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Income Tax Employees’ ‘Italian Strike’ Threatening Israeli Economy

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Israel’s Tax Authority employees have been on an “Italian” slowdown strike, Globes reported on Sunday, citing a CFO who said all tax withholding and VAT payments have been frozen. He was told by TA staff: “We’re on sanctions.” According to other reports, the TA has not been approving real estate deals for some time, and tax collections are being delayed as well.

Seeing as the tax year is about to end, many fear that taxes withheld in 2016 but not transferred to the TA may not count towards their 2016 reports, but be applied instead to 2017, which could cause hardships to small businesses, to the point of endangering their very existence. “There’s no one to talk with,” the CFO told Globes.

President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, CPA Izhar Kanne, has sent a letter to Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, warning that the log-term sanctions at he TA “cause mortal injury to the business and economic activities of the country’s citizens and inflict enormous damage on the national economy.”

According to Kanne, the sanctions are hurting the ongoing work of Israeli businesses with businesses abroad, as the absence of TA approval, payments from Israeli businesses and academic institutions to these providers are delayed, which could have dire consequences, especially to academic institutions. He also pointed out that thousands of young couples are unable to purchase their first home because the TA has not been issuing to them the necessary forms.

Eventually, Kanne predicted, “the routine work of Israeli CPOs will be damaged, resulting in a situation where unjust fines would be imposed on their clients, while the state treasury would be hurting as well.”

Talks between the union and the Finance Ministry will resume Sunday, according to Calcalist, and on Monday there will be a meeting with Shai Babad, Director of the Ministry of Finance. The TA employees have been clear: “The sanctions will be further increased if they don’t negotiate with us to raise workers’ salaries soon – the TA will be frozen completely.”

The only TA operation that continues to run smoothly with no interruptions is providing compensations to victims of the recent wave of fires. Otherwise, critical damages will ensue both to Israel’s economy and to individuals and businesses. Vadim Evenstein, Income Tax Employees’ Committee Chairman, told Globes that the past four weeks’ sanctions suspended, among other things, all assessment discussions, which have a Dec. 31 statutory limit, meaning that come Jan. 1 2017, they would be lost to the state. “In just one assessment department we have files worth one billion shekel,” he warned.

The employees blame the Finance Ministry for being entrenched in its refusal to discuss raises. Meanwhile, the same employees point out, Israeli banks have given as much as $400 a month in raises to their employees who are on a par with TA employees. “Our workers have degrees in accounting and other degrees, yet they receive the lowest wages – the highest academic status [in the civil service] with the lowest pay,” Evenstein told Globes. “Is it any wonder our most gifted workers leave after three or four years, having gained knowledge and experience?”


Israel On My Mind – Geeky Israeli Gifts and more! [audio]

Friday, December 16th, 2016

In this weeks show! Beat the BDS by buying the coolest new Israeli gadgets for your friends and family this season. Jono talks poop.. again and we check out the ROCK scene coming to Tel Aviv!

Israel On My Mind 15Dec2016 – PODCAST

Israel News Talk Radio

Azerbaijan President: We Bought $4.8 Billion in Israeli Military Equipment

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Baku, and revealed that “so far the contracts between Azerbaijani and Israeli companies with respect to purchasing of defense equipment is close to 5 billion dollars. More precisely – $4,850,000,000. The biggest part of these contracts have already been executed and still we are continuing to work on that and we are very satisfied with the level of this cooperation.”

All this has been achieved in the 20 years since Netanyahu’s last visit to Azerbaijan, President Aliyev noted.

At the meeting, according to an Israeli press release, agreements were signed (Environmental Protection Minister Zeev Elkin signed for Israel) on standardization, double taxation, agricultural cooperation and the establishment of a mixed commission on advancing bilateral cooperation on economic matters, science, technology, health, agriculture and trade.

President Aliyev reminded his Israeli guests that “for centuries Jews and Azerbaijanis lived in peace and friendship,” including “the times of Tsarist Russia, when Azerbaijan was a part of the Russian Empire,” as well as “during the time of the Soviet Union.”

“For your information,” Aliyev continued, “I’d like to say that there are seven synagogues in Azerbaijan, five of them in Baku; Jewish schools, you will visit one of them, Chabad Or Avner, the Jewish education center which was inaugurated in 2010. I remember that day because I was there at the inauguration ceremony and the late President made a video address to us. I am glad that Mr. Prime Minister has timed his tight schedule to visit that education center and also meet the representatives of the Jewish community.”

In his response, Netanyahu told his host, “We obviously have a robust relationship in energy. Now we’re talking about not just the sale of oil from Azerbaijan to Israel which is a very important part of our oil imports, we’re talking about using common facilities for export of gas and the linking of Israel’s gas exports potentially to a great pipeline that is being built as we speak right now from Azerbaijan into Turkey. This is obviously something that can strengthen both our economies and I think provide a larger service.”

