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Israel's Tech Sector Needs Foreign Workers, Netanyahu Says

  • Strong hi-tech sector helps Israel build diplomatic ties: PM
  • Netanyahu speaks at business conference in Jerusalem
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Israel will have to let foreigners work in its vaunted technology sector if it wants to ensure the industry’s growth, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“In Silicon Valley they’re doing it: You hear Hindi and Hebrew on the streets,” Netanyahu said at a business conference Wednesday in Jerusalem. Even if the country enlists peripheral communities that barely work in the field, such as Arab citizens and ultra-Orthodox Jews, Israel would still need to bring developers and engineers from abroad to meet the demand for talent, he said.