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    • 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 ... […]

    • The Economist explains: Who are the Samaritans and why is their future uncertain?
      Posted on October 19, 2016 at 4:51 am

      Main image:  THIS week millions of Jews are celebrating Sukkot, a week-long Jewish holiday commemorating an ancient pilgrimage linked to the harvest. It is a time to relax, see family and eat good food. Jews are not the only ones to indulge. Some 800 Samaritans, dotted around Israel and the West Bank, also join in. Most people only know Samaritans from a bit part in the Bible, or as a charity for the emotionally vulnerable. So who are the Samaritans—and why are their numbers dwindling?That Samaritans celebrate Sukkot hints at their origins. Like Jews, they trace their lineage to Abraham. But the enslavement of the Jews by the Babylonians complicated matters. The Samaritans claim that, after returning from Babylon, Jews forgot their early customs. For centuries a healthy number of Samaritans, who consider themselves distinct from Jews, fought to preserve them. Several hundred thousand Samaritans lived in the Holy Land at the time of Christ. But a war with the Byzantines, between 529 AD and 531 AD, decimated their population. The subsequent arrival of Islam depleted their numbers further; most ethnic Samaritans are now pious Muslims.For those few Samaritans who endure, protecting pre-captivity traditions is central to their culture. They use a spindly, antique version of the Hebrew script. They ... […]

    • Tensions mount: A row at the UN bodes ill for the sharing of Jerusalem’s holiness
      Posted on October 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      SOMETHING peculiar is going on when the most senior official of a global body loudly deplores a resolution which that body’s member states, or at least a good number of them, have just voted to approve. But then, the status of Jerusalem's holiest places, and in particular the place known by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif, is a diplomatic issue like no other. And Irina Bokova (pictured), the director-general of UNESCO, was both embarrassed and impressively learned and eloquent in her denunciation of a text on that topic which a UNESCO committee voted to endorse this week. The vote was to be regretted, said Ms Bokova, because: The heritage of Jerusalem is indivisible, and each of its communities has a right to the explicit recognition of their history and relationship with the city. To deny, conceal or erase any of the Jewish, Christian or Muslim traditions undermines the integrity of the site...Nowhere more than in Jerusalem do Jewish, Christian and Muslim heritage and traditions share space and interweave to the point that they support each other...In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant. In the Bible, Jerusalem is the city of the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Quran, Jerusalem ... […]

    • Politics this week
      Posted on September 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Why they’re wrong Main image:  20161001_WWP001_290.jpg A record audience tuned in to the first presidential debate of the election campaign. Polling suggested that most voters thought Hillary Clinton put in a better performance than Donald Trump. He blamed the moderator and a defective microphone, and said he had held back because he “didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings”. See here and here.  Congress overrode a presidential veto by Barack Obama for the first time, voting overwhelmingly to reinstate a bill that allows Americans to sue foreign governments if they are found to have played a role in terrorist attacks. Mr Obama had vetoed the bill on the ground that it would open America to reciprocal lawsuits from foreign countries. See article.  The number of murders in America rose by 10.8% last year, according to the FBI, the sharpest rise in decades. The murder rate rose to 4.9 for every 100,000 people, the highest since 2009. Peace in our time The government of Colombia and the FARC guerrilla army signed an agreement to end their 52-year-long war. Colombia’s ... […]

    • Intriguing for peace: Obituary: Shimon Peres died on September 28th
      Posted on September 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Why they’re wrong Fly Title:  Intriguing for peace Main image:  20161001_OBP002.jpg HE OUTLIVED all his country’s other founding fathers, but failed in what he most yearned for: to lead it into a lasting peace. Missed opportunities dogged Shimon Peres’s career. He gained the highest offices—prime minister, twice, and president—but the political arithmetic invariably went against him. His forte was foreign policy, but his political nemesis, Menachem Begin, signed the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, and his arch-rival, Yitzhak Rabin, got most of the plaudits for Israel’s deal in 1993 with the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat. Mr Peres’s imprint was lasting, nonetheless. As a precocious young civil servant, he brokered arms deals which helped his uniformed counterparts to get the weapons they needed. He circumvented arms embargoes with creative ruses, such as buying warplanes as, purportedly, film props, and cannily found leaky frigates and rusty tanks in places where they were no longer needed. He bargained ... […]

