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Israel delegation to SelectUSA Summit 2019

The 2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit, its sixth one, took place at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC, from Monday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  The Israeli delegation, (29 representatives from 22 Israeli companies and organizations), accompanied by Commercial Counselor Ireas Cook and Senior Investment Advisor Sigal Mendelovich, held one-on-one meetings with U.S. state and local Economic Development Organizations to discuss value propositions offered by each locale that include commercial environment, market development, and incentives for potential investment.. As one of the fastest growing sources of FDI into the United States, Israel is an important market for U.S. investment promotion under the SelectUSA program. The economic impact by Israeli firms in the United States is significant. Israel has become the 17th largest source worldwide in 2017 for foreign direct investment into the U.S. with $40 billion invested, supporting over 24,000 U.S. jobs, more than $2 billion in R&D investment, and $700 million of exports by Israeli firms from the United States.

Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis and Delegation Visit Israel


USCS organized a successful networking reception, hosted by AMB Friedman, in honor of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis visited Israel with a 110 person delegation including his Cabinet. The reception included key contacts of the Governor, contacts of Florida’s economic development office, Enterprise Florida, companies with presence in Florida and those looking to invest in Florida. The event had an incredible outcome with over 300 attendees. Remarks were given by both the AMB and Governor where both emphasized the strong business ties between the State of Florida and Israel

United Airlines Delegation to Israel on Inaugural Flight IAD to TLV

On May 24, SCO Ireas Cook at a U.S. Embassy market briefing for United Airlines officials and guests, to celebrate the new IAD-TLV direct flight. Guests included UA Regulatory Policy Director Sasha Johnson, UA Marketing Managers and Virginia State officials and corporate client partners.

DoC Advocacy Center Executive Director - Steve Renna meets with Israel Electric Corporation (IEC)

On May 2nd, 2019, Advocacy Center Executive Director - Steve Renna, Commercial Counselor - Ireas Cook, and Commercial Specialist - Naama Altman, met with Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) President & CEO - Ofer Bloch, and key IEC management. In the meeting, Renna expressed his content with regard to the strong collaboration between IEC and General Electric (GE). Specifically, he discussed the recent award to supply two new gas-fired combined cycle turbines at Orot Rabin power station, in addition to two other major tenders awarded to GE in the last year. In addition, Renna said that he would like to see more U.S. companies winning major tenders, and the two sides discussed the current reform in the Israeli electricity market and the numerous opportunities it presents in procurement of transmission and distribution equipment (approximately USD 2 billion annually.

Chamber of Digital Commerce’s Blockchain Trade Mission to Israel

On April 1-3, we hosted a US Blockchain Certified Trade Mission, led by the Chamber of Digital Commerce. The trade delegation included 14 executives from the US blockchain industry. Their visit included meetings with Bank of Israel, and other related government agencies, as well as pioneers of the Israeli blockchain Industry. As part of the visit, we organized a half day blockchain seminar that included key players from the blockchain industry that discussed regulation, new protocols, new financial infrastructures and best practices for venture funds. There were overall 25 industry speakers and approximately 65 guests from the blockchain industry. On the last day of the visit, CS Israel arranged B2B meetings for the trade delegations.

Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Dan Brouillette

On January 15, 2019, CS Israel together with AmCham and the BIRD Foundation held a business roundtable on the subject of U.S.-Israel energy cooperation, featuring Mr. Dan Brouilette, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Approximately 30 representatives participated in the roundtable, including U.S. and Israeli energy companies, Israel Ministry of Energy, the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, the Israel Innovation Authority, the Israel Oil & Gas Association, US Chamber and others.

North Africa & Levant (NAL) Regional Meeting held in Morocco

CS Israel and CS West Bank participated in the North Africa & Levant (NAL) Regional Meeting which was held in Morocco, November 12-14, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to network with colleagues from the region and Headquarters, develop plans and implement priorities, learn new technical skills, and improve intra-agency communication.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant leads business delegation to Israel

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant led a business delegation to Israel this week. The visit was organized by the Mississippi Development Authority who incorporated a U.S. Embassy Jerusalem site visit for the Governor and delegation. The group was greeted by and met with Charge D’ Affairs Leslie Tsou. After a brief meeting, the group took a photo op with the Embassy seal.

