Shared Prosperity in Israel

While the politicians debate pathways to peace in the West Bank, a group of investors and entrepreneurs are advancing shared prosperity among the Israelis and Palestinians living there. Commonwealth is supporting this effort with a pitch competition at the July 2020 Israeli Palestinian Economic Forum.

2019 Israeli Palestinian Economic Forum

The Israeli Palestinian Economic Forum is hosted annually by the Integrated Business Roundtable. A unifying conviction among the Roundtable partners is that increased direct investment in high quality business enterprise is the sturdiest pathway to shared prosperity and eventual peace in Judea and Samaria.

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Jared Kushner Reveals White House Prosperity Plan for Palestinians


Read the full article at Download The Economic Plan in ArabicDownload The Economic Plan in Hebrew Generations of Palestinians have lived without knowing peace, and the West Bank and Gaza have fallen into a protracted crisis. Yet the Palestinian story will not end here. The Palestinian people continue their historic endeavor to realize their […]

Harvard’s Michael Porter Helps Bolster Israel’s Economic Competitiveness


Photo: Harvard professor Michael Porter (left) greets Nir Barkat (center), mayor of Jerusalem. On the right, business strategist Yagil Weinberg. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff) By Robert Weisman Boston Globe. Read full article here. Jerusalem traces its history back to the fourth millennium BC. But looking to the future, its new mayor is turning to Harvard Business School […]

How Israel can Grow its Economy Through Tourism


A five-year plan aims to leverage the considerable tourism assets of Galilee, Negev and West Bank. Program homes in on Israel’s unrealized potential from hosting conventions, exhibitions By: Rina Rozenberg Kandel  from Haaretz Israel News. Full article here. The strategic plan for encouraging economic growth in outlying parts of the country – the West Bank, […]

Sir Ronald Cohen Offers Impact Investing Solution to Israeli Palestinian Conflict


By Gedalyah Reback, originally from Geektime. Read the full article here. It was a hot morning down the street from the Knesset. With a backdrop of Jerusalem’s Malcha Technology Park to the left and minister-busing choppers flying to the left, and a blistering sun overhead, Forbes brought dozens of entrepreneurs from around the world to listen […]

Beyond Aid: a Palesinian Economic Primer


From Portland Trust A paper presenting a long-term, private sector-led action plan that The Portland Trust has helped the Palestinian private sector to develop, building on contributions from international experts and over 250 Palestinian stakeholders. Implementation of the initiative by the private sector has already begun. The report identifies a number of investment opportunities and […]

The tech ecosystem in Judea and Samaria


Click here for the full article on Times of Israel by @Jonsimmonssw6 Israel and the Palestinian Territories received an unusual kind of media attention in the UK this Spring: there is talk of new, post-Brexit trade opportunities. As Britain faces a general the election in December, the Brexit proposal comes under close scrutiny, businesses are […]

UK-based Portland Trust seeks Israeli Palestinian peace through economic development


The Portland Trust is a British non-profit ‘action tank’ whose mission is to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development. They work with a range of partners to help develop the Palestinian private sector and relieve poverty through entrepreneurship and social investment in Israel. Click here to visit Portland Trust

Iron Dome Architect on Stronger US-Israel Relationships


Original Post at Israel Insight magazine. Heather Johnston and Gen. Charles Krulak of Birmingham, along with U.S. Ambassador David Friedman and Ari Sacher at a recent event in Israel Pair an easy-going, quick to make a joke Orthodox Jew with a fiery and tenacious Christian Zionist and what do you get? A powerful combination of […]

What American Jews Can Do to Help Keep Herzl’s Dream Alive


Miracles like Israel are not self-sustaining, an uncharacteristically worried Jewish American writes. From Mosaic Magazine. Written by Joe Lieberman. The essay below is adapted from remarks delivered at The First Herzl Conference on Contemporary Zionism held in Jerusalem on October 30. With the founding of Jerusalem and the building of the First Temple more than […]

Walter Russell Mead on Israel and American Foreign Policy


By: Walter Russell Mead Three years into the Trump Administration, how is America doing? What does Israel’s current political instability mean for its foreign policy? How should the rise of China affect how the U.S. thinks about projecting global power? It can be hard to penetrate the news cycle and think deeply about the many facets […]

Reflections on the 2019 USIEA Congressional Tour to Israel from General Charles Krulak

Left to Right: Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. Ann Wagner, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Bradley Byrne

Having just returned from the US Israel Education Association (USIEA) 2019 Congressional Tour, I thought it important to share with you some reflections on this truly groundbreaking trip. Joining us on the tour were Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the Republican Representative to the United […]