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Ex-Teva CEO Jeremy Levin Says He Is Staying in Israel – for Now

Jeremy Levin, who moved to Israel last year to take over the helm at Teva Pharmaceuticals only to be fired last month, say he loves Israel and is staying here, at least for the time being.

Unlike Stanley Fischer, who made aliya to take over the post of Governor of the Bank of Israel and then packed up and left earlier this year, Levin is a lot more outgoing an expresses himself on a more personal level.

“I intend to devote my time in the short term to get to know Israel and Israelis, and to see everything that this country has to offer,” Levin told graduates in the masters program for business administration at Tel Aviv University Tuesday.

“There is special warmth and love in Israel, and I’m proud to be an Israeli,” he added. “Follow your hearts, dream big, learn from mistakes and appreciate the loss in order to learn from it.”

He also said he looking for work.

“As for myself, I immigrated and I’m now unemployed, so if you have some interesting offers…,” Levin told the graduates.

Levine expressed the same views as  Fischer and his successor Karnit Flug that Israel needs to “educate all sectors of society and include all the nations: Christians, Jews, Muslims, groups such as the Haredim, the Druze, everyone. Everyone should be an important contribution to the economy.

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