Single Company Promotion event for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC)

CS Israel held a Single Company Promotion event for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) in Tel Aviv. Headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, GAC produces the world’s most advanced business aircraft. Behind us is the super midsize G280, jointly designed and built by GAC and the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI). For the first time in Israel, GAC hosted a static display of aircraft.  With the help of the U.S Embassy Commercial Service, this event will open doors Gulfstream has not tapped both in the commercial and economically.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan attends the Israel Delegation Welcome Reception at the 2018 SelectUSA Summit

The Israel Delegation Welcome Reception, organized by SelectUSA Israel, BHI and H&K was a great success! The reception, which was attended by U.S. economic development officials, U.S. business executives, Israeli government representatives, and friendly organizations, was a great networking platform for the Israeli delegates. The reception provided the Israel delegation with an opportunity to connect with the EDO’s and learn more about the different states and the opportunities they offer, as well as gain more insights on doing business in the U.S. U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan, U.S. Deputy Commercial Counselor Susan Hettleman and Israeli Minister of Economic and Trade Affairs Yifat Alon Perel delivered welcome remarks.

Another successful Israeli Investment Delegation to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit in DC

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross opened the fifth SelectUSA Investment Summit that took place from June 20-22 near Washington D.C. Over the course of three days, the Israeli delegates gained key insights into the U.S. market and had the opportunity to connect with representatives of all 50 states to learn more about potential sites for their expansion plans. The theme for the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit  was "Invest Here. Grow Here. Succeed Here", focusing on the crucial connections between U.S. economic developers and international business investors. SelectUSA welcomed more than 3,000 participants from 66 international markets and 50 U.S. states and territories. Israel was one of the top 10 markets represented with 31 delegates

Welcoming Briefing at CyberTech 2018

On January 29, CS Israel co-hosted a welcome briefing for more than 30 attendees at CyberTech 2018, a major annual gathering of the international cyber community.  Attendees included U.S. company representatives as well as State and Municipal Economic Development Organizations who are in Israel to promote investment and collaboration with their localities.  In addition to the Embassy’s Political, Economic and Commercial Counselors, and the Legal Attaché, the briefing featured two guest speakers representing the Israeli Cyber community.  Specifically, Mr. Rafael Maman, partner, cybersecurity & Digital Strategies at PWC and Mr. Rami Efrati, a founding member of Israel’s Cyber National Bureau.

Israel Delegation to CES 2018

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On January 9 to 12, CS Christina Azar led a delegation of 90 Israelis to CES in Las Vegas, NV. At the event, the CS ICT team arranged Show Time meetings, a session with the CES organizer, and a matchmaking reception.  CS Azar counseled 15 U.S. companies during Show Time and reached out to numerous US companies at show. CS Azar will follow-up with the Israeli delegation and will offer assistance as needed

We organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations

On November 7, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a Multiplier breakfast for the Cincinnati and Dayton Regional Economic Development Organizations. CS Mendelovich worked with the EDOs to target a high-level audience from Israel’s leading business and government organizations. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants, followed by Kimm Coyner, VP, REDI Cincinnati and Shelly Dickstein, City Manager, Dayton, who provided comprehensive overviews highlighting their Israel investment programs and focusing on success stories, including CS Israel SUSA Summit participant Woosh, which established operations in Dayton in 2016.

Opening Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week

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On November 12, Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe opened Israel’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week by addressing guests at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and helping to “ring the bell” to open the day’s trading with 11 other key players from Israel’s Start-up Nation ecosystem, including Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman. SCO Briscoe highlighted Israeli innovation and promoted the natural ties between U.S. and Israeli firms. He also offered SelectUSA as the USG’s answer to helping Israeli entrepreneurs make the connections necessary to expand to the United States. CS Israel will follow up with contacts made at the event to promote investment into the U.S. and to recruit Israeli firms to join the Israel Delegation to the 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signs Memorandum of Understanding with Israeli company HackerUSA

Israel based HackerU, was part of CS Israel's delegation to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in 2017. The Summit provided HackerU the opportunity to engage and network with federal officials and State representatives from the economic development organizations, which gave them invaluable information in determining their investment strategy. Since, HackerU’s subsidiary HackerUSA has signed an agreement with the State of Missouri which will pave the way for Missouri colleges and universities to work with HackerUSA in order to start a cyber security training program. “Cyber security can be a great strength for our state, and we can create more good jobs for Missourians, said Greitens in recent press release”. HackerUSA’s CEO Mr. Ariel Cohen looks forward to working with business and education leaders in Missouri to build partnerships.