    • All quiet on the Sabbath: A row over roads highlights the growing sway of Israel’s religious hardliners
      Posted on September 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  All quiet on the Sabbath Location:  Jerusalem Main image:  20160910_MAP502.jpg THE morning of September 4th, a Sunday and the start of the working week in Israel, was a lot worse than the usual automotive nightmare. Maintenance work on the main (and only functioning) railway line between Tel Aviv and the north, which had been scheduled for Saturday, when regular services are suspended for the duration of the Sabbath, had been cancelled due to pressure from the ultra-Orthodox Haredi parties, who were threatening to pull out of the ruling coalition, potentally bringing it down. As a result, the work extended until Sunday evening, creating much greater pressure on the roads than usual. As drivers advanced at a snail’s pace, officials and politicians traded recriminations. In particular, it set up a fresh clash between Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, and one of the more popular members of his cabinet, the transport minister Yisrael Katz. Mr Katz is one of the few Likud ministers with an independent ... […]

    • Terrorism: Learning to live with it
      Posted on September 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Uberworld Fly Title:  Terrorism Main image:  20160903_IRP001_1.jpg IT HAS been an edgy summer in France. Since the horror of Bastille Day, when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel killed 86 people in Nice, heavily armed soldiers have patrolled the beaches. In late July fanatical Muslims murdered a Catholic priest in Normandy. France remains in a state of emergency after gunmen affiliated to Islamic State (IS) killed 130 people in Paris last November. Next year’s presidential election threatens to be a competition over who can sound toughest on terrorism. Last week Nicolas Sarkozy, a former president, launched his campaign to get his old job back. As well as calling for a national ban on the “burkini”, a modest swimsuit favoured by Muslims, he has proposed the detention or electronic tagging of potentially thousands of people who are on a list of Islamist-inspired security threats. If he wins his party’s nomination, Mr Sarkozy could be the less nativist of two second-round candidates for the presidency. The other would ... […]

    • 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 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 cases are only the first in a series that will show how Hamas has co-opted international aid organisations to bankroll its military ... […]

    • 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 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 bad. Taps slowed to a trickle before the Ramadan holiday, and few expect relief before the winter rains. Israelis once obsessed over the ... […]

    • 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 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 Hamas. To complete the turnabout, there are now rumours that Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, will soon visit Mr Sisi in Egypt. ... […]

    • 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 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 ultra-Orthodox Jews who are employed by tech companies, about two-thirds are women who work mainly in call centres for low ... […]

    • 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 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 fraud and breach of confidence. Each time, however, they were overruled by the then attorney-general, who criticised Mr Netanyahu’s ... […]

    • 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 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 and water purification technology, there were other matters on the agenda. Israel has come a long way from the mid-1970s, when many African countries broke off relations ... […]

    • 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 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 may come as a surprise, given the country’s reputation for having a deep pool of tech talent, mainly because of the Israel ... […]

    • 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 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 wounded. One struck in front of the arrivals hall entrance on the ground floor. The two others forced their way into the departures hall upstairs, ... […]

    • 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 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 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists. (The Israeli commandos were attacked with metal pipes before they started ... […]

    • 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 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 vest inside the arrivals terminal, just outside the luggage pickup area. Another struck near the X-ray scanners by the departures hall entrance, the third at a nearby car park. All three had ... […]

    • 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 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 access to the Gaza Strip, blockaded since 2006; and Israel’s demand that the Turkish government close ... […]

    • 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, ... […]

