World-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, met with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday and said the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating.
The two discussed the current Israel-Arab conflict, the ceasefire and the possibility of moving forward with negotiations between the two sides. Both Olmert and Hawking agreed that it is important to strengthen ties with Palestinian moderates who support an agreement with Israel and not with terror.
The one-day visit with the prime minister was part of his nine-day visit to Israel. Hawking is scheduled to meet with students and scientists from all over the country and give lectures at the Bloomfield Science Museum, the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Cambridge University Professor of Mathematics will also meet with the Palestinian Authority and lecture at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah, holding a video conference with other Palestinian scientists in Judea and Samaria.
This is Hawking’s fourth visit to Israel. He will lecture on the “Origins of the Universe.” Hawking’s research focuses on black holes and the Theory of Relativity. He is also author of the bestseller, “A Brief History of Time.”