October 6, 2016
This issue is focused on the very wide and multi-faceted topic of Israel-US relations. Always a valid topic, it is especially germane now after the recent signing of a new, ten-year agreement regarding US military aid to Israel — and ahead of the election of a new president.
October 6, 2016
August 24, 2016
This issue has one focus, namely the government budget. However, in order to explain the extraordinary phenomenon of the biennial, or two-year, budget that is being legislated, I have delved into the weird and wonderful history of this Israeli invention, which dates back all the way to 2009. Like most things first employed in economic policy during and after the global financial crisis, no-one would have believed that this ad hoc and emergency measure would take on a life of its own and becoming a semi-permanent fixture of economic management. Yet here we are, with the most carefully-planned version of a biennial budget yet to be attempted.
July 1, 2016
Along with the rest of the world, the Israeli public looks on, stunned and disbelieving, at the events in the UK. Along with the rest of the world’s governing and administrative elite, the Israeli Establishment follows the implosion of the British political system, horrified and mortified.» Read more
April 2, 2016
This issue reviews both the current strength of the Israeli economy and the problems facing it.
The current strength is the ‘good news’ part of the story, especially since the economy performed better in 2015 than had been expected and because the main positive developments came in the latter part of the year and seem to be extending into 2016. That makes the first part of the analysis — “Jam today” — a smooth and pleasant ride.
Problems are, by definition, less pleasant» Read more
March 31, 2016
Over the course of the Obama presidency, the US has chosen to lower its Middle Eastern profile and involvement, whilst Russia has responded by considerably enhancing its presence and its clout — diplomatic and military, although not economic. Everyone in the region, from countries to terrorist entities, has been forced to scramble to adjust to this dramatic change.
But the changes in America’s global position and policy may be a work in progress…
February 8, 2016
This is an unusual issue — almost certainly unprecedented for this publication — in that it is devoted to a single topic, namely Israel-Japan relations. However, that one topic touches on aspects of all the five areas that this newsletter seeks to cover, namely A] Regional Developments; B] Domestic Politics; C] Macro-economics; D] Corporate Affairs and E] Financial Markets – so that the normal format is actually present, albeit beneath the surface.» Read more