    • Israel Three Month Interbank Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on December 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Israel Three Month Interbank Rate was quoted at 0.10 percent on Friday December 9. Interbank Rate in Israel averaged 3.89 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. 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 Tourist Arrivals
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 10, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Tourist Arrivals in Israel increased to 287.90 Thousand in November from 271.71 Thousand in October of 2016. Tourist Arrivals in Israel averaged 173.95 Thousand from 1991 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 346.10 Thousand in May of 2014 and a record low of 15.31 Thousand in February of 1991. . This page provides - Israel Tourist Arrivals - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Government Budget Value
      Posted by Israel Ministry Of Finance on December 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Israel recorded a government budget surplus of 590 ILS Million in November of 2016. Government Budget Value in Israel averaged -1861.79 ILS Million from 2005 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 6084 ILS Million in January of 2012 and a record low of -16447 ILS Million in December of 2015. The net government budget balance (excluding credit) is the difference between government revenues and expenses. The budget is balanced when outlays equal to receipts, the country reports budget surplus when revenues are higher than expenses and deficit when expenses exceed the revenues. Series do not include government's activity regarding credit lending and repayments of credit. This page provides - Israel Government Budget Value - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Fiscal Expenditure
      Posted by Israel Ministry Of Finance on December 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Fiscal Expenditure in Israel decreased to 26119 ILS Million in November from 27255 ILS Million in October of 2016. Fiscal Expenditure in Israel averaged 17206.51 ILS Million from 1992 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 40090 ILS Million in December of 2015 and a record low of 5010.60 ILS Million in February of 1992. Fiscal expenditure refers to the sum of government expenses, including spending on goods and services, investment and transfer payments like social security and unemployment benefits. Fiscal expenditure are part of government budget balance calculation. This page provides - Israel Fiscal Expenditure- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Gasoline Prices
      Posted by Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources on December 10, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Gasoline Prices in Israel increased to 1.56 USD/Liter in November from 1.55 USD/Liter in October of 2016. Gasoline Prices in Israel averaged 1.64 USD/Liter from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 2.22 USD/Liter in September of 2014 and a record low of 0.73 USD/Liter in December of 1995. . This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Gasoline Prices - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Government Revenues
      Posted by Israel Ministry Of Finance on December 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Government Revenues in Israel increased to 26835 ILS Million in November from 25421 ILS Million in October of 2016. Government Revenues in Israel averaged 16008.48 ILS Million from 1992 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 30744 ILS Million in May of 2016 and a record low of 4061 ILS Million in February of 1992. Government Revenues refer to all receipts the government gets, including taxes, custom duties, revenue from state-owned enterprises, capital revenues and foreign aid. Government Revenues are part of government budget balance calculation. This page provides - Israel Government Revenues- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Business Confidence
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 10, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Business confidence in Israel decreased to 17.1 in November from 18.3 in the previous month. For the hotels, the sentiment worsened for expected numbers of nights stayed (-12.1 from -8.8) while rose for employment (-4.9 from -7.2). In contrast, the situation improved in manufacturing (domestic orders (3.8 from -6.3 in November); export orders (7 from 2.1); output (7.7 from -4.5) and employment (-1.2 from -8.3)); in construction (activity (9.5 from 5.8) and employment (3.8 from 1.3)); in retail trade (sales volume (17.7 from -3.8); new orders (9 from -4.8) and employment (1.95 from -2.1)); in services (employment (3.5 from 0.4); domestic sales (9.4 from 1.1) and export sales (8.4 from 5)). Business Confidence in Israel averaged 6.61 from 1983 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 44.60 in August of 1991 and a record low of -39.48 in February of 2009. In Israel, the Business Tendency Survey measures the level of optimism that executives have about current and expected developments regarding production, sales, demand and employment. It also assesses expectations concerning changes in the development of the USDILS exchange rate and inflation. The survey is based on a sample of business executives from five economic sectors: manufacturing, construction, retail trade, hotels and services. The Business Confidence is measured on a scale of -100 to 100, where levels above 0 indicate optimism, 0 neutrality and below 0 pessimism. This page provides - Israel Business Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Foreign Exchange Reserves
      Posted by Bank of Israel on December 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Foreign Exchange Reserves in Israel decreased to 97127 USD Million in November from 97963 USD Million in October of 2016. Foreign Exchange Reserves in Israel averaged 41682.93 USD Million from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 98429 USD Million in September of 2016 and a record low of 7655.80 USD Million in January of 1995. In Israel, Foreign Exchange Reserves are the foreign assets held or controlled by the country central bank. The reserves are made of gold or a specific currency. They can also be special drawing rights and marketable securities denominated in foreign currencies like treasury bills, government bonds, corporate bonds and equities and foreign currency loans. This page provides the latest reported value for - Israel Foreign Exchange Reserves - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. […]

