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US, Israel agree to launch joint technological cooperation forum

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 15, 2022. (Gilad Kavalerchik)
National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata speaks at the annual conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy (ICT) at Reichman University in Herzliya on September 15, 2022. (Gilad Kavalerchik)

Hours before their meetings with US officials in Washington, Science and Innovation Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen and national security adviser Eyal Hulata say they are launching a process to transform strategic-technological cooperation between the countries, a field that has lagged behind Israel’s hi-tech partnership with the European Union.

“The goal is to tie Israeli entrepreneurship and innovation in fields that are at the front of global challenges, together with our US counterparts and American industry,” says Hulata, speaking by phone with Israeli journalists.

The pair are accompanied by dozens of senior representatives from government agencies, including the Agriculture, Energy, Health, Innovation, Environmental Protection, Defense ministries.

Hulata and Farkash-Hacohen will be meeting later Wednesday with US Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm and Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, as well as officials from relevant departments.

The meetings are the first major step in the initiative announced in the Jerusalem Declaration that US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed during Biden’s visit to Israel in July.

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