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    • Israel and Gaza: Alms for the enemy
      Posted on August 18, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Nightmare on Main Street Fly Title:  Israel and Gaza Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20160820_map003.jpg Rubric:  Allowing humanitarian aid risks having it diverted to Hamas THE indictments this month in an Israeli court of two Palestinians employed by international aid agencies have become a valuable weapon in the Israeli government’s public-relations war against Hamas, the militant Islamist movement that has ruled Gaza since 2007. In the first, a local director for World Vision, one of the world’s largest Christian aid organisations, stands accused of diverting millions of dollars to the armed wing of Hamas; the money, Israel alleges, was used to buy weapons, build fortifications and pay fighters. In the second, an engineer working for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) was charged with building facilities for Hamas. Israeli intelligence officials claim that these ... […]

    • An old fight: Politics hogs the Olympic spotlight in the Middle East
      Posted on August 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      THE MIDDLE East, a generally unhealthy place, fares miserably in the Olympics. Of its 21 countries with a combined population of 360-odd million, only five have won any medals in Rio, and only one—Iran—has reaped better than a bronze. Egypt, with a larger population than Britain, has two bronze medals, against the latter’s 15 gold, 16 silver and 7 bronze. But rather than make headlines from their athletics, the region’s sportsmen have retreated to a more familiar field: politics.The first fracas erupted before Rio’s proceedings even began. Unfamiliar with Levantine intrigue, the Olympic committee put the Israeli and Lebanese teams bound for the opening ceremony on the same bus. But their countries are still at war and frown on fraternisation. And when the Israeli team tried to board, Lebanon’s captain barred access. Later during the games, Egypt’s judo champion, Islam El Shahaby, dropped the mandatory bow and snubbed the outstretched hand of his Israeli counterpart. A female Saudi judoka deftly dodged contact with an Israeli by skipping her first round match. Because of injuries, insisted the Saudi media; because of racism, brayed Israel’s.Such non-contact sports are a regular Olympic fixture. In 2004, an Iranian judoka scheduled to wrestle an Israeli was disqualified for being overweight. Investigators declared she had not deliberately indulged in binge eating, but ... […]

    • Water in the West Bank: Nor yet a drop to drink
      Posted on July 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The new political divide Fly Title:  Water in the West Bank Location:  SALFIT Main image:  The hard way Rubric:  Palestinians go thirsty, despite sitting on an underground ocean The hard way IYAD QASSEM is trying to run a coffee shop without water. He reuses the stuff in his sink, which quickly fills with muck, and in the shishas that Palestinians puff on his patio. It would be a difficult task, if he had many customers: but it seems people who haven’t showered in a week lose interest in sipping tea in 35°C heat. “The café is empty because everyone is worried about the situation. It’s getting impossible to run a business,” he says. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in Salfit and the surrounding villages are suffering through a months-long drought. Summer shortages are nothing new on the parched hills outside Nablus, in the northern West Bank. But this season is particularly ... […]

    • Israel and the Arab world: The enemy of my enemies
      Posted on July 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Erdogan’s revenge Fly Title:  Israel and the Arab world Location:  CAIRO AND JERUSALEM Main image:  20160723_MAD001_0.jpg Rubric:  As Arab states warm to Israel, the Palestinians feel neglected EGYPT’S ambassador to Israel was in Tel Aviv for less than a month before he was called back to Cairo in November 2012. His government, then led by Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, was incensed over Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a Brotherhood affiliate. Mr Morsi also summoned Israel’s ambassador in Cairo, where a year earlier protesters had stormed the Israeli embassy. What a difference a few years make. In February Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled Mr Morsi in a coup, sent a new ambassador to Israel, the first since 2012. Mr Sisi has closed Egypt’s border with Gaza, to great Palestinian dismay, and vilified ... […]

    • On a wing and a prayer: Few ultra-Orthodox Jews make it in Israel’s tech industry
      Posted on July 20, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  On a wing and a prayer Rubric:  Why Haredi startups are in short supply A GROUP of ultra-Orthodox (or Haredi) Jews arriving at a meeting recently at Facebook’s Israeli headquarters were initially barred from entering by the security guard. “He couldn’t believe we actually had a business reason for being there,” said one participant. “He thought we wanted to hold a demonstration”. The altercation was a sign of how rare it is to see black-garbed Haredi Israelis in the shining development centres of the startup nation. Some 300,000 people, or about 8% of the Israeli workforce, are employed in the country’s burgeoning high-tech industry. The industry has sucked in talent so quickly that it is now constrained by a shortage of qualified engineers and programmers and is looking abroad. Yet a large and almost untapped pool of talent lies close to home. Only 2% of Israel’s tech employees are ultra-Orthodox Jews, although the community makes up nearly 10% of the population (similarly just 3% of tech employees are Arab, despite making up about 20% of the total). And of those ... […]