    • Israel Money Supply M1
      Posted by Bank of Israel on December 9, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Money Supply M1 in Israel increased to 323224 ILS Million in October from 317657 ILS Million in September of 2016. Money Supply M1 in Israel averaged 48882.46 ILS Million from 1981 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 323224 ILS Million in October of 2016 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 Manufacturing Pmi
      Posted by Bank Hapoalim and Israeli Purchasing and Logistics Managers Association on December 9, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      The Bank Hapoalim and the Israeli Purchasing and Logistics Managers Association PMI in Israel fell for the second month to 51.1 in October of 2016 from 52.1 in the September. Domestic orders declined (48.3 from 53.3 in September), job growth eased slightly (55.2 from 55.3) and prices of raw materials went up (53.8 from 52) while export orders rose faster (52.3 from 50) and production increased (57 from 55.7). Manufacturing Pmi in Israel averaged 50.28 from 2003 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 64.70 in November of 2009 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 Consumer Confidence
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Consumer Confidence in Israel increased to -12.20 in October from -14.51 in September of 2016. Consumer Confidence in Israel averaged -22.17 from 2011 until 2016, reaching an all time high of -11.33 in July of 2016 and a record low of -38.47 in September of 2012. In Israel, the Consumer Confidence indicator measures the expectations that consumers have about changes in their household financial situation; the country´s general economic situation; unemployment levels and their household saving plans over the next 12 months. The indicator is an arithmetic mean, with equal weights, calculated from the combination of responses to 4 questions based on a sample of around 759 people, aged 21 and over. Consumer confidence is measured on a scale of -100 to 100, where -100 indicates an extreme lack of confidence, 0 neutrality and 100 extreme confidence. This page provides - Israel Consumer Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Private Debt to GDP
      Posted by OECD on December 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Private Debt to GDP in Israel increased to 122.96 percent in 2014 from 120.53 percent in 2013. Private Debt to GDP in Israel averaged 130.03 percent from 2001 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 136.04 percent in 2009 and a record low of 120.53 percent in 2013. Private sector debt to GDP measures the indebtedness of both sectors, non-financial corporations and households and non-profit institutions serving households, as a percentage of GDP. . […]

    • Israel Wholesale Prices
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Producer Prices in Israel increased to 90.50 Index Points in October from 90.20 Index Points in September of 2016. Producer Prices in Israel averaged 68.83 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. 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 Leading Economic Index
      Posted by Central Bank of Israel on December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      The Bank of Israel's Composite State of the Economy Index increased 0.1 percent in October from September of 2016, lower than a 0.33 percent rise in the previous period. The slowdown was due to lower exports and manufacturing imports and a fall in industrial production. In contrast, trade and services revenues and imports of consumer goods increased. 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 Social Security Rate For Companies
      Posted by Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services on December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      The Social Security Rate For Companies in Israel stands at 7.50 percent. Social Security Rate For Companies in Israel averaged 6.32 percent from 2010 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 7.50 percent in 2016 and a record low of 5.40 percent in 2010. Social Security Rate For Companies in Israel is reported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. In Israel, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate For Companies are an important source of income for the government of Israel because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Israel Social Security Rate For Companies - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Social Security Rate For Employees
      Posted by Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services on December 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      The Social Security Rate For Employees in Israel stands at 12 percent. Social Security Rate For Employees in Israel averaged 11.26 percent from 2000 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in 2006 and a record low of 9.70 percent in 2001. Social Security Rate For Employees in Israel is reported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. In Israel, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate For Employees are an important source of income for the government of Israel because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Israel Social Security Rate For Employees - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Social Security Rate
      Posted by Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services on December 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

