Facebook adding staff to Israel office

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Facebook said it will expand its operations in Israel.

The company announced this week that it would hire 30 new employees, including  engineers, product managers and designers, for its development center, and 10 new employees for marketing and business development, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

Facebook already has 55 development personnel and 20 sales and business development personnel at its office in Tel Aviv.

Facebook launched its presence in Israel in 2013 with the purchase of the Tel Aviv-based Onavo, a mobile analytics company, and made the office its first research and development center in Israel.

The purchase came months after Facebook dropped a bid to acquire the Israeli navigation company Waze, reportedly in part because Waze did not want to relocate its staff from Israel.

Facebook in its previous acquisition of two other Israeli companies — Snaptu in March 2011 and Face.com in June 2012 — brought the Israeli employees to California.