Netanyahu Visits Silicon Valley to Sign Pact with Gov. Brown

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Mountain View Wednesday, meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown.

About 10 demonstrators gathered outside the Mountain View museum where the Israeli Prime Minister was meeting with Governor Jerry Brown.  PHOTO BY JEFF BURBANK
About 10 demonstrators gathered outside the Mountain View museum where the Israeli Prime Minister was meeting with Governor Jerry Brown. PHOTO BY JEFF BURBANK
By Bay City News: 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Mountain View Wednesday  morning meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown at the Computer History Museum, where the leaders were scheduled to sign a pact to expand economic, cultural and academic cooperation between Israel and California.

 The pact, referred to by Israeli consular officials in San Francisco as a "strategic partnership," focuses on water conservation, cyber defense, alternative energy, biotech, health and education among other areas, according to the governor's office.

 The agreement also aims to connect Israeli companies to California's iHub startup incubators, consular officials said.

 Prior to the arrival of Brown and Netanyahu, security personnel circled the museum with dogs that sniffed around the building's perimeter.

 About 10 demonstrators gathered outside the museum, located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., early Wednesday morning in anticipation of Netanyahu's visit. Most were there in support of Palestinians, including John Lehman, a 60-year-old San Jose resident.

 "The reason I'm against the cooperation, the partnership, is that it would directly or indirectly support the occupation," Lehman said. "They have a right to be left alone," he said of Palestinians.

 Standing on the center median of North Shoreline Boulevard near large letters strung up between trees reading "Free Palestine," 68-year-old Paul Laudree, of El Cerrito, said he opposes settlements in the West Bank.

 "Why are we sending them billions of dollars?" he said of U.S. aid to Israel. "It's also destroying our relations with the entire Arab world. Is this really to our benefit?"

 Nearby holding three Israeli flags was 53-year-old Faith Meltzer, the lone supporter of the pact among the demonstrators.

 "I'm here to support a close relationship between the United States and Israel," she said. "The only path to peace is for a Jewish state alongside an Arab state, with close diplomatic ties."

 Meltzer said the agreement being signed Wednesday will be good for everyone involved.

 "What is happening today is Israel is doing amazing things with water conservation. It's a great opportunity for both Israel and California to enhance their relationship," she said.

 Netanyahu's stop in Mountain View follows a trip to Washington, D.C., where he met with President Barack Obama, and a visit to Los Angeles, where the prime minister attended a screening of a TV documentary in which he appears.

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Nola Smith March 06, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Americans, visit Israel. Talk to the locals, including Arab-Israeli citizens. You will never hear the truth about Israel in the press here.
Ken March 06, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Why not focus the article on the reason for the visit – an agreement between the two technology capitals of the world to bring increased benefits to all humanity. The tiny country of Israel has been responsible for important advances in medicine, agriculture, information technology and security, and California can benefit from this. Instead, half the article (and the lead photo) focused on a tiny group of anti-semitic protesters. The only technology the Palestinians have given the world over the past 30 years is the suicide bomber vest. This is shoddy journalism at its worst.
Nola Smith March 06, 2014 at 04:00 PM
The article, the emphasis, the photograph? Simply another example of poor journalism and journalism with a political agenda. Just stop it please. Report responsibly, and for once look for the good, ye naysayers!
Laura R March 07, 2014 at 12:49 AM
I, too, am shocked by the inappropriate nature of the photograph. Patch managers, you should be aware of the motivations of your reporters and aim for non-biased journalism.


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