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Israel’s high-tech secret services have been told to step up efforts to recruit women and foreign Jews. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office announced Wednesday that he had ordered security services such as the Mossad, Shin Bet and Military Intelligence to try to bring more women into their technology units “in order to better exploit the potential human resources in Israel.”

Olmert further endorsed a recommendation by his national security adviser, Ilan Mizrahi, to seek new ways of persuading “exceptional” Jewish youths in the Diaspora to immigrate and serve in the range of science and technology jobs offered by Israel’s defense establishment. While Israel’s spy services are believed to be world leaders in intelligence technology, they have recently lost many potential employees to the more lucrative private sector.

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