    • Israel’s prime minister: The law looms larger
      Posted on July 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Maytime Fly Title:  Israel’s prime minister Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20160716_MAP002_0.jpg Rubric:  Binyamin Netanyahu’s legal tribulations are worsening A LACONIC announcement by Israel’s attorney-general, Avichai Mendelblit, confirmed weeks of rumours: his office and the police, he said, have indeed been looking into allegations against Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister. Mr Mendelblit provided no further detail and stressed that no criminal proceedings had begun. The prime minister’s spokesman later reminded reporters that Mr Netanyahu had previously been the subject of allegations “that turned out to be baseless” and that “there will be nothing here either—because there is nothing.” It is true that Mr Netanyahu has never been indicted, but in two separate cases, in 1997 and 2000, police investigators opined that there was enough evidence to charge him with ... […]

    • Out and about: Binyamin Netanyahu’s charm offensive continues in Africa
      Posted on July 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Out and about Location:  Jerusalem Main image:  20160709_map506.jpg Rubric:  Israel tilts away from its Western allies and competes with Iran for friends in the region ISRAEL’S prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has just wrapped up a four-nation visit to Africa, the first visit of its kind for an Israeli leader in over quarter of a century. It underlines Mr Netanyahu’s attempt to shift Israel’s diplomatic strategy away from relying largely on its Western allies, particularly America, in favour of a broader approach. His itinerary included Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia and he took part in a summit with the leaders of these countries as well as South Sudan, Zambia and Tanzania. The prime minister took with him 80 businesspeople, representing 50 Israeli companies working in Africa and launching a programme for economic co-operation with sub-Saharan African countries. But while he was singing the praises of Israeli renewable energy ... […]

    • Israel’s tech industry: Talent search
      Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The Italian job Fly Title:  Israel’s tech industry Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20160709_wbp003.jpg Rubric:  The “startup nation” is running out of steam ISRAEL’S high-tech sector seems to be a land of milk and honey. Scarcely a month passes without another announcement of a foreign tech giant buying a local firm. In 2015 Israeli startups raised a record $4.4 billion in venture capital, up by 30% from the previous year. Yet the country once christened the “startup nation” is losing steam. Between 1998 and 2012 the tech industry grew on average by 9% annually, more than double the rate of Israel’s GDP. In all but one of the past six years, the tech sector has expanded at a slower rate than the overall economy. The main cause for the slowdown is a growing shortage of trained workers, according to a recent report by the chief economist of the ministry of finance. This ... […]

    • Israel and Turkey: Let’s try again
      Posted on June 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Anarchy in the UK Fly Title:  Israel and Turkey Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20160702_map003.jpg Rubric:  An end to years of tension, sort of THERE was no warmth to the announcements of a rapprochement between Israel and Turkey this week. The two governments have spent the past three years of a six-year period of tension negotiating the deal that restores full diplomatic relations. But when it was finally agreed, prime ministers Binyamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildarim gave separate press conferences. There was no festive summit, just a recognition by two regional powers that they cannot afford to remain at loggerheads during such a volatile period. Israel agreed three years ago to apologise and to pay compensation for an incident in May 2010, when Israeli naval commandos intercepted a flotilla of boats that was attempting to reach Gaza. It resulted in the deaths of ten ... […]

    • A terrorist attack on Istanbul’s airport: Soft target
      Posted on June 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Anarchy in the UK Fly Title:  A terrorist attack on Istanbul’s airport Location:  ISTANBUL Main image:  20160702_EUP004_0.jpg Rubric:  Turkey’s friendly turn in foreign policy is punctured by another bombing THE morning after the suicide attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport on June 28th, a grim silence hung over the terminal. Taxi drivers waved down the few shocked passengers trickling out of the bomb-scarred building. In contrast with the long closure that followed the attacks at Brussels’ airport in March, flights had already resumed. Turkey is doing its best to maintain an air of normalcy. But with the prime minister, Binali Yildirim, suggesting that Islamic State (IS) was behind the attack, Turkey may find itself drawn ever further into the war in Syria. The three suicide bombers who attacked the airport killed at least 42 people and left more than 200 ... […]

    • Terror in Turkey: A bombing in Istanbul blows apart Turkey’s charm offensive
      Posted on June 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Terror in Turkey Main image:  20160702_eup502.jpg Rubric:  A massive attack on Istanbul’s airport comes just as the government was rebuilding international relationships THE morning after the suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, a grim silence hung over the normally bustling terminal. One explosion had blown off several windows and hundreds of square metres of roof panels. A pile of glass and columns pockmarked by bullets marked the site of another blast. Taxi drivers idled outside, waving down the few shocked passengers who trickled out of the building. Flights had resumed. The three suicide bombers who attacked the airport, Istanbul’s gateway to the world, on Tuesday evening killed at least 41 people and left 239 wounded. Early signs suggested that Islamic State (IS) had a role in the bombing, said Turkey’s prime minister, Binali Yildirim. According to officials and witnesses, at least one of the attackers opened fire with an AK-47 machine gun before detonating his suicide ... […]

