Hologram of Deceased Israeli Leader Shimon Peres Inaugurates Eponymous Center Celebrating Israeli Innovation
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu co-hosted the Israeli Innovation Summit together with Wang Qishan, the Vice President of the People's Republic of China
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu co-hosted the Israeli Innovation Summit together with Wang Qishan, the Vice President of the People's Republic of China and the most senior Chinese official to visit the country in well over a decade. While Netanyahu was one of the keynote speakers, he was not the first Israeli prime minister to address the audience. The honor went to the late Shimon Peres, Israel’s 9th president and the country’s 8th prime minister, who was recreated in hologram form.
For daily updates, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here.The hologram of the late Israeli president and Noble Peace Prize laureate “read” part of his will, describing his vision for the Israeli Innovation Center at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa, which was inaugurated at Thursday’s summit. In his keynote address, Netanyahu touted the power of innovation in creating bridges between nations and people. Israeli innovation may lead to “reconciliation and peace” with the Palestinians by strengthening ties with countries in the Arab world, some of which have recently been warming up to Israel, he said.
The final keynote speaker at the event was Alibaba Group’s co-founder and chair Jack Ma. After buying assets from an Israeli QR codes startup Visualead Ltd. in 2017, the Chinese e-commerce behemoth currently operates a local lab. In October 2017, Ma announced plans to set up offices in Tel Aviv as part of a $15 billion global research and development push.Other prominent speakers at the summit included former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, former president of Paypal and a senior VP at Facebook David Marcus, and Amnon Shashua, co-founder and CEO of Jerusalem-based automotive tech company Mobileye, acquired in 2016 by Intel.