Netanyahu Meets With Microsoft CEO, Discusses Cooperation

Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (R) in the prime minister’s office, Thursday. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday morning with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who arrived in Israel for a short visit.

At their meeting, Netanyahu mentioned that Israel will implement as few restrictions as possible on cyber technology exports and said that the prosperity of the industry is very important for Israel. The two discussed the close cooperation between Israel and Microsoft and noted that the company’s development center in Israel is marking its 25th anniversary.

Microsoft CEO Nadella noted Microsoft’s commitment to Israel, its investments in the local market and its commitment to the continued growth of the high-tech and innovation industry in Israel which finds expression in assistance programs for start-ups, introducing advanced technologies to all sectors of the economy, promoting science and technology, and education in computers and mathematics.

“We are marking 25 years of cooperation between Microsoft and the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu. “We should now chart the next 25 years. Israel is a center of great technological innovation; Microsoft is a great technological company.”

Nadella replied, “Thank you so much, Prime Minister, and it’s a real pleasure to be in Israel, and as you said, the 25 years have been a fantastic 25 years, and we look forward to 25 more.”