Israel Is a Tech Superpower, and America Needs It on Its Side

The number of AI and cybersecurity startups in Israel makes up close to 20 percent of the world’s total, likely eclipsing China and second only to the United States.

Attendees at a conference on cybersecurity in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2016. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Attendees at a conference on cybersecurity in Tel Aviv on November 15, 2016. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

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Dec. 23 2019
About the authors

John Hannah is senior counselor at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Annie Fixler is the deputy director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.


We find ourselves in strong agreement with the two central contentions of Arthur Herman’s valuable new essay in Mosaic, “The Impasse Obstructing U.S.-Israel Relations, and How to Remedy It.” First, China’s growing penetration of Israel’s economy over the past decade, particularly in the high-tech sector, poses real risks to the U.S.-Israel relationship if left unattended. But second, if addressed in a spirit worthy of the profound alliance that has bound these two great liberal democracies together for decades, the China challenge should serve instead as a major opportunity to propel the strategic partnership to new heights.

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