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Prof. Shlomo Maital

Prof. Shlomo Maital

the great money mystery

the great money mystery

An interview with Arie Rotenberg - why the mountain of money created by Central Banks, In Israel and abroad , has not caused inflation?!
The business of sleep

The business of sleep

An interview with Prof. Peretz Lavie, outgoing president of the Technion about his sleep research and resulting start-ups.
Polity without policy

Polity without policy

What happen in democracies, when we the voters, the polity, cast our ballots without any clue about what those we are voting for plan to do? What if those we vote for have no idea themselves what they plan to do? And why are Israel and Western democracies in this pickle?
America’s decline – Israel’s trouble

America’s decline – Israel’s trouble

President Trump says the US economy is stronger than it has ever been. And the numbers back him up. Numbers, shmumbers – America is sink­ing. One consequence is that Israel is in trouble.
Snow-capped idea volcanoes

Snow-capped idea volcanoes

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder said “Young people are just smarter!” So, Mark, here goes. I’m going to try to convince you that those over 60 not only have clever ideas but often know far better than young whippersnappers how to implement them.
To succeed in a start-up, you have to think like artists

To succeed in a start-up, you have to think like artists

Is Israel really the start-up nation? If you choose the right metric, the answer is no. Israel is indeed the world leader in the number of start-ups per capita, according to the Bloomberg Index - but is this the right measure? Isn't it more correct to check the number of successful start-ups per capita? If we measure this index, we will find that Israel is not at all leading. The rate of failures in the US, for example, is 90%; Sounds a lot, but it's much less than Israel.
Prey, work, study Torah

Prey, work, study Torah

In this article, Prof. Shlomo Maital discusses the integration of ultra-Orthodox society into the labor force in Israel, the historical circumstances that led to the current situation, and the various incentives that are pushing more Haredi men to join the labor force, concurrently to their torah studies
Baby Boom

Baby Boom

AN UNUSUAL Israeli reality TV series is about “one of the most intimate moments of [young couples’] lives. It’s a hospital delivery room….” I doubt there is anything like it on foreign television. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis watch the program.
Hatikva-The Real Story behind Israel

Hatikva-The Real Story behind Israel's anthem

In this article, Shlomo Maital reviews the history of the Israeli anthem Hatikvah - the history of the writing of the anthem, the history of its words and music, and other (surprising) historical connections (Herzl hated it). In addition, Maital reviews the attitude of Israeli society and the Zionist movement to this anthem, which dates back a half century before the State of Israel was founded.
Speaking truth to power

Speaking truth to power

One of the key foundations of democracy is under assault, in Israel and the US. It is the ability of experts to speak truth to power and the willingness of political leaders to listen to what they say.
what lies ahead in 2018?

what lies ahead in 2018?

In this paper, Prof. Shlomo Mei-Tal reviews the important statistics and trends in the Israeli economy in 2017, and the forecasts for the changes that are expected to affect the economy in 2018
ALIBABA! SABABA!

ALIBABA! SABABA!

In this article, Prof. Shlomo Maital  analyzes Israel's influence on the entry of foreign companies that employ many high-tech workers, such as Alibaba and Amazon.
Saving TEVA

Saving TEVA

ISRAEL’S FLAGSHIP global giant, Teva Pharmaceuticals, is in deep trouble. Teva’s share price was cut in more than a half. The latest collapse was in part the result of a misguided $40 billion acquisition that left Teva with massive debt and the patent expiration of Copaxone, a drug for treating multiple sclerosis that, at its peak, brought Teva $4 billion in annual revenue and half of the company’s total profit. TEVA One of Israel's largest companies was founded before the establishment of the State of Israel and its importance to Israel is great. Summary Ways to Save TEVA.
LET

LET'S SAY HELLO

Intel's $ 15 billion purchase of Mobileye could be the way to go for Israeli hi-tech bringing in jobs and expertise rather than taking away brains
The high cost of flight

The high cost of flight

Kobi Alexander's journey from hi-tech visionary to convicted felon.
Will Iran win the technology war?

Will Iran win the technology war?

In his article, Prof. Shlomo Maital analyzes the investment of the Iranian government (and even the religious establishment in Iran) in technological and scientific education, and its results, against the investment in the State of Israel in those fields.
The Best of times, The Worst of times

The Best of times, The Worst of times

Hugh forest fires that left hundreds homeless and caused over a billion shekels in damages highlighted the ability of Israelis to rally in times of adversity, but also fanned sectarian tensions and raised questions about disaster preparations
Follow the money

Follow the money

How will Donald Trump’s economic outlook affect Israel and the world?
A Swiss-Israel merger?

A Swiss-Israel merger?