    • Tough times, bold measures: Israel and Turkey restore relations
      Posted on June 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Tough times, bold measures Location:  Jerusalem Main image:  20160702_map501.jpg Rubric:  An end to years of tension ISRAEL and Turkey, two non-Arab regional powers in the Middle East, have long been considered natural allies; and for decades worked together to counter the influence of their shared enemies in Syria and Iran. The relationship began to deteriorate under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who as prime minister, pursued a policy of engaging with the Arab world, often at the expense of Turkey’s other allies. Ties were frayed in early 2009, following Israel’s armed incursion into Gaza, and were cut off in May 2010, when Israeli naval commandos intercepted a flotilla of boats that was attempting to sail to Gaza, resulting in the deaths of ten Turkish activists. Israel agreed to apologise formally for the deaths and pay compensation to the families three years ago. But the agreement was held up by Turkey’s demand that Israel open ... […]

    • The Economist explains: Why weather forecasts are so often wrong
      Posted on June 20, 2016 at 4:31 am

      METEOROLOGY attracts criticism and jokes like few professions. Sometimes, research supports the humour. One study found that when television meteorologists in Kansas predicted that there was a 100% chance of rain, it didn’t rain at all one-third of the time. And there is much anecdotal evidence for forecasters’ unreliability. In 2009, heavy rains dampened a “barbecue summer” prediction by Britain’s Met office. In January last year American meteorologists apologised profusely on Twitter for predicting a “crippling” and “historic” blizzard that never arrived. Why do weathermen seem to get it wrong so often?Accurate weather forecasting depends on how many eyes there are in the sky. Over 11,000 observation stations across the world take hourly measurements of temperature, air pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction, rainfall and other conditions. Aircraft, merchant ships, weather balloons and satellites do the same thing and transmit data to weather stations on the ground. Joining the dots, supercomputers generate weather maps and spew out forecasts by matching them with similar weather patterns recorded in the past. Meteorologists interpret the computer-generated forecasts by comparing with different mathematical models and tweak them by relying on the torrent of real-time data coming from the field.Conflicting predictive models may offer opposite results: last year, ... […]

    • Violence in Israel: A brutal attack in Tel Aviv shatters Israel’s relative peace
      Posted on June 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Violence in Israel Location:  JERUSALEM Rubric:  Fears that the killing of four Israeli civilians could lead to more bloodshed THE Max Brenner restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Sarona neighbourhood was packed with diners on June 8th when two cousins from Yatta in the West Bank ordered drinks, drew makeshift submachineguns and opened fire. Four Israeli civilians were killed and six injured by the time the two shooters, one of whom was affiliated with Hamas, were overpowered. Despite an initial assessment that the attackers had few accomplices and were most likely acting without the involvement of any organisation, the Israeli government’s initial response was to suspend 83,000 exit permits from the West Bank, originally issued for the month of Ramadan which began on June 6th. A ban on residents leaving town was imposed on Yatta, home to more than 60,000 Palestinians. Crossings between Israel and the West Bank were shut for three days. The Israeli army is planning to demolish the homes of the families of the two ... […]

    • Palestine: The view on the ground
      Posted on June 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  How to make a good teacher Fly Title:  Palestine Main image:  20160611_BKP003_0.jpg Rubric:  An elegant and moving account of the trials of the Tamimi family, a tale that is symbolic of the daily lives of many Palestinians The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine. By Ben Ehrenreich. Penguin Press; 428 pages; $28. To be published in Britain by Granta in August; £14.99. IN THIS book of many stories, few of them happy, it falls to one young Palestinian to get the measure of things. A man puts out a sweet one day, he says. An ant comes to investigate, but finds it too heavy to carry home. So it leaves and returns with many ants; but meanwhile the man takes the sweet away. The ants look around a bit, and finding nothing, file off. The man then replaces the sweet, and the same ant finds it again. It races off to get the others, but before they can return, the man hides it again. Deceived a second time, the ants turn on the first ant ... […]

    • Palestine: A museum without exhibits
      Posted on June 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Under attack Fly Title:  Palestine Location:  BIRZEIT Main image:  20160604_MAP003_0.jpg Rubric:  For a people without a state THE Palestinians’ new national museum is a striking monument to the state they don’t yet have. Designed by a firm in Dublin, the museum itself is angular and modern, with glass curtain walls topped by smooth white limestone. From afar it looks almost like a low-slung bunker perched on a hill north of Ramallah; inside, though, it is light and airy. A terraced garden stretches out below, filled with dozens of local species: almond and fig trees, mint and za’atar. Only one thing is missing—the exhibits. When the first visitors arrive in June, they will tour an empty building. The curators had spent years planning an inaugural exhibition, “Never Part”, about the personal effects that Palestinian refugees took when they fled their homes. But the ... […]

    • Free exchange: Tales from Silicon wadi
      Posted on June 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Under attack Fly Title:  Free exchange Location:  TEL AVIV Rubric:  Military insecurity can boost an economy, up to a point STANDING amid the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, looking west over the sun-warmed Mediterranean, one can almost forget how unlikely Israel’s recent economic success has been. The country is a fortress: a tiny island of prosperity in a troubled region. Its neighbours are hostile; Syria, in the midst of a devastatingly bloody civil war, is a failed state. Israel itself is not only mired in conflict in the Palestinian territories, but riven by internal divisions between observant and secular Jews and between Jews and Arabs. International ire over the treatment of Palestinians leads to calls for boycotts of Israeli goods and divestment from Israeli companies. Yet over the past two decades, this small country, with a population of around 8m, has engineered an economic miracle (see left-hand chart). Israel is testimony to the ... […]

