of calls to police emergency lines are phony. According to reports, one of the youths abducted in the June 12 kidnapping called police and screamed into the phone that he was being kidnapped, but it wasn’t until eight hours later that the IDF received the information. “Obviously there will be some investigation of this when the incident is over, but, as someone who was intensely involved in the emergency phone system, I can guess that the officers in charge thought they were dealing with a crank call because so many of these calls are, especially in the West Bank, where police get many threatening phone calls from Arabs.”

To prevent fraud, users of the app will have to register their phone numbers on the NowForce site and log in to a personal area with a password. There, they can list emergency contacts to be alerted along with rescue personnel when the SOS button is pressed. NowForce plans to stress strongly that the button should be pressed only in the case of a true emergency. “Unfortunately, we cannot totally prevent fraud or stop people from using the app under the wrong circumstances,” said Zuckerman. “But we have been doing this for years and, after having worked with many different kinds of populations, we have developed numerous methods to discourage both kinds of behavior.”

Could an app like NowForce have prevented the three teens from being kidnapped? It’s not clear under what circumstances they were taken, said Yekuel, so it’s impossible to know. “But we have to realize that the devices all of us carry around are very powerful,” he said. “In Israel, and elsewhere, we use some of the most powerful features of these devices, like always-on GPS tracking, for things like mapping and commuting, and we use their connectivity capabilities for social networking. I have no problem with any of those uses, but we have overlooked one of the most obvious benefits of these technologies: the personal safety and security they can help provide. The NowForce effort is a great idea, and hopefully it will be able to prevent future security incidents.”

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Israeli Lunar XPrize Team Shoots for the Moon

Friday, May 16th, 2014

By Ben Sales

An illustration of the craft the Israeli startup SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

An illustration of the craft the Israeli startup SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon.

TEL AVIV (JTA) — One small step by Israelis could become a giant leap for the State of Israel.

At a Tel Aviv University laboratory, a team of 20 Israelis is building a spacecraft they believe will make Israel only the fourth country — after the United States, Russia, and China — to touch down on the moon.

The project, known as SpaceIL, looks like a long shot. The three-legged hexagonal craft appears too puny for interstellar travel, measuring just 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Of the initiative’s three founders, only one holds an academic degree beyond a bachelor’s. And SpaceIL is competing against 17 other teams to win the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize by being the first private spacecraft to land on the moon. The team hopes to land its craft by the end of next year.

Despite the odds, however, the founders exude the confidence of Nobel Prize-winning scientists — and that’s not all that makes the project Israeli. From its origins to its endgame, SpaceIL is a quintessential story of Israel’s upstart high-tech sector.

Its founders came together with little preparation and no money. They overcame a maze of Israeli bureaucracy to qualify for the contest, attracting funding through personal connections to preeminent scientists. And they say they will win the competition not by being the biggest or richest team, but by redefining how to send a spacecraft to the moon.

“Only superpowers have managed to land on the moon,” co-founder Yariv Bash said. “What China did as a nation of 1.3 billion people, SpaceIL is doing as a nonprofit. It puts things in perspective.”

From left, SpaceIL founders Yariv Bash, Yonatan Winetraub and Kfir Damari with Israeli President Shimon Peres at an event in 2011. (Yossef Avi Yair)

From left, SpaceIL founders Yariv Bash, Yonatan Winetraub and Kfir Damari with Israeli President Shimon Peres at an event in 2011. (Yossef Avi Yair)

Launched by Google in 2007, the Lunar XPrize has straightforward rules: The first team to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, move it 500 meters — about the length of 5 1/2 football fields — across the moon’s surface and transmit high-definition photos and video back to Earth wins $20 million. The mission must be complete by the end of 2015.

Thirty-three teams registered for the competition and nearly all of the remaining 18 contenders plan to launch tank-like rovers to roll across the moon’s surface, which Bash says is more expensive and will consume more fuel than the SpaceIL craft. SpaceIL expects to spend about $36 million on its mission.

