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Netanyahu Announces International Cybercenter in Beersheba

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Beersheba City Hall. Photo: BASWIM via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – During the opening of the CyberTech Conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of CyberSpark, an international cybercenter in the Negev city of Beersheba.

The prime minister, who made the announcement with the president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the mayor of Beersheba, said turning Beersheba into a cyberhub was an effective realization of the vision that Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, had for the Negev.

“There is huge development in [Israel’s] south, and housing prices are significantly lower than in the Dan region. Whoever has common sense should head there,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom.

The cyberpark will include a high school geared towards science and technology, and a cyber studies center. Staff members have already been recruited.

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