Tower Semiconductor to Acquire Jazz Technologies

A more complete discussion of risks and uncertainties that may affect the accuracy of forward-looking statements included in this press release or which may otherwise affect Tower's business is included under the heading "Risk Factors" in Tower's most recent filings on Forms 20-F, F-3 and 6-K, as were filed with the SEC and the Israel Securities Authority. Future results may differ materially from those previously reported. Tower does not intend to update, and expressly disclaims any obligation to update, the information contained in this release.

Additional Information about the Proposed Merger and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed merger, Tower intends to file with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form F-4 that will contain a Proxy Statement/Prospectus and related materials and Jazz expects to mail to its stockholders the final Proxy Statement/Prospectus containing information about Tower, Jazz and the proposed merger. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND THE OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TOWER, JAZZ AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Registration Statement on Form F-4, the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials and documents filed by Tower or Jazz with the SEC, when they become available, through the web site maintained by the SEC at In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents relating to the proposed merger filed with the SEC by Tower by directing a request by mail to Tower Semiconductor Ltd, P.O. BOX 619, Migdal Haemek, Israel 23105, Attn: Investor Relations or by telephone at +972-4-650-6936. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents relating to the proposed merger filed with the SEC by Jazz by directing a request by mail to Jazz Technologies, Inc., 4321 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California 92660, Attn: Investor Relations or by telephone at 949-435-8181.

Tower, Jazz and their respective executive officers and directors, under SEC rules, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of Jazz in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain information regarding the special interests of these executive officers and directors in the proposed merger by reading the Proxy Statement/Prospectus filed with the SEC when it becomes available. Additional information regarding Tower's executive officers and directors is included in Tower's Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2006, which was filed with the SEC on June 25, 2007. Additional information regarding the executive officers and directors of Jazz is included in Jazz's Proxy Statement for its 2008 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 7, 2008. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC's web site at and are also available free of charge from Investor Relations at Tower and Jazz by contacting Tower and Jazz as described above.

    Tower Semiconductor:                    Jazz Technologies:
    Limor Asif                              Melinda Jarrell
    +972-4-650-6936                         +1-949-435-8181         

    Tower Investor Relations Contact:       Jazz Investor Relations Contact:
    Ryan Bright                             Linda Rothemund
    +972-239-5119 ext. 159                  +1-415-445-3236      

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