Swiss-Israel merger? Not Quite, but Israel certainly has a lot to learn from Switzerland, which has nearly double its per capita GDP.
A Tale of debt and darkness

A Tale of debt and darkness

Eliezer Fishman faces the largest ever bankruptcy of an Israeli businessman. How did the banks allow things to go so far?
How to change the world

How to change the world

What would happen if an Israeli invention replaced conventional internal combustion engines?
The Eilat Casino Gamble

The Eilat Casino Gamble

If casinos are opened in Eilat, will they really boost the city's employment and well-being
A mouse-and-elephant love affair

A mouse-and-elephant love affair

Selling Israel’s creativity, technology and start-up mind-set to China
Angels Over Tel Aviv

Angels Over Tel Aviv

The White City has become one of the world’s most vibrant start-up ecosystems with angel investments playing an important role.
Social change on a silver platter

Social change on a silver platter

If people of goodwill work together and engage in hard protests of all kinds, social change can and will happen.
The world in IdO

The world in IdO

Israeli start-up companies play a major role in the return to the future of the lucrative industry of objects online.
Is the buck passing?

Is the buck passing?

The implications for Israel of a declining dollar are serious; does the government have a contingency plan?
Still in First Grade

Still in First Grade

2 million Israeli children began the new school year on September 1, including 57,477 smiling freshfaced and hopeful six-year-olds who began first grade. They showed up at 4,805 schools with backpacks, pencils, sandwiches and anticipation. But all too often, our children quickly learn that our schools are frozen perpetually in first grade.
Internet of everything

Internet of everything

Israeli start-ups are playing an important role in burgeoning new industry known as the Internet of Things
Heureux comme un Israelien

Heureux comme un Israelien

Si Israel se regardait dans le miroir, il verrait un pays rempli de gens heureux, en bonne sante, globalement optimistes et resilients. Bref, un pays qui s’en sort plutot bien.
Is Defense Spending Sacrosanct?

Is Defense Spending Sacrosanct?

The Locker Committee has presented a core existential dilemma: How much defense spending is appropriate? And who decides?
The TEVA VS. MYLAN

The TEVA VS. MYLAN

In the battle of the giants it is Israel’s Teva that is the heavyweight, and the American company, the lightweight
Crossing Death Valley

Crossing Death Valley

It is very difficult to do business in Israel, especially for a start-up seeking to grow independently
Ten ideas for Naftali Bennett

Ten ideas for Naftali Bennett

The new minister needs to put his shoulder to the wheel to get the education system extricated from the mire
Satellites that tango

Satellites that tango

A growing number of Israeli start-ups are excited by the potential of the growing civilian space industry, now estimated at nearly 300 billion dollar.
Mitzva bonds

Mitzva bonds

Social bonds could link performance with funding and, ultimately, rebuild the public’s trust, eroded by years of waste and corruption.
Needed: Goliaths instead of Davids

Needed: Goliaths instead of Davids

Israel needs more than start-up exits, it needs companies that can scale up to global giants. Web builder Wix is taking up the challenge.
Voting our pockets, or our fears

Voting our pockets, or our fears

Events have conspired to put the high cost of living on the election back burner
Addicted to cheap money

Addicted to cheap money

A seismic reversal of financial markets is on the cards, with falling bond and stock prices
On wings of carbon

On wings of carbon

Israel Aerospace Industries is engaged in high-tech manufacturing for the F-35 fighter jet project.
The pensions time bomb

The pensions time bomb

In less than a decade, payments from the old-age benefits fund will exceed income, and by 2042 or earlier, the whole fund will be gone. Despite 20 years of legislation and reforms, the penion crisis has become worse.
Xin Chào, Vietnam!

Xin Chào, Vietnam!

Vietnamese want to learn the Israeli 'secret sauce’ of technology-intensive entrepreneurship
Shocks, sheikhs and shale

Shocks, sheikhs and shale

The price of oil peaked at $145 a barrel in July 2008 and is now below $50. The cause: Saudi oil sheikhs refuse to slash production to stabilize prices, while American shale production soars.
Tel Aviv white elephant

Tel Aviv white elephant

The ‘New’ Central Bus Station languishes in semi-neglect, a strange, partly unseen, humming underworld of activity.
Israel, by the numbers

Israel, by the numbers

According to the statistics, Israel is quite well off, fairly cheerful, healthy, and great place to live and raise children.
The dismal science meets the shrinks

The dismal science meets the shrinks

What happens when economics, known for over two centuries as the dismal science, meets psychology, whose practitioners often called "shrinks"? Economics become a whole lot less dismal and a great deal more useful and interesting.
Atop Mt. Intel

Atop Mt. Intel

David Perlmutter, who rose to become the most senior Israeli corporate executive, shares his insights on implementing radical innovation at very big companies.
The battle of the budget

The battle of the budget

Who will pay for the Gaza war? A three-way conflict between security, social and fiscal considerations. A Netanyahu-Lapid compromise leaves taxes unchanged for the 2015 budget and defines added defense spending as “one-time only”.
Start-up Nation

Start-up Nation's dark side

Israel may top the tables in innovation, but the benefits need to be more widely diffused.
THE ASIAN BUYOUT

THE ASIAN BUYOUT

What are the pros and cons of selling Israeli companies to Asian investors?
When the bubble bursts

