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With eye on long term, Israel plans for ‘leapfrog’ growth to stem brain drain

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/with_eye_on_long_term_israel_plans_for_leapfrog_growth_to_stem_brain_drain_

It was at a conference 15 years ago in the raw months following Yitzhak Rabin's assassination that an unlikely Israeli trio -- a young Navy officer, a leading businesswoman and a senior bureaucrat -- hatched a plan for Israel's future. It wasn't exactly a plan for the future, but a plan to plan for the country's future in an entirely new way: one focused on long-term strategic thinking to propel Israel into the world's top 15 socioeconomic powers. Last week, the goal of becoming a nation with one of the highest GDPs -- the type of dramatic "leapfrog" growth that would see incomes and other quality-of-life metrics boosted across the socioeconomic divide -- went from an idea to headline news when the goal was adopted as policy by the Israeli government.

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