Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, currently touring the United States this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, is planning a swing through the Silicon Valley, the first California visit from an Israeli prime minister since 2006.

He’s scheduled to have lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook later today and will meet with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant who made a fortune by selling his startup to Facebook for $19 billion last month

Following his lunch with with Cook, Netanyahu will head to Stanford where he will meet President Hennessy and do some national TV interviews.

Perhaps the two men will discuss launching official Apple Stores in Israel?

Netanyahu will also sign an agreement with California Governer Jerry Brown which will enable Israeli companies to tap resources of the California Innovation Network (CIN).

The CIN is comprised of sixteen iHub business incubators located around the state and the agreement is mutually beneficial as iHub members get to benefit, too, should any new interesting technology come out of Israel.

The California Israel Chamber of Commerce already co-operates with tech titans like Facebook, Microsoft, PayPay, eBay, Oracle and others. It’s worth pointing out that more than 150 Israeli-based startups are now located in Silicon Valley.

Netanyahu said his country has “a huge concentration of engineers.”

“And from what I gather, they’re crazy over there just like we’re crazy over here, working all hours of the day, going killer on startups and project ideas,” he remarked.

Apple operates three research and development center in Israel.

In 2012, the iPhone maker opened a second Israeli development center in the town of Haifa, in addition to its previous R&D facility in the country. Last year, a third R&D facility went online in Israel, staffed with 150+ former Texas Instruments semiconductor engineers who are working alongside Apple’s wireless and semiconductor teams in California on new chip designs.

More importantly, Israeli startups helped develop some of Apple’s cutting-edge technologies. For example, Apple in December 2011 bought the Israeli flash memory developer Anobit for the reported $500 million to help advance and optimize reliability and performance of flash storage utilized by Mac and iOS-based products.

And of course, July 2012 brought another acqui-hire as Apple snapped up a company called AuthenTec for $356 million. AuthenTec was the world’s top supplier of smart sensors and its talented engineers moved to California to help develop the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint reader.

And just last November, watchers were stunned learning that Apple purchased Israeli 3D sensor technology company PrimeSense for the reported $345 million.

Fruits of that partnership have yet to materialize.

For what it’s worth, pundits speculate that the PrimeSense deal is an indication of some sort of gesture-based Apple TV interface because PrimeSense tech, chips and designs power the original Microsoft Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360.

Another possibility: PrimeSense’s 3D tech could improve Apple Maps.

Yet another possibility: folks who joined Apple from PrimeSense are said to work on camera hardware for future iOS devices and TV products, according to sources briefed on Apple’s plans who talked to 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman.

  • Micky Ganon

    Im from israel !!

    • Palmer Paul

      מה נשמע? 🙂

      • David Gitman

        גם אני

      • Justin0000

        I’m really sorry for his behavior

      • Ariel

        מה קורה חברה?

  • Curtis

    iCloud !! Dropbox !! Facebook !! WhatsApp !! PayPal !! Credit Cards !! Fingerprints !! LEGAL !!!!!!

    New World Order ????

    R.I.P. Privacy !! R.I.P. Humanity !!

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Nobody is forcing you to use these you know.

  • Ben Barros

    peace treaty may be very soon for Israel. BIBLE PROPHECY

    • Where is the peace :/ on killing people & take their land???

      • Ben Barros

        April 15th

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        If you watch South Park you’ll already know the answer to this 😛

      • Hyr3m

        Nuke to the face = peace and quiet (especially quiet)

      • 2013iphonehelper .

        Israel killing innocents? since when?? man you’re piece of shit! stop talking lies!

  • Israel? Where is this? :/ never heard about it before? the thing i know this people when they get something this thing will destroy -_- damn to that sh**t >_< you gone a way apple 🙁

    • iPhone5s&sgs3

      Israel is a big start up nation.
      waze viber and many more.
      just for your knowledge google Israel diffence force.
      the IDF never attacks inoccent ppl.
      also google israel negotiation and look at the huge support of israelies in peace.

