A group of Palestinian and Israeli businessmen have defied the antagonism supposedly dividing their communities, and met on the shores of the Dead Sea to appeal to their governments to get out of the current political rut, and make real steps towards a two-state solution.
Nearly 200 top Israeli and Palestinian executives convened this week at the Breaking the Impasse Initiative (BTI) meeting at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.
Organizers said they would leverage their collective business experience and influence to convince leaders on both sides to begin serious negotiations.
Yossi Vardi, chairman of International Technologies Ventures, said: “Today we are announcing the existence of this group and we make a commitment and a pledge to continue to find a solution for the two people who are living between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.
“Enough is enough. Too much tears were shed by mothers. There is no family, Israeli family or Palestinian family, which didn’t suffer.”
The Israeli-Palestinian corporate declaration came in the wake of another round of visits by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the region to restart peace talks stalled since 2010. He left last week after meeting with the leadership of both sides, but no breakthroughs were announced.
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These days, lots of tech startups have adopted cultural perks like free food, pool table/games, and beers on tap.
But others have come up with new ways to make their companies great places to work. They’ve “hacked” their culture, according to this discussion thread on Quora.
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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was invited to open the trade at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Maryland is building itself as a stronghold for Israeli startup companies that are making the move to the United States, and that is why it was very important for him to establish a good rapport with the Israeli business community.
The TASE is Israel’s only stock exchange in which over 600 cooperation’s trade publicly, and therefore plays a very crucial role in the Israeli economy. So when the governor of Maryland was invited to open the trading day, he immediately said yes.
The delegation from Maryland also included several other elected officials like Baltimore City Councilwoman Sharon Green-Middleton.
“It’s my first time in Israel and I am just enjoying the whole country, or as much as I can see with this week,” she said. “It’s just been amazing. The media doesn’t do it justice – it’s an amazing country.”
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange CEO Ester Levanon was very impressed by the efforts to solicit Israeli business to start shop in Maryland.
“There are 20 Israeli companies that have their headquarters in Maryland, which actually makes sense,” she said. “ELTA is very big company that just opened their headquarters in Maryland.
“Israeli companies are always looking for the US market, so it makes sense for them to be located in those places in the States that have the accessibility and are easy to make business in.”
Although the official agenda for Governor O’Malley’s visit is to strengthen the economic ties between the two states, as Martin O’Malley’s name keeps popping up for the Democratic ticket in 2016, political analysts say a good relationship with Israel will certainly look good on his resume.
A representative of Qatar’s royal family, Prince Khalifa al-Thani, is expected to visit Israel in November in a bid to promote cooperation in the field of high-tech between the two countries.
This will be the first official visit by a Qatar royalty to the Jewish state.
Al-Thani will arrive in Israel following the inauguration of the Israel-Palestine Business Arbitration Center, a commercial initiative led by Oren Shachor, president of the International Chamber of Commerce in Israel, and his Palestinian counterpart, Munib al-Masri.
The center offers arbitration services in disputes of up to $7 million between Israeli and Palestinian businesspeople.
Commercial relations between Israel and Qatar are taking place these days on informal channels, which include trade in goods but hardly any trade in high-tech products.
The Qatari government is interested in strengthening its local high-tech sector by acquiring knowledge and technologies and by encouraging Israeli high-tech companies to exports work and development projects to Qatar, rather than to India or Eastern Europe, in order to provide jobs for local engineers graduating from prestigious universities abroad.
The visit’s itinerary will be built in the coming months, and al-Thani is expected to meet with senior Israeli officials from the high-tech and venture capital industry.
The visit was scheduled over the weekend during a meeting between al-Thani and Shachor aimed at advancing trade relations between the countries.
Prince al-Thani is said to be very close to Qatar’s emir, prime minister and foreign minister and is considered a key figure in the country in terms of foreign trade and business relations, as well as in regards to trade agreements and regional agreements in the Persian Gulf emirates.
The Qatari prime minister was informed beforehand of al-Thani’s meeting with the Israeli official.
Shachor, formerly the coordinator of the government’s activities in the territories and president and chairman of the EAPC Group of Companies (Eilat Ashkelon oil pipeline), met earlier this week with a senior Iranian political and economic official.
The Iranian, who recognized Shachor as the ICC Israel representative, approached him together with another senior economic figure, and the three engaged in a long conversation. The official expressed the Iranian people’s hope for a major change in the upcoming elections in their country and for the downfall President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, one of the world’s top institutions of its kind, has announced the October 2013 launch of the international “Start-uP MBA” program.
The leading Israeli institution will offer a prestigious MBA degree which embodies Israeli entrepreneurship and innovation in the “startup nation.”
Exemplifying the highest academic standards fused with real-world applications, the Technion’s Start-uP MBA program incorporates in-demand internships in startup companies and exposes students to multinational high-tech corporations operating in and around Tel Aviv, Israel’s business hub.
The program will be taught in English by distinguished, world-class Technion professors, internationally-renowned guest lecturers and entrepreneurs with proven track records in one of the world’s most thriving innovation centers.
As the only Israeli member in Yale University’s Global Network for Advanced Management, the Technion’s Start-uP MBA program will leverage international collaborations with leading business schools around the world. The program will also benefit from the Technion’s joint venture with Cornell University.
The Start-uP MBA’s exclusive model was developed by the Technion following intensive market research and consultations with CEOs, entrepreneurs and MBA students, who indicated the need for managerial training that offers a relevant and resilient toolkit for entrepreneurs and managers engaged in technology management and innovation.
As a result, the Start-uP MBA program will involve students in practical projects and internships in start-up companies to augment essential training in management functions.
The program emphasizes the skills needed for entrepreneurs focused on launching start-up companies and for managers seeking to promote entrepreneurship and innovation within their organizations.
The one-year international MBA program is open to candidates with two years of professional post-undergraduate experience and will be taught at a new Technion campus in Tel Aviv.
”The entrepreneurial and innovative spirit is embedded in the DNA of Israeli culture, and combined with the scientific and technological strengths of the Technion, the Start-uP MBA program will offer significant added value to graduates,” said Professor Miriam Erez, vice dean of MBA programs at the Technion.
“As the original start-up nation, Israel has nurtured numerous successful companies over the past decades,” added Professor Dovev Lavie. “Many of these businesses are led by Technion graduates. We offer unparalleled insight and provide students from around the globe with first-hand experience in entrepreneurship and innovation.”
The Start-uP MBA program integrates the Israeli experience in business and technology management, offering knowledge and skills that are essential for global competition in the 21st century.
Israel boasts more high-tech start-ups and venture capital activity per capita than any other nation in the world. In absolute numbers, Israel has produced more start-up companies than larger industrialized countries such as Japan, China, India, the United Kingdom, Canada and South Korea.
Israel has more companies listed on NASDAQ than those from all of Europe, Japan, China, India, South Korea and Singapore combined.