Apple CEO Tim Cook is continuing his international tour this week with a stop in Israel, The Marker reports. The publication reports that Cook arrived in Israel today and has since met with President Reuven Rivlin (seen above) at his home in Jerusalem; Cook is also expected to meet with former President Shimon Peres during the trip. Alongside Cook for the trip, notably, is Johny Srugi, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies, a graduate of Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology…

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Rumors surfaced a couple weeks ago that the Apple CEO planned a visit to Israel sometime this month, in part to tour a new set of Apple offices opening in Herzliya, Israel. Based on the size of the office space, Apple is expected to staff between 600 and 1,200 employees in the new buildings.

Cook’s visit to Israel follows a stop in Germany at the beginning of the week as the Apple chief visited the newsroom of the famous German newspaper BILD with its editors-in-chief. Cook also met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss privacy and security issues. Earlier in the week Cook shared a photo from the glass maker in Augsburg for Apple’s Campus 2 project.

Earlier this week, Apple announced plans for a $1.9 billion investment for two of the world’s largest clean energy data centers planned for Europe alongside Cook’s international tour.

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Apple VP of Hardware Technology Johnny Srugi & Israel President Reuven Rivlin

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