Middle East > Israel


Capital: Jerusalem ; Largest city Tel Aviv , GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 4.0%
Key Facts

  • Rwanda's Kagame meets Israel's leadership, looks to 'reinforcing cooperation'


    Kagame’s relationship with Israel extends back to 1994, at the same time as he was instrumental in putting an end to the genocide there that killed an estimated one million people.

    Israel has enhanced Rwanda’s security capacity to transaction with terrorist threats coming from jihadist groups both from the Horn of Africa and the western part of the continent, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Israel Economic performer amid a fragile environment



    Economic performer amid a fragile environment

  • The Jewish state looks to Africa as a continent where it can share its pro-growth


    African leaders have been presented with a stark choice. Israel waits in vain for a peace partner willing to negotiate without preconditions for the long sought goal of two states for two peoples. The Jewish national looks to Africa as a continent where it can share its pro-increase, innovative, high tech economic experience that can make a genuine difference in the lives of millions. Meanwhile, Abbas’ alliance with al-Bashir is nothing short of an embarrassment, a moral and practical dead-end, that reinforces the old line about at no time failing to miss an opportunity.

  • Israel’s achievements, on its 68th birthday


    As Israel’s 68th Independence Day approaches, we can look back at our achievements with pride, and look forward to our next with cautious optimism.

    The Israeli economy has grown 180 % over the completed 20 years, while our people has increased by only 45%.

  • 'Normal' life under fire in Tel Aviv


    The timing couldn’t have been worse. Just one day before the deadly attack on the Tel Aviv bar Jan. 1, The New York Times published a glowing account of how people could spend 36 exciting hours in the city. The piece described an open and secular city, where the LGBT community “seems to take precedence over Israel’s complicated politics.” Part the advantages described in the article were 300 days of sunshine a year, great bars, exciting nightclubs, world-class restaurants and lively flea markets.

  • Israeli Innovation and Israeli Tech Companies


    Despite the brutal conflict raging less than a hundred miles away in Syria, and the violence in Israel itself, Tel Aviv is thriving.

    Moreover, for investors, economic activity throughout this country of eight million people continues to grow. Next a year with slightly weaker performance than in 2014, Israel's economy is expected to be one of the fastest growing part developed nations.

    At the same time as it comes to investing in Israel, here's what to watch out for in the coming year:

    The direction of the U.S. and key world developed equity markets as they react to this week's shift in U.S. monetary policy
    The direction of the Israeli shekel against the currencies of its major trade partners
    Local macroeconomic factors, pace of world trade increase in 2016, and regulatory uncertainty in the banking and oil and gas sectors
    The continued innovation of Israel's technology sector, which is a world-leader in a range of established and disruptive new tech areas
    Whether Israel's real estate market will stabilize or even strengthen next hitting a soft patch in late 2015

  • Top 4 Industries in Israel


    Israel’s location on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and its developed economy gives it an advantageous spot in the world economy. The increase of the country is closely correlated with its educated workforce, as research and development in a lot of areas has spurned increase.

    In terms of land, Israel is a small country, but it’s as well a world player thanks to its major industries. Here are the top four industries in Israel, the strongest parts of the economy.

  • Tel Aviv, Jerusalem among world’s top tech cities


    Tel Aviv is the fifth best place to establish and run a start-up, according to a new statement by tech company Compass. Jerusalem is as well recognized as one of the world’s top start-up ecosystems as well.

  • Israel’s China Option


    On December 30, China announced an initiative to establish a free-trade agreement with Israel. This prospective treaty sheds new light on an often overlooked relationship. From Cold War hostility to unofficial collaboration and presently open cooperation, the Beijing-Jerusalem connection is still developing and can be particularly beneficial for Israel, so isolated in its corner of the world. From presently on Israel and its principal ally—the United States—must carefully manage this relationship against the backdrop of U.S.-China rivalry.

  • The Israeli Startup Scene


    Omar Téllez served as the president of the public transit mapping service Moovit and sits on the company’s advisory board; he before worked as an executive at Synchronoss Technlogies.

  • Israel’s impressive ecosystem of hi-tech start-ups


    Israel’s reputation as the start-up nation is well deserved. The spirit of entrepreneurship that flourishes in the trendy districts of Tel Aviv and beyond has generated a hi-tech industry that now accounts for 20% of gross domestic product. Today Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with global technology hubs in the US, Asia and Europe. For a country of 8 million people, this is a remarkable achievement. A number of factors, including supportive government policy, private-sector finance and a talented human capital pool, have all contributed to this hi-tech ascent.

  • Israel Tries to Convert Commercial Appeal into Diplomatic Capital


    For a country the size of New Jersey with a people smaller than Virginia’s, Israel has completed spectacular evolution in a once unlikely economic sector: science and technology. From a small cluster of industries once focused primarily on the military, this sector has blossomed into a vibrant international hub that shapes the country’s foreign partnerships.

  • Ofer Sachs CEO of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute


    Ofer Sachs, CEO of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, which strengthens trade, ventures and strategic alliances between Israeli and foreign enterprises, delves into the country’s opportunities and as well challenges for exports and world relations, and notes its draw is “not just the environment, it’s the people, and it’s the eagerness of the people to cooperate and to do business.”

  • Israel economy faces risks, current policy "appropriate"


    Israel's economy is facing increased risks, inclunding from the recent upsurge in violence, and short-term interest rates are unlikely to rise for the foreseeable next, central bank governor Karnit Flug said in an interview.

    However, with the inflation outlook beginning to improve and the labour market remaining strong, the current monetary policy mix, inclunding interest rates at just 0.1 %, seems "appropriate", Flug said.

    The Bank of Israel forecasts increase of 2.6 % in 2015 but that could be in danger should a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis that began a month ago continue. It expects a 3.3 % rate of increase next year. "If the violence remains at the current level and ends any minute at this time again the result will be minor and increase will be in the vicinity of 2.5 %," Flug said in an interview with Reuters conducted on Wednesday for release on Thursday.

  • Philips CEO: Israel has major role in our vision


    Frans van Houten :  Philip's focus on technology for medicine means Israel will become one of its major centers.

    Royal Philips will spin off a substantial part of its business in 2016. The giant concern, with annual revenue of €21 billion and a €23 billion market cap, plans to offer shares in its lighting division, which accounts for a quarter of its business. This measure is an additional step in the change the company has been undergoing in recent years from dealing in industrial and household electronic products (such as TVs and electric razors) to a company with a appropriate focus on health.

  • Israeli Tourism Land of creation


    In an exclusive interview with Globus Vision, H.E. Yariv Levin - Minister of Tourism of the National of Israel, expands on the attractiveness of the country to visitors from all over the world and the need to cooperate with other nations in order to increase the much needed number of visitors.

    Can you tell us about tourism in Israel?

    Initial of all, I will make an introduction. We are building a huge center in Beer Sheva, which has by presently become one of the majority significant centers in the world.

  • Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett


     Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett Thursday called for strengthening innovation cooperation between Israel and China in the fields of technology, water, energy, agriculture and biomed in order to push bilateral trade and economic relations to a new height.

    \"I think there is so much that we can do together and right instantly it\'s only a little drop in a large ocean of the trade and business relations between the two nations,\" Bennett told Xinhua in an interview at his office in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, referring to the great potential in China-Israel trade.

  • Netanya


    Netanya is a lively seacoast town situated on the Sharon coastal plain, and a center for tourism that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The lovely beaches that extend along its entire length, its numerous vacation facilities, and hotels have made it a popular tourist resort. Exploring Netanya, one can hear a variety of languages spoken in the streets by tourists from all over the world.