Israel is planning to use glass to make glass and shatter, a move that is likely to further increase tensions between the countries, the head of Israel’s national glass company told Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Sunday.
The Israeli company, Geva Glass, plans to begin making glass from imported glass and plastic frames at the end of this year and begin mass production of the product, which is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue over 10 years.
Glass from imported frames is also being made in the United States.
“Glass is a very important element in the Israeli economy,” said Shlomo Galil, head of the company.
“I have a lot of faith in the people of Israel to do the right thing and make it work.”
Glass is used in glass products from cars to toys, but the Israeli company plans to take its glass production to the United Kingdom and other countries.
“We are aiming for the United Arab Emirates, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, to be the hub of glass manufacturing,” Galil said.
“There are very few glass manufacturers in the Middle East, so it is a great opportunity to bring in glass.”
The glass industry in Israel, which employs nearly 1,000 people, is among the fastest growing in the region.
Geva said it expects to hire about 2,000 workers by the end.
The company employs around 2,300 workers worldwide, including about 1,400 in Israel.
“This is a key opportunity for us,” Galleil said of Israel.
“Israel has a very rich and growing glass industry, and I think there are a lot more opportunities to make a positive impact on the world.”