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    • Politics this week
      Posted on February 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Print section Print Headline:  Politics this week UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Gene editing, clones and the science of making babies Main image:  20170218_wwp001.jpg After less than a month in the job, Michael Flynn departed as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, having admitted that he had provided “incomplete information” to the White House about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador weeks before Mr Trump was inaugurated as president. All this added to the growing sense of a disorderly Oval Office, and fuelled speculation about alleged links between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. Mr Trump described an appeals-court’s decision to block his temporary ban on refugees and citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries as “disgraceful”. He may introduce a new, legally tight order to enact the ban. Either way, the issue seems destined for the Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Mr Trump’s Treasury secretary. But Andrew Puzder withdrew his name for consideration as labour secretary. He had come under ... […]

    • Bibi consults a real-estate expert: Donald Trump abandons the “two-state” formula for Israel
      Posted on February 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Print section Print Rubric:  Donald Trump abandons the “two-state” formula for Israel Print Headline:  Bibi consults a real-estate expert Print Fly Title:  Israel and Palestine UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Gene editing, clones and the science of making babies Fly Title:  Bibi consults a real-estate expert Location:  WASHINGTON, DC Main image:  Trump has Bibi’s back Trump has Bibi’s back DURING eight years in which a glacial chill fell on relations between the administration of Barack Obama and a series of right-wing Israeli governments, American officials talked of Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, as a political coward unwilling to stand up to zealots on his own side. The contrast to that scorn was rather striking as Mr Netanyahu arrived at the White House on February ... […]

    • Práven: The revival of Yiddish in music and literature
      Posted on February 13, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Main image:  IF YOU take the subway around New York, you can sometimes hear groups of young Jewish women chatting quietly, their hair covered. At a distance, it sounds like they’re using German, perhaps Hebrew. In fact, they’re speaking Yiddish, a language once spoken by over 10m people. The wars of the 20th century changed that; barely a million speakers remain. But for all the catastrophes perpetrated against its speakers, Yiddish has endured. In fact, it is undergoing a renaissance.   20170213 17:25:56 Comment Expiry Date:  Tue, 2017-02-28 […]

    • Jewish revival in Sicily: Dormant for five centuries, Jewish life in Italy’s far south is stirring
      Posted on February 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Main image:  LIKE their co-religionists all over Europe, Italy’s Jews live with dreadful memories. Across the north of the country, communities suffered persecution under racial laws introduced by the fascist government in 1938, and then deportation and murder at the hands of the German Nazis from 1943. In the far south, a terminal, or near-terminal, event occurred much earlier. In 1492, Sicily’s once-flourishing Jewish community was expelled by the Spanish monarchs who held sway over the island; some fled to the nearby Kingdom of Naples but they were soon driven out of that realm, too, and duly headed eastwards to the comparative safety of Ottoman territory. Small wonder, then, that among the 40,000 or so Jews who now live in Italy, only a handful are to be found anywhere south of Rome. In locations like the Giudecca (Jewish quarter) of Syracuse, an ancient Sicilian port, place-names and Hebrew inscriptions are among the few obvious reminders that the religion of ancient Israel was once practised here. The first impression (see picture) is of a place where the Catholic heritage has almost completely overlaid the Jewish one. Before 1492, the port had 12 synagogues and 5,000 Jews; that faith and culture have been undergoing a modest but determined local revival, as some long-dormant collective ... […]

    • Podcast: The week ahead: Bibi in DC
      Posted on February 10, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Podcast: The week ahead Main image:  20170211_mma904.jpg Published:  20170210 Source:  Online extra Enabled […]

    • The ultimate fantasy: As Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to fly to Washington, is the two-state solution dead?
      Posted on February 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The chances for peace were thin even before Donald Trump’s election; they now look even thinner Print Headline:  The ultimate fantasy Print Fly Title:  Israel and the Palestinians UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Donald Trump seeks a grand bargain with Vladimir Putin Fly Title:  The ultimate fantasy Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20170211_map003.jpg THE settlement of Beit El (pictured) sits on a lonely hilltop deep inside the West Bank, between the river Jordan and the Green Line that divided Israel from its Arab foes after a ceasefire in 1949. Built on private land seized by the Israeli army in the name of security in 1970 but soon made available for settlement by Israeli civilians, it has grown into a community of 6,500 people, including 350 students at ... […]

    • Israel and the Palestinians: Why Israel’s new law makes peace harder
      Posted on February 9, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  Land grabs make peace harder, as Donald Trump should tell Binyamin Netanyahu next week Print Headline:  If you build it, they will fight Print Fly Title:  Israel and Donald Trump UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Donald Trump seeks a grand bargain with Vladimir Putin Fly Title:  Israel and the Palestinians Main image:  20170211_LDP001_0.jpg ON FEBRUARY 6th Israel aimed a nasty blow at what remains of its peace process with the nearly 5m Palestinians who live in the territories it seized 50 years ago. Its coalition government, led by Binyamin Netanyahu, voted a bill through the Knesset which allows, in certain circumstances, for the legalisation of Jewish construction on privately owned Palestinian land. One effect could be that around 50 “outposts”, scattered around the West Bank and illegal under Israeli law, will now be ... […]