“We can do, we think, wonders together in agriculture, in education, in IT, any area, and we welcome such cooperation because we think that ultimately the greatest resource that we have is this, it’s the resource of conceptual products, the ability to take all the industries, make them more efficient,” Netanyahu continued. “I gave an example of dairy-farming and I boast once again that we have the most productive cows in the world, more than the French cows or Dutch cows or even American cows. And this is something that replicates itself along many, many fields. So we welcome this cooperation to secure and better the future of both our nations.”

But regardless of the burgeoning economic ties between the two countries, Netanyahu told his host the unique aspect of their relationship is the fact that “Israel is the Jewish state, it’s a Jewish state. Azerbaijan is a Muslim state, predominantly Muslim population. Here you have an example of Muslims and Jews working together to secure a better future for both of us. And It’s an example that shines against the background of intolerance and lack of acceptance and mutual respect.”

Netanyahu called on the world’s nations to “come to Azerbaijan and see the friendship and the partnership between Israel and Azerbaijan. It’s not only good for both our countries and both our nations, I think it’s good for the region and good for the world.”


Survey: Only 22% of Israeli Jews Completely Trust Supreme Court

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

A new survey published by Prof. Avi Degani, founder and President of the Geocartography opinion and marketing institute, points to a sharp, 25% drop in the Israeli public’s trust, Jews and Arabs alike, in the Supreme Court. Only 22% of Israeli Jews expressed their complete faith in the court.

A similar survey that was done in 1991, 25 years ago, showed that 80% of the Israeli public, including Arabs, had a high or complete trust in the Supreme Court, compared with only 56% today. 12% of the Jews say have no trust whatsoever in the court, as opposed to only 3% that held the same view in 1991.

41% of Israelis had complete faith in the Supreme Court in 1991 – today it’s down to 22%.

Another institution that has suffered a severe loss of prestige is the State Auditor. In 1991, 80% had complete or high trust in this institution – today only 55% do. In the Arab sector, the drop was from 57% in 1991 to only 47% today.

The Knesset has maintained most of its status, but that’s only because it was very low 25 years ago – 27%. Today it’s down to 23%.

Prof. Degani cautioned that the fate of democracy is uncertain when the two branches of government whose job it is to restrain the executive branch are being held in such low regard by the public.


Israeli Manufacturers Warn New APC to Cost Thousands of Jobs if Made in USA [video]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is already retrieving jobs for America, while it appears that some Israeli leaders may be outsourcing jobs in the nation’s defense industry. The Israel Manufacturers Association is outraged at a plan to outsource production of the ‘Eitan’ armored personnel carrier in order to purchase the military vehicle with U.S. defense funding.

The wheeled APC was unveiled this past August by the Israeli Defense Ministry. It has an eight-wheel drive and is the first Israeli APC to have wheels instead of tracks; it’s also considered by Israel to be the most advanced armored wheeled combat vehicle in the world.

According to a report published this week by the Globes business news site, the IDF ground forces and Defense Ministry have been considering a plan to limit Israeli production to installation of the systems that will be used in the APC. The vehicle itself would be produced abroad.

But that plan would cost the Jewish State about 2,000 jobs, according to Manufacturers Association President Shraga Brosh, who told Globes, “Israel has to preserve its technological, security and employment interests and manufacture the Eitan APC in Israel.”

The Eitan is an 8×8 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) that is expected to weigh 30-35 tons, have a 750 hp engine, and be able to hit speeds of up to 90 kilometers per hour on paved roads. A variant of the vehicle will be able to carry 12 troops, including the commander, driver and gunner, according to Jane’s.

Production of the entire vehicle would add NIS 2 billion to the Israeli economy, according to Manufacturers Association sources. Some 200 industrial companies could be engaged in the process, mostly in the periphery.

The last time the Defense Ministry outsourced production of an Israeli APC was in 2010, when it sent production of the Namer — and 2,000 jobs with it — to the United States, defense manufacturers told Globes.

“Transferring production of the APC to the U.S. will lead to the closing or construction of production lines in dozens of plants around Israel, have a negative impact on exports of systems used in the Eitan and damage the civilian sources of know-how and development based on the technologies used in the Eitan,” warned Merkava tank industries forum chairman Avraham Bar David.

In response to the concerns expressed by the Manufacturers Association, the Defense Ministry issued a statement at the beginning of the week.

‘The Eitan is still in the development stages, and has not yet been approved by the IDF for procurement and mass production,” the statement read. “If and when decisions are taken to produce it, and in what volume, the Ministry of Defense Merkava Tank Administration, which regards the involvement of Israeli industries in the Merkava project as a strategic asset, will take steps to ensure the share of Israeli industries in the project, as it has done up until now.