SpaceIL’s craft is the size of a dishwasher and weighs just 300 pounds, two-thirds of which is fuel. Rather than drive across the moon, it will take off again after landing and jump 500 meters. Its navigation system will double as a camera and its steering thrusters will guide its landing.

“Instead of taking a bulky radar system, we’re taking cameras with us, so the best thing is to reuse those cameras,” Bash said. “If I can just write more code for my camera, code doesn’t weigh anything.”

Bash hadn’t even considered entering the competition until 2010. He pushed through government bureaucracy to register SpaceIL as a nonprofit and entered the race on Dec. 31, 2010 — the last day of registration. Yonatan Winetraub, another of the project’s co-founders, connected with Israel Space Agency head Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, who gave the group three minutes on stage at a space technology convention in Tel Aviv.

It was enough to convince philanthropists at the convention to give SpaceIL its seed money and lure Ben Yisrael to join the group’s board. SpaceIL has since received support from Rona Ramon, the widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who gave $16.4 million.

“They’re young people with a lot of vision, with Israeli initiative,” Ben Yisrael said. “If the government sends a craft to space, that’s OK. But when there’s a group of young people that takes on a project that looks like science fiction, to land something on the moon, it’s different. It’s strong.”

SpaceIL has avoided the expensive and labor-intensive approach of some of the other teams, but it’s not the only one to go small. The Penn State Lunar Lion Team, an XPrize team housed at Pennsylvania State University, also is building a small craft that will jump the 500 meters. Team director Michael Paul said small projects like theirs could complement large government initiatives and broaden the reach of space exploration.

“We’ve created a new model that makes space exploration possible through philanthropy,” Paul said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a dominant piece [of space exploration], but it will be an incredibly important piece in the decades to come. NASA isn’t going away.”

SpaceIL hopes to expand the appeal of space exploration by spreading its message through Israel’s classrooms. The team is investing in a large educational program, lecturing about the program in Israeli classrooms and working with Israel’s Education Ministry to devise a science curriculum based around space travel. Along with reaching the moon, the founders hope to imbue Israel’s next generation with excitement for science and technology.

“We let them know they’re capable of building their own spacecraft,” said the third co-founder, Kfir Damari. “We want to use the story to show that science and technology is exciting, that you can have a huge impact on the world if you’re a scientist and engineer.”

SpaceIL’s team believes it has a good chance of winning. But even if it doesn’t, Damari said landing an Israeli craft on the moon will be reward enough.

“It’s the story of three people who decided one day that they’re landing on the moon,” he said. “Today it’s an Israeli project, but it’s [also] three engineers who wanted to land a spacecraft there, and it’s happening.”

Netanyahu talks up Israeli technology in Japan

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Japan on a four-day trip aimed at strengthening Israel-Japan relationship • Netanyahu’s meetings include emperor and prime minister, business leaders and economic officials.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrive in Japan on Sunday | Photo credit: AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrive in Japan on Sunday | Photo credit: AFP

During his time in Japan, Netanyahu will meet with Japanese political leaders, including Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will also meet with Japanese business leaders and economic officials.

The meetings will focus on Israeli technological developments, particularly in the fields of cyber technology, water conservation, alternative energy, and biotechnology.

At a meeting in Tokyo on Monday with members of the Israel-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League, Netanyahu said, “There is a common bond between us: We’re both democratic, progressive, technological societies. You face North Korea, which is a rogue regime with nuclear weapons. We face the possibility of Iran, which is a rogue regime that wants to have nuclear weapons. They’re cooperating between them, and we should cooperate between us. I want to commend you for keeping the torch of Israeli-Japanese friendship alive, and now it’s growing stronger. And it will grow stronger with this visit. I’m confident of that.”

Israeli on List of World’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

At 26, Kira Radinsky, Ph.D., is on list of world’s 35 brightest young innovators. ZLM introduced our readers to her in the May 2013 Levitt Letter. Others on list? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin.

