Israel hailed the decision on Thursday by CERN, the prestigious Center of European Nuclear Research, to unanimously accept Israel as a full member, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri welcomed the news, saying that “scientific interests overcame political ones. Israel is now the first and only country outside Europe to be granted full member status. Beyond the prestige of membership, it will make it possible for Israeli industry to participated in tenders connected with the collider, be represented in the organization’s management, apply for Israeli student scholarships and, of course, integrate Israeli scientists in research groups at the collider.”
The 20-state council of CERN operates the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border, which has been in the forefront of physics research for some years. At present, some 40 Israeli scientists from across the scientific community divide their time between Israel and CERN in Switzerland. Until now, Israel has had associate member status.