August 13, 2000 |
This is not a country known for conspicuous consumption, which is why people are still talking about the party Chemi Peres, Rami Kalish and their partners at Polaris Venture Capital recently threw for 800 of their closest friends. Held beneath a vast pavilion at a bucolic retreat a few miles out of town, it featured a seemingly endless supply of food. There was a free bar and, for any teetotalers present, plenty of espresso and cappuccino.
March 14, 1999 |
On one side of the small, smoky office sat a former Tel Aviv police officer, now working in copyright enforcement for the Israeli music industry. On the other, the owners of a Palestinian factory reputed to be churning out thousands of bootleg compact discs a day. Across a steel desk cluttered with overflowing ashtrays, tiny cups of sweet coffee and plates of baklava, the men spent nearly three hours one recent evening trading accusations. Then the Palestinians made a startling offer.
April 12, 1998 |
Gil Shwed spent the summer of 1993 in a sweltering apartment in this coastal city hammering away at a computer for 10 hours a day. At the end of each fevered shift, partner Shlomo Kramer took Shwed's place at the keyboard and kept pounding. Shwed and Kramer, both in their 20s at the time, had served together in the Israeli army, setting up and linking computer systems with different levels of security clearance, and they saw a golden opportunity in the growth of the Internet.
February 13, 1998 |
Every so often, a whiff of hope blows into this grim town in southern Israel, circling its bygone textile mills and sending crowds of desperate people hurrying to the office of Moti Zohar. There, Zohar, the hard-pressed director of Ofakim's employment center, gently breaks the news that only a relative few will get the welding, construction and other generally low-paying jobs that have been advertised. The rest, as usual in Ofakim, will be out of luck.
September 22, 1993 |
ISSUE: With the recent breakthrough in relations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel's next major battle will be on the economic front-- perhaps even with old Middle Eastern enemies as allies. California businesses, historical suppliers of Israel's defense system, are well positioned to take advantage of a new era of peaceful economic development.
April 10, 1993 |
In an old Zionist dream, all the people of Israel were to be Jewish. Not just the doctors, merchants and professors, but the farmers, soldiers, police and even, the joke went, the crooks. With the government's closure last week of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip--barring Palestinians from jobs in Israeli construction, agriculture and industry--Israel found that it has fallen dangerously short of that Zionist ideal and become dependent on cheap Arab labor.