Governor Scott Walker presents Wisconsin’s water technology sector to leading Israeli water companies

On November 1, 2017, CS Israel SelectUSA Investment Specialist Sigal Mendelovich organized a business roundtable for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with leading companies from Israel’s internationally recognized innovative water industry. Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe welcomed the participants and reviewed U.S.-Israel trade and investment relations, highlighting potential synergies between Israel and the state of Wisconsin. Governor Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and leaders of the State’s water industry presented Wisconsin’s key business advantages in the water technology sector, highlighting the state’s long history of support for innovation in water treatment and management, making a strong case for why businesses in Israel should invest in Wisconsin. One Israeli start-up announced on the spot its intention to locate its R&D operations in Wisconsin to join and benefit from the state’s water innovation ecosystem.

Country Market Briefing for the Mayor of San Antonio and US Chamber Representatives

On October 23, CS Israel was delighted to host San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his 17-person trade and cultural delegation for a briefing on the Israeli Market.  Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Susan Hettleman was joined by two State Department colleagues, Political Counselor Michael Snowden and Economic Officer Daniel Gage to present an overview of U.S.-Israel relations.  Mayor Nirenberg and his delegation will be in Israel for 7 days with the intention to deepen relationships with local leaders, align economic development opportunities in targeted industries, and strengthen cultural and educational ties between San Antonio and Israel.  The delegation was organized by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.

Business Networking Luncheon for Utah Trade Mission hosted by S Horowitz

SelectUSA Specialist Sigal Mendelovich attended the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development business networking luncheon, hosted by S Horowitz. The business luncheon was a great success, inviting representatives from the Israeli business community to network with Gov Herbert and the EDO representatives, as well as the business delegation. Gov Herbert mentioned the great similarity between Israel and Utah, both growing in credit to its incredible innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Celebrating Oracle’s 20th anniversary in Israel and the opening of their new offices

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On September 12th, Ambassador Friedman attended and gave welcome remarks at the “Hi-Tech Reception” co-hosted by Oracle Israel and Hi-Tech Ambassadors. The event had two main purposes: first, to celebrate 20 years of Oracle in Israel and inaugurate the firm’s new offices; and second, to welcome and introduce you to the top innovation high-tech leaders in Israel. CS Tel Aviv has a key role in organizing this event. 120 high-tech officials attended the event. The event was open to press and one of the most known newspapers, Jerusalem post published an article about the successful event.

Ambassador Friedman attends El Al ceremony in honor of the delivery of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

On August 23, 2017 Ambassador David Friedman attended a special El Al ceremony in honor of the delivery of the company's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. El Al announced the order for a total of 16 Boeing planes, valued at $1.25 billion, at the end of 2015. The August 23 ceremony celebrated the inaugural landing of the first Boeing 787 and was attended by more than 2,000 El Al employees, along with senior executives from Boeing, who accompanied El Al President David Maimon on the plane's innaugural flight from Seattle to Tel Aviv. Mr. Maimon and Israeli Minister of Transport & Road Safety Yisrael Katz delivered remarks. DSCO Susan Hettleman accompanied Ambassador Friedman to the event.

2016 FDI Results Rank Israel High for FDI to the US

2016 FDI data ranks Israel as #13 for largest source of FDI in the United States, an astonishing 121% increase from 2015. BEA has released new data on foreign direct investment in the U.S. by country, showing Israel as a significant and growing source of FDI with a total stock as of 2016 of $55 billion dollars, making Israel the #13 largest source of FDI in the United States, and #8 for the fastest growing source of FDI in the United States. 2016 total FDI Stock is $3.725 trillion, a 12.8% increase from 2015. This was driven by strong growth in a number of markets, including Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, Singapore, China, and Israel.

Wisconsin Governor Walker is visiting Israel in October

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is planning a trip to Israel with a trade delegation in October/November 2017. The Governor’s advance team came to Israel July 16-20 to meet government, academia, service providers and trade organizations to explore the possibility of closer ties with the Wisconsin Water Council and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s School of Fresh Water Sciences. CS Israel organized the 5 day visit and accompanied Katy Sinnott, VP International Business Development and Stanley Pfrang, Sr. Market Development Director Europe, ME & Africa, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Pictured with Professor Jack Gilron, Head of the Desalination and Water Treatment Departments at the Ben Gurion University Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research.

