Monday, November 25, 2013
5 shekel espresso where most established chains sell
for 12 to 16 shekels
If you follow the economic and lifestyle stories on Israel's main media outlets, you get a mix of split personality opinions. I say "opinions" because some media stories are not really objective reporting as much as opinion of one expert or another. Sometimes the media outlets are simply a propaganda channel to one politician or another. Which seems to be just fine in the eyes of most Israelis. Lately, besides Bibi's harping about the Americans not taking the Iranians seriously enough (with the supposedly "just around the corner nuclear bomb making drill") most politicians, from proper ministers all the way to Ron Huldai (Tel Aviv's mayor), is the wide economic gaps everywhere. It seems like the Israeli economy is one big Swiss cheese of a system. The mix of socially based and merit driven realities clash each other. Then there is the old school cronyism in friction with simple family centered oligarchy. Some going back a century (Teva pharmaceutical) some just a few decades (Tshuva family / oil and gas). Then there is the continuous scratching between organized labor and private management. This goes on in the private sector as well as in public service (physicians, nurses, school teachers).Read More...
Monday, September 30, 2013
If you take a stroll through a mall or visit a new apartment construction sales office, Israel feels more like America in the 1970s or Spain in 2000. For that matter probably Moscow or Beijing or even Rio De Janeiro of the last decade: strong economic growth and growing consumer spending driven by new credit policies. In Israel, large mortgages were unheard of fifteen years ago. Today, a couple with steady income record can get 50% montage without too much trouble. The banks have flooded the market with so much cash, housing prices have been on the rise regardless of supply and lately regardless of geographic location inside Israel. Even apartments if remote towns are rising in prices while supply is plentiful. Builders simply "up-sell" by loading up large apartments with high end finishes. The same goes for consumer products. There are more luxury malls and luxury shops everywhere. Just recently the luxury Italian car companies Maserati and Ferrari hung up their brand symbols on a central Tel Aviv building (just across from the central train station). If you want Rolex, go down to the new luxury building on Ibn Gvirol, a street considered tired and rundown just five years ago. The push by the market is not limited to luxury items. In the middle areas, there are even more signs of strong growth and credit use.Read More...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
"We are the children of the winter of 73 ...
"You promised a dove, an olive branch,
"You promised peace, at home, you promised spring, blooms "
This controversial song is raising old memories and complaints about the balance between hope and reality. When the two clash, like during and after the Yom Kippur war, idealism about peace and promises to children, seem like something cruel or at least out of touch with reality. Then there are the voices who claim to never believe the naive view of "peace next year" propaganda songs (especially from IDF musical groups). Regardless of your views or beliefs, the wars in Israel, hard and painful, Israeli military bands perform incredibly nice, to the point of "too nice" (syrupy sweet some would describe them) for a band that suppose to motivate troops to the front. Here in Israel you will not find anything close to a Russian army chorus belting out propaganda songs a-la-World War II. You will also not find the European or American brass bands leading a long march of well heeded marching units. So what is this Israeli style army bands suppose to do?Read More...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|Graphical representation of Israel's electronic snooping story: People & Tech|
Monday, September 2, 2013
|Israel Aerospace Industries Amos 4 Communication Satellite - Sept. 2013|
Friday, August 23, 2013
|Syrian gas attack reported by French newspaper Le Monde, August 22, 2013|
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King Jr. - unintended speaker of truth...|
“Unfortunately, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism and suffered from bias and sometimes even discrimination,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon admitted during his visit to Jerusalem, according to the European Jewish Press (EJP).
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
|Gindi, a leading real estate developer, market luxury in Tel Aviv (Israel)|
Monday, August 5, 2013
|Taglit is great for the "Next Generation" / What about THIS ONE?|
Sunday, August 4, 2013
|Main tower dubbed "Toblerone" is made up of triangle tubes like the chocolate|
Thursday, August 1, 2013
|Gindi's Givon / Old Wholesale Market project is one of Tel Aviv's biggest|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
|Tel Aviv 100 Stock Index: Stagnant? Or Irrelevant? What's Next?|
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
|Nochi Dankner is today's financial shenanigan villain|
Monday, July 22, 2013
|Israeli Cabinet 2013 / Are we following leaders? or LEADING them??|
Saturday, July 20, 2013
|Iron Dome military system has implication well beyond a security system|
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
|Cover page of dead overheated baby story - Israel Ha'yom - 16-July-2013|
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
|NOT Tel Aviv, city of Mt. Maunganui, Not the expensive real estate of Tel Aviv (from http://ashkenas.com/)|
Thursday, July 11, 2013
- High income individuals interested in Israel
- Zionist and Jews (a few Christians) which travel often and support Israel
- Jews in areas of stress interested in immigrating to Israel (French recently)
- Individuals familiar with Israel and with international investment aptitude
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
- Love for Israel or Tel Aviv (with or without previous experience).
- Attracted by a family member, a romantic someone, or a close friend.
- Attracted by nationalism (Zionism), spirituality (Judaism, Christianity), or idealism.
- Attracted by a job, climate, or culture (multiple visits or a friend's recommendation).
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
US president Barak Obama came for a visit. That's not really news any more. Yet, the visit, has brought a new understanding of the shift in Israeli public opinion. The elections just over a month ago indicated a shift from international focus to domestic issues. Also, a strong shift in opinion from Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman's right wing issue to more domestic central stance. In general, that puts the Palestinian peace negotiations behind domestic economic concerns. To outsiders, like US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Carey, there is some concern of missing an opportunity that will not be coming back for the next four years. But there is no denying how a shift in the Israeli public's opinion is completely missed outside the country.Read More...