Xi Jinping, Shimon Peres
As China significantly steps up its investments in Israel and in joint research programs, some prominent Israelis are warning against too close an embrace. The former head of the Mossad, Ephraim Halevy, has called on the Knesset to devise ways of protecting Israel’s major assets from overexposure to China. The former head of the Labor Party opposition, Knesset member Shelly Yachimovich, objected last week to the recent sale to China of a majority share in Tnuva, Israel’s largest manufacturer of dairy products. “What normal country puts its food security and its entire milk industry in the hands of China?” she asked in the Knesset. More