Netanyahu meets with Google chairman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Google’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, on June 19 in Jerusalem. It was Schmidt’s first trip to Israel.

Netanyahu gave Schmidt a Google doodle he had drawn (pictured below) that shows an Israeli flag, a man sitting under an umbrella in the sun and the crystals discovered by the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Israeli professor Dan Shechtman. According to a release from the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu reportedly said, “This is Israel — science, sun and Google.”

Schmidt, who was visiting from Google’s Mountain View headquarters, said Netanyahu was the first world leader to have drawn a doodle. He added, “The decision to invest in Israel was one of the best that Google has ever made.”

The two men also discussed cooperation between Israel and Google in medicine, science and defense against cyberattacks, as well as alternatives to oil. — j. staff