How Israel’s Economic Prospects Relate to Its Diplomacy

April 13 2021

In conversation with the Israeli publisher Rotem Sella, Shlomi Fogel—an entrepreneur involved in developing commercial ties between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates—explains the vast opportunities for business and trade brought about by the Abraham Accords. Fogel argues that these flourishing economic relations will also lead to commercial ventures involving Saudi Arabia (which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel) and with Egypt (which does, but absent economic ties)—in turn breeding further diplomatic good will. Moreover, Fogel believes that these trends will bolster Israel society by strengthening its Arab citizens’ sense of investment in their country. Lastly, Fogel addresses the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and identifies reasons to be optimistic about the recovery. (Video, 36 minutes. Hebrew with English subtitles.)

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More about: Abraham Accords, Coronavirus, Israel diplomacy, Israeli economy, United Arab Emirates

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer