OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and Benjamin Netanyahu
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in January. Photo by Reuters
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While the OECD held the accession ceremony for Israel, Estonia and Slovakia at its Paris headquarters yesterday, the official signing of the agreements with the organization will be held only in a few weeks - or even months - in Jerusalem, after the Knesset officially approves the agreements.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to the semi-annual ministerial meeting of the OECD in Paris. Though it is usually conducted at the level of finance ministers, the heads of state for the three new members were invited.

The OECD now numbers 34 nations, including the three new members.

Israel is near the bottom of most measures of OECD countries - such as in the areas of education, health and welfare - as two recent OECD reports showed.