    • A land-grab in the West Bank: Israel’s parliament passes a controversial “regulation” bill on settlements
      Posted on February 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  A land-grab in the West Bank Byline:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20170211_map502.jpg FOLLOWING a violent confrontation in the West Bank on February 2nd between Jewish settlers and police, who were carrying out a High Court order to evict an unauthorised mini-settlement at Amona, the Israeli Knesset voted on February 6th to pass a euphemistically named “regulation law”. This will allow the Israeli government in future retroactively to expropriate privately owned Palestinian land on which Israeli settlements have been built. It will not help the 40 Israeli families forced to leave their homes in Amona last week, but it could alter the status of as many as 4,000 housing units built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank. This is the first time since Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967 that Israel has acted to extend Israeli law to the occupied West Bank. The bill legalises building on private land only in some circumstances, and at least provides for compensation for the owners, either in cash or ... […]

    • Unsettled: Mr Netanyahu, Mr Trump and the settlers
      Posted on January 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The prime minister tries to placate his right-wingers Print Headline:  Unsettled Print Fly Title:  Israel UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The multinational company is in trouble Fly Title:  Unsettled Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  How many more? How many more? ISRAEL’S prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is in a bind. He prefers the status quo whereby Israel occupies the West Bank, allowing the 2.9m Palestinians there limited autonomy though not a full state. But the settlers’ lobby, which wants to annex “Judea and Samaria” to Israel proper, is crucial to his coalition. He tried to placate them this week by approving plans for more than 3,000 new homes, mainly in Jewish neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem and the big “settlement blocs” which are expected to ... […]

    • Peace but no parties: An Israel-Palestine peace conference—without Israel or Palestine
      Posted on January 17, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Peace but no parties Location:  Tel Aviv Main image:  20170121_map501.jpg IT WAS, even by the dispiriting standards of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, a futile concept: a peace conference without either of the warring parties. On January 15th diplomats from more than 70 countries flew to Paris for a summit against which Israeli officials had been inveighing for weeks. Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, called it “rigged” and his defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, compared it to the Dreyfus trial. So the French government, keen to avoid the embarrassment of having Israel refuse to attend, did not invite either side. It was “like a wedding without a bride and groom,” quipped Naftali Bennett, Israel’s right-wing education minister. After a full day of debate, the diplomats issued a two-page declaration that urged both sides to “commit to the two-state solution…[and to] take urgent steps in order to reverse the current negative trends on the ground.” If that sounds familiar, it should. Parts of ... […]

    • The Netanyahu tapes: A new scandal rocks Israel’s prime minister
      Posted on January 13, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  The Netanyahu tapes Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20170114_map503.jpg FOR months, there have been reports of investigations into Binyamin Netanyahu’s financial affairs. Now, after two sessions of questioning by the police in his official residence and then a flurry of leaks to the press, things are looking serious. The biggest surprise was the identity of a mysterious businessman who was apparently recorded discussing matters of “mutual benefit” with the Israeli prime minister. Arnon “Noni” Mozes, the secretive owner of Israel’s largest and most influential media group, has been considered Mr Netanyahu’s nemesis for years. In February 2015, at the height of the last election campaign, Mr Netanyahu wrote that “the primary force behind the wave of mudslinging against me and against my wife is Noni Mozes. He will stop at nothing to bring down the Likud government I head.” Now Israeli media reports say that the tapes show that the two enemies were holding secret meetings in which it is alleged that they ... […]

    • America and Israel: President Trump may not be all good news for Binyamin Netanyahu
      Posted on January 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  President Trump may not be all good news for Binyamin Netanyahu Print Headline:  Unsettled Print Fly Title:  America and Israel UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The indecisive prime minister Fly Title:  America and Israel Location:  MAALE ADUMIM Main image:  20170107_MAP005_0.jpg WITH its shopping malls, sports centres and new residential blocks, Maale Adumim (pictured above) looks and feels like any other Israeli dormitory suburb. Less than ten minutes’ drive eastward from Jerusalem, the town on the edge of the Judaean Desert, which is also the third-largest Jewish settlement in the West Bank, may be about to become the first test case of America’s Middle East policy under Donald Trump. Elements of Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition are agitating to ... […]

    • The world this week
      Posted on January 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Print section Print Headline:  The world this week UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The indecisive prime minister Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and imposed new economic sanctions in retaliation against Russian hackers’ interference in America’s election. American intelligence agencies say that Russia released stolen e-mails of Democratic Party officers in order to aid the campaign of Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin declined to strike back, winning praise from Mr Trump. See article. A gunman attacked a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s Day festivities, killing at least 39 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility. Turkish religious authorities who had criticised new year’s celebrations as un-Islamic condemned the attack. It came two weeks after a policeman shouting “Don’t forget Aleppo!” fatally shot the Russian ambassador to Turkey. See article. Relations between Israel and America became strained when John Kerry, the soon-to-retire secretary of state, said that the Israeli government was undermining the prospects for a “two-state solution” with the Palestinians. His comments came soon after America ... […]

