Israel’s cabinet approved the country’s membership in the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) that currently includes 20 states, 18 of them from the EU.
Israel first joined the organisation in 1991 as an observer state, and became a special observer state in 2009.
Based in Geneva, CERN is the world leader in the research of particle physics. It’s star project is the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most sophisticated particle collider, a $10 billion project that aims to bash together the tiny particles making up the universe at phenomenal speeds to allow scientists to observe phenomena that occurred immediately after the Big Bang.
Israel is expected to become a full member of CERN by 2013, after two years as an associate member.