  • omrishtam

    oh no please no…

  • Tom

    Yes! Finally!!! Israeli people invented many things like flash storage (diskonkey), the touch id sensor and many more! Israel deserves at least one official apple store because even iPhone 5s 16 gig costs more than 1000 dollars!

    • Hyr3m

      Flash memory (both NOR and NAND types) was invented by Dr. Fujio Masuoka while working for Toshiba circa 1980.
      Also, I seriously doubt that fingerprint sensors were invented in Israel but w/e…

  • Tom

    Why it’s not our home? It’s a country called Israel and not Palestine.

    • Hyr3m

      You can set your “home” in someone else’s backyard; all you need is a set of wooden boards and a doormat. That doesn’t mean your claim is legitimate or your excuse for doing so is valid enough to justify apartheid and crimes against humanity.

    • Omar Sharif

      You are just a pathetic jew
      If you don’t remember I can tell you what the lord Adolf Hitler made to Jews pigs and monkeys
      Just come here to Kuwait and you will see everyone love Hitler ? You know why ? He freed the world from Jews like you

      • Hyr3m

        Actually he didn’t. Jews pretty much rule the world right now… except they’re not really Jews… (see other comment about Zionists)

  • David Gitman

    You must be a trolling jew

  • Justin0000

    Why are talk dirty?

    As american I can’t stand muslims,you are violent,assassins,murderers.
    Go back to Syria Omar Sharif.

    • Arsanny Lintang

      So you think that all Muslim is a terrorist? How racist!

      • Justin0000

        So why won’t you react when someone is blessing all jews? smartass..

        Don’t be righteous only when you feel like it.

    • Omar Sharif

      I am from Egypt you ediot punk

    • Marcus

      Excuse Me? You know Steve Jobs was Syrian.. and as I Catholic I can say that Muslims are not bad (most of them aren’t at least) and If all Muslims were terrorists then we would all be dead… (1.6 Billion Muslims)

  • iPhone5s&sgs3

    Israel NEVER called “palestine” before.

    just for your knowledge I think you should learn how to google things yourself, the place we came from is Israel and we were here before the arabs came here.


    today in Israel there are around the 1,700,000 arabs which are 21% of the population in Israel.
    They are considered as Israeli arab and they all get the SAME RIGHTS as any other israeli guy gets and they all get and Israeli ID.

    Israel support peace and this is why we NEVER attack inoccent ppl.

    This is why we support negotiation and why we are release prisoners terrorists with blood on their hands!!

    we will never get a true peace when there are Islamist groups like hamas hezbollah al qaeda and many more and supporters to these groups.

    sry for my spelling rules my english aint perfect.

    • 2013iphonehelper .

      man you’re so right!
      i wish all the world will understand it!

    • Omar Sharif

      Israel support peace and never killed innocent people ?
      Then explain what is Israel doing in Ghaza
      Explain why Israel kills Women and children
      Explain why Israel stops charity plans from getting to Ghaza
      Explain why Israel supports Illuminati
      Explain why Israel hates us Muslims
      They hate us because we are the truth , they are afraid of truth
      Salute to Hitler from cleaning the Earth from the disease called Jews
      We Muslims shall do more than what Hitler did
      Just wait and see

      • Tom

        Excuse me??? Israel provides free water and free electricity, and gaza sends rockets to Israel and we just defend! Every week there are at least 2 rockets sent from gaza, we just kill the terrorists that launch the rockets! We don’t want to kill innocent people, it happens rarely because terrorists in gaza set their bases in the schools, hospitals… And what can we do? Just ignore it? When gaza bombs us? No! We attack only the terrorists that are launching rockets at us.

      • Omar Sharif

        Excuse me ? Only girls talk in this way
        Sorry but I don’t talk to bitches
        And by the way Israel is the one who started fighting and not Palestine or Ghaza , it is called defending , if someone starts hitting you would you just stare at him or will you going to fight back ? This is the same what Ghaza does with Israel

      • Tom

        Even the US classifies the hamas as a terrorist organisation… en. wikipedia .org/wiki/Hamas (which is in gaza).
        And see? did I start to swear? No. you started, you called me a bitch. This is what happens in real life. (You start to kill innocent people, then we defend and everyone says that we started).