By Lior El-Chai / YNetNews.com

Dr. Kira Radinsky /  Photo: Technion

Dr. Kira Radinsky / Photo: Technion

Dr. Kira Radinsky, 26, completed her Ph.D. this year at the Technion, and has already been selected from among hundreds of candidates and placed on the list of the world’s Top 35 Innovators Under 35 for “being an exceptional inventor and for her leading work in the area of programming.”

Dr. Radinsky, who lives in Zichron Yaakov and is married, served in the IDF’s intelligence corps, and even signed on for an extra year. She began studying at the Technion at the age of 15, joined its exceptional students program, and completed three degrees in Computer Sciences under Professor Shaul Markovitch.

During her studies, she created a new method of prognostication, which could predict events with an average accuracy of 80%, by scanning literature from the past 500 years, including all
material published by The New York Times since 1880 onward, in an attempt to find correlations between different types of events.

Among other things, Dr. Radnisky learned that floods taking place closely following a drought were a preliminary sign of an outbreak of cholera. Today she is involved in an organization that is active against genocide, as well as with medical organizations, in order to implement lessons learned from her research. Research carried out by Dr. Radinsky has earned her awards and recognition from several organizations and bodies, among them Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

“Over the years, we have succeeded in selecting men and women whose innovations, and the companies they established, deeply influenced different fields and humanity,” explained Jason Pontin, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the MIT Technology Review, which puts together the list. “Among past winners are Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, head designer of Apple; and David Karp, who established Tumblr. We are proud of our finalists and their accomplishments, and proud to add Kira to this respected list.”

“It is a big honor to be included in the MIT list of the young innovators. This is one of the most prestigious prizes that someone my age can receive,” Radinsky said. “I really hope my win will encourage other young people to go into research, and that they will chose to do things that will influence all of our lives.”

Israeli hackers strike back

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

IsraelToday.com

Israeli anto-hacker banner

Last week international computer hackers operating under the umbrella group Anonymous threatened to “erase Israel from the Internet” in a massive coordinated attack scheduled for today. By mid-morning Sunday, that attack had largely failed, and Israeli hackers had scored some blows of their own against the foreign assailants.

There was an increase in cyber attacks against Israeli government computer systems and the websites of local banks, as well as numerous smaller websites and networks. But nearly all of those attacks were repelled by Israel’s growing network of cyber defenses.

“There is hardly any real damage,” Yitzhak Ben Yisrael of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau told the Associated Press. “Anonymous doesn’t have the skills to damage the country’s vital infrastructure.”

A number of smaller Israeli websites were defaced temporarily, and in retaliation Israeli hackers defaced the websites of Islamist groups across the region.

More impressively, Israeli hackers penetrated the website associated with the Anonymous campaign against Israel — opisrael.com. Instead of reading about Anonymous’s anti-Israel views, those visiting opisrael.com on Sunday morning were presented with a pro-Israel banner and a long list of facts regarding the legitimacy of Israel and the history of the Jewish people.

The Israelis were operating under the newly formed banner of the Israeli Elite Strike Force.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer set to visit Israel in November

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

(JTA) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will make his third visit to Israel shortly after the launch of the Windows 8 operating system.

Ballmer’s visit in November will come after the Windows 8 system for PCs, laptops, and tablets is introduced on Oct. 26, and ahead of the launch in Israel of the Windows Phone 8 operating system for smartphones, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

Ballmer will attend events organized by Microsoft Israel and its local development center in Israel. He also will meet with entrepreneurs and developers, as well as leaders of Israel’s economy.

Globes reported that the visit comes at a critical moment for Microsoft, as it must prove its relevance in the tablets and smartphones markets, and demonstrate the innovation of Windows 8 compared with Windows 7.

Ballmer’s second visit to the Jewish state was in 2008 to open Microsoft’s new research and development center in Herzliya Pituach. He first visited Israel in 2004.

“If you do the math, Microsoft is almost as much an Israeli company as it is an American company,” Ballmer said during the 2008 inauguration of the R&D center in Herzliya, according to the technology website The Inquirer.