    • Israeli politics: He’s back!
      Posted on May 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  A nuclear nightmare Fly Title:  Israeli politics Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  Get ready for fireworks Rubric:  Avigdor Lieberman returns to government, more powerful than ever Get ready for fireworks EVER since his fourth election victory in March 2015 Binyamin Netanyahu has been trying to broaden his coalition, which, with only 61 members, had the slimmest of majorities in Israel’s 120-member parliament. For most of the past year he has held on-and-off talks with the leader of the centre-left Zionist Union, Yitzhak Herzog. But last week, as the negotiations hit a snag, the prime minister astounded the country by concluding a deal with Avigdor Lieberman (pictured left), the leader of Yisrael Beitenu (Israel is Our Home), a right-wing nationalist party. The renewed alliance with Mr Lieberman, a former foreign minister, who has repeatedly fallen out with Mr Netanyahu ... […]

    • Reading the Torah in Abuja: Who wants to be a Jew?
      Posted on May 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  A nuclear nightmare Fly Title:  Reading the Torah in Abuja Location:  LAGOS Main image:  20160528_map504.jpg Rubric:  The unlikely spread of Judaism in Africa AS THE sun sets on a Friday in a smart new suburb of Lagos, Harim Obidike dons his kippah and opens up a prayer book. It is the start of shabbat, the Jewish holy day, and as he croons through the psalms, a gaggle of youngsters sing along. “We are Israelites,” he says after bread has been broken and the candles lit. Nigeria is a devout country split loosely between a Muslim north and a Christian south: two halves which were brought together by colonialists and still butt heads today. A couple of decades ago, modern Judaism was almost unheard of. But this household is one of a growing number that are taking to the Torah. In Abuja, the capital, there are at least four small communities of Igbo-speakers that have opened ... […]

    • Israel’s new defence minister: Netanyahu names a new defence minister
      Posted on May 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Israel’s new defence minister Location:  JERUSALEM Rubric:  Israel’s government swings further to the right MOSHE “BOGIE” Yaalon is no shrinking violet. Over a 40-year military career the former lieutenant-general led some of Israel’s most daring, and bloodiest, offensives. Yet on May 20th, wearing his customary dark shirt and no tie, he announced his resignation as defence minister, citing “difficult disagreements on moral and professional matters” with the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu. Mr Yaalon warned that “extreme and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party”. The bluntly-delivered speech was the culmination of months of tension between him and the prime minister over Mr Yaalon’s public criticism of what he sees as “trends of extremism, violence and racism in Israeli society, which are endangering its resilience and filtering through to the army”. He also publicly backed senior army officers who made similar warnings in public, despite Mr Netanyahu’s insistence that ... […]

    • Israel’s atomic angst: A textile factory with a difference
      Posted on May 18, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  When the drugs don’t work Fly Title:  Israel’s atomic angst Main image:  Tough times in the garment trade Rubric:  One of the world’s oldest nuclear plants helped build the Jewish state’s secret nuclear arsenal Tough times in the garment trade WITH its cupola dully glinting in the sun across kilometres of an exclusion zone in the Negev Desert, the nuclear reactor near the Israeli town of Dimona has for decades been the subject of intense speculation. Its bland official name, the Centre for Nuclear Research, belies a martial purpose. Foreign intelligence services, atomic scientists and a former Israeli employee claim that it is the source of fissile material used to make Israel’s nuclear weapons. The country’s atomic secrets have always been closely guarded, so little is known about the plant at Dimona. However, officials at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) admitted at a scientific conference last month that the reactor is showing ... […]

    • The Economist playlist: Music to read The Economist by: May 14th 2016
      Posted on May 17, 2016 at 9:53 am

      ALMOST every week The Economist puts together a playlist loosely inspired by the stories we covered. 20160517 10:54:42 Comment Expiry Date:  Wed, 2016-06-01 […]

    • Whodunnit in Syria: Hizbullah’s military commander is killed
      Posted on May 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Whodunnit in Syria Location:  JERUSALEM Main image:  20160514_map502.jpg Rubric:  Israel is the usual suspect—but may not have been responsible this time EARLY on May 13th Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shia armed movement which, together with its sponsor Iran, has been propping up the regime of Bashar al-Assad since early in the Syrian war, announced the death of its senior military commander in Damascus. Details were sketchy: Mustafa Badreddine, sent to lead Hizbullah’s contingent in Syria in 2012, had been killed in a “major explosion”. He was by no means the only officer Hizbullah has lost in Syria over the last few years, but he is certainly the most high-ranking. The secretive Mr Badreddine is reported to have replaced the organisation’s operations chief, Imad Mughniyeh, after his assassination in Damascus in 2008. The severe blow this represents to Hizbullah, which is both a political party and a disciplined military outfit, was ... […]

