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  • Israel’s soaring population: Promised Land running out of room?

    September 25, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile region, could be its undoing unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.

    The average Israeli woman has three babies in her lifetime, nearly double the fertility rate for...

  • Will Israel’s achievement gap stall the start-up nation?

    By Simone Wilson

    February 4, 2015 | 10:16 am

    On a foggy hilltop in Israel’s far north, near the Sea of Galilee, around 130 Orthodox Jewish boys sleep in rows of bungalows at the Kfar Zeitim farm-turned-yeshiva. The campus is run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools — the country’s largest non-governmental schools network — but it was...

  • Israel, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms

    November 24, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Israel's finance minister will start negotiations with the country's main labour union on Monday in a bid to avert a national strike over demands to sharply raise the minimum wage, the ministry said.

    Israel's minimum wage stands at 4,300 shekels ($1,116) a month and the Histadrut...

  • Israel launches a virtual coin

    March 27, 2014 | 10:55 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A virtual currency called “Bitcoin” has become popular in the past few months. Traded digitally, it can be used instead of money. Today, the Bitcoin is trading at about $530.00.

    “Every time I go to buy something the person...

  • Keeping Start-Up Nation alive: Financing scale-ups by reinventing Israeli capital markets

    December 2, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    This piece will appear in Hebrew in Globes Magazine on Dec. 7.

    Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Liquidity

    The historic 2010 dual graduation of Israel to developed country status both within the OECD and MSCI country indexes should have opened its markets to a much larger pool of...

  • Karnit Flug, first female Bank of Israel chief, eyeing economic inequality

    November 6, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Andromeda Hill is a beachfront complex of luxury apartments connected by tree-lined pathways that features such amenities as a spa and business center. Five minutes down the road is Ajami, a low-income neighborhood profiled in the 2009 film of the same name that remains one of this...

  • Social protest leaders hope to shake up Israel ballot

    January 3, 2013 | 9:48 am

    They are young and they are driven. They got half a million Israelis out on the streets demanding social justice. Now they want their votes.

    The leaders of a grassroots social protest movement that swept Israel in 2011 have shot to the top of a rejuvenated Labor party that polls...

  • Report: One-quarter of Israelis—and 37 percent of kids—live in poverty

    December 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    The numbers tell a consistent storyline: Nearly one in four Israelis lives in poverty.

    A report last week by Israel’s National Insurance Institute showed that 1.8 million of Israel’s 8 million people live below the poverty line.

    In 2011, the year for which the report was...

  • Irish pro-Palestinian group petitions OECD

    May 5, 2011 | 10:21 am

    An Irish activist group has lodged a formal complaint accusing Ireland’s largest company of “complicity” in what it said were violations of international law in Israel.

    The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which filed the complaint with the Organization for Economic...