Ballmer added, “Israel is an excellent example of the outstanding innovation Microsoft is developing globally. I predict that Israel’s importance to Microsoft as a center of innovation will grow significantly in the coming years.”

Microsoft has carried out nine acquisition deals in Israel. The latest was the intellectual property of 3DV Systems in 2009 for $35 million.

Israeli system keeps runways safe–video

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By David Shamah www.TimesOfIsrael.com

July 25, 2000, marked the beginning of the end of commercial high-speed supersonic flight – a method of airline travel that transported passengers between New York and Paris within just a few hours. On that date, an Air France Concorde supersonic plane caught fire, exploded, and crashed into a hotel, within minutes of takeoff. All passengers and crew on the flight were killed, as were some employees of the hotel, for a death toll of 113.

The reason for the crash? A 17-inch metal strip that fell off a plane that had taken off minutes before. Although the Concorde continued to fly for several years after the incident, the crash, along with other issues, took the wind out of the plane’s sails, and the Concorde — and commercial supersonic flight — was eventually scrapped.

If the idea of a tiny piece of metal taking down a hulking aircraft sounds ridiculous, you’re clearly not familiar with FOD (Foreign Object Debris), a problem that air travel authorities, like the Federal Aviation Authority, are very concerned about. Besides claiming lives, FOD incidents cost the airline industry an estimated $13 billion a year in repairs, delays, worker costs, and so on.

As a result, there has been a huge demand at airports around the world for FOD detection systems. Israel’s Xsight Systems’ FODetect is one of the leading providers of FOD detection systems, and is already installed in airports in the US, Europe, and Asia.

“Had the runway been inspected before the Concorde’s takeoff, the tragedy would have been avoided,” Oded Hanson, Xsight CTO and co-founder told The Times of Israel. “But with takeoffs at commercial airports coming within two minutes of each other, there would have been no way to find the fatal metal strip. Patrols on runways take place only several times a day, and the only way to find such debris is when workers or pilots observe them, which is very difficult to do when you’re driving a vehicle down the runway.”

In the Concorde incident, the plane, traveling at about 300 miles an hour, hit the strip, and a tire on the plane blew out. The blowout released pressure that caused debris to hit and eventually crack one of the plane’s fuel tanks. Tire blowouts on planes due to debris are far more common than most people realize, but there are many other foreign objects pilots have to worry about, from small animals that dart across the runway to birds that get sucked into engines – the cause of a recent near-tragedy in January 2009, avoided only because a skilled pilot was able to land US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River.

FODetect uses hybrid radar and electro optical technology to detect junk on runways, with units installed with runway lights. That, said Hanson, is what separates Xsight’s system from the three others that are on the market for automated FOD detection. “The lights are already installed and there is an electrical infrastructure in place already. We add the FODetect sensors to the lights, with each sensor responsible for the area around it. When debris is detected, the control tower is alerted, and they can contact the pilots and hold up flights as necessary. And thanks to the installed GPS, they can tell ground crew exactly where the debris is located.”

Using runway lights makes more sense than setting up the numerous radar detection towers required by other systems on the market, Hanson said. “The maintenance is very easy, because it can be done along with the maintenance of the lights themselves, and the detection system is integrated with the existing airport infrastructure For the airport, maintaining our system is like changing a lightbulb.”

In addition, said Hanson, FODetect is the only system that lets control tower workers “see” what is actually happening on the runway. “They can’t see the runway from the tower, but with our system they are able to see and read exactly what is happening on the ground.”

FODetect has been installed at Logan Airport in Boston, Ben Gurion Airport, and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. The system is approved by the FAA, which wrote in a June 2012 report that “the FODetect system was able to detect the objects of various shapes, sizes, and materials on runway surfaces and perform satisfactorily in nighttime, daytime, sun, rain, mist, fog, and snow conditions.”

Hanson said that in the wake of the report, he expects many more airports in the US to order FODetect. “Even when it doesn’t cause damage, an FOD incident can cause significant delays, as ground crew have to search for the debris, delaying flights and increasing costs. FODetect offers airports a quick, efficient way to find and remove debris. The money they spend on the system is more than made up for in savings in preventing even one FOD incident.”