    • Israeli agriculture: Desert wines
      Posted on May 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The war within Fly Title:  Israeli agriculture Location:  BE’ER SHEVA Main image:  The desert shall rejoice Rubric:  How to grow grapes where the ground is a griddle The desert shall rejoice DANIEL KISH once speared fish for a living. Now he makes wine in Israel’s Negev desert. Sipping on Shoshanna, a spicy blend of petite sirah, zinfandel, merlot and shiraz named after his mother, he explains why winemaking there can be so hard. The ground is rocky and parched. The sun is fearfully hot. And the local Thomson’s gazelles adore grapes. “You’ve opened a restaurant in the desert. So of course animals are going to eat,” he says. Mr Kish produces between 6,000 and 7,000 bottles of wine a year; he reckons each costs 45 shekels ($12) to make. They sell for just over twice that at his vineyard on Kish Farm. Keeping the process kosher is costly. A region’s climate determines its ... […]

    • The breakdown of Arab states: The war within
      Posted on May 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The war within Fly Title:  The breakdown of Arab states Main image:  20160514_ldp502.jpg Rubric:  Europe and America made mistakes, but the misery of the Arab world is caused mainly by its own failures WHEN Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot secretly drew their lines on the map of the Levant to carve up the Ottoman empire in May 1916, at the height of the first world war, they could scarcely have imagined the mess they would set in train: a century of imperial betrayal and Arab resentment; instability and coups; wars, displacement, occupation and failed peacemaking in Palestine; and almost everywhere oppression, radicalism and terrorism. In the euphoria of the uprisings in 2011, when one awful Arab autocrat after another was toppled, it seemed as if the Arabs were at last turning towards democracy. Instead their condition is more benighted than ever. Under Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt is even more wretched than under the ousted ... […]

    • Israel Three Month Interbank Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on August 31, 2016 at 2:14 am

      Israel Three Month Interbank Rate was quoted at 0.10 percent on Monday August 29. Interbank Rate in Israel averaged 3.95 percent from 1999 until 2016, 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. Interbank Rate in Israel is reported by the Bank of Israel. 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 House Price Index
      Posted by Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel on August 31, 2016 at 1:18 am

      Housing Index in Israel decreased to 389.50 Index points in June from 389.60 Index points in May of 2016. Housing Index in Israel averaged 223.34 Index points from 1994 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 389.60 Index points in May of 2016 and a record low of 117.20 Index points in February of 1994. Housing Index in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel House Price Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Private Sector Credit
      Posted by Central Bank of Israel on August 31, 2016 at 1:18 am

      Private Sector Credit in Israel increased 862491 percent in June of 2016 over the previous month. Private Sector Credit in Israel averaged 524972.52 ILS Million from 1997 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 862491 ILS Million in June of 2016 and a record low of 201259 ILS Million in April of 1997. Private Sector Credit in Israel is reported by the Central Bank of Israel. This page provides - Israel Private Sector Credit- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Money Supply M2
      Posted by Bank of Israel on August 31, 2016 at 1:15 am

      Money Supply M2 in Israel increased to 734277.30 ILS Million in June from 718977.50 ILS Million in May of 2016. Money Supply M2 in Israel averaged 200642.67 ILS Million from 1981 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 734277.30 ILS Million in June of 2016 and a record low of 12.40 ILS Million in April of 1981. Money Supply M2 in Israel is reported by the Bank of Israel. Israel Money Supply M2 includes M1 plus short-term time deposits in banks. This page provides - Israel Money Supply M2 - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Interest Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on August 31, 2016 at 1:15 am