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2017 Israel Delegation

SCO Gregory Briscoe led another successful Israeli Investment Delegation to the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit in DC. The delegation consisted of 20 Israeli companies, comprising 30 delegates. All are interested in establishing or expanding a presence in the United States. In addition, the U.S. Chamber in cooperation with Holland Knight Law Firm hosted a reception for the Israel delegation, inviting American companies to network with the group. The delegation comprised of leading Israeli companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Albaad, Meir Beigel, Cellebrite, Aeronautics, and more. The United States offers great opportunities for all type of Israeli companies, from very well-known large companies to small and medium-sized start-ups and entrepreneurial activities.

Embassy Briefing at Cyberweek 2017

On June 26th, CS Israel co-hosted together with the Tel Aviv University a welcoming briefing for all U.S. executive speakers attending CyberWeek2017. The briefing included presentations by the embassy’s, Economic and Political Counselors, as well as representative of the FBI and two guest speakers from the Israeli industry, Dr. Dorit Dor, VP of Products at Checkpoint and Mr. Achiad Alter, manager of Cyber Security Unite at the Israel Export Institute, both giving an overview of the Israeli Cyber industry overview. A total of 23 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing

Israel’s fashion market hosted by FOX Group and the FICC

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On June 26th, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended a special meeting and lecture about Israel’s fashion market hosted by one of Israel’s leading retail Company, FOX Group and the Israeli Federation of Israeli Chamber of Commerce (FICC).  The event was geared toward the embassy officials from various countries, primarily to meet Mr. Harel Wiesel, Owner and CEO of FOX Group and to also learn about the fashion retail industry in the market.

Aerospace firms seeking opportunities in the Israel defense market

SCO Greg Briscoe headlined an intercontinental seminar for 25+ Long Island aerospace firms seeking opportunities in the Israel defense market. The seminar—“Selling to Israel’s Aerospace, Defense and Security Sectors”—was a cooperative effort organized by Long Island USEAC International Trade Specialists Susan Sadocha and Milly Ho and New York’s economic development organization GlobalNY. SCO Briscoe and Israel NY representative Gerry Stoch dialed into the Cradle of Aviation Museum venue in Garden City, NY from USCS offices in Tel Aviv. The event also featured presenters from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Air Force, and the ITA Aerospace Team.

US pavilion at the ISDEF 2017

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On June 6, CS Israel’s Briscoe officially opened the US pavilion at the ISDEF 2017, Defense and HLS trade show. SCO Briscoe gave a country commercial briefing to representatives of 29 US companies who attended and Sr. Commercial Specialist counseled the US companies about opportunities in the Israeli market and market entry strategies. For many companies this was their first visit to Israel or contact with the USCS. Over 300 exhibitors took part including companies from India and Czech Republic. Of note, were the two pavilions from Virginia and Illinois State Economic Development Organizations that actively recruited for the show.

Pre-Summit Breakfast Meeting at Ambassador’s Residence

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This week, Ambassador Friedman hosted a successful pre-summit breakfast briefing on Monday meeting the 28 delegates attending the summit this month. The Israel group is an incredibly impressive delegation, by both the quality of the delegation and its diversity, comprising small, medium, and large companies, those with varying degrees of presence in the US.

CS Israel’s Yael Torres at IPW 2017

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CS Israel Yael Torres led a buyers and travel media delegation to IPW, June 3-7 in Washington DC. Israeli delegation members held over 300 meetings with US suppliers, generating 100Ks in travel business. The number of entries by Israelis into the United States increased 20% between 2014 and 2016 to 435,000.

New Program Brings US Business Execs to Israel


The US Chamber of Commerce and the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce launched Business Israel today. The US Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with its Israel affiliate the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Israel), today launched Business Israel, a multi-year program to bring executives from leading business organizations across the US to Israel. The program launched with an inaugural mission led by Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs for the US Chamber. The delegation included seventeen CEOs and presidents from state and major metropolitan chambers of commerce from across the US. Read more

CS Tel Aviv Teams with Local Chamber of Commerce to Promote U.S. Exports

CS Tel Aviv Specialists Alan Wielunski, Yael Torres, and Christina Azar took part in 40+ counseling meetings with Israeli firms seeking U.S. products and services to import to Israel. The meetings were organized by the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC), a key USCS trade and investment partner. CS Tel Aviv specialists have already reached out to ODO teams and offices to find U.S. partners for the Israeli importers. Next steps will include a series of webinars produced with the FICC to promote the Israel market to U.S. firms.

Representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visit Israel

On March 27th representatives of InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) visited Israel for the first time, to participate as guest speakers on in a Multimedia Conference and Exhibition. SCO Greg Briscoe and Commercial Specialist, Christina Azar met the three representatives to give them an overview of the Israeli Audio & Visual market, and discuss possible ways InfoComm and ISE can interact with the Israeli market

Visit to Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Toubas

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On March 28th SCO Greg Briscoe and Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum visited Al Arz Ice Cream Co. in Nablus and Khaizaran Fresh Herbs (Agripal) in Toubas.  The purpose of the visit was to learn about the state-of-the-art business operations of a Palestinian ice cream company and meet the owner of an agribusiness that employs around 1,000 and plans to invest in the United States.  As a follow-on to CS West Bank’s visit to the northern parts of the West Bank, Sr. Specialist Assad Barsoum will be providing Al-Arz Ice Cream Co. with US suppliers of skimmed milk powder and pistachios.  He will also provide Agripal with guidance on investing in the US by working closely with the SelectUSA Office at HQ.

Organized Workshop for U.S. Company DigitalTown Visiting Israel

On February 6th, CS Christina Azar organized a workshop for DigitalTown Inc. as US based company under the Business Facilitation Company. DigitalTown Inc. provides platform that enables users to meet various social challenges while taking part in a larger framework for local economic development, civic engagement, and digital inclusion all while keep funds in local economies as they roam from city to city. The workshop took place at the Tel Aviv public Library which included 20 people from various municipalities and start-up companies from all over the country. Guests who attended the workshop described it to be informative and are looking forward to cooperate with DigitalTown Inc. in the future. In addition to the workshop CS Christina played an essential role in rescheduling additional meetings with key player in the Israeli smart city sector.

Mr. Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at NIST visited Israel

Mr. Kevin Stine, Chief of the Applied Cybersecurity Division at NIST visited Israel on January 29 - 31, 2017.  As part of the Visit, Mr. Stine participated as a key speaker in a panel discussion on Global CyberSecurity at CyberTech2017 conference, where he addressed to new updated Cybersecurity Standards Framework and Center of Excellence Programs. In addition, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar organized, 3 full days of meetings that included a site visit to CyberSpark in BeerSheva, two roundtables hosted by Israel Innovation Authority, Israel-US Amcham and the BIRD foundation. As a follow up to this visit, CS Tel Aviv will conduct series of calls with Israeli cyber organization s to discuss NIST programs and guidelines

Welcoming Briefing for U.S. Firms Attending CyberTech 2017

On January 29th, CS Israel hosted a welcoming briefing for all U.S. firms attending CyberTech 2017. The briefing included presentations by the embassy’s Commercial, Economic and Political Counselors, as well as representative of the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. As a guest speaker, Dr. Tal Steinherz, the CTO of the Israel National Cyber Directorate at the Prime Minister’s office provided an overview of the Israeli cyber industry.  A total of 40 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing.

SelectUSA Booth at CyberTech 2017

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SelectUSA, for the 2nd year, held a booth at the 2017 Cybertech Conference to promote U.S. Israel cyber collaboration and encourage foreign direct investment into the United States. SelectUSA representative in Israel Sigal Mendelovich held meetings with Israeli companies in the Cyber field to highlight the U.S. as a premier destination for market expansion and to promote the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit. Cybertech is the most significant conference and exhibition of cyber technologies outside the Unites States

NextGen First Responder Technologies program offers grants for joint R&D projects

The DHS and the Israel Ministry of Public Security "NextGen First Responder Technologies" program offers grants for joint R&D projects. New proposals are due by February 15, 2017. Read more… http://www.birdf.com/?CategoryID=441

Governor Charles Baker and delegation visit to Israel

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CS Israel welcomed the Massachusetts Governor Baker and First Lady and delegation to Israel. We worked closely with the New England-Israel Business Council NEIBC to organize a successful CMR reception. MA invited over one hundred Brandeis, Harvard and MIT alumni living in Israel.

CS Israel hosts round table with the Israel Innovation Authority - IAI

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On December 14 CS Israel hosted a round table with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and NIST to discuss government programs and best practices for advancing innovation in traditional industries.  IIA briefed us on their traditional industries program and their interest in promoting R&D for those companies. NIST Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, Phil Singerman, described the MEP program, which has a similar mission. He also described the Manufacturing USA program and discussed how Israeli companies could participate. Ms. Singerman stated that the DOC-IIA MOU provides a  framework for cooperation between Israeli companies and specifically NIST advanced manufacturing extramural programs  - MEP and MFGUSA - and that the issue of mutual benefit can perhaps be realized through the BIRD mechanism.

