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  1. 1. ISRAEL Country-profile | Rajiv Poplai
  2. 2. AGENDA • Country Overview • History of Israel • Political situation • International Relations • Economic situation • Social Overview • Conclusion
  3. 3. COUNTRY OVERVIEW • Climate • People – Ethnicity – Language • Currency
  5. 5. MAIN CITIES Tel-Aviv HaifaJerusalem
  7. 7. • Declared Independence in 1948 • Went subsequently into Arab-Israeli war. • 1972 – Palestinian gunmen kill 11 Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics. • 1979 – Israel and Egypt declared peace MAIN CITIES
  8. 8. • Liberal Democracy – Unicameral parliament: Knesset – Currently 31st Govt under the 17th Knesset, led by Ehud Olmert • Secular-religious divide • Ethnic-Economic divide POLITICAL SITUATION
  9. 9. • A significant portion of the Muslim world does not recognize Israel as a legitimate state. • To the United states, Israel is the closest ally in the Middle East ($30 billion in military aid between 2008 to 2017) • The law of return. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
  10. 10. • Considered to be the most developed country in middle east with highest Human Development Index (0.932) • Largely self-sufficient in food production • Israel is a global leader in water conservation and geothermal energy. ECONOMIC SITUATION
  11. 11. • Open multi-racial society • Highest Literacy rate in middle east • Almost mandatory military drafting. SOCIAL OVERVIEW
  12. 12. • Significant contributor to Science and Technology. • Prominence in following fields: genetics, medicine, agriculture, computer sciences, electronics, optics, engineering and other high-tech industries. • Global recognition in Military technology, Theoretical Physics, Quantum Physics, Caner Research, etc. • Major Institutes: – The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is home to Israel’s only Nobel Laureate, Profs. Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover, recipients in 2004 for their discovery of Ubiquitin – Weizmann Institute – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Israel’s oldest and largest – Tel Aviv University: Israel’s largest on-site university SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS
  13. 13. US • Microsoft • Pratt & Whitney • AOL Time Warner • Intel • IBM • Boeing Enterprises • Cisco Systems • GE • Lucent • 3Com • Hewlett Packard • Merrill Lynch • Motorola • Sun Microsystems Europe • Siemens • DaimlerChrysler • Volvo • Cable & Wireless • Baan • Volkswagen • Deutsche Telecom • L’Oreal • British Telecom • Danone • Ares Sereno • Unilever Asia • Samsung Electronics • Daewoo • Nomura • Hutchison Telecomm. • LG Group • Sony • Toyo Ink • Hyundai • Acer Computers • Sumitomo Trading • Fuji • Honda MULTINATIONAL PRESENCE
  14. 14. Source: IMD - Institute for Management Development, World Competitiveness Yearbook- 2004/5 4.2 4.9 4.9 5.0 5.3 5.4 5.9 6.3 6.4 6.6 7.0 7.3 7.6 7.9 Japan UK Mexico Germ any France Singapore Korea Ireland Australia Canada Taiwan USA Israel HK ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDEX
  15. 15. TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP “Thanks to quality education, Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the world. … Israel is advancing in high-tech even more than other developed countries” Bill Gates, CEO Microsoft, World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2000
  16. 16. TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP “Israel’s market is relatively large and sophisticated, it boasts the world’s greatest per capita number of engineers, scientists and doctors. The Israeli economy is simply a reflection of the country’s greatest natural resource - which is the brainpower and ingenuity of its citizens” Mike Zafirovski ,COO,Motorola 2003
  17. 17. • A synthesis of opposing behaviors and attitudes • Think and function in a “short-term” environment and framework – an environment of temporal uncertainty - creates a “culture of haste” – Want to achieve tangible outcomes, taking “shortcuts” and improvising to generate quick results • Suspicious, wary, and skeptical both in personal and professional environments – tend to over-ponder conceivable risks and attempt to minimize possible negative outcomes • Survival and advancement through improvisation and innovation is a crucial factor – develop novel solutions that deviate from “standard practice” • Individuality, spontaneity and a strong, highly cherished sense of personal freedom – Detracts from the ability to team and cooperate effectively in groups • Invest time to develop social contacts and intense interpersonal relationships – A result of living in a condensed and compromised environment • A profound sense of pride in their achievements – At times surfaces as “elitism” or a “we know better” attitude BUSINESS MINDSET
  18. 18. • Potpourri of many immigrant nationalities and their particular ethnic traits and conducts – predominantly Western value system - most customs and unspoken social norms are western • Generally very polite, helpful, friendly and outgoing • Tend to hurry about their business at times on an emotional edge – Visitors should expect some impatience, infrequent outbursts and line cutting – Israelis are notorious for their dislike of queues. PUBLIC BEHAVIOR
  19. 19. • Very expressive, communicative, opinionated and outgoing – Debate and discussion are a national “pastime” • Perceived as “aggressive communicators”. – Physical sounds of the Hebrew language are frequently construed by foreign listeners as being brash and argumentative. • Usually stereotyped as interruptive communicators – Do not have “native” command of the foreign language so need to concentrate – This shifts energy from “comprehension” to physical “listening” – Hurried attempts “to keep up” can be understood as interruptive – Therefore speak slowly and allow pauses for conversational redirect. • Often accused of using their native language (Hebrew) to conceal conversations from foreign guests – switch automatically to Hebrew for convenience purposes – Guests who feel uncomfortable should feel free to request that conversations be limited to English COMMUNICATING WITH ISRAELIS
  20. 20. • Dress and behave modestly and follow the host’s lead. • Acceptable gestures and common forms: – Eye contact, courteous greetings, an occasional sensitive touch, handshakes, smiles, gentlemanly compliments and subtle, non obtrusive gesturing. • When interacting with Israeli Muslims refrain from using the left hand for handshakes and gift giving. – The left hand and soles of feet are considered impure • Visitors should refrain from greeting, touching or extending a handshake to both Jewish and Muslim devout women. • If wife is introduced a visitor can respond – else desist. • Western offensive hand gestures are just as offensive in Israel • If you do not understand your Israeli counterpart’s English – ask him to repeat – Conversely, ask your Israeli counterparts to tell you when they do not understand you. • Use simple words and phrases to convey ideas. – Refrain from using “business-speak” or “politically correct” idioms • Use the word “problem” instead of “challenge”. DO’S AND DON’TS
  21. 21. • Israel is a country of paradoxes – Small size yet has a diverse culture, geography – Full of troubles yet economically strong – Great promise in R&D – ‘Do or do not’ – there is no try CONCLUSION