Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the start of meeting with entrepreneur Elon Musk, September 18, 2023/Avi Ohayon, Roy Avraham, Yehezkel Kandil - Government Press Office
On the eve of his flight to the United States for meetings, the first of which was with Elon Musk, and just before he moves with Tesla, Benjamin Netanyahu promised that he would work so that Musk would invest in Israel in the coming years. "Just as we have become a leader in cyberspace, so we will do in the field of artificial intelligence," he boasted.
It's not clear why – for the umpteenth time – this storytelling festival is still being bought, since even though Netanyahu made a pilgrimage to California, Musk has not heralded any investment in Israel. In Turkey, this may happen. Moreover, the credit he took for turning Israel into a cyber power took out Alon Cohen, founder of CyberArk.
"Mr. Netanyahu, I heard you claim yesterday without blinking that you have turned Israel into a cyber power. I'm really curious to hear how you did it, and in the case of cyber and Israeli cyber history, I understand a little," Cohen said in a Facebook post.
"Checkpoint, one of the fathers of Israeli cyberspace, was established in 1993 before you became Prime Minister. How exactly did you contribute to Checkpoint," Cohen wondered and continued.
"CyberArk was founded by Udi and I a few years later, coincidentally under the governments of Ehud Barak and then Arik Sharon. The truth is, not Barak, not Sharon, and of course not you contributed anything to us in building the company. We didn't even get a shekel from you."
"Have you ever given us good advice? Have you connected us to a potential customer? Did you give us any funding? Tax reductions? Did you advance your studies in science and technology? What exactly of all these have you done that you are tying yourself the crowns of turning Israel into a cyber power?Let me tell you a secret, Israel has become a cyber superpower thanks to brilliant, creative, diligent and groundbreaking entrepreneurs."
So much for some of the words of - what to call it to say the least? One who knows.
Billionaire Elon Musk with Tesla's new presenters/government press office, Avi Ohayon
Netanyahu also knows: knows how to create around himself the aura of a responsible adult yet an innovator, a man of the world – or as his propagandists summed it up for him: "another league." In practice all this is foam on the surface of the water. A lot of talk, a little high-tech.
At the height of the high-tech crisis, in June of this year, Sam Altman, CEO of Open AI and responsible for Chat GPT's gift to the world, landed in Israel. It was expected that at the very least he would meet Netanyahu because he had previously held a round of meetings with presidents and prime ministers in Europe. Shamefully this did not happen.
To show that he was in the loop, Netanyahu made do with a phone conversation with Elon Musk, who in recent months has become his rescue company from the mud to which he led high-tech. As the crisis in the industry worsened, one of his associates arranged another PR meeting with one of the industry's senior executives.
Thus, in February of this year, Netanyahu met in Petah Tikva with the top echelons of the local high-tech industry at the offices of NG Soft, part of the NG soft Group. The group was managed and controlled by Zvi Marom, who employed Netanyahu as a senior advisor after his first term as prime minister.
Marom does not deny that he supports him to this day. In any case, even from this meeting nothing came of it. In June of this year, he met with former Oracle CEO Zafra Katz. The two "discussed" increasing investments in Israel and the opportunities in artificial intelligence. Needless to say, nothing has happened since the "discussion."
Even with regard to the circumstances of the meeting, Oracle is owned by American billionaire Larry Ellison, who is close to Netanyahu and is serving as a prosecution witness in his trial. Ellison hosted Netanyahu, and according to reports (which were denied), Ellison offered Netanyahu the position of director of Oracle.
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Another high-tech investor who supports his policy is TV shark man Dobby Frances, who is trying to put out the tech tribe's protest fire. One of his investments is in Papia Global, against whose owner Einat Gas waged a business battle, after the company announced that it was transferring the management of the company's funds abroad due to concerns about the damage caused by the legal revolution in the industry.
In an interview with Israel Hayom, he said: "There will be no panic among investors. Netanyahu's conduct is responsible and I'm going to increase investments in Israel." At the height of the battle against gas, he considered selling his investment in Papia Global in a liquidation sale.
The founder of CyberArk and the leaders of the high-tech industry are right. With the exception of a few burned-out fans, on high-tech issues such as immigrants from the central bus station, the cost of living and more, Netanyahu excels mainly in talk, public relations and fluent English in a baritone tone. Those who know the facts were not surprised, perhaps only by one thing: that this false commodity still has a few buyers left.
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