CS Israel participates in 3M 20 year anniversary celebration

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The Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Leslie Tsou, SCO Gregory Briscoe and CS Christina Azar attending the 20 year anniversary celebration for 3M Israel. Ms. Tsou was the key note speaker at the ceremony, addressing the great milestone 3M Israel achieved, and congratulating 3M for maintaining a global competitiveness, by their ongoing collaboration between US and Israeli companies. Among the guests were 3M’s business partners, local distributors and employees

Rhode Island Trade Mission to Israel 2016

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CS Israel welcomed the Rhode Island trade mission to Israel consisting of state officials, private business firms and university reps. We worked closely with the RI Commerce Corporation and Nevel International Ltd to setup B2B mtgs for the companies, organize a Country Market Briefing given by USCS, ECON and POL and a successful DCMR networking reception hosted by DCM Tsou

Smart City World Congress in Barcelona

Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, November 15 -17, 2016, organized by FIRA. CS Azar joined CS colleagues from Europe, HQ and the Domestic Field participated in 29 Global Chats, and had meetings with cities, utilities, and exhibiting companies. Months before the Smart City World Congress, CS Azar partnered with a local FIRA representative, who recruited over 130 people to attend the show, among them were Mayors, municipal CIO and private companies. CS Azar offered an added value service to Israeli companies would like to meet with US representatives.

Luncheon to Promote Travel And Tourism from Israel

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EDMO CEO Gordon Haas gives the city key to Ms. Yael Barzilay, Commercial Director, United Airlines Israel, at a luncheon presentation, organized by CS Israel Yael Torres. United hosted the luncheon to promoted travel and tourism from Israel to Elizabeth.

CS Israel leads buyers delegation to IPW

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CS Israel Commercial Specialist Yael Torres led a buyers' and travel media delegation to International Pow Wow, June 18-22, 2016 in New Orleans, where Israeli buyers collectively had over 250 business meetings, focusing on existing and new U.S. suppliers. Commercial Specialist Yael Torres met U.S. suppliers to discuss market opportunities, CS services and programs that can help raise the consumer awareness to respective destination profiles. Arrivals of Israeli residents into the United States in 2015 totaled 402,000, a 13% increase from 2014.

SelectUSA Summit 2016

On June 20, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro led a delegation of 20 Israeli companies, comprising 37 delegates, to the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington DC. All are interested in establishing or expanding a presence in the United States. In addition, the Israeli Embassy in DC, Ambassador Ron Dermer, hosted a reception for the Israel delegation at the U.S. capitol hill, inviting members of congress, senators and American companies to network with the group. The delegation comprised of leading Israeli companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, ICL, Haifa Chemicals, Caesar Stone, Mobileye, Lumenis and more.


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Along with USG representatives from State, Treasury, OPIC, USDA, USTR, and USAID, DUS Ken Hyatt led Commerce discussions at the launching of first U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue (USPED), which was held in the West Bank on May 22, 2015. During the first session, DUS Hyatt gave opening remarks along with State's A/S Rivkin and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Ms. Abeer Odeh.  During the other sessions, DUS Hyatt discussed Commerce’s capacity building engagements, IBP enhancement plans, and standards-related activities in the West Bank.  In addition, he suggested establishing a Trade Working Group with representatives from Commerce, USTR, and USAID.  Around seven Palestinian Ministers and several Palestinian DGs participated in the discussions, along with Naomi Wiegler, Gregory Briscoe, and Assad Barsoum from ITA.

Smart City Reception

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Along with USG representatives from State, Treasury, OPIC, USDA, USTR, and USAID, DUS Ken Hyatt led Commerce discussions at the launching of first U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue (USPED), which was held in the West Bank on May 22, 2015. During the first session, DUS Hyatt gave opening remarks along with State's A/S Rivkin and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Ms. Abeer Odeh.  During the other sessions, DUS Hyatt discussed Commerce’s capacity building engagements, IBP enhancement plans, and standards-related activities in the West Bank.  In addition, he suggested establishing a Trade Working Group with representatives from Commerce, USTR, and USAID.  Around seven Palestinian Ministers and several Palestinian DGs participated in the discussions, along with Naomi Wiegler, Gregory Briscoe, and Assad Barsoum from ITA.

