Demographic Policy for Israel, February 23, 2009 The bubble of demographic fatalism is bursting, according to the most recent data published by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS).  

Standard & Poor has left Israel's credit rating unchanged at A

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #133, February 13, 2009 1. Irrespective of the global economic meltdown, the war on Palestinian terrorism, the Iranian threat, regional instability and political uncertainty, Standard & Poor (S&P) has left Israel's credit rating unchanged at A and the country forecast rating [has been sustained] as "stable."  The rating was approved in all three criteria: Shekel debt, foreign currency debt and transfer and convertibility assessment, which remains at AA (Globes, January 20, 2009).

Israel is not a Banana Republic,2506,L-3665583,00.html, February 06, 2009 In October 1998, on the eve of the Wye Plantation Summit, Democratic leaders of the US House of Representatives told Secretary of State, Madelyn Albright: "Should President Clinton decide to pressure Israel, he would face a Democratic-Republican opposition."  In September 1982, Prime Minister Begin rejected the Reagan Plan – which called for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria – by throwing the official envelope at the lap of the US Ambassador, declaring: "Israel is not a Banana Republic."  In spite of – and probably due to – the blunt rejection, the Reagan era enhanced US-Israel strategic relations in an unprecedented manner.

The Palestinian Pandora's Box,7340,L-3662411,00.html, January 23, 2009

The mild reaction by Arab countries to the Hamas-driven Palestinian predicament in Gaza refutes the assumption that the Palestinian issue is a top Arab priority and that it constitutes the core cause of Arab hostility toward the West, USA and Israel.  In fact, the Arab reaction has reflected overall Arab attitude toward the Palestinian issue since 1948, through the 1982 Israel-PLO war in Lebanon and the First and Second Intifadah, irrespective of the identity of the Palestinian leadership: Haj Amin al-Husseini, Shukeiri, Hammuda, Arafat, Abu Mazen or Haniyeh.

Wall Street is more important than Gaza Strip

Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom #132, January 16, 2009 Wall Street Is More Important Than Gaza Strip. The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is higher today than it was upon the launching of the Gaza War. It is substantially higher than the ebb of November.  Once again, Israel's economy is impacted by economic fundamentals (budget deficit, interest and inflation rates, debt to GDP ratio, trade balance, overseas investments, etc.) and by Wall Street much more than by Palestinian terrorism and other "bumps" on the path to economic growth, such as the 1948/9 War of Independence, 1956 Sinai War, 1967 Six Days War, 1969/70 War of Attrition, 1973 Yom Kippur War, 1982 War in Lebanon, 1990/1991 First Gulf War, 1993-2009 Palestinian terrorism. In each such case ("bump"), a very short-term decline was succeeded by an impressive economic growth.
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