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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  • Hillel Fuld is one of the world's top 10 tech bloggers. His latest post answering the question why is Israel still 'the start up nation to follow' is highly recommended viewing. However, when it comes to entrepreneurship, Israel is not just about high-tech. Every Tuesday, you can find me at
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  • I have written many times about BDS, a global movement that aims to isolate Israel, economically and culturally. Over the past few days, two well-known advocates of BDS unwittingly demonstrated the true moral force of their campaign. In the first item, Dutchmen Robert-Willem van Norren was spotted waving Palestinian flags
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  • It is over two decades ago, when I was discussing with a very street-wise sales manager a mistake he had made. His answer was direct. I should invoke the system of the Israeli air-force, where he had been a junior officer. And what was that, I asked, wondering what pearl
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  • The headline news in Israel these days floats between elections, the Prime Minister's altercations with the legal system, and the customary threats of Hamas. Somewhere amongst all of this cloud and noise is a very vibrant economy. The problem is how to find out what is going on and how
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  • Last week, I described why multinationals are still flooding into Israel. Since then, we have learnt that Intel will sink a further US$10 billion investment into the Holy Land. As if that is not enough, it appears that S&P will affirm Israel's credit rating at AA level. Amazing stuff! Unemployment,
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  • I consider myself a typical blogger. I enjoy writing, and like many other people, I try to ensure as wide an audience as possible. I do not have to hide the fact that blogging is an essential marketing tool as a business coach and mentor. And the internet is awash
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  • It's election time in Israel, always a dodgy period for any country's economy. Financial markets look on anxiously. Bankers are concerned for long term growth traded off in return for short term political gains. And yet this week, Israel was given a major vote of confidence from three separate and
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  • International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. has around 13,000 employers worldwide, servicing about 30,000 customers. It develops and produces flavor and fragrance essences and raw materials, which it supplies to the food, beverages, personal care, and household products industries. So why has IFF poured US$7.1 billion into purchasing Frutarom, located in
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  • For some people, presenting or pitching or selling is second nature. For others, these tasks represent all their worst nightmares rolled into one. And then comes that almost inevitable set of questions: What discount should I offer? How should I respond if they demand a discount? It is panic time!
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