    • Israel and the Palestinians: The conviction of an IDF soldier divides Israel
      Posted on January 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The conviction of a soldier divides Israel Print Headline:  Uniform justice Print Fly Title:  Israel’s divisions UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The indecisive prime minister Fly Title:  Israel and the Palestinians Location:  TEL AVIV Main image:  Rallying for the right to shoot prisoners Rallying for the right to shoot prisoners ONE of the most contentious cases in Israel’s military history reached its verdict on January 4th when three military judges found a serving soldier, Sergeant Elor Azaria, guilty of manslaughter for killing a Palestinian. The public controversy was not over the facts. Both the prosecution and defence agreed that on March 24th 2016, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Mr Azaria had fired point-blank at Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif, a ... […]

    • Israel and the Palestinians: The hopes for peace and Palestinian statehood fade away
      Posted on December 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Israel and the Palestinians Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20170107_blp901.jpg JOHN KERRY, the American secretary of state (pictured), chose to mark the end of his long public career with a valedictory speech on December 28th devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Coming just three weeks before he is due to step down, it was an admission by America’s senior diplomat that he, like so many before him, had failed to make any noticeable contribution to ending this stubborn struggle. The speech was essentially an analysis of the policies of the current Israeli government which Mr Kerry described “the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements”. He questioned its desire for peace with the Palestinians, given the relentless expansion of Jewish settlements in lands conquered by Israel in 1967. “Does it really want an intensifying conflict in the West Bank?” asked Mr Kerry. “How does that help Israel’s security? How does that help the region?” Donald Trump, ... […]

    • Donald’s daring diplomacy: Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem
      Posted on December 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The president-elect is shaking things up Print Headline:  An American embassy in Jerusalem? Print Fly Title:  Donald Trump and Israel UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to make sense of 2016 Fly Title:  Donald’s daring diplomacy Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  A Zionist plot A Zionist plot A PINE grove in south Jerusalem has remained untouched for decades. This is the site reserved for America’s embassy in Israel (pictured). But like every other country that recognises the Jewish state, America has its embassy in Tel Aviv rather than the holy city. Donald Trump may change that. He was not the first American presidential candidate to promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem in line with the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which was passed by Congress in 1995. But ... […]

    • An undiplomatic choice: Donald Trump picks a hardliner as ambassador to Israel
      Posted on December 17, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Main image:  FOR a new American president to pick an ambassador with no experience in trade, cultural or any other form of diplomacy is not particularly remarkable. These appointments tend to be rewards for loyalty, friendship and financial backing during the campaign. What is most unusual, however, is to appoint someone who is pronouncedly undiplomatic and espouses extremist views on the politics of the country he will be sent to. Yet that is what the president-elect, Donald Trump, did on December 16th by choosing David Friedman, his bankruptcy lawyer and campaign adviser, as America’s next ambassador to Israel.Mr Friedman has questioned the need for a two-state solution, a long-sought means of resolving the conflict, hitherto backed by American policymakers, whereby Israel and Palestine would co-exist side-by-side. He compared supporters of J Street, a liberal Zionist lobby critical of some of Israel’s policies, to kapos—Jews forced to work as functionaries in concentration camps—during the Nazi regime, adding that they were far worse, because kapos were threatened with extraordinary cruelty if they didn’t collaborate with the Nazis. He subsequently elaborated that supporters of J Street were not Jewish and not pro-Israel.On December 16th J Street released a statement saying it was vehemently ... […]

    • The Amona remainers: Netanyahu moves to appease the settlers
      Posted on December 15, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The prime minister is backing plans to “regularise” illegal settlements Print Headline:  The Amona remainers Print Fly Title:  Israel’s settlers UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The lessons from Aleppo’s tragic fate Fly Title:  The Amona remainers Location:  AMONA Main image:  We’re here because we’re here We’re here because we’re here THE fate of 42 Israeli families, living on a windswept hilltop in the West Bank half an hour’s drive north of Jerusalem, could change the rules of Israel’s 49-year-old occupation of the area. The settlement was built in 1995 on what was in fact privately owned Palestinian land. The settlers claim they were not aware of this—which may be true, as land records in the West Bank are not always clear or complete, dating as many of ... […]

    • The mighty one: As Trump blasts the cost of F-35s, two arrive in Israel
      Posted on December 12, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Main image:  IN MOST contexts, a dignitary calling something new a “game-changer” is the weariest of clichés. But posterity may look back at a speech given at an air base in southern Israel in the evening of December 12th, and conclude that the president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, was speaking a simple truth. The game to which Mr Rivlin referred was the balance of power in the Middle East. The change was the arrival of two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Israeli soil, marking the first delivery of what will eventually billed as a fleet of 50. The arrival of the warplanes would be a big deal for any air force. The F-35 is called the world’s most capable stealth fighter, though to date it has drawn more headlines for its price of close to $100m a plane, cost over-runs and teething problems. Indeed shortly before the pair of fighters was flown to Nevatim air force base from Italy, after a delay of some hours caused by heavy fog, the staggering cost of the F-35 was questioned by President-elect Donald Trump in a tweet, his favoured vehicle for ex cathedra announcements. “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” he tweeted, causing shares of its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, to swoon.That Trumpian ... […]