      • Omar Sharif

        We don’t care for what bullshit US says

      • Dor Pinhas

        Omar ur an annoying little sh*t head who talk a lot of sh*t.
        please go back to your own state or get killed by us.
        And.. be careful NSA and other agencies monitors the web for terrorist activities we just found one – you.

      • Tom

        Oh, can I tell you a story?
        There was a little girl who played in her house with a ball. Her father always told her to stop playing with it. One day, the girl broke an expensive vase and her father started to hit her until she lost her consciousness and she was in the hospital a few months.
        That was just the metaphor of what happens. The Muslims (NOT EVERYONE!!!) just kill innocent people here! Do you think it’s okay?

      • Hyr3m

        Hitler was a Jew…

      • Omar Sharif

        Probably joke of the year
        If he is a Jew why would he kill Jews ?

      • Hyr3m

        He was an Ashkenazi Jewish (that’s where the name “Nazi” came from) and most likely a Rothschild Zionist (understand illuminati). These people (illuminati) come from all religions but are heretics by definition and do not really belong to any religion although they were brought up as – and still claim to be part of them. (You really think George W. Bush is a Christian?)

        You have to understand what Zionists were before the illuminati started using their name and growing the movement and what they became after (and what happened/who they were willing to sacrifice in order to create their own illuminati state in the middle east).

      • iPhone5s&sgs3



        what you write isnt true, if you think it is the prove show me where you saw it.
        Israel is defend on Ghaza citizens more than it goverment itself!!!!!!!!!
        Israel provides food, electricity and water to ghaza!!!

        did you know that Syrians treated in Israeli hospitals since early 2013?! WANT A PROOF?? LEARN TO USE GOOGLE BEFORE YOU ARE TROWING LIES TO THE AIR!

        Israel hates Islam? funny cuz Israel is not a religion country !! UNLIKE THE 99% OF THE ARABIC COUNTRIES AT THE WORLD! including yours!!!!!!

        now I want you to google what the Koran says about Christianity and Judaism.


        oh and one more thing, im not a jew im and ATHEIST and im proud to be and Israeli!

      • Omar Sharif

        Atheist eh
        So you know shit about the situation in Palestine so don’t open your tiny mouth ok son , because I am tired of the bullshit you have in your brain

      • iPhone5s&sgs3

        Israel* not palestine.
        As I said I live in Israel.
        the “shit” I have in my brain is the truth this is why Im telling you to google. did you heard about google?
        try it.

  • Hyr3m

    Any real and educated Jew will tell you that Zionists are heretics. There’s currently a sort of apartheid in Israel and this “country” has claimed for a long time that the Geneva convention doesn’t apply to them. Zionists are the most antisemitic people on earth. Semitic people are the local inhabitants of these regions, not the Ashkenazim (yes, it says Nazi in there… [National Socialism = NaSo]) who started WW2.

  • Osama Hamdy El-Sharnoby

    Israel = Real Terrorism

    • TechThingy

      No bro that’s not true!
      I’m Israeli, and I’m all up for peace in here!
      Maybe we’re being annoying with the peace talks, but Arabs blowing themselves up in here just to kill Israelis is not the way to go.
      Every action Israel does is a response for Arabs actions.
      I want peace man, but it’s not gonna happen unless both of us will want it!

  • Nir Added

    why ….the way you curse …Jewish…

    will never hurt civilians on purpose!! Hamas, hizbulla they aim to hurt civilians
    from the first place!!! The ahamadinijad ones sad it clear “moot el Israel!”
    and willing to attack Israel with an atomic bomb!

    people symbol the side of death!!!

    is a reality that 12000000 million Jewish people live on the land of Israel!

    if you “right “and by the way you’re not! You cannot declare 12000000 people by killing
    theme that’s insane!!

    you will see/// Apple will eventually open an official apple store in Jerusalem!!

    my friends no one hats you! Just sometimes trey to think out off your bomb

  • 2013iphonehelper .

    “this is not youre real home”
    stop talking lies! israel never called palastine before..and never be called..