DUS Ken Hyatt Leads Commerce at the First U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue

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Along with USG representatives from State, Treasury, OPIC, USDA, USTR, and USAID, DUS Ken Hyatt led Commerce discussions at the launching of first U.S.-Palestinian Economic Dialogue (USPED), which was held in the West Bank on May 22, 2015. During the first session, DUS Hyatt gave opening remarks along with State's A/S Rivkin and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Ms. Abeer Odeh.  During the other sessions, DUS Hyatt discussed Commerce’s capacity building engagements, IBP enhancement plans, and standards-related activities in the West Bank.  In addition, he suggested establishing a Trade Working Group with representatives from Commerce, USTR, and USAID.  Around seven Palestinian Ministers and several Palestinian DGs participated in the discussions, along with Naomi Wiegler, Gregory Briscoe, and Assad Barsoum from ITA.

DUS Hyatt Meeting Israeli Water Innovation Companies

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DUS Hyatt met Israeli water technologies companies to learn about their innovations and discuss ways to connect them to American companies. He provided an overview of how the Department of Commerce promotes innovation and entrepreneurship and how we work with individual states. Israeli companies discussed the challenges they face and suggested setting up a US National Water Innovation Demo Site as a launch pad for innovation and entrepreneurship in this sector. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough technologies to manage scarce water resources. These solutions include drip irrigation, desalination, water reclamation and purification and improved management and flow control methods. Israel recycles more than 80 percent of its wastewater for agricultural use. Israel also leads in desalination with five plants that produce 600 million cubic meters of water annually. Israel shares its experience with many countries, including China, India, and the United States.

DUS Hyatt Networking with US and Israeli participants at Biomed

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As part of DUS Hyatt visit to Israel, he attended the Biomed Israel Conference Gala Reception to network with Israeli and U.S. guests, government officials, companies and investors. Israel is recognized as a global leader in developing innovative and breakthrough healthcare technologies. These solutions include biotech/pharmaceutical, medical devices, health IT, and digital health. The Israeli government has established national programs to support R&D and commercialization. During the last decade the Office of the Chief Scientist has invested more than $100 million annually in the life sciences sector via its programs. During his visit, DUS Hyatt signed an MOU with the Chief Scientist to promote US-Israel exchange of innovation and entrepreneurship, including in the biomed sector.

DUS Hyatt visits Israel and signs MOU with Chief Scientist of Israel

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Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt returned to Israel on May 22nd-25th to participate in the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) meetings. At the JEDG he signed a Joint Innovation MOU with the Chief Scientist of Israel. He also participated in cybertech and watertech roundtables, met with Noble Energy and with the U.S. Ambassador and attended a networking reception at the Israel Biomed conference.

Amb Shapiro hosts pre-summit breakfast briefing for Israel delegation to the SelectUSA Summit

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Last week, Ambassador Shapiro hosted a successful pre-summit breakfast briefing on Wednesday meeting the 30 delegated attending the summit in June. The Israel group is an incredibly impressive delegation, by both the quality of the delegation and its diversity , comprising small, medium, and large companies, those with varying degrees of presence in the US, and representing a wide array of sectors, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, IT, food and beverage, water technology, engineering, and more.

CS Israel visit Cisco Israel

On March 10th, SCO Greg Briscoe and CS Christina Azar visited Cisco Israel’s offices in Netanya. Country Manager, Mr. Oren Sagi and Mr. Roi Hermoni, Business Development Manager provided a general overview of the Cisco’s activities in Israel, with 1400 employees focusing on R&D and 1000 focusing on sales. Cisco is one of the most influential U.S. companies in Israel promoting coexistence through employing minority groups within Israel and creating job opportunities in the Palestinian market

CS Israel Clarifies Product Registration Issue

Colorado Serum Company is a USDA-licensed and regulated manufacturer of veterinary biologics. The company has an exclusive rep in Israel, however, in recent years, the Israeli Veterinary Service denied all new license requests, stating that the Israeli rep submitted insufficient product information that does not comply with the Israeli regulations and guidelines. On March 8, Deputy SCO Rebecca Torres and ComSpec Yael Torres met the Animal Drug Officer at the Vet Services, Israel Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the market access situation. While the Israeli rep claims he has been providing to the Vet Services all the information they required, it became clear to us at this meeting that he has not been submitting the correct files to the Vet Services. We conveyed our findings our contact at Colorado Serum who said she will now be putting together the required data. We anticipate that Colorado will be able to obtain the relevant licenses and enter the Israeli market with all their USDA-licensed products.