“We emphasize that after the project is approved, production of the Eitan will take place simultaneously with production of the Merkava and Namer. In view of the increased procurement of armored fighting vehicles following Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli defense industries’ share on all these projects will increase, not decrease.”

According to Brigadier-General Baruch Matzliach, head of the Defense Ministry’s Tank Authority, the Eitan is expected to join the tracked Namer APCs in replacing thousands of aging M113 APCs and other military vehicles still in IDF service.

Matzliach told Jane’s in an August 2016 interview that the Eitan’s main advantage is its “rapid movement on roads and quick mobility between battle sectors without dependence on trailers.”

What he meant was, the APC can move from the north to the south in Israel without the need for a flatbed to shlep it there. That advantage will be particularly important when the IDF next finds itself facing a two-front war with the Lebanon-based Hezbollah in the north, and Gaza-based Hamas in the south.

Hana Levi Julian

ThyssenKrupp AG, Maker of Israeli Submarines, Suffered ‘Massive’ Cyber Attack

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

ThyssenKrupp, one of Germany’s largest companies, announced it has been the target of a large-scale, sophisticated cyber attack. According to German business magazine Wirtschafts Woche, Martin Hölz, Chief Information Officer at ThyssenKrupp, stated the attack had originated in south-east Asia and resulted in the theft of company secrets.

“ThyssenKrupp has become the target of a massive cyber attack,” the industrial giant said in a statement.

ThyssenKrupp AG is based in Duisburg and Essen, Germany. The enormous corporation owns 670 companies worldwide. It is one of the world’s largest steel makers, but also provides components and systems for the automotive industry, elevators, escalators, material trading and industrial service.

In 2006 Israel signed a contract with ThyssenKrupp to purchase two additional submarines from its HDW subsidiary. In late 2016 reports emerged of negotiations for the purchase of three additional ThyssenKrupp built submarines.

The hacker managed to steal data from two business units at ThyssenKrupp before the attack was noticed and stopped. ThyssenKrupp has reported the attack to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, but the chances of bringing the hackers to justice are negligible.

ThyssenKrupp’s revelation came a week after the attack which hit a million routers, resulting in outages for Deutsche Telekom customers.

According to Wirtschafts Woche, the attacks hit Europe, India, Argentina and the United States in sites operated by ThyssenKrupp’s Industrial Solutions division, which builds large production plants.

The Hagen Hohenlimburg specialty steel mill in western Germany was also targeted.

David Israel

Report: 10% of Israeli Public Servants Are Olim

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs revealed during Tuesday’s meeting that 10% of public servants in Israel and 12% of police officers are new immigrants. Committee Chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) emphasized that “the main reason for the temporary decline in the number of immigrants in the last year is the issue of employment. Therefore, bureaucracy must be removed, procedures should be simplified, and driving licenses from the country of origin should be recognized. The public service should lead this national mission.”

Neguise praised the first appointment of Ethiopian Israeli female judges and a judge who has immigrated from the Commonwealth of Independent States, but warned of the vast amount of new immigrants who are qualified for various occupations and are employed in maintenance and cleaning jobs.

According to Ron Tzur of the Civil Service Commission, “The figures show the opposite; that the doors of the civil service are actually open to immigrants, and every barrier which we have recognized in the past, was removed and relieved.”

Tzur continued and said, “35% of workers in the country are [employed within] the health system, and therefore it is impossible to ignore the big portion of immigrants in such a big part of the system.” He emphasized that 7,496 out of some 75,000 workers in Israel have made Aliyah in the last decade (10%), and 4,191 in the last five years.

MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beitenu), who initiated the discussion, said that wherever there is a lack of engineers, doctors and nurses in the work market – that is where immigrants are absorbed. But in many cases the immigrants struggle to be accepted to work, mainly in senior positions, although a long time has passed since their immigration, he added.

Esther Blum, a representative of an organization for absorbing French immigrants, said that, “New immigrants do not have a chance of being absorbed in Israel, even when they have qualifications from abroad. This is a loss for the State of Israel, because we are speaking of people who hold senior positions in their country of origin.”

Superintendent Rachel Siman Tov, deputy head of Israel Police’s recruiting department, said 12% of police officers – 3,262 people – are new immigrants. According to her, 166 Ethiopian Israelis have been recruited to the police force over the past two years, and today 613 police officers are Ethiopian.

Hagit Feldman, head of the Human Resources Department at the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigration Absorption, said that out of 500 workers in the office, 138 have made Aliyah in the last decade, but most of the workers have made Aliyah 15 years ago or more.


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