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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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  • Palestinians should be allowed to improve their economy without worrying about whether they will give up on their national cause. Thus wrote Jason Greenblatt, Trump's special representative for international negotiations, on the Ma'an News Agency website of the Palestinians. He is correct. Whatever side of the seemingly intractable Palestinian - Israeli
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  •   Every now and again, business owners have to face up to that dreaded task of updating or upgrading their presence on social media. For many, especially those who run SMEs, small and medium sized enterprises, the very thought of such change can be emotionally exhausting - and I am not
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  • My client finally turned up for their second meeting. He was late and the gap had been far too long. I could tell immediately that progress had been minimal, and that is being complimentary. I may be operating in the holy city of Jerusalem, but it was clearly time to
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  • Many argue that we are a slave to technology and the pop up menus of the social media platforms around us. On average, we check our phones 150 times a day. We are afraid of missing something......when we think we already know it all.... and then crave more info. In
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  • How will Britain leave the EU? Under what terms? Who will be the PM? I am not placing my bets. What I have found significant is that amongst the hubble and bubble and much trouble, Britain’s Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, has found the time to
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  • Item One: Last week, several anti-Israel protesters took to the streets of London. As members of the LGBT community, they were protesting against the performance of the Israeli singer, Netta. What a video of the event clearly brought out was the ignorance of the demonstrators, because Netta herself is a
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  • It's over a decade ago now, when a workman turned up an hour late. He briskly entered, telling me off for deliberately giving him the wrong address. I was too bemused to object. Yesterday, a gentleman arrived 40 minutes late for an interview, complaining that the place was very difficult
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  • Israel is a country replete with conservative religions. It is located in the Middle East. Therefore, women do not have a key role to play in its society, correct? That is certainly what liberal critics of the country would have you make believe. Just last week, a leading rabbi was
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  • Just under a decade ago, my wife and I visited Prague. A beautiful, fascinating city, I recall that it had around six million visitors a year. One key site was the Jewish Quarter and its rich history. At that time, Israel's tourism industry had posted a new 'high' of about
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