Israel Becomes Full Member of CERN

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel has been admitted as a full member of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday.

At a ceremony Wednesday morning at the CERN Globe of Science and Innovation in Geneva, Israel's flag was added to the row of member nations' flags. Israel is CERN's 21st member state and the only nation outside Europe to be admitted as a full member.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who represented the Jewish state at the ceremony, said membership in the organization serves as "recognition of the high level and quality of scientific research in Israel and its contribution to the welfare of the human race." 

"We are proud that Israel creates more than 1 percent of the scientific knowledge in the world even though our population is only one thousandth of the world's population," Lieberman said.

Prof. Ruth Arnon, president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and humanities, Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, along with a large entourage of Israeli scientists and doctoral students also attended the ceremony in Geneva.

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