      The Social Security Rate in Israel stands at 19.50 percent. Social Security Rate in Israel averaged 13.91 percent from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 19.50 percent in 2016 and a record low of 9.70 percent in 2001. Social Security Rate in Israel is reported by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. In Israel, the Social Security Rate is a tax related with labor income charged to both companies and employees. Revenues from the Social Security Rate are an important source of income for the government of Israel because they help to pay for many social programs including welfare, health care and many other benefits. This page provides - Israel Social Security Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Sales Tax Rate | VAT
      Posted by Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority on December 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      The Sales Tax Rate in Israel stands at 17 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Israel averaged 16.64 percent from 2006 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 18 percent in 2013 and a record low of 15.50 percent in 2007. Sales Tax Rate in Israel is reported by the Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority. In Israel, the sales tax rate is a tax charged to consumers based on the purchase price of certain goods and services. The benchmark we use for the sales tax rate refers to the highest rate. Revenues from the Sales Tax Rate are an important source of income for the government of Israel. This page provides - Israel Sales Tax Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Interest Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on December 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      The Bank of Israel left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.1 percent at its November 2016 meeting, as widely expected. The country remained in the deflationary territory for the 26th consecutive month in October and well below inflation target of 1–3 percent. Policymakers said the GDP advanced 3.2 percent in the third quarter, led by fixed capital formation and current consumption. Also, the labor market data remained positive, with growth in employment and wages. The exchange rate of the shekel continued to weigh on the growth of exports and of the tradable sector and appreciated by 1.6 percent in terms of the nominal effective exchange rate from the previous policy discussion. Interest Rate in Israel averaged 5.96 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 Personal Income Tax Rate
      Posted by Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority on December 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      The Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel stands at 50 percent. Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel averaged 47.82 percent from 2004 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 50 percent in 2013 and a record low of 45 percent in 2010. Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel is reported by the Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority. In Israel, the Personal Income Tax Rate is a tax collected from individuals and is imposed on different sources of income like labour, pensions, interest and dividends. The benchmark we use refers to the Top Marginal Tax Rate for individuals. Revenues from the Personal Income Tax Rate are an important source of income for the government of Israel. This page provides - Israel Personal Income Tax Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Industrial Production
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Industrial production in Israel increased by 24.6 percent year-on-year in September 2016, following a downwardly revised 4.9 percent growth the previous month. It was the biggest gain since April 2010, as manufacturing output rose 23.2 percent (+3.4 percent in August), driven by food, beverages and tobacco (+24.7 percent); computers, electronic and optical products (+18.5 percent); basic metals (+29.7 percent); and motor vehicles and other transport equipment (+44.5 percent). Also, mining and quarrying went up 32.5 percent (+11.9 percent in August). On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, industrial production declined 0.4 percent. Industrial Production in Israel averaged 5.79 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. […]

    • Israel Retail Sales YoY
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 4, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Retail Sales in Israel increased 0.40 percent in October of 2016 over the same month in the previous year. Retail Sales Yoy in Israel averaged 4.19 percent from 1996 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 19.50 percent in March of 1999 and a record low of -10.50 percent in March of 2003. Retail Sales Yoy in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In Israel, retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy. This page provides - Israel Retail Sales YoY- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Bank Prime Rate
      Posted by Bank of Israel on December 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Bank Lending Rate in Israel decreased to 3.41 percent in September from 3.42 percent in August of 2016. Bank Lending Rate in Israel averaged 68.81 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. Bank Lending Rate in Israel is reported by the Bank of Israel. 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 Employment Rate
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Employment Rate in Israel decreased to 60.80 percent in October from 61 percent in September of 2016. Employment Rate in Israel averaged 60.21 percent from 2012 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 61.70 percent in July of 2016 and a record low of 58.40 percent in January of 2012. Employment Rate in Israel is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel. In Israel, the employment rate measures the number of people who have a job as a percentage of the working age population. This page provides - Israel Employment Rate- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. […]

    • Israel Mining Production
      Posted by Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel on December 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Mining production in Israel increased 32.50 percent in September of 2016 over the same month in the previous year. Mining Production in Israel averaged 16.61 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. […]

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    • Sol Chip’s Solar Tag For Precision Agriculture and Smart Irrigation
      Posted by Richard Vesely on December 9, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Sol Chip Comm enables data-driven optimizations for reducing water consumption and improving crop yields. As reported on Sol-Chip.com Sol Chip, an innovative provider of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and energy harvesting solutions, has announced the introduction of its Sol Chip Comm™ autonomous, wireless, solar tag for enabling precision agriculture and smart irrigation. The Sol […]

    • Israeli P2P Insurance Co Lemonade Raises $34M
      Posted by Richard Vesely on December 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Lemonade uses bots to deliver insurance to consumers through its app and website. As reported in Globes: Israeli P2P insurance company Lemonade has announced a $34 million Series b financing round. The funding was led by General Catalyst with participation from GV (formerly Google Ventures), Thrive Capital and Tusk Ventures, as well as existing investors […]