    • The vision thing: Bombs that can recognise their targets are back in fashion
      Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  Bombs that can recognise their targets, rather than relying on satellites to steer them, are back in fashion Print Headline:  The vision thing Print Fly Title:  Smart weapons UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Why a strengthening dollar is bad for the world economy Fly Title:  The vision thing Main image:  20161203_STD001_0.jpg IT IS easy to forget, given the ubiquity of satellite-navigation devices in cars and mobile phones, that the Global Positioning System (GPS) of orbiting satellites on which they rely was originally—and, indeed, remains—a military technology. The system is, for instance, relied upon by the JDAM (joint direct-attack munition) kits that America’s air force attaches to its free-fall bombs to turn them into smart weapons that can be guided with precision to their targets.  But JDAM and similar systems ... […]

    • Sitting pretty: Binyamin Netanyahu is in a commanding position
      Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  Binyamin Netanyahu is in a commanding position Print Headline:  Sitting pretty Print Fly Title:  Israel UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Why a strengthening dollar is bad for the world economy Fly Title:  Sitting pretty Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20161203_MAP001_0.jpg THESE should be the best of times for Binyamin Netanyahu. At no point in the Israeli prime minister’s almost 11 years in office has he enjoyed such supremacy at home, coupled with an absence of any serious difficulties or pressure from abroad. In the past few months he has expanded his coalition’s majority from only one to six; tamed his most ferocious critic, Avigdor Lieberman, by giving him responsibility for the defence ministry; and purged his own Likud party of several rivals. The ... […]

    • The Economist explains: The status of Arabic-speakers in Israel
      Posted on November 28, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Main image:  THE Israeli parliament is a rowdy place at the best of times. Last month things got especially tense.  Betzalel Smotrich, a right-wing lawmaker, caused uproar when he dismissed Arab Israelis as “illiterate”. Mr Smotrich was quickly condemned by other MPs as an “ignoramus”. Though they may not be fluent in Hebrew, all Arab Israelis grow up speaking Arabic. But if Mr Smotrich’s intervention was especially crude, his outlook is not unique. Arabic has long been marginalised by Israeli society. Why?Following the 1948 war, several hundred thousand Palestinian Arabs found themselves in the State of Israel. The arrival of nearly a million Mizrahi Jews, from Arab countries, also grew the Arabic-speaking population. Arabic became an official language of the Israeli state. Today Arabic is the native tongue of a fifth of the population. Most Arabic-natives can also speak Hebrew. Switching between the two is not too hard: both Arabic and Hebrew are Semitic languages with many common features. Yet until 2002, Arabic was rarely found in official settings. New laws widened its use, but Israelis still downplay its importance. In 2014 MPs tried to retract Arabic’s special status. This tension is rooted in the centrality of Hebrew to the Zionist project. Before the 1880s, no one had spoken Hebrew ... […]

    • Shock and awe: Trump and the Middle East
      Posted on November 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Shock and awe Main image:  20161112_map501.jpg “EXCEEDING all expectations,” was how Donald Trump described his luxury golf club in Dubai. If only his Middle East plans were as smooth as his putting greens. Far from marking a break with President Obama’s inclination to isolationism, Gulf rulers fear that President Trump could increase the distance. Instead of greater intervention, protection and the permanent troop presence in Iraq Mrs Clinton promised, they now fear Mr Trump will shy from long-standing Arab allies and abandon the region to others’ devices. “The honeymoon is over when it comes to relations with the US,” says a palace insider in Riyadh.  Maintaining a foothold, Mr Trump will probably let the Pentagon finish the job against Islamic State in Mosul if it has not fallen by January 20th. He might, he says, create safe zones in Syria, to prevent refugees from heading west. But unlike Mrs Clinton (though like Mr Obama) he opposes supplying more arms to Syria’s Sunni rebels or enforcing a no-fly zone to protect them. And he scorns intervention for ... […]

    • Water scarcity: Liquidity crisis
      Posted on November 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  As water becomes ever more scant the world needs to conserve it, use it more efficiently and establish clear rights over who owns the stuff Print Headline:  Liquidity crisis Print Fly Title:  Water scarcity UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  America’s best hope Fly Title:  Water scarcity Location:  TEL AVIV Main image:  20161105_FBP001_0.jpg “NOTHING is more useful than water,” observed Adam Smith, but “scarcely anything can be had in exchange for it.” The father of free-market economics noted this paradox in 18th-century Scotland, as rain-sodden and damp then as it is today. Where water is in ample supply his words still hold true. But around the world billions of people already struggle during dry seasons. Drought and deluge are a costly threat in many ... […]

    • Medical marijuana in Israel: Light-up nation
      Posted on October 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Print section Print Rubric:  The tech sector prepares for booming global demand Print Headline:  Light-up nation Print Fly Title:  Medical marijuana in Israel UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Liberty moves north Fly Title:  Medical marijuana in Israel Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20161029_MAD001_0.jpg ISRAEL’S right-wing government is adamantly opposed to the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use. But it is also rather lax when it comes to medical marijuana. The health ministry is currently licensing a new list of 100 or so doctors who will be allowed to prescribe the drug for a growing list of medical conditions, and is allowing regular pharmacists to stock it. In August the agriculture minister announced that local cannabis growers will soon be allowed to export medical ... […]

