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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  • "Stop screwing yourself over" is an excellent Ted Talk by Mel Robbins. One of her key points is that when we are asked how we are doing, we often reply "fine", and with the flattest of intonations. In effect, we are lying to ourselves. Self employed, just starting out in
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  • Israel's second general election for 2019 is scheduled for 17th September. What we know is that: It is about which key politician can more successfully 'dirty down' their prime opponent in the eyes of the public. Policies are rarely mentioned by anyone. The PM, Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu is fighting for
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  • I am indebted to a great article in Psychology Today magazine by Preston Ni. And he recalls: The term gaslighting originated from the 1944 film Gaslight, in which a husband systematically tormented his wife by convincing her that she’s insane, thereby robbing her objectivity and self-worth. Ni goes on to
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  • One of the core arguments of the British “Leave Europe Campaign” is that the EU is one big amorphous bureaucracy. For example, accountability and transparency are words that rarely find their way into the diplomatic nous. Nowhere has this been more true than the issue of paying out money to
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  • Two months ago, the Times of Israel wrote a positive summary of the Israeli economy. Unemployment in Israel is at around 4%, inflation is at the lower edge of the nation’s target of 1% to 3%, and the increase in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 was 3.3% , still higher
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  • So here's the deal. Trump says to the Palestinians: "I will get you peace and a homeland. The route starts at a conference in Bahrain, where I will deliver to you a US$50 billion economic package." President Abbas - in his mid 80s, last elected nearly 20 years ago and now
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  • Not far from the central bus station in Jerusalem is a run down building that was once a well known powerhouse in the national economy. The current owners are demanding a lot of money for anyone to renovate it and then rent it. Equally significantly, the site owns about 20
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  • When it comes to the economy and you are an incumbent Prime Minister chasing another term, there are two rules: talk up the good news and hide the bad news. Israel's PM, Binyamin Netanyahu, last week was rightly able to boast about Israel's success in cyber technology and also the
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  • Israel has its detractors in Europe. For decades, car manufacturers would not sell to the Holy Land. Today, the leader of Britain's main opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, cannot mention the word Israel, except in a manner that challenges the right of the country to exist. The question remains. Can Europe
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