Recent radio and t.v interviews

A] Manchester local radio This is an interview conducted on ‘Jewish Hour’, a weekly show on Salford City Radio – which is a local radio station in Manchester, UK. I visited Manchester on behalf of Israel Bonds in  early December 2016 and the interview – which relates to trends in the Israeli economy in general, as well as discussing Israel […]

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Budget data for January 2017

February 16, 2017
Bottom line: Nothing to get excited about. As usual, January saw a surplus — because government spending in this month is much lower than average. Tax revenue was impacted by a sharp fall in import taxes and a smaller fall in VAT — all due to the low level of vehicle imports, after the huge surge in December.

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Labour market data for December, 4th Quarter and full-year 2016

February 1, 2017

Bottom line: The labour market has enjoyed another year of expansion, with the positive trends intensifying in the latter part of the year, in line with the general rise in the rate of growth. Employment rates reached record highs and unemployment rates plumbed record lows; the participation rate was roughly stable, rising among women, Israeli Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews and falling among men.

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The Jews of la-la-France

January 30, 2017 The article was originally posted on Times of Israel magazine . In the entire sweep of Jewish history, no large group of Jews ever left anywhere voluntarily. The ‘wandering Jew’ was always propelled by compulsion, not by some innate ‘wanderlust’.   This was the case even in Egypt, where — see Exodus 13 — when Pharaoh’s policy finally changed, […]

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