    • Israel Inflation Rate
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Consumer prices in Israel rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in January of 2017, compared to 0.2 percent drop in the previous month. It is the first increase in consumer prices since July 2014 as cost rose for housing and utilities (1.5 percent from 1.4 percent); dwelling maintenance (1.8 percent from 0.5 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (1.6 percent from 0.7 percent) and fell less for food (-1.1 percent from -1.7 percent) and transport (-1.3 percent from -1.9 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.2 percent. Inflation Rate in Israel averaged 29.94 percent from 1952 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 486.23 percent in November of 1984 and a record low of -2.74 percent in March of 2004. In Israel, the most important categories in the consumer price index are Housing (25.2 percent of the total weight) and Transport and Communication (20.6 percent). Food accounts for 16.5 percent; Education, Culture and Entertainment for 11.7 percent and Dwelling Maintenance for 9.7 percent. Others include: Health (5.2 percent); Miscellaneous Goods and Services (4.3 percent); Furniture and Household Equipment (3.7 percent) and Clothing and Footwear (3.1 percent). The national index has a base of 100 as of 2012. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Three Month Interbank Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Israel Three Month Interbank Rate was quoted at 0.10 percent on Friday February 17. Interbank Rate in Israel averaged 3.84 percent from 1999 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 12.06 percent in November of 1999 and a record low of 0.05 percent in September of 2015. In Israel, the interbank rate is the rate of interest charged on short-term loans made between banks. This page provides - Israel Effective Interbank Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Manufacturing Pmi
      Posted by Bank Hapoalim and Israeli Purchasing and Logistics Managers Association on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Manufacturing Pmi in Israel decreased to 62.60 in January from 67.20 in December of 2016. Manufacturing Pmi in Israel averaged 50.48 from 2003 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 67.20 in December of 2016 and a record low of 27.80 in December of 2008. In Israel, the Purchasing Managers’ Index measures the performance of the manufacturing sector and is derived from a survey of a large number of industrial companies. The Purchasing Managers Index is based on six individual indexes: New Orders, Production, Employment, Suppliers’ Delivery Time, Inventories and Prices of Raw-Materials. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion of the manufacturing sector compared to the previous month; below 50 represents a contraction; while 50 indicates no change. This page provides - Israel Manufacturing Pmi- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Inflation Rate MoM
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      The Consumer Price Index in Israel decreased 0.20 percent in January of 2017 over the previous month. Inflation Rate Mom in Israel averaged 1.69 percent from 1951 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 27.50 percent in July of 1985 and a record low of -4.80 percent in June of 1959. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Inflation Rate MoM - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Food Inflation
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Cost of food in Israel decreased 1.10 percent in January of 2017 over the same month in the previous year. Food Inflation in Israel averaged 29.13 percent from 1984 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 496.80 percent in November of 1984 and a record low of -3.58 percent in December of 2014. . This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Food Inflation - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Core Inflation Rate
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Core Inflation Rate in Israel decreased 0.20 percent in January of 2017 over the same month in the previous year. Core Inflation Rate in Israel averaged 1.89 percent from 2008 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5.22 percent in November of 2008 and a record low of -0.50 percent in October of 2016. . This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Core Inflation Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Corruption Index
      Posted by Transparency International on February 20, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Israel scored 64 points out of 100 on the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Index in Israel averaged 65.42 Points from 1996 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 79.70 Points in 1997 and a record low of 58 Points in 2011. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Corruption Index - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Bank Prime Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on February 20, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Bank Lending Rate in Israel increased to 3.48 percent in December from 3.45 percent in November of 2016. Bank Lending Rate in Israel averaged 68.38 percent from 1979 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 1486 percent in October of 1984 and a record low of 3.39 percent in August of 2015. In Israel, the prime lending rate is the average rate of interest charged on loans by commercial banks to private individuals and companies. This page provides - Israel Bank Prime Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel GDP Constant Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 7:22 am

      GDP Constant Prices in Israel increased to 274506.70 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 270386.90 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2016. GDP Constant Prices in Israel averaged 189833.81 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 274506.70 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a record low of 120561.80 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. This page provides - Israel GDP Constant Prices - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel GDP Growth Rate
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

      The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Israel expanded 1.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 over the previous quarter. GDP Growth Rate in Israel averaged 0.96 percent from 1980 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 4.30 percent in the second quarter of 1984 and a record low of -1.10 percent in the first quarter of 1986. Israel is one of the most developed market economies with substantial, though diminishing government participation. The main driver of the economy is science and technology sector. As such, its manufacturing and agriculture, despite limited natural resources, is highly developed and sophisticated. After years of annual growth rates above 5 percent, the economic expansion has been slowing down. In order to keep current pace of growth, Israel needs to address: rising government spending and budget deficits, increasing cost of leaving, concentration of “too big to fail” banks, corporations and insurance companies in the economy, rising income inequality and geopolitical risks. This page provides - Israel GDP Growth Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel GDP Growth Annualized
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

