Netanyahu working to convince Musk to open AI research facility near Beersheba

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on September 10, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90); Right: Elon Musk departs the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Court House in San Francisco, Jan. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Benjamin Fanjoy, File)
Left: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on September 10, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90); Right: Elon Musk departs the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Court House in San Francisco, Jan. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Benjamin Fanjoy, File)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to convince Elon Musk to open an artificial intelligence R&D facility near Beersheba, a source close to the premier tells The Times of Israel.

Netanyahu is landing shortly in San Jose, before heading to meet with Musk and tour the Tesla factory in nearby Fremont.

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