Elon Musk quietly went to 'technological superpower' Israel to drink absinthe and discuss the future of Tesla in the Middle East
- Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk visited Israel this week to explore the culture and promote the future of his business ventures in the country.
- Musk met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his private residence and told him that Israel is a "technological power."
- Musk's trip certainly wasn't all business, as he posted photos of himself climbing historic Israeli site Masada and lighting a cocktail on fire at a Jerusalem bar.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made a quiet visit to Israel this week to explore the culture and promote future business ventures in the country.
Musk met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his private residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israeli business site Globes reported. The two-hour meeting of the minds focused on bringing future technologies over to Israel, including energy grids and autonomous vehicles.
Netanyahu later discussed the content on his meeting with Musk at a press conference, saying: "I met with Elon Musk this morning. He told me that Israel was a technological power, and that he appreciates what we're doing here."Netanyahu added that Israel's vast southern desert area, called the Negev, could potentially house solar systems that could power all of Israel.
"The Negev is Israel's energy future," Musk reportedly told Netanyahu. "You can deploy solar systems here that will give you more energy than you need - clean energy."
Netanyahu said he was enthusiastic by the prospect of a "bustling, prosperous, and developing Negev."
Globes reported Musk was visiting Israel for collaborative talks with Israeli artificial intelligence startup Cortica, and that he also planned to meet officials from the Transportation Ministry.
But in a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said reports that he was collaborating with Cortica were "completely false," adding that he "had never even heard of Cortica" and was simply taking his kids on a "Spring Break trip to see ancient historical sites in Israel & Jordan."
Musk's trip certainly wasn't all business.On Monday, Musk posted a photo from atop Israel's historic site of Masada with the caption: "Live free or die."
Musk also made time to visit a popular Jerusalem speakeasy called Gatsby Bar, where he sampled signature absinthe cocktails that he lit on fire.
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