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Waze. Outsmarting Google and Facebook. Together.

Posted on: May 24th, 2013

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With the deal Facebook and Waze not yet closed, Google has reportedly jumped into the fray,  making a play for the Israeli start-up company, who’s opening bid is at $1 billion dollars. There’s another alternative also on the table now, Waze turns down both giants, keeps its independence, and raises money with another round of venture […]


Dizzy Dollar Dumps the Shekel

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

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The shekel-dollar rate has soared 4 percent in the past two weeks, with the latest jump today (Wednesday) prompted by expectations that the Bank of Israel will lower the interest rate again in June. The rate crossed the level of 3.69 shekels to the dollar on Wednesday after having dropped under 3.55 shekels to the […]


Natural Gas Magnate Says Gov’t Can Pocket Billions from Exports

Posted on: May 19th, 2013

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The government can expect to rake in billions of dollars from natural gas exports in the next 20 years, claimed Yitzchak Tshuva, controlling shareholder of Delek, which is a major partner in the Nobel Energy consortium that has begun pumping gas from its off-shore oil discovery. Opposing views are trying to prohibit exports, arguing that […]


More Natural Gas Found

Posted on: May 16th, 2013

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Israel has (more) gas. Baruch Hashem. But who should profit?

Thousands of grasshoppers seen near Ramat Negev .

Plague of Locusts Returns to Israel for Shavuot

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

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Fundamentalists were working overtime before Passover to describe how just as in Biblical times, the Jews were spared from the plague. Now the locusts are working overtime, just in time for Shavuot.

You need more shekels to buy a dollar following Fischer's surprise cut in the interest rate and announcement of a massive purchase of dollars.

Fischer Cuts Interest Rate and Says Bank to Buy 2 Billion Dollars

Posted on: May 13th, 2013

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Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer announced on Monday a surprise cut the prime interest rate as part of his battle to fight the appreciation of the shekel and help the economy to keep growing. The financial markets responded with the shekel-dollar rate rising more than 1.5 percent to the level of 3.61 shekels to […]


Blue and White, All the Waze

Posted on: May 13th, 2013

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Waze and Facebook have reached an impasse in their negotiations, but not over whether Facebook will buy Waze for 700 million dollars, or a clean billion, but over Israel, according to the Israeli site Telecom News. Facebook wants to close down Waze’s Raanana office, and transfer some of the developers to the U.S. While the […]

Facebook reportedly is considering shelling out $1 billion for the Israel-based Waze company

Facebook Running after Waze to Stare Down Google

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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Waze may be Facebook’s third purchase in Israel, not for the Waze maps but for the traffic it can generate through Facebook, at Google’s expense. But the buyout is far from certain.


Netanyahu Views Chinese Wall ‘Security Fence’

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the Great Wall of China on Thursday, allowing him to make the obvious comparison with Israel’s security fence, dubbed by leftists as the “Apartheid Wall. Unlike the Chinese Great Wall, the “wall” in Israel extends less than 10 percent of the total length of the fortification, […]

Warren Buffett is paying $2 billion to complete a $6 billion purchase of the Israeli Isracar tool making company.

Warren Buffet Buys Out Israeli Firm for $2 Billion

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is paying $2.05 billion for the remaining 20 percent of IMC International Metalworking Co, otherwise known as Isracar, completing the buyout that began with the giant $4 billion purchase of 80 percent of the company in 2006. “We are delighted to acquire the portion of the company that was retained by […]


Potash Corp. Gives Up on Bid to Buy Out Israel Chemicals

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

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Canadian fertilizer giant Potash Corp. has given up on its $15 billion offer to buy Israel Chemicals following strong opposition in Israel, where fears also were raised that Potash would move some local production to Jordan. Potash, which already has a 14 percent stake in Israeli Chemicals, stated that although it maintains that the proposed […]

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid addressing the Knesset, April 22, 2013.

Lapid Clashing Openly with Haredi MKs as Country Cheers

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013

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It was that kind of a parliamentary confrontation, stormy, angry, and deliciously witty.

Lobbyist Bill Clinton and Israeli lobbyist Ehud Barak

Bill Clinton Tried to Block Israel’s Taxing Newly-Found Gas

Posted on: April 18th, 2013

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Bill Clinton’s wealth is more than $55 million. He gets a double dividend as a paid energy lobbyist and being a “friend” of Israel by lobbying against the government’s taxing newly-found gas.


On First Day of Trading, Fairway Shares Up 33%

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

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I think this means they're doing fabulously well.

A protester in front of the Greek parliament holds up a poster depicting German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a Nazi.

Spiegel Bemoaning ‘Germanophobia’

Posted on: April 14th, 2013

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There is no doubt Germanophobia exists, look at Greece, at Italy, even Ireland.


Fischer Launches New War on Shekel-Dollar Rate

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

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Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer launched a new war on the falling shekel-dollar rate Monday and ordered the purchase of $100 million of greenbacks, soon after the rate dropped close to 3.59 shekels to the dollar for the first time in nearly two years. The massive purchase catapulted the rate from the 18-month low […]


Biannual Budget Cancelled

Posted on: April 7th, 2013

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Claiming the 2-year budget concept a failure, the country will revert to the 1 year budget system.

The Israeli Tamar drilling rig, 56 miles off shore.

Israel Hits Course to Energy Independence at 4 PM Saturday

Posted on: March 30th, 2013

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The use of the gas will commence within 24 hours.

Ramallah multi-million dollar mall runs up PA debts for Israeli electricity

Israelis May Off PA Debts by Paying More for Electricity

Posted on: March 29th, 2013

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The wise men of Chelm have a nifty solution to pay off Palestinian Authority debts for electricity. Use funds collected for the PA or use US aid? Nope. Just make Israelis pay more for electricity.


Turkish Billionaire to Head Israel-PA Business Arbitration Panel

Posted on: March 28th, 2013

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A billionaire from Turkey, whose relations with Israel have gone from bad to worse until last week’s attempt by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to end the crisis over the May 2010 flotilla clash, is to serve as the chairman of the new the Jerusalem Arbitration Center (JAC), set up to settle disputes between the Palestinian […]

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