      The Israeli economy advanced an annualized 6.2 percent on quarter in the fourth quarter of 2016, following an upwardly revised 4.2 percent growth in the previous period, according to the preliminary estimates. It was the strongest expansion since the second quarter of 2013, boosted by exports and consumer spending. Exports jumped 11.2 percent (from -0.8 percent in the previous period) and imports went up 6.7 percent (from 7.1 percent). Consumer spending expanded at a faster pace (3.5 percent from 3.1 percent) while growth eased for public spending (2.3 percent from 2.4 percent) and investments (7.4 percent from 12.8 percent). On a seasonally adjusted quarterly basis, the GDP expanded by 1.5 percent. In 2016, the GDP advanced 4 percent compared to 2.5 percent growth in the previous year. GDP Growth Annualized in Israel averaged 3.89 percent from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 18.50 percent in the second quarter of 1999 and a record low of -4.20 percent in the first quarter of 2001. GDP Annualized Growth Rate shows the gdp growth that would be registered if the quarter-on-quarter rate of change were maintained for a full year. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel GDP Growth Annualized - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Minimum Monthly Wages
      Posted by National Insurance Institute of Israel on February 20, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Minimum Wages in Israel increased to 5000 ILS/Month in 2017 from 4825 ILS/Month in 2016. Minimum Wages in Israel averaged 3470.77 ILS/Month from 1997 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5000 ILS/Month in 2017 and a record low of 2348.88 ILS/Month in 1997. In Israel, the minimum wage refers to the lowest gross wage per month. In December 2014 it was announced that the minimum wage would gradually be increase over the course of the next two years: on April 1, 2015 to NIS 4,650; then to NIS 4,825 in July 2016, and finally to NIS 5,000 in January 2017. In January 2015, 700,00 Israelis workers were under the minimum wage. This page provides - Israel Minimum Wages- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Consumer Price Index (CPI)
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Consumer Price Index CPI in Israel increased to 99.80 Index Points in January from 98.90 Index Points in December of 2016. Consumer Price Index CPI in Israel averaged 33.34 Index Points from 1951 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 102.60 Index Points in October of 2013 and a record low of 0 Index Points in October of 1951. In Israel, the Consumer Price Index or CPI measures changes in the prices paid by consumers for a basket of goods and services. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Consumer Price Index (CPI) - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Job Vacancies
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Job Vacancies in Israel decreased to 93403.66 in January from 94324.50 in December of 2016. Job Vacancies in Israel averaged 67977.70 from 2009 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 109198 in July of 2016 and a record low of 36223 in December of 2009. This page provides - Israel Job Vacancies - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel GDP Deflator
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      GDP Deflator in Israel decreased to 112.66 Index Points in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 114.54 Index Points in the third quarter of 2016. GDP Deflator in Israel averaged 92.62 Index Points from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 114.54 Index Points in the third quarter of 2016 and a record low of 61.25 Index Points in the first quarter of 1995. This page provides - Israel GDP Deflator - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Money Supply M1
      Posted by Bank of Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Money Supply M1 in Israel increased to 333108 ILS Million in January from 326262 ILS Million in December of 2016. Money Supply M1 in Israel averaged 50819.38 ILS Million from 1981 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 333108 ILS Million in January of 2017 and a record low of 8 ILS Million in April of 1981. This page provides - Israel Money Supply M1 - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Government Spending
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Government Spending in Israel increased to 60780.40 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 60435.80 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2016. Government Spending in Israel averaged 45828.32 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 60780.40 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a record low of 34742.40 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. Government Spending refers to public expenditure on goods and services and is a major component of the GDP. Government spending policies like setting up budget targets, adjusting taxation, increasing public expenditure and public works are very effective tools in influencing economic growth. This page provides - Israel Government Spending - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Changes in Inventories
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      The stocks of goods held by firms in Israel increased by 1692.30 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Changes in Inventories in Israel averaged 921.55 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 7999.10 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2004 and a record low of -5704.80 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2011. In Israel, changes in inventories are often a leading indicator for the overall performance of the economy. This page provides - Israel Changes in Inventories - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Consumer Spending
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Consumer Spending in Israel increased to 161185.20 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 159813.40 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2016. Consumer Spending in Israel averaged 107652.05 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 161185.20 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and a record low of 66161.50 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. This page provides - Israel Consumer Spending - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Balance of Trade
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Israel recorded a trade deficit of 705.40 USD Million in January of 2017. Balance of Trade in Israel averaged -449.28 USD Million from 1959 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 113.80 USD Million in May of 2009 and a record low of -2334 USD Million in October of 2012. Israel has been recording trade deficits since 1959 mostly due to a lack of natural resources. Indeed, Israel major imports are: oil and other mineral fuels and uncut diamonds. Main exports are: cut diamonds, pearls and other precious metals and stones; electrical machinery and equipment, mechanical machinery and appliances and electronics. Israel´s main trading partner is the United States (28 percent of total exports and 12 percent of imports). Others include: Hong Kong, China, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom. This page provides - Israel Balance of Trade - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Cpi Transportation
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      The transportation sub-index of the CPI basket in Israel increased to 99.10 Index Points in January of 2016 from 92.50 Index Points in December of 2016. Cpi Transportation in Israel averaged 63.93 Index Points from 1983 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 103.74 Index Points in September of 2012 and a record low of 0.33 Index Points in January of 1983. This page provides - Israel Cpi Transportation- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Core Consumer Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Core Consumer Prices in Israel decreased to 99.50 Index Points in January from 100.20 Index Points in December of 2016. Core Consumer Prices in Israel averaged 96.86 Index Points from 2007 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 102.70 Index Points in October of 2013 and a record low of 85.13 Index Points in February of 2007. This page provides - Israel Core Consumer Prices- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel GDP From Public Administration
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      GDP From Public Administration in Israel increased to 37168.80 ILS Million in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 37034 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2016. GDP From Public Administration in Israel averaged 29473.33 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 38442 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016 and a record low of 23186.50 ILS Million in the third quarter of 1995. This page provides - Israel Gdp From Public Administration- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Wholesale Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Producer Prices in Israel increased to 91.80 Index Points in January from 90.50 Index Points in December of 2016. Producer Prices in Israel averaged 69.03 Index Points from 1990 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 102.90 Index Points in September of 2012 and a record low of 26.92 Index Points in January of 1990. In Israel, the Wholesale Prices Index measures the average change in price of goods and services sold by manufacturers and producers in the wholesale market during a given period. This page provides - Israel Producer Prices - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel House Price Index
      Posted by Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel on February 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Housing Index in Israel decreased to 399.80 Index points in December from 404.80 Index points in November of 2016. Housing Index in Israel averaged 227.19 Index points from 1994 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 404.80 Index points in November of 2016 and a record low of 117.20 Index points in February of 1994. This page provides - Israel House Price Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    News – Israel Trade Commission Website of the Israel Trade Commision in Sydney