      The Bank of Israel left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.1 percent at its August 29th, 2016 meeting, in line with market consensus. Policymakers said in spite of the fact that consumer price index increased more than expected in July, inflation expectations remained low, and are still below the lower bound of the inflation target range. Medium and long-term expectations remained anchored within the target range. The economy expanded more than expected in the second quarter, led by private consumption, and exports increased at an adequate rate, although it still lags world trade growth. The picture conveyed by labor market data remains positive, and there are signs that the economy is nearing full employment. Interest Rate in Israel averaged 6.03 percent from 1996 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 17 percent in June of 1996 and a record low of 0.10 percent in February of 2015. Interest Rate in Israel is reported by the Bank of Israel. In Israel, the interest rates decisions are taken by the Bank of Israel. The official interest rate is the "headline" rate. This page provides - Israel Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Mining Production
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 30, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Mining production in Israel increased 25.70 percent in June of 2016 over the same month in the previous year. Mining Production in Israel averaged 16.55 percent from 2005 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 339.20 percent in May of 2010 and a record low of -65.10 percent in February of 2009. Mining Production in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. . This page provides - Israel Mining Production- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Manufacturing Production
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 30, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Manufacturing Production in Israel increased 2.50 percent in June of 2016 over the same month in the previous year. Manufacturing Production in Israel averaged 3.46 percent from 2005 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 34.20 percent in October of 2006 and a record low of -18.30 percent in April of 2009. Manufacturing Production in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. . This page provides - Israel Manufacturing Production- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Monthly Wages in Manufacturing Index
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Wages in Manufacturing in Israel decreased to 105.60 Index Points in May from 111.90 Index Points in April of 2016. Wages in Manufacturing in Israel averaged 110.73 Index Points from 2005 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 137 Index Points in March of 2011 and a record low of 96 Index Points in November of 2013. Wages in Manufacturing in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel Monthly Wages in Manufacturing Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Employed Persons
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 28, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      The number of employed persons in Israel increased to 3737.02 Thousand in the second quarter of 2016 from 3684.43 Thousand in the first quarter of 2016. Employed Persons in Israel averaged 2499.95 Thousand from 1991 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 3737.02 Thousand in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 1537 Thousand in the first quarter of 1991. Employed Persons in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, employed persons are individuals with a minimum required age who work during a certain time for a business. This page provides - Israel Employed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Unemployment Rate
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      The unemployment rate in Israel remained unchanged at 4.70 percent in July of 2016 compared to the previous month. The number of unemployed persons increased by 8 thousand to 198.5 thousand while number of employed rose by 32.5 thousand to 3,778.8 thousand. The labour force participation rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 64.4 percent. Unemployment Rate in Israel averaged 7.39 percent from 1992 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 11.40 percent in March of 1992 and a record low of 4.70 percent in June of 2016. Unemployment Rate in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, the unemployment rate measures the number of people actively looking for a job as a percentage of the labour force. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Unemployment Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Unemployed Persons
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      The number of unemployed persons in Israel decreased to 176.22 Thousand in the second quarter of 2016 from 195.23 Thousand in the first quarter of 2016. Unemployed Persons in Israel averaged 210.21 Thousand from 1991 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 305.40 Thousand in the third quarter of 2003 and a record low of 126.80 Thousand in the second quarter of 1996. Unemployed Persons in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, unemployed persons are individuals who are without a job and actively seeking to work. This page provides - Israel Unemployed Persons - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Leading Economic Index
      Posted by Central Bank of Israel on August 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      The Bank of Israel's Composite State of the Economy Index increased 0.2 percent in July from June of 2016, the same as in the previous period. Leading Economic Index in Israel averaged 0.34 percent from 1975 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 1.11 percent in May of 1991 and a record low of -0.65 percent in February of 1980. Leading Economic Index in Israel is reported by the Central Bank of Israel. In Israel, the Composite State-of-the-Economy Index is a synthetic indicator examining the direction in which real economic activity is moving in a real time. It is calculated based on 10 different components: industrial production index, trade revenue, services revenue, imports of consumer products, imports of manufacturing inputs, export of goods, export of services, number of employee posts in the private sector, rate of vacant employee positions and the number of building starts. The index has a base value of 100 as of 2011. This page provides - Israel Leading Composite Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Government Spending
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Government Spending in Israel increased to 60189 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 58668.60 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. Government Spending in Israel averaged 45199.03 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 60189 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 34466.90 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. Government Spending in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 August 26, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      The stocks of goods held by firms in Israel increased by 1363.10 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016. Changes in Inventories in Israel averaged 1101.82 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. Changes in Inventories in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 August 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Consumer Spending in Israel increased to 158425.80 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 154527 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. Consumer Spending in Israel averaged 107234.69 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 158425.80 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 66417.90 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. Consumer Spending in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel Consumer Spending - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Gross National Income
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      Gross National Product in Israel increased to 296159.70 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 288913.90 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. Gross National Product in Israel averaged 171077.42 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 296159.70 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 68946.60 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. Gross National Product in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel Gross National Income - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Wholesale Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Producer Prices in Israel increased to 90.60 Index Points in July from 90.50 Index Points in June of 2016. Producer Prices in Israel averaged 68.63 Index Points from 1990 until 2016, 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. Producer Prices in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 Core Consumer Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Core Consumer Prices in Israel increased to 100.80 Index Points in July from 100.40 Index Points in June of 2016. Core Consumer Prices in Israel averaged 96.69 Index Points from 2007 until 2016, 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. Core Consumer Prices in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 August 26, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      GDP From Public Administration in Israel decreased to 37993.40 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 38442 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. GDP From Public Administration in Israel averaged 29295.93 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. GDP From Public Administration in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel Gdp From Public Administration- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Job Vacancies
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      Job Vacancies in Israel increased to 109198 in July from 97200 in June of 2016. Job Vacancies in Israel averaged 66052.39 from 2009 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 109198 in July of 2016 and a record low of 36223 in December of 2009. Job Vacancies in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 August 26, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      GDP Deflator in Israel increased to 114.23 Index Points in the second quarter of 2016 from 113.05 Index Points in the first quarter of 2016. GDP Deflator in Israel averaged 92.11 Index Points from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 114.23 Index Points in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 61.25 Index Points in the first quarter of 1995. GDP Deflator in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel GDP Deflator - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Gross Fixed Capital Formation
      Posted by Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Israel increased to 55089.40 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 51768.50 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Israel averaged 37652.83 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 55089.40 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 28795.30 ILS Million in the third quarter of 2004. Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel Gross Fixed Capital Formation - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Consumer Price Index (CPI)
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Consumer Price Index CPI in Israel increased to 99.50 Index Points in July from 99.10 Index Points in June of 2016. Consumer Price Index CPI in Israel averaged 32.84 Index Points from 1951 until 2016, 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. Consumer Price Index CPI in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. 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 GDP Constant Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel on August 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      GDP Constant Prices in Israel increased to 265888.90 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 from 260102.20 ILS Million in the first quarter of 2016. GDP Constant Prices in Israel averaged 187696.90 ILS Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 265888.90 ILS Million in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 119623.10 ILS Million in the first quarter of 1995. GDP Constant Prices in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau Of Statistics, Israel. This page provides - Israel GDP Constant Prices - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Industrial Production
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on August 24, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Industrial production in Israel increased 4.30 percent year-on-year in June of 2016, following an upwardly revised 4.7 percent growth in the previous period. Manufacturing output advanced 2.5 percent and mining and quarrying jumped 25.6 percent. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial output rose 2.3 percent. Industrial Production in Israel averaged 5.78 percent from 1960 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 62.70 percent in June of 1968 and a record low of -29.20 percent in June of 1967. Industrial Production in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, industrial production measures the output of businesses integrated in industrial sector of the economy such as manufacturing, mining, and utilities. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Industrial Production - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

