During his time in the Californian tech-paradise, Netanyahu is set to meet Jan Koum, founder of Whatsapp, according to Nana. The program is a cross-platform mobile application allowing users to exchange messages without having to pay telecom charges.
Just last week Koum sold his company to Facebook for the astronomical sum of $19 billion. Koum, a Ukrainian-born Jew, immigrated to America where he became an orphan at a young age, but nevertheless was able to pull himself up through the world of technology.
In addition, Netanyahu will meet the heads of websites eBay and Linkedin, as well as venture capital firm Sequoia.
Reportedly the visits are meant to deepen the ties between Israel’s powerful hi-tech industry and its American counterpart, as well as to explore new fields of cooperation such as energy, water preservation, and agricultural advances.
Whatsapp has been used for some nefarious purposes in Israel lately; just this Monday three youths were arrested for organizing a drug ring among students in Jerusalem through the program.
Last Wednesday, the IDF Information Security Department issued tough guidelines prohibiting soldiers from using the application on their smartphones to convey IDF-related information.