    • Aussies Visit Israel to Drum Up Listings on Securities Exchange
      Posted by Richard Vesely on February 13, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Eight Israeli tech firms listed shares on the ASX in 2016, bringing total to 12. As reported in the Times of Israel: A two-man team from the Australian Securities Exchange is visiting Israel this week to drum up listings of Israeli high tech companies on the Australian exchange, which in 2016 saw more technology-based initial […]

    • Educational Games Co CodeMonkey Raises $1.5M
      Posted by Richard Vesely on February 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      The Israeli company has developed a game-based learning platform for teaching children code. Israeli educational games company CodeMonkey has closed $1.5 million in seed funding. The startup has developed a game-based learning platform for teaching children code. These funds will be used to expand CodeMonkey’s research, development, sales and marketing teams. J21 Corporation led the […]

    • GlucoTrack, A Non-invasive Glucose Monitor For Diabetes Patients
      Posted by Richard Vesely on February 3, 2017 at 3:02 am

      Israeli maker of GlucoTrack believes its noninvasive meter will encourage people with Type 2 diabetes to check glucose levels more often. Originally published in Israel21C:  The Israeli company Integrity Applications put more than a decade into developing GlucoTrack, described as the first truly noninvasive system for self-monitoring glucose levels. Instead of drawing blood, you clip the […]

    • Israeli Algo-Commerce Co Feedvisor Raises $20M
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      The Ramat Gan based company has developed algorithmic repricing and demand planning for e-commerce marketplace sellers. As reported in Globes: Israeli algo-commerce company Feedvisor has raised $20 million in a Series B financing round led by General Catalyst, which included participation from existing investors Square Peg Capital, Jal Ventures, Oryzn Capital and Titanium Investments. Larry […]

    • Cyber Security Co SentinelOne Raises $70m
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 27, 2017 at 3:54 am

      The Israeli company strives to transform endpoint security by delivering real-time protection powered by machine learning and dynamic behavior analysis. As reported in Globes: Israeli cyber security company SentinelOne announced that it has raised $70 million in Series C financing. New investor – and current SentinelOne customer – Redpoint Ventures led the round along with new […]

    • MedAware Saves Lives By Cutting Prescription Errors
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 24, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      A Harvard study analysed records from almost 800,000 patients in order to assess the efficacy of MedAware’s algorithm. As reported in Globes:  A study by Harvard Medical school has found that the algorithms developed by Israeli startup MedAware have provided a comprehensive validation of MedAware’s software, designed to eliminate prescription errors. Founded in 2012, the […]

    • Electroad Wirelessly Charges Electric Vehicles
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 19, 2017 at 3:51 am

      Israeli startup ElectRoad is taking a novel approach by creating special roads that charge vehicles. The company is initially targeting the public transit market. As reported in NoCamels: Using specialized electromagnetic induction technology, the same basic principle behind wirelessly powering smartphones, ElectRoad powers electric cars with renewable energy while you drive. By supplying electricity to the car wirelessly […]

    • Introducing Elli•Q, A Robot Companion For The Elderly
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 17, 2017 at 4:12 am

      Intuition Robotics has invented an artificial intelligence-driven robot companion to keep the elderly engaged with the world. As reported in Israel21C: Elli•Q is the brainchild of Intuition Robotics, a Ramat Gan startup pioneering social companion technologies. The robot’s mission is to be an “active aging companion,” keeping older adults engaged by helping them access and connect […]

    • Israeli Flash Storage Co Kaminario Raises $75m
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 13, 2017 at 2:32 am

      The latest financing round means that the startup could be Israel’s newest unicorn with a company value exceeding $1 billion. As reported in Globes: Israeli flash storage company Kaminario announced it has closed a $75 million financing round. This bringing the company’s total funding to $218 million since it was founded in 2008. The latest […]

    • Microsoft, Qualcomm Invest In Team8
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 10, 2017 at 6:14 am

      The Israeli cyber security think tank has also signed a strategic partnership with Citigroup and has now raised $92 million. As reported in Globes: Microsoft Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures have invested in Israeli cybersecurity think tank and venture creation foundry Team8. The Tel Aviv based company also announced today that it has signed a strategic […]

    Events & Exhibitions – Israel Trade Commission Website of the Israel Trade Commision in Sydney

