Full Text Israel Political Brief March 6, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s California Trip Promoting Tourism and Industry



PM Netanyahu Held a Series of Meetings in Silicon Valley in Order to Promote Investments in the Israeli Technology Industry

Source: PMO, 3-6-14
יום חמישי ד’ אדר ב תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, held a series of meetings in Silicon Valley in order to promote investments in the Israeli technology industry.

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other corporate leaders, and was briefed on Apple’s activities in Israel, which have significantly expanded since their inception approximately two-and-a-half years ago. The Prime Minister invited Cook to visit Israel and proposed that Apple begin activity at the national cyber park in Be’er Sheva. – Click here to view the video

Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with the WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton and discussed cyber protection technologies that have been developed in Israel. – Click here to view the video

Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a strategic partnership agreement with California Governor Edmund G. (“Jerry”) Brown, Jr. to promote economic relations between Israel and California. for further details and the complete text of the agreement.) Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki were among the corporate leaders attending the meeting. Prime Minister Netanyahu called on the corporate leaders to increase their investments in the Israeli economy. He also referred over-regulation in Israel and said that in intends to implement deregulation reforms. – Click to view the video

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 23, 2014: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting About German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Israel Visit



PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 2-23-14
יום ראשון כ”ג אדר א תשע”ד

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Two years ago I said that we would submit a law that would increase equality in sharing the burden, without setting public against public. I think that this process is now being carried out, and we must see to it that it is carried out while maintaining national unity. To the same extent, I add that in the future we would like to see more parts of Israeli society bearing the burden.

Today, the Cabinet will be briefed by Israel National Cyber Bureau head Dr. Eviatar Matania. We established the INCB in order to assist turning Israel into a major cyber power. When I say a major cyber power I mean cyber defense, and indeed this capability is being built, inter alia, by the work being coordinated by the INCB. We want to facilitate better defense for all strata of the country, which are becoming increasingly digitized. The INCB will soon move to Be’er Sheva as part of the national cyber park.

I also see this as spurring strong economic development, especially since there is considerable global interest in our abilities, and this can serve not only the defense component, but that of economic growth as well.

Last Thursday I visited one of these defense components, the ISA branch that deals with foiling cyber attacks. I was impressed by the work that I saw being carried out by young people that are doing holy work on behalf of the State of Israel, and I can even say at personal sacrifice. They are ready to dedicate precious, significant years to defending the country and I commend them and the ISA for this important work. We will yet need greater investment in this area both in order to defend ourselves and in order to realize the very great economic potential in this area.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in Israel tomorrow. She comes as a friend of Israel with a considerable entourage. We will talk with them in order to deepen bilateral cooperation. Of course, I will discuss with her two diplomatic issues of the highest order. Regarding our negotiations with the Palestinians, I will make it clear that the infrastructure of peace between us and the Palestinians will be based on the mutual recognition of two national states, i.e. the necessity of Palestinian recognition of the Jewish state, the national state of the Jewish People.

I will also discuss with her about the nuclear talks. Since Germany is part of the P5+1, I view with concern that fact that Iran believes that it will realize its plan to be a nuclear threshold state, with an enrichment capacity that it thinks cannot be touched, with the ability to develop both nuclear weapons and inter-continental missiles, which it is continuing to work on unhindered. This combination of enrichment, weapons and launch capabilities, says that Iran is, in effect, receiving everything and giving almost nothing. This is the current situation. The permanent agreement cannot render this situation permanent. It must dismantle the Iranian ability to either produce or launch nuclear weapons, and this has yet to be achieved, and without the insistence of the major powers it will not be achieved. I hope that Germany and the other P5+1 countries will insist on the genuine demands to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.”

Israel Political Brief March 17, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu names Moshe Ya’alon as defense minister, Gideon Sa’ar as interior minister



Netanyahu names Ya’alon as defense minister, Sa’ar as interior minister

Source: Haaretz, 3-17-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held meetings on Sunday with Likud Knesset members and leading coalition partners to complete a last-minute cabinet shuffle, in advance of the swearing-in ceremony for Israel’s 33rd government on Monday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2013: Government Coalition Agreement: Yesh Atid Gets Education Portfolio, Likud Interior Portfolio בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד



בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד

Source: Ynet, 3-13-13

בדרך לממשלה: החינוך ליש עתיד, הפנים לליכוד. מתווה בנט יעניק את תיק החינוך לתנועתו של יאיר לפיד ואת תיק הפנים לליכוד. הבית היהודי תעמוד בראש ועדת הכספים והסיכום עם לבני על מינוי שר נוסף מהתנועה יאושר. נתניהו, בנט ולפיד ייפגשו בהמשך הערב. גורמים ביש עתיד: הכיוון חיובי. אולטימטום, איומים והצהרת כוונות נגמרו בהצעת פשרה: יו”ר יש עתיד יאיר לפיד יקבל את תיק החינוך עבור שי פירון ויוותר על דרישותיו לתפקיד שר הפנים. כך עולה מהצעת הפשרה שהציג הערב (יום ד’) יו”ר הבית היהודי נפתלי בנט, בתום פגישה בביתו של לפיד.

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