Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem Blog

Life in Israel

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Israeli commercial life and society

In addition to my work as a business coach, one of my interests is blogging about life in Israel. This is a country full of contrasts – over eight million citizens living in an area the size of Wales. You can see snow and the lowest place on the globe in the same day. Although surrounded by geopolitical extremes, Israel has achieved a decade of high economic growth. My work brings me in contact with an array of new companies, exciting technologies and dynamic characters. Sitting back with a relaxing cup of strong tea (with milk), you realise just how much there is to appreciate in the Holyland. Large or small operations, private sector or non profit, my clients provide experiences from which others can learn and benefit.

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  • Intel’s purchase of Jerusalem-based Mobileye for US$15.3 billion is an unexpected and very grateful windfall for the Israeli Ministry of Finance. A little under 10% will end up in the hands of civil servants, say about 4 - 5 billion shekels. The question is what to do with the cash. Some say
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  • When called in as a business mentor and coach, my role is often to enable the client to do what they see as the impossible. After all, in many cases, if they could do it by themselves, why do they need an outsider to help? Youtube is full of video
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  • How many countries in the OECD would be jealous of such economic news? In 2016, Israel's economy grew by 4%. Tax revenues for the first two months of 2017 are 6.4% higher than for the same period in 2016. Average real wages increased 2.4% last year These are three amazingly
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  • About six weeks ago, I had a very bad experience using El Al, what I consider to be my national airline. I wrote a blog, which was widely read. I complained formally. I answered a customer survey in detail. What has happened since? The original issue was sparked by price
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  • Earlier this week, I attended a meet up session in London, whereby ten Israeli start-ups pitched to an audience of potential investors, capital funds and strategists. Hosted by a Tier 1 financial services company, surely, this was a special opportunity for the visitors to link up with international players? I had expected
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  • Geektime has just published an invigorating summary on the rise of Jerusalem as a start-up centre. Jerusalem today is replete with accelerators, including for minority sectors. It has just hosted the OurCrowd conference for 6,000 delegates, looking at microfunding for start ups. Intel is restructuring its plant in the capital.
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  • Israel's economy continues to fizz along, consistently succeeding in defying the moaners and groaners. Last week, I reported how GDP growth for 2016 has come in at a very healthy 3.8%. And while I have my gripes about how this new wealth is being spread – the gap between the haves
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  • Israel's Prime Minister is currently facing two criminal investigations by the police. In a third case, a probe is considering whether his lawyer and others used their priviledged positions in order to push the navy in to purchasing submarines that were not essential. While I am no fan of the
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  • There is a well-known joke in Israel about how to make a small fortune. Answer - start with a large one. And jokes are usually coated in a bitter truth. Often, the odds seem stacked against you - bureaucracy, cumbersome banks, regulation and more. For all that, the spirit of enterprise and
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