    • Israeli National Pavilion at Mobile World Congress
      Posted by Richard Vesely on January 17, 2017 at 1:23 am

      The Israel Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2017 is the centrally located, high profile venue to meet with Israel’s leading high technology companies, presenting the latest solutions for mobile communications. This pavilion represents a full spectrum of advanced solutions tailored for carriers, content providers, System integrators, app stores, enterprises and users. […]

    • Position Available, Trade Officer – Israel Trade Commission
      Posted by Richard Vesely on December 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm

                        The Israel Trade Commission seeks an intelligent and enthusiastic candidate to grow business and trade relations between Israel and Australia. This is an excellent opportunity to work in an international setting with leaders in trade, business development, and technology. The Israel Trade Commission in Australia represents […]

    • Cybertech 2017
      Posted by Richard Vesely on December 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm

      Cybertech is the most important conference and exhibition for cyber technologies outside of the United States. Cybertech 2017 will bring together leading multi-national corporates, SMB’s, start-ups, private and corporate investors, venture capital firms, experts, and clients. Cybertech Conference & Exhibition will present commercial problem solving strategies and solutions for the global cyber threat that meet […]

    • TOM: Melbourne | Makeathon for Assistive Technology
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 14, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      TOM:Tikkun Olam Makers is a global movement bringing together people with disabilities and Makers to develop open source assistive technology to address everyday challenges. TOM brings engineers, designers, makers, innovators and problem solvers together with need-knowers to develop solutions for their real-life challenges. […]

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      • U.S.-Israel Relations
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on February 17, 2017 at 10:21 pm

        CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert Danin examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on Israel. […]

      • A Big Deal?
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on February 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington demonstrated that the tensions in U.S.-Israeli relations during the Obama administration are over and that the Trump administration intends to pursue a peace process. […]

      • Bibi and Donald
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on February 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        Prime Minister Netanyahu is visiting Washington this week. In The Weekly Standard, Elliott Abrams discusses how he and President Trump will handle Jerusalem, Iran, and the "peace process" when they meet.&nbs […]

      • The Obama ‘Settlements’ Crisis
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 30, 2016 at 7:09 pm

        How did the Obama administration become obsessed with freezing Israeli settlements, leading to the UN vote and Kerry speech that have brought such widespread condemnation? Elliott Abrams explains the history in National Review. […]

      • Why Netanyahu Will Miss Obama
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        Unconditional U.S. support could cause problems for Israel’s prime minister, argues Philip Gordon. […]

      • John Kerry's Final, Harmful Insult to Israel
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm

        John Kerry’s 75-minute apologia on Israel, peace, and the settlements contained no new ideas, but did further damage to Israel. Elliott Abrams explains the problem in The Weekly Standard. […]

      • Obama's Disgraceful and Harmful Legacy on Israel
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 23, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        Elliott Abrams comments on the Obama administration’s abstention on the recent United Nations Security Council resolution. […]

      • The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

        Last week the Obama administration abandoned Israel at the United Nations, allowing the passage of a damaging and hostile Security Council resolution. In an op-ed entitled “The United States Just Made Middle East Peace Harder” in The Washington Post, Elliott Abrams explained his views. […]

      • U.S.-Israel Relations
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm

        Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon discuss what the U.S. and Israeli governments can do to reframe and revive the countries’ relationship. […]

      • President Trump and the Art of the "Ultimate" Israel-Palestine Peace Deal
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm

        The Obama obsession with Israeli settlement activity ruined his policy toward Israel, prevented the negotiations he wanted, and was not based on the facts. The Trump administration should take a very different approach, Elliott Abrams argues in Foreign Policy magazine.&nbs […]

      • U.S. and Israel Must Act to Preserve Partnership, Say Blackwill and Gordon in New Report
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on November 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm

        “The U.S.-Israel relationship is in trouble,” warn Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellows Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon in a new Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship. Significant policy differences over issues in the Middle East, as well as changing demographics and politics within both the United States and Israel, have pushed the two countries apart. Blackwill, a former senior official in the Bush administration, and Gordon, a former senior official in the Obama administration, call for “a deliberate and sustained effort by policymakers and opinion leaders in both countries” to repair the relationship and to avoid divisions “that no one who cares about Israel’s security or America’s values and interests in the Middle East should want.&rdquo […]

      • Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on November 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

        The U.S. relationship with Israel is in trouble. Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon offer six core policy proposals to repair, redefine, and invigorate the partnership. […]

      • Just How Much Should We Boycott Israel?
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on November 12, 2016 at 10:33 pm

        While Donald Trump was getting himself elected president, various factions of the American Left were fighting over just how much to boycott Israel. Elliott Abrams explains their ludicrous debate in The Weekly Standard. […]

      • The Crisis in U.S.-Israeli Relations
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on October 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

        In a review essay in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon asks whether the United States and Israel are drifting apart and assesses proposals to keep them together. […]

      • 'Historic' in the Worst Way
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on September 26, 2016 at 8:46 pm

        President Obama and his defenders are trumpeting the new aid agreement with Israel as proof that he is the best friend Israel ever had in the White House. In fact, it’s a bad deal and should be treated the same way Obama treated prior agreements he didn't like: It should be forgotten by the next president. […]