A delegation of Israeli high school students ranked eighth out of 80 participating countries in the international Computer Science Olympics competition which took place this week in Australia, a significant jump of nine places compared to 2012.
In 2011, Israel had only ranked 19th and in 2010 it had placed 23rd.
Education Minister Shay Piron congratulated the students on their “impressive and exciting” achievement which he called “a great proof of the ability of the children of Israel”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also called the high schoolers on Thursday and complimented them on their success.
"You won the most important Olympics in my eyes," he said, "As Tal Brody said many years before you were born, you've put us on the map."
Among the top three winners of the competition were the Chinese, Russian and Korean teams.