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    • Smartphone Repair Co. CellSavers Raises $15m
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 25, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Israeli startup CellSavers, which provides an on-demand repair platform for smartphones and other mobile devices, has completed a $15 million financing round led by Carmel Ventures, with participation from Sequoia Capital Israel. As reported in Globes: The current funding follows the company’s $3 million round in seed funding led by Sequoia Capital in December 2015. The […]

    • Israeli Cybertech Startup BioCatch Tracks Online Behavior To Catch Criminals
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 24, 2016 at 7:07 am

      The company’s software checks over 500 bio-behavioral, cognitive and physiological parameters to create unique user profiles — and an individual web presence — for visitors to banking and eCommerce sites. As reported in NoCamels (republished from The Times of Israel): The company’s latest product, which is already deployed in a set of tier-one banks and […]

    • Ford Buys Israeli Machine Learning Co. SAIPS
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 18, 2016 at 4:45 am

      The acquisition of the Rehovot-based company is part of Ford’s pledge to develop a fleet of driverless cars by 2021. As reported in Globes: Car manufacturing giant Ford has acquired Israeli computer vision and machine learning company SAIPS. The acquisition of the Rehovot-based company is part of Ford’s pledge to develop a driverless car by […]

    • More Spin Off From The First NZ Business Delegation To Israel
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 18, 2016 at 4:20 am

      Spark chief executive Simon Moutter is challenging big New Zealand corporates to get behind and back Kiwi early-stage, innovative businesses. As reported in The New Zealand Herald: Moutter has set an aspirational goal to raise a $100 million-plus funding vehicle to help commercialise globally oriented New Zealand intellectual property produced by early stage businesses. He […]

    • Israeli Start-up ‘Plate My Meal’ Teaches Kids Healthy Eating Habits
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 17, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Israeli startup Plate My Meal is offering a simple yet effective way to instill healthy eating habits and prevent obesity from a young age, with a five-piece plastic plate set for toddlers. The plates, which are divided into different compartments, indicate the recommended portions of different kinds of foods, including dairy products, vegetables and grains. […]

    • Israeli Taxi App Gett To Be Part of Google Maps’ Navigation Service
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Gett will be integrated into Google Maps, enabling taxi hailing directly from the popular navigation app. As reported in Globes: The taxi hailing app Gett (formerly GetTaxi) is teaming with Google, integrating Gett’s service into the Google Maps navigation app and enabling users to order taxis directly from the navigation map.The option to hail a […]

    • Israel’s Matific Raises $45M To Make Maths Education Games
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 10, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Hoping to expand its reach beyond the twenty countries where it already has a presence, the company recently announced the closing of a $45 million Series B funding round. The funding round was led by Australian entrepreneur Leon Kamenev and brings the company’s total funding to $57 million, after securing a $12 million round in 2015. As […]

    • Ready For Rio: Israeli Technology Takes Center Stage At Olympic Games
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      With the opening of the Olympic Games on Friday, Israel’s delegation to Rio de Janeiro is its largest ever: 47 athletes competing in 17 different sports, plus 34 coaches and about 25 support staff. However, they won’t be the only Israelis seeking to make an impact on the summer games. Several Israeli companies will be working behind the scenes to ensure that the Olympics run […]

    • Chinese Group Buys Israeli Co Playtika For $4.4b
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 3, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      The Chinese consortium, which is buying Playtika from US company Caesars, says Playtika will remain an independent unit managed from Herzliya. As reported in Globes: A Chinese consortium has acquired Israeli social games company Playtika from Caesars Interactive Entertainment online games unit for $4.4 billion in cash, the companies have announced. Based in Herzliya, US […]

    • First Israel-Australia Cyber Security Dialogue
      Posted by Richard Vesely on August 1, 2016 at 2:41 am

      Last week, the first Israel Australia Cyber Dialogue was convened by the Israel Trade Commission and the recently established Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre. The Dialogue was the Growth Centre’s first event since its recommended formation by the Federal Government following the release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda Report in December 2015. During […]

