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June 20, 2012

Where’s the Coverage? Google Chairman Recommends Investment in Israel


Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking at a technology conference in Tel Aviv, announced "We love Israel."

According to Israel 21c:

Schmidt praised Israeli engineers, the country’s higher education system and the training acquired in the army.

"There are no disadvantages to investing in Israel -- just advantages," he was quoted by Yedioth Aharonoth as saying.

"Israel has the most important high-tech center in the world after the US," he told the Hebrew daily.

Given Google’s success and influence in high technology, one might think this would get some play in the broader media. Think again. While the Israeli press and some Jewish media covered this aspect of Schmidt’s speech, the mainstream media gave it scant attention. How can one know this? Google it.

In a separate meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the pair exchanged gifts. Schmidt gave Netanyahu a reproduction of the Scroll of Isaiah found in the Dead Sea Scrolls referencing the joint venture between Google and the Israel Museum to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and provide free online access to them. Netanyahu gave Schmidt a doodle he drew:

Bibi google-doodle.jpg

The Algemeiner reported:

On his Facebook page, Mr. Netanyahu explained the drawing as "the Israeli flag, a person sitting under a sun umbrella and the crystals that Professor Dan Shechtman, who won the Nobel Prize this year discovered".

Netanyahu is the first head of state in the world to produce a Google doodle. Want to know how little play this got in the mainstream press? Google it.

Google is heavily invested in Israel, intends to invest more, is working closely with Israeli cultural and educational institutions and is happy to talk to about it. Is the media listening? Goo-- Don't bother. While the media love to cover fringe elements that urge divestment from Israel, here we have an influential leader of global industry recommending investment in Israel and... Where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at June 20, 2012 07:11 PM


I couldn't agree more! The world so quickly "jumps" on Jewish Israel to higlight what it thinks is questionable behavior. However, we hear "silence" when positive comments are made. What a double-standard!! Long live Jewish Israel!

Posted by: Dennis Fleishman at June 21, 2012 07:32 PM

Nothing new. The world doesn't like Jews. We rejected Jesus as the son of G-d and rejected Islam.
Besides this, we passed to the world it's moral code of ethics and have gone unpunished for our rejectionist behaviour. It's not fair - despite the terrible Jewish behaviour we seem to be rewarded by achieving success after success. Finally, we keep 99% of the non Jewish world awake at night planning on ways to create hatred of us. Am Yisroel - sleep peacefully and well - but remember we are the keepers of the moral code so don't sleep blindly.

Posted by: RussellG at June 27, 2012 11:17 AM

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