Is Donald Trump an Ally of Israel?
A number of industry experts have the opinion that it is reelection which is on Donald Trump’s mind, and not Israel.
When Benjamin Netanyahu was at the White House on March 25th this year, he expressed to President Trump that Israel has been blessed to have a number of friends who have sat at the Oval Office. Mr. Netanyahu went on to express that Israel has never had a friend better than Donald Trump.
President Trump too has professed friendship to Israel on numerous occasions. He said that if he is re-elected, Israel will have a true friend in the White House.
Recent developments have introduced an element of hollowness in the relationship. Trump reversed Netanyahu government’s decision to open Israel’s borders to Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
In a tweet to Netanyahu, Trump expressed that it shows weakness if the two democrats are allowed to visit Israel. They harbor a hatred for Jews and Israel, and nothing can make them change their minds.
Another development in the field is the move that relocated US embassy to Jerusalem. The move has come across some criticism, but these have been muted. This is good from Israel’s perspective.
Similarly, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a presidential hopeful had stated in a town hall meeting that US gives a whole lot of funds to Israel. The money should be leveraged to end the racism that has recently been seen in Israel.
The 2020 campaign is now reaching fever pitch. One expects President Trump to demand that Israel PM Netanyahu, who has expressed that he is indebted with U.S. friendship starts paying his debt in currency. This will make Israel an important political issue.
The current trends are likely to continue if President Trump and PM Netanyahu win their respective elections. Israel elections are on 17th September while US elections are just a little more than a year ahead.
For Israel, the greatest fear should be that both Netanyahu and Trump lose their respective elections, or either of them loses the elections. This would result in a change in federal policies, and the relationship between US and Israel would deteriorate.
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The State of Israel as Middle East’s Silicon Valley
In a film with Matt Damon – his character looks over the middle east and compares Saudi Arabia with Israel. The reality is that when you look at a country like Saudi Arabia – its main export is oil. Coming in second – they are working on creating a tourism industry – but even that is not breaking even or making a large profit.
The reality is – Israel is a jewel in the Middle East – the people there enjoy some of the greatest freedoms – and it is becoming a hub of technological innovation. The Jewish spirit of entrepreneuralism thrives – and we created the OpenStack Forum to be able to showcase some of Israel’s greatest work.
In this blog I wanted to talk about something that Israel is leading the world in – surprisingly – is cultured meat. If you haven’t heard of this before – cultured meat is meat that is made in a laboratory – without harming animals. This is the wave of the future and something even vegans can get behind – we are actually surprisingly close.
If you watch either of the BBC pieces on this – you will see cultured chicken nuggets and even pieces of beef that taste very close to the real thing. Of course the technology is not there yet – but once it becomes mainstream – having it go into different restaurants is – potentially – a big revenue stream.
However it is not just the cultured meat industry that Israel is proud of – it is also our robotics industry. Because of Israel’s preciptious position near Palestine and other countries – which has led to war in the past – Israel has a large focus on defense – and robotics is potentially a very important industry not just for the world – but Israel also. For this reason you will see many defense related items in Israel.
We hope to see you at the next OpenStack Forum – all though that won’t be held for another 3 years – we have taken the site down until then and will resume development.
As part of our site redevelopment we hope to encourage companies to start planning where they will setup their stalls – and also organise talks for the event that would interest the attendees.
As a contributor – we would like to thank George Sten & Co – which you can click here to find out more about. They have been instrumental in helping us organise the space for this event early on – and they handle contractual agreements for a lot of the companies that are hosting here.