Technion and Cornell Build New Campus on New York’s Roosevelt Island — video

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Computer animated designs are revealing the future silicon valley, this time on New York’s Roosevelt Island, and Israel is set to be a key partner. The Technion, also known as the Israel Institute of Technology in partnership with ivy-league University of Cornell, is now pushing forward its plans to build a two USD 350 million dollar campus in New York, as announced by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg back in December.

Jewish News One asked Israeli science and technology expert Iddo Genuth why he thinks Technion was chosen for the ambitious tech project. The futuristic high-tech university is already up and running in temporary facilities until the new facility is ready around 2018.

Israeli science and technology expert Iddo Genuth: “Israel is a startup nation with 120 Israeli companies appearing on the NASDAQ stock exchange, half of them created by Technion graduates. With 3 Nobel prize laureates in recent years and many groundbreaking innovations, the Technion is just what such a project requires.”

Israel and Google–video

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister meets with Google Executive

http://UnitedWithIsrael.org

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

The Prime Minister gave Mr. Schmidt a doodle that he drew about Israel. The doodle shows the Israeli Flag, a person sitting in the sun enjoying himself, and quasi crystals discovered by Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman. Netanyahu said “This is Israel: science, sun, and Google.”

The Google Chairman praised Israel for the country’s creative contributions to technology. He gave the Prime Minister a digital scan of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Prime Minister recounted how he took his first-grade son to read from the Dead Sea Scrolls. His son read from the Book of Isaiah, thousands of years after it was originally written.

Schmidt noted that an Israeli engineer created the database for organizing artifacts that is now used by museums worldwide. He described how Israelis have a unique blend of discipline, motivation, and creative thinking. Together these form a competitive advantage that is unlike any society in the world. Schmidt said, “The decision to invest in Israel was one of the best that Google has ever made.”

Brief Description of Video Above:
On June 19, 2012, the Israeli Prime Minister gave the Google Executive Chairman a Google doodle that he had drawn in accordance with suggestions he had received from websurfers in Israel. The drawing is composed of an Israeli flag, a man sitting under an umbrella in the sun, and the crystals discovered by the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Prof. Dan Shechtman, as a symbol of Israel’s standing at the forefront of science and technology. The Prime Minister said, “This is Israel — science, sun, and Google.” Schmidt said that Prime Minister Netanyahu was the first leader in the world to have drawn a doodle.

Google Executive Chairman Schmidt gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a framed picture of the Isaiah Scroll as a symbol of the Dead Sea Scrolls project that Google is leading in conjunction with the Israel Museum, in the framework of which the scrolls will be posted on the Internet. The project is part of Google’s decision to promote historical preservation and heritage on the Internet.

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Schmidt for the gift and said, regarding the Dead Sea Scrolls and the doodle, “This is the past and this is the future.”

Regarding historical preservation, Prime Minister Netanyahu called on Israelis to upload old clips to the Israel State Archives YouTube channel in order to preserve Israel’s national memories.

Google Executive Chairman Schmidt told the Prime Minister that even though this was his first visit to Israel, he sees it as a start-up nation and added that he believes that the fact citizens are drafted into the army gives them a great advantage as high-tech workers. He said that it was his impression that they are more mature, independent, and organized in comparison to other workers, and added that their good way of dealing with the competitive environment has led them to many achievements. Schmidt told the Prime Minister, “We appreciate that Israeli engineers, whose quality is very high, are developing things here that are being used all over the world.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu told Schmidt, “The more science penetrates to more places, the world will be a better place. We would like to see the Internet reaching places that restrict access, and your contribution on this issue is phenomenal.”

Google Executive Chairman Schmidt said, “The decision to invest in Israel was one of the best that Google has ever made.”

The two men also discussed cooperation between the State of Israel and Google in medicine, science, and defense against cyberattacks, as well as alternatives to oil that could render certain regimes less relevant.


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