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Feburary 15, 2018   The very-long-awaited recommendations by the Israel Police regarding two (out of four, at least) investigations of Prime Minister Netanyahu, were announced last night: that the premier be indicted on charges of bribery in both cases. Whatever the strength of the legal cases (the experts differ), the political impact of this development is very limited. Even if […]

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Services exports data for November and for Jan-Nov 2017

January 25, 2018
Bottom line: November was an(other) excellent month for service exports, which are continuing to achieve rapid rates of expansion across the board, not just in the high-tech sectors. While it is the latter that provide the main thrust, both in the narrow context of service exports and for the overall economy, the strength of the tourist sector — despite the continued rise in the shekels’s value! — is also very significant for the labour market and hence from a socio-political perspective.

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Trade data for January-December 2017

January 11, 2018
Bottom line: The deficit on trade in goods for 2017 widened significantly compared to 2016 — which had jumped sharply — after having narrowed in the first half of the year. Once again, the primary driver was higher fuel prices, which alone accounted for 60% of the total year-on-year increase. Vehicle imports, on the other hand, dropped. Overall import growth was low, but still exceeded export growth. Exports were held back by weakness in electronics, although some other sectors scored strong gains.

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TLR 183- Red lines and Red Herrings

 December 20, 2017
After years of blessed boredom, during which Israel was able to watch regional developments from the sidelines with very limited direct involvement, the second half of 2017 has seen a dramatic change. Granted, during this period the pace of events across the entire region has accelerated, but from Israel’s vantage point, the change that has taken place is qualitative, not merely more of the same.

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