Full Text Israel Political Brief March 6, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s California Trip Promoting Tourism and Industry

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PM Netanyahu Held a Series of Meetings in Silicon Valley in Order to Promote Investments in the Israeli Technology Industry

Source: PMO, 3-6-14
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday, held a series of meetings in Silicon Valley in order to promote investments in the Israeli technology industry.

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other corporate leaders, and was briefed on Apple’s activities in Israel, which have significantly expanded since their inception approximately two-and-a-half years ago. The Prime Minister invited Cook to visit Israel and proposed that Apple begin activity at the national cyber park in Be’er Sheva. – Click here to view the video

Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with the WhatsApp founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton and discussed cyber protection technologies that have been developed in Israel. – Click here to view the video

Prime Minister Netanyahu signed a strategic partnership agreement with California Governor Edmund G. (“Jerry”) Brown, Jr. to promote economic relations between Israel and California. for further details and the complete text of the agreement.) Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki were among the corporate leaders attending the meeting. Prime Minister Netanyahu called on the corporate leaders to increase their investments in the Israeli economy. He also referred over-regulation in Israel and said that in intends to implement deregulation reforms. – Click to view the video

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Israel Political Brief May 28, 2013: Knesset Finance Committee approves VAT increase

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Knesset Finance Committee approves VAT increase

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-28-13

The Knesset Finance Committee on Monday approved Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s plan to increase the value added tax to 18%, as committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Bayit Yehudi) announced plans to seek a differentiated VAT in order to make the tax….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 19, 2013: Yair Lapid: Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

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Fresh Israeli Face Plays Down Dimming of Political Star

Source: New York Times, 5-19-13

To say Yair Lapid has been on a roller coaster would be an understatement. One recent headline blared about his “meteoric rise and fall,” another said he had gone from “political darling to national whipping boy….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 13, 2013: Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

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Israel’s Austerity Budget Draws Citizen Protests

Source: New York Times, 5-13-13

The Israeli government was debating the final points of a two-year austerity budget early Tuesday that would cut spending and raise taxes, outraging many Israelis who voted in a new government this year after promises of economic relief….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 3, 2013: Finance Minister Yair Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

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Lapid Agrees to Raise Deficit to 4.65%

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-3-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid agrees to increase the deficit target to 4.65% for 2013, after originally planning to increase it to 4.9%….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 22, 2013: Israeli airlines end strike after agreement with Finance Ministry

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Israeli airlines end strike after agreement with Finance Ministry

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

Three Israeli airlines ended their two-day strike following a deal struck between the Finance Ministry and El Al….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 11, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said to push back against Yair Lapid austerity measures

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Netanyahu said to push back against Lapid austerity measures

Source: The Times of Israel, 4-11-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly asked Finance Minister Yair Lapid to go back to the drawing board after being presented with a package of austerity measures aimed at shrinking the country’s NIS 39 billion deficit Thursday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2013: Yair Lapid: If I fail as Finance Minister Netanyahu also Fails יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

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יאיר לפיד: אם אכשל בתפקיד שר האוצר – גם נתניהו ייכשל

Source: 3-15-13 כלכליסט

יו”ר מפלגת יש עתיד, יאיר לפיד, מגיב הערב (ו’) להסכמים הקואליציוניים שנחתמו מוקדם יותר אחר הצהריים. לאחר החתימה כתב לפיד בדף הפייסבוק שלו: “התגובות על המינוי שלי לשר האוצר התחלקו לשלוש קבוצות:ההקבוצה הראשונה היתה של אנשים שפשוט בירכו אותי. הם עשו זאת בזהירות, הביעו חשש מסיכויי ההצלחה, אבל אמרו שהם סומכים עלי ומעריכים את העובדה שאני הולך בעיניים פקוחות למקום הקשה ביותר בפוליטיקה הישראלית. אני מודה להם. קראו עוד בכלכליסט: הממשלה ה-33 יוצאת לדרך: יש עתיד והבית היהודי חתמו על ההסכמים הקואליציוניים · ההסכם הקואליציוני עם יש עתיד – המסמך …

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Israel Political Brief March 8, 2013: Israeli coalition to be announced early next week, sources say

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Israeli coalition to be announced early next week, sources say

Source: Haaretz, 3-8-13

Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid will likely take the finance portfolio, sources said Friday, while Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett will be Israel’s next Labor, Trade and Industry minister….READ MORE

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