When the bubble bursts

Soaring property prices are like riding a tiger – if prices continue to rise, it's bad; if they fall, it's bad, very bad.
ENTREPRENEUROVIRUS

ENTREPRENEUROVIRUS

The Zisapel approach encourages creative people to leave big and growing companies and start small ones.
Israel

Israel's China Dilemma

How can Israel build trade and investment with China, without damaging ties with the US and Europe?
It

It's All in the Family

Contrary to conventional wisdom, many family firms, such as Sano, the consumer products company, are exceedingly well managed.
Rethinking the Draft

Rethinking the Draft

How can conscription be modernized and improved to achieve Israel's goals and maintain its security?
Dissecting BDS

Dissecting BDS

Is the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement truly a threat to Israel? It is a mistake to lump B, D and S together – they are utterly different. Sanctions are the main threat.
Who Will Heal the Hospitals?

Who Will Heal the Hospitals?

The crisis at Hadassah, the country's leading medical center, is only symptomatic of the deep malaise affecting Israel's medical system.
Strong shekel blues

Strong shekel blues

Has the Bank of Israel thrown in the towel in its war against the appreciation of the shekel?
In search of a cure

In search of a cure

Erez Vigodman, the new CEO of Teva, Israel's premier global company, has to work fast to pull the conglomerate out of crisis.
Can Generation Y Save the Israel?

Can Generation Y Save the Israel?

Disillusioned with capitalism, Israel’s millenials seek peace and a new world order.
Visionary optimist - Dov Lautman 1936-2013

Visionary optimist - Dov Lautman 1936-2013

INDUSTRIALIST DOV LAUTMAN died November 23 following a decade-long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 77. He is survived by his son, Noam, and three grandchildren.
A woman’s job

A woman’s job

All Karnit Flug has to do is stabilize the currency, battle inflation and deflation, cool housing prices, and fight inequality and poverty.
Getting Future Ready

Getting Future Ready

Israel may be a land of hi-tech milk and honey but when it comes to public services it has yet to enter the 21st century. Carmela Avner became the Government’s first CIO Chief Information Officer, and moved Israel ahead toward e-Government – but after nearly 18 months in office, she has resigned; others will need to carry on with her work.
Technion in China

Technion in China

A Hong Kong entrepreneur joins forces with an Israeli university to spur innovations in mainland China
48 Herzl St.

48 Herzl St.

The shopkeepers of Haifa's main drag paint a portrait of Israel's struggling small businesses.
Brains for sale

Brains for sale

Do start-up exits leave behind ‘scorched earth’?
The chosen few

The chosen few

How literacy helped the Jews: This new book, The Chosen Few, shows how the Jewish people survived and thrived, until the Iberian Expulsion of 1492, because of Torah study and widespread literacy – It was not anti-Semitism that shaped the Jews’ destiny, but literacy.
65 reasons why Israel tops other countries

65 reasons why Israel tops other countries

There are so many areas in which Israel and Israelis excel that even a biased account of them has to impress
The Hawk vs. Dove debate

The Hawk vs. Dove debate

Should the defense budget be cut? Can it be cut? And if so, by how much?
Start-up nation packs its bags

Start-up nation packs its bags

Many Israeli startups are choosing to launch in America, rather than in Israel. We must act to keep them at home.
The debilitating brain drain

The debilitating brain drain

Israel must find a way to ensure that its brightest minds remain at home rather than seek greener pastures abroad.
Middle class under siege

Middle class under siege

Only coins and tadpoles have just a head and a tail; societies, in contrast, can't survive and thrive without something in the middle
Neophyte politicos, tried businessmen

Neophyte politicos, tried businessmen

Some fresh faces may help revitalize a Knesset that has lost respect and trust among ordinary Israelis.
Ideas from Nature

Ideas from Nature

Scientists are drawing inspiration from the natural world, and using what they learn to help solve problems for humans
The tale of the elephant and the mouse

The tale of the elephant and the mouse

כדי לחזק את קשריה עם סין, ישראל צריכה למנף את המוניטין שלה בחדשנות ויצירתיות.
Rafael’s guardian angels

Rafael’s guardian angels

Defense technology is not solely about mass destruction; it can be about saving lives.
The screwed generation

The screwed generation

Young Israelis have become increasingly poor, squeezed by rising housing costs and higher taxes.
Warp speed for networks

Warp speed for networks

Mellanox hardware can transfer a hundred 2,600-page Encyclopedia Britannica's every second.
Be like Kahlon

Be like Kahlon

Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon has had a significant impact on the lives of ordinary Israelis.
Whose gas is it?

Whose gas is it?

It is vital that development of Israel’s gas fields should move ahead rapidly
Kahlon Vs. Flug

Kahlon Vs. Flug

The finance minister wants competition, The Bank of Israel governor, stability. Who is right and can we enjoy both?
DO GOOD, DO WELL

DO GOOD, DO WELL

Social start-ups are filling the gaps left by shrinking government budgets