The lockdown "brought the numbers rapidly down, but they’ll climb back up because the virus is the virus is the virus."
All the start-ups selected from the Middle East and North Africa by WEF were based in Israel.
The competitiveness of 132 countries was measured according to 70 talent-related variables.
Despite maintaining best record in region, Jewish state drops 18 spots since 2018
"The goal of joining the network is to create a shared global infrastructure and to unite international forces in dealing with these rapid technological changes," Dr. Ami Appelbaum said.
The data trust concept aims to provide a new universally-accessible model for data sharing and provide open source solutions free to the world, but is not yet applied to the smart mobility world.
"I will always put America first, but America first does not mean America alone."
He added that under the proposal, "Israel would have to pay."
Netanyahu's speech comes hours after he met with United States President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the conference.
Jordan, which has a large Palestinian population, plays a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.