    • Israel’s Check Point Reveals 1M+ Google Accounts Hacked
      Posted by Richard Vesely on December 2, 2016 at 2:36 am

      Israeli cyber-security firm Check Point has revealed that more than 1 million Google accounts were hacked in recent months, with 13,000 Android smartphones and other mobile devices infected every day. As reported in NoCamels: Considered one of the largest security breaches in history, the “Gooligan” virus breaks into Google services such as Gmail, Google Photos, […]

    • Edwards Lifesciences Buys Israeli Co Valtech Cardio for $1B
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 30, 2016 at 6:18 am

      The Or Yehuda based company has developed a device that repairs heart valves. As reported in Globes: US company Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (NYSE: EW) is acquiring Israeli valve repair device company Valtech Cardio Ltd. The company has developed the Cardioband System for transcatheter repair of the mitral and tricuspid valves in the heart. Edwards will […]

    • The BRIDGE 2016 – Highlight Reel and Keynote Videos
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 30, 2016 at 1:49 am

      The BRIDGE: Israel-Australia Investment Summit brought together over 400 leading investors, innovators and senior governmental representatives to inspire, disrupt and connect. The summit showcased some of the most exciting Israeli innovation in fields as diverse as cyber security, medtech, sustainable agriculture, water technology, and frontier technologies, such as AR/VR, drones and automotive technologies. It is our privilege to […]

    • Israel: “The New Hot Spot for Australian Start-Ups”
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 29, 2016 at 2:36 am

        Great coverage of the growing interconnectivity between the Israeli and Australian innovation ecosystems in The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 November 2016.  Excerpts from the article by Catherine Armitage: Up to 40 Australian trade delegations have visited Israel this year: “a record for sure”, says commissioner Ethy Levy of the Israel Trade and Economic Commission […]

    • Haifa, Netafim Supporting Australian Almond Industry
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 25, 2016 at 3:28 am

      ICONIC Israeli agricultural companies, Haifa and Netafim, are once again proving to be shining lights for Australian agriculture, this time in the country’s almond industry. Haifa was recently the signature sponsor of the 2016 Almond Board of Australia conference and hosted Californian expert Blake Sanden in Australia over two weeks to talk with growers at […]

    • Solar-Powered Desalination System Cuts Energy Costs By 90%
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 22, 2016 at 5:14 am

      TSD’s system processes up to 10,000 cubic meters of water per day for small to medium scale sites. As reported in Israel21C: Israeli startup TSD (Tethys Solar Desalination) plans to revolutionize the water desalinisation process with a low-cost, off-grid, scalable and environmentally friendly module technology using only the power of the sun – no fossil fuels and […]

    • The BRIDGE 2016: 8-9 November
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 18, 2016 at 2:50 am

      For the second year in a row, The BRIDGE: Israel-Australia Investment Summit brought together leading investors, start-ups, companies, and VCs to inspire, disrupt and connect our two innovation ecosystems. Continuing last year’s momentum, this year’s summit was two days, attended by over 400 guests, including over 50 delegates from VCs and start-ups in Israel, and […]

    • A Comprehensive Resource for Doing Business in Israel
      Posted by Richard Vesely on November 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      The 2016 BDO report on ‘Doing Business in Israel 2016’ provides comprehensive information for Australians interested in engaging with the Israeli market.  The report reviews recent macroeconomic tendencies, socioeconomic and demographic trends, Israel’s general business environment, accounting considerations, taxation and government tax incentives, investment incentives and trade advantages. Some excerpts from the report: The Israeli economy […]

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    • 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. […]

    • Israel HLS & Cyber 2016
      Posted by Richard Vesely on October 5, 2016 at 4:43 am

        It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 4TH International Conference on Homeland Security & Cyber, to be held on November 14-17, 2016, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel HLS&Cyber 2016 will include lectures, seminars and panel discussions, an exhibition showcasing some of the finest field-proven and next-generation technologies and systems in the industry, […]

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      • 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. […]

      • Why Peace Is Not at Hand
        Posted by Council on Foreign Relations on August 31, 2016 at 8:43 pm

        New polls of Israelis and Palestinians prove that peace is not at hand, and views on a peace deal are very far apart. But they also contain some interesting data, as Elliott Abrams explains in National Review. &nbs […]

      • 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. […]