Apple CEO Tim Cook recently assured that the company intends to continue growing its operations in Israel in a meeting with Israeli President Rueven Rivlin. According to reports, a large reason for the expansion of its operations in Israel will be centered around chip design. Cook mentioned the following according to the folks over at The Wall Street Journal:

We've hired our first individual in Israel in 2011 and we now have over 700 people working in Israel directly for us. Israel and Apple have gotten much closer together over the last three years than ever before, and we see that as just the beginning.
The exact details of Cookís conversation with Rivlin continue to remain unknown but itís quite likely that it had to do with economic development in the area. The new research facility in Herzlyia is Appleís second facility in Israel, joining the existing one in Haifa. As of right now, the 700 employees manning the offices were largely boosted by Apple buying out Israeli startups, Anobit and PrimeSense, as well as the hiring of numerous former Texas Instruments chip designers.

For those of you who didnít know, Apple is one of hundreds of western tech companies with research facilities in Israel. The move isnít surprising considering that the nation churns out an impressive array of technological advances. The advances are attributed towards Israelís focus on scientific education and massive investments in technology by the government and the Israeli Defense Force.

Source: The Wall Street Journal