JNS.org — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and California Governor Jerry Brown signed a pro-business pact on Wednesday.
The agreement aims to expand and strengthen cultural, academic, and economic ties between Israel and California, with an emphasis on water conservation, alternative energy, cyber defense, biotechnology, health, agritech, and higher education.
“Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for collaboration,” Brown said during a meeting with Netanyahu at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Israel can help California deal with its ongoing drought, according to Netanyahu.
“California doesn’t need to have a water problem,” Netanyahu said. “Israel has no water problems because we are the number one recyclers of waste water, we stop water leaks, we use drip irrigation and desalination.”