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Rudolph Giuliani says the future of IT is in Israel

Former Mayor of New York City tells BGU students: Now I can see the future…You are at the forefront of not only the new applications of information technology and meta data but how we protect it.

15-03-2016_223 Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani holds a dove of peace plaque given to him by BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Photo by Dani MachlisBGU

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs, Giuliani – who now serves as the new global chairman of law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Cyber Security and Crisis Management Practice – said Israel’s south is the place to be for cybersecurity and big data applications.

“I know you’re the cutting edge of all of these things and now I find out it is located here. I knew it was located in Israel, but I didn’t know where it was located in Israel, and it’s located here. And you should be enormously excited, ” he told students and faculty during a speech on campus.

“And now I can see the future. I can see you are going to accomplish even more. You are at the forefront of not only the new applications of information technology and meta data but how we protect it.

“Seeing this institution and what you’re doing, which has an enormously practical side to it and an enormously academic side to it. It marries the two things together. Very often I see institutions that are too practical and business oriented or too academic. This is a wonderful marriage. That’s really terrific and that is very unusual. It gives us great hope, ” he said.

Giuliani said one of the reasons he joined Greenberg Traurig’s law firm was because of its connections to Israel.

“I joined the law firm because it has an office in Israel. I did it for two reasons.  First of all, I love your country. There are many reasons for that. I love coming here and have been coming here since 1985. I have enormous respect for it and I really love what you stand for and what you’ve accomplished and who you are, ” he said.


15-03-2016_219 Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani holds a dove of peace plaque given to him by BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Photo by Dani MachlisBGU


The former mayor of New York City talked about how he managed to reduce crime during his tenure in the mid-1990s through the analysis of crime statistics in near real time.

“Without computers and statistical analysis, we would not have been able to reduce crime by 65 percent. At that time, we were losing more people in a year than the Afghan War. There were 6-7 murders a day.

“One day I was sitting in a famous bar in New York, Elaine’s, and head of the Transit Police Jack Maple came in. There are seven Transit Police precincts and he would go around at the end of the day and write the crimes that had been committed that day on napkins. Then he would come to the bar and lay out all the napkins and that’s how he would see the trends. I told him we should do that for all 77 police precincts in the city and that’s how CompStat was born, ” Giuliani told the audience. “We could analyze the data and make the change the next day rather than next year or next month.”

Since then, he said, he has been a big believer in information technology and big data analysis.

Before addressing students and faculty, Giuliani also visited the Deutsche Telekom Innovation [email protected] where he met with representatives of the University, EMC, JVP, and CyberSpark.

At the end of his talk, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi presented him with a dove of peace plaque.


By Israel21C



  1. MladenAndrijasevic

    March 17, 2016 at 8:19 am

    An answer from Rudy Giuliani about Donald Trump

  2. mattlechner

    March 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Mr. Giuliani – you forgot that Donnie’s lawyer (Roy Cohn) was also the lawyer for the Mob Commission ?    you forgot ?   oh, he forgot.

  3. mattlechner

    March 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    see “CITIZEN COHN:  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROY COHN”  p.413   it’s right there for you Mr. Giuliani, in case you forgot.     the exact same lawyer as the lawyer for the Mob Commission, and for the head of the Genovese crime family too.     probably just a coincidence, right ?

  4. mattlechner

    March 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    based on that, plus his dealings with Nicky Scarfo, Donnie probably would not make it past New York City’s organized crime affiliateions screening to drive a garbage truck for the City of New York, and you are going to let him into the White House?

    did you forget everything that you used to do to fight the Mob ?   if you forgot, you forgot.   I guess.

  5. mattlechner

    March 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    and to the people reading this newspaper —– don’t forget – Jewish interests in Hollywood were essential to putting in the scumbag we now have in the White House.    and look what Scumbag just did to you, after you helped put him in the White House.    sold you out to Iran.   like you have never been sold out before.

    don’t help put another scumbag in the White House.

    Donald Trump is a mobster, and he belongs in a casino – not in the White House.

    use your brains – and back someone who has decent character, and not someone who is mixed up with the Mob

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