Israeli Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU spent about an hour on campus Wednesday afternoon in the final leg of his swing through Silicon Valley.
Netanyahu met briefly with President JOHN HENNESSY and JEFF WACHTEL, senior assistant to the president. Hennessy and the prime minister then met with WhatsApp co-founders BRIAN ACTON, a 1994 Stanford alum, and JAN KOUM, a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant, who sold their company to Facebook for $19 billion last month. Also visiting with Netanyahu was JANINE ZACHARIA, a visiting lecturer in communication and former Jerusalem-based reporter.
Netanyahu did several interviews at STANFORD VIDEO, which provides feeds to national television networks, before departing for the San Jose International Airport and home.
Prior to his arrival at Stanford shortly after 2 p.m., Netanyahu had lunch at Apple Inc. in Cupertino and signed a pro-business agreement with California Gov. Jerry Brown at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Wednesday’s visit followed Netanyahu’s meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Monday and his appearance Tuesday at the Los Angeles premiere of a television documentary that features him.
See the story in the San Francisco Chronicle for news of Netanyahu’s visit to Silicon Valley.