Bibi met with Google Executive Chairman Eric E. Schmidt in the PM’s office today, where Netanyahu handed over a special drawing he’d made for the occasion. The cartoon included an Israeli flag, a man sunning himself inside the large “G” and crystals representing the achievement by this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, Professor Dan Shectman.
“This is Israel,” Netanyahu said. “Science, sun and Google.”
In return, Schmidt gave the prime minister a framed picture of the Isaiah Scroll, in honor of Google’s Dead Sea Scrolls project. Netanyahu compared the framed scroll with the Google doodle, saying, “This is the past and this is the future.”
"We appreciate that Israeli engineers, whose quality is very high, are developing things here that are being used all over the world,” Schmidt said, telling the PM that he respected Israel’s reputation as a start up and tech leader. "The decision to invest in Israel was one of the best that Google has ever made."
"The more science penetrates to more places, the world will be a better place. We would like to see the Internet reaching places that restrict access and your contribution on this issue is phenomenal,” Netanyahu told the executive.
The Google Dead Sea Scrolls project is an initiative to host the scrolls’ content online. Netanyahu called on Israelis to act proactively as well, uploading videos to Israel’s State Archives YouTube channel.