Israel Moves Forward with Plan to Relocate Military Tech Bases
A plan to relocate some of Israel’s biggest military technology bases to the country’s south has drawn the attention of multinationals seeking to tap local talent
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The tender winners, Israel-based developers Shikun & Binui Ltd. and Africa Israel Investments Ltd., will construct the base and operate it for a period of 25 years. The consortium won the tender in June, but rival applicants filed an objection in court, alleging the winning bid did not meet baseline requirements. The appeal was withdrawn in October.The relocation will encourage economic development of Israel's south, and connect military tech personnel with the local tech industry and academia, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.