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June 10, 2015 5:28 pm

Amazon Seeking to Significantly Expand its Cloud, R&D Operations in Israel

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Amazon will be significantly expanding its operations in Israel. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Amazon will be significantly expanding its operations in Israel. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

French telecommunications company Orange might be pulling out, but web giant Amazon is planning a significant expansion of its research and development operations in Israel, including opening new offices in Herzliya in which 150 individuals will be employed, Israeli business newspaper The Marker reported on Wednesday.

Amazon selected local company JLL, a real-estate consulting firm, to locate a 3,000 square meter office, and the Hadas Makov architectural firm to design the space. If they are unable to find a suitable facility in Herzliya, the company will consider other options such as Tel Aviv or its environs, according to the report.

The new headquarters will allow Amazon to significantly grow and focus its Israel operations, particularly in the cloud computing and R&D fields, which are currently spread out over several offices in Israel’s central region.

As it stands today, Amazon has thirty employees in Israel in its approximately 600 square meter Ramat Gan premises.

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  • Meirav Grobler

    Well done! Thank you Amazon. I’m in South Africa and I am going to do all my online purchases from Amazon!!!

  • zadimel

    Great for AMAZON! The know where the technological advances lay – and it not with the BDS bunch!

  • Patricia McGehee

    Makes me even happier I purchase lots of things from Amazon.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Orange, the new Loser.

  • Lammie

    Until I know that Amazon is not selling virulently anti-Semitic books any longer, such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion or Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, I will not be buying anything from them.
    What a chutzpah it is for them to be trying to do business in Israel!

    • Scott

      Amazon, should not ban any books.. Instead we should publish books countering the evil..

  • MR.RANDY DOUGLAS MILLER

    ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! I’M USING AN AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HDX 8.9″ TABLET!

  • Phil Cohen

    Good for Amazon, but unless I have my facts mixed up Orange has a contract with Israel, which means it will remain in Israel at least through the duration of that contract.

  • steven L

    Israel must, in the present conditions, reduce her dependence on the EU while protecting herself against the nefarious BHO.
    This is a concerted effort by the EU & US Adm. to weaken Israel.
    IL CAN’T afford to be weakened.

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