So much has happened in this remarkable year of 2020, but it is only two-thirds complete. Given the current frenetic pace of events, that seems to be speeding up all the time, the coming months can be expected to demand constant and full attention, in the Middle East and around the world.» Read more
Monday, July 20, 2020, was a red-letter day in the history of the Israeli economy. In the narrower context of the Israeli energy sector, it was the most important day since the initial discovery of offshore gas in the late 1990s.» Read more
11th June 2020 After discussing the question of “Where are we now?” in the previous newsletter, this issue moves on to the second question, namely “Whence?” or, more colloquially, “How did we get here?” The question has many facets, which this newspaper defines as B] Domestic Politics, where it translates into “how did we arrive at such a weird coalition […]» Read more
28th May 2020 This issue is tasked with picking up many threads after long disruption. Although we have been in contact via various virtual channels and will continue to be, only now has it become possible to write a coherent analysis addressing the three cardinal questions raised in the headline: Where are we now? This question relates to every sphere […]» Read more
On Wednesday, 25 March, I was interviewed by telephone in an online forum conducted by the Miryam Institute (www.MirYamInstitute.org ), an NGO which provides a forum for Israeli experts to discuss issues in Israeli affairs and public policy. The interview focused on “the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the Israeli economy”.» Read more
8th March 2020
March is certain to see a drastic fall in both arrivals and departures. The abrupt swing from boom to crisis is unprecedented, because it does not stem from national security issues, but from global health concerns. Furthermore, no-one knows how long the crisis will last. However, it is likely that the recovery, when it comes, will be gradual, rather than sharp.