Today, the United States and Israel agreed to remove geographic restrictions in each of the agreements created by Israel`s three binational foundations: the Binational Foundation for Research and Industrial Development (IBRD), the Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD). Both parties have also taken steps to ensure that the BARD remains in force indefinitely. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman signed the amendments to the agreements at a special ceremony held on October 28, 2020 at Ariel University. Progress aligns agreements with current U.S. policy and expands opportunities in a wide range of scientific, agricultural and technological cooperation. In addition, the United States and Israel today signed a Scientific and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ATS) that is a special recognition of our close cooperation in the fields of science, technology and innovation, and builds on this long and fruitful history. The agreement establishes a new framework for the government, which will strengthen and facilitate scientific research, technological cooperation and scientific innovation in mutually beneficial areas. The STA will help promote closer cooperation between the two countries, promote joint research and innovation activities and, among other things, ensure the protection of intellectual property. “Just as we have seen tremendous regional progress in the Abraham Accords, we also see the tangible benefits of President Trump`s policy for bilateral cooperation with Israel. After the protocol signed here in Judea and Samaria comes into force, other Israeli partners will be entitled to funds for scientific cooperation in the most diverse fields.
The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement will further strengthen our deep scientific and technological relationships and contribute to the promotion of economic security for our two countries,” said David Friedman, U.S. AMBASSADOR to Israel, David Friedman, and all areas of science, technology and innovation for peaceful and non-military purposes can be supported under the agreement. Priority areas for cooperation activities are defined from time to time in writing by the contracting parties. In February 2020, Amazon Web Services signed an agreement with Greece to promote innovation across the economy by collaborating with digital governance, digital infrastructure and cloud skills training. The scientific and technological commitment in Greece supports a strong bilateral relationship with an EU partner and a NATO ally, the US assures.