The IDF’s move to the South will result in Beersheba turning into the “national
cyber capital,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon pledged on Tuesday during a
conference at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Ya’alon said that “the
technological units are the main lever [for growth]. The C4i [Teleprocessing
Corps] and Intelligence areas of military offices will bring people who will
live here,” he said. “The ability to connect these bases that will brim with
technology to the academic and information centers will lead Beersheba to become
a national cyber capital, and we mean that.
This will also naturally
attract the private sector,” Ya’alon added.
“The IDF will receive
advanced infrastructure, logistics and new technologies, that will push it
forward by generations,” he said.
The defense minister was speaking at a
conference titled “IDF Moving to the Negev.” He said the move was part of
realizing former prime minister David Ben- Gurion’s dream of making the Negev
“Geographically speaking, Beersheba is the center of the
country, and this is how it must be seen and acted upon,” Ya’alon affirmed. The
influx of career officers and their families will in turn bring businesses to
the south, he stated.
The Beduin population cannot be ignored, Ya’alon
stressed, noting unsolved issues affecting the community, such as land
ownership, housing, employment, education and law enforcement.
“This is a
calculated move with a five-year [funding] plan of NIS 8 [billion] to 9b. There
is a balance between many considerations,” he added.