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    • TLV Formats Conference, September 19 – 20, 2016
      Posted by Richard Vesely on June 14, 2016 at 1:39 am

      The TLV Formats Conference is held by the Israel Export Institute and Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry on September 19 - 20, 2016. The aim of this conference is to empower creatives rather than delivering content to offer a comprehensive introduction to the different media entities in Israel. […]

    • DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival, September 24th -29th 2016
      Posted by Richard Vesely on June 14, 2016 at 1:16 am

      DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival will be held September 25th -29th, incorporating DLD Tel Aviv Digital Conference on the 27th and 28th. DLD is a leading conference, created by Burda Media, which brings together the best thinkers on issues of innovation, media, digital , entertainment, art and science . It was originated in Munich, where it takes place […]

    • EdTech Summit, Tel Aviv, June 8 & 9, 2016
      Posted by Richard Vesely on April 26, 2016 at 6:14 am

      The first annual EdTech Summit is taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 8 and 9, 2016 . This exclusive 2-day event is focused on 100+ Israeli startups and companies that develop educational technologies giving speakers, sponsors, and international delegates the opportunity to make lasting connections and meet prospective clients. You have the chance […]

    • AgriVest Israel, September 27, 2016
      Posted by Richard Vesely on April 11, 2016 at 1:59 am

      AgriVest Israel is an exciting industry event hosted by Trendlines Agtech and Greensoil Investment. The one day event includes: Discovery of Israel’s most innovative agritech companies and discuss ways to leverage the global growth opportunity in agritech business and investments. Showcase & Competition of most exciting early-stage Israeli agritech companies. Discussions with agritech leaders and investors […]

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    • The Disappearance of the Two-State Solution
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on July 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      The 2016 Republican Party platform contains no references to the two-state solution. Is this a crisis? Elliott Abrams writes in National Review that, after years of failed attempts to broker a peace agreement, the United States should seek to promote the goal of peace without dictating one sole path forward. &nbs […]

    • Media Call: The Struggle for Israel
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Contributors to Foreign Affairs' July/August issue discuss the profound changes Israel is undergoing, and what they mean for its politics, society, and relationships with the United States and other Middle Eastern countries. […]

    • Ministering Justice
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Ayelet Shaked is a relative new­comer to Israeli politics. Shaked, 40, served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s office manager before breaking with the prime minister and joining Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party in 2012 and then winning election to the Knesset in 2013. Following the 2015 election, Shaked was named Israel’s minister of justice.&nbs […]

    • Anger and Hope
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Tzipi Livni has been called the most powerful woman in Israel since Golda Meir. Born to a prominent right-wing family, Livni spent several years working for the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, before entering politics. […]

    • The End of the Old Israel
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality.&nbs […]

    • Israel Among the Nations
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      In 1996, Ehud Barak, who was then Israel’s foreign minister and would later serve as prime minister, charac­terized Israel as “a modern and prosperous villa in the middle of the jungle.” Twenty years later, as political turmoil and vio­lence engulf the Middle East, that harsh metaphor captures better than ever the way most Israelis see their country and its place in the region.&nbs […]

    • Israel’s Second-Class Citizens
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      When the world focuses on the Arab-Israeli crisis today, the plight of the 4.6 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank gets most of the attention. But another pressing question haunts Israeli politics: the status and future of Israel’s own Arab citizens, who number around 1.7 million and make up around 21 percent of its popu­lation.&nbs […]

    • Israel’s Evolving Military
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 23, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Soon after Benjamin Netanyahu began his second term as Israel’s prime minister in March 2009, he ordered the country’s military to develop a plan for a unilateral military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. […]

    • Israel and the Post-American Middle East
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Was the feud between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, first over settlements and then over Iran, a watershed? Netanyahu, it is claimed, turned U.S. support of Israel into a partisan issue. […]

    • Too Soon to Rekindle Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process?
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on June 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Domestic pressures facing Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas mean France's bid to reboot Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will likely be a nonstarter, says CFR's Robert Danin.&nbs […]

    • Bernie Sanders: The Old Lefty’s Wrong View of Israel
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on April 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Bernie Sanders recently spoke at some length about Israel, with the New York Daily News. Elliott Abrams analyzed the interview in The Weekly Standard, finding no hostility to the Jewish State—but confusion and misinformation. […]

    • If American Jews and Israel Are Drifting Apart, What's the Reason?
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on April 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      If American Jews and Israel, are drifting apart, what’s the reason? That is the title of Elliott Abrams’s review essay in Mosaic, covering two new books that blame Israel—and its government’s policies—for the apparent drift. But the conventional wisdom is wrong, and the problems lie at home, among American Jews, not in Jerusalem. […]

    • Model Diplomacy: Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on February 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

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    • UN Security Council Resolution 2257: Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      This resolution extends the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until 30 June 2016. Since 1974, UNDOF has monitored the ceasefire between Israeli and Syrian forces. […]

    • Israel — Cleared but In the Dock
      Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on December 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      In an article for National Review, Elliott Abrams explains that the recent High Level Military Group report lauds Israel’s performance in the most recent Gaza war as “exemplary” for other liberal democracies fighting a war on jihadi terror. […]