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Netanyahu: Israel and Microsoft are 'a marriage made in heaven'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, hails Israel's cooperation with the tech giant.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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

Netanyahu told Nadella during the meeting that there will be as few restrictions as possible on cyber technology exports and said that the prosperity of the industry is very important for Israel.

The two men discussed the close cooperation between Israel and Microsoft and noted that the company's development center in Israel is marking its 25th anniversary.

"We are marking 25 years of cooperation between Microsoft and the State of Israel. We should now chart the next 25 years. Israel is a center of great technological innovation; Microsoft is a great technological company. It's a marriage made in heaven, but recognized here on earth," said Netanyahu

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.

"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," he said.

Microsoft runs its Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Tel Aviv to promote new startup endeavors and has invested in Israeli startups in recent years.

In 2014, Microsoft purchased Equivio, an Israeli-based startup located in Rosh Haayin to the east of Petah Tikva.

And last September, the company bought Israel-based cybersecurity startup Adallom, which specializes in defending programs and content in the cloud.