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2016

Interested in investing in the U.S.? The third annual SelectUSA Investment Summit is happening in June of this year. Israeli companies interested in doing business in the U.S. can meet official representatives from all 50 states, federal officials, and key economic development leaders in an effort to expand to/in the U.S. We only have 20 slots available on our delegation and only 12 slots left. Act fast and contact us for more information.

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) Trade Show in Amsterdam

February 9-12, 2016 over 64,000 experts and public and private business leaders from the audio and visual industry attended the Integrated System Europe (ISE) Trade show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Seven commercial specialists from the EMEA region were there to support the 110 U.S. Companies that exhibited at the show. CS Azar was one of the team members at ISE who participated in global chat program and onsite counselling sessions.

SelectUSA Deputy Executive Director Peggy Philbin's Successful Visit to Israel

Deputy Executive Director Ms. Peggy Philbin visited Israel and was keynote speaker at the SelectUSA-IVC High Tech Seminar on "Expanding Your Business into the U.S. Market", in Tel Aviv.   Ambassador Shapiro also attended the Seminar gave welcome remarks and talked about the strong U.S.-Israel relationship that shared the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Ms. Philbin gave a presentation on the SelectUSA program and talked about the upcoming SelectUSA Investment Summit in WA DC. The Seminar was a great success giving companies that are looking to operate in the U.S. an opportunity to hear from professionals on legal, financial, business development, visa and financing matters.

SelectUSA’s Peggy Philbin and AMB Shapiro Visit Israeli Company Mobileye

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SelectUSA Deputy Executive Director Ms. Peggy Philbin and U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro visited the Isaeli company Mobileye and took a test drive in the company's autonomous car. The visit allowed both Ms. Philbin and Ambassador Shapiro to learn about Mobileye’s latest technology development and the company's expansion plans into the U.S. market. Ms. Philbin invited Mobileye to the SelectUSA Investment Summit encouraging them to join the Israel delegation.

Site Visit to Enviromental Service Company Ltd.

On January 21st, DSCO Rebecca Torres and CS Christina Azar visited Environment Service Company Ltd.  Plant in Naot Hovav industrial area Israel. The biggest hazardous waste plant in Israel, using some of the most advanced modern methods and technologies in the world, dealing with wide range of hazardous waste types including- organic, inorganic, liquid and solid. Environment Service Company (ESC) was chosen as the operational arm for the difficult task of remediating 12 contaminated lands identified by the Israeli government. CS Azar has been working with ESC to find US Companies in the field of soil remediation technology methods, and active remediation sites for ESC to visit in their trip to U.S. in mid-February.

HPE Certification to sell via FMF Program

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been selling information technology (IT) equipment, including servers, networking, software and maintenance services to the Government of Israel through Direct Commercial Contracts (DCC) with the benefit of Foreign Military Financing (FMF). After several years of routinely approving HPE’s DCC sales, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) did not authorize HPE to complete such sales, due to a new guideline that was issued. This had an immediate impact on HPE (and many other American companies), with implications for current GoI contracts, as well as future sales. HPE Israel contacted CS Tel Aviv, Israel to seek help and express the frustration this is causing HPE Israel. SCO Greg Briscoe, DSCO Rebecca Torres and CS Christina Azar relayed the message to the Embassy’s Management and DSCA representative in the embassy and the desk officer within ITA. After continues communications, DSCA decided to formally retract their rule change, and will work with HPE and industry on DSCA new guidelines. On January 7th, 2016 HPE Israel informed CS Azar that HPE received a certification to sell via FMF program.

Welcoming Briefing for U.S. Firms attending CyberTech 2016

On January 25th, CS Israel and Ambassador Shapiro hosted a welcoming briefing for all U.S. firms attending CyberTech 2016. The briefing included welcoming remarks by Ambassador Shapiro, presentations by both SCO Greg Briscoe on the Israeli Commercial market and Economic Counselor Jonathan Shrier on the Economic market in Israel. Mr. Yossi Vardi, Chairman of CyberTech Conference and Exhibition was the key speaker providing an overview of the Cyber Industry. A total of 50 guests attended the U.S. Embassy Briefing; guests were visiting Israel as part of official delegations from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota and Virginia.

CS Israel at CyberTech 2016

CyberTech 2016, one of the largest Cyber trade shows attracting hundreds of delegations from around the world, among them seven official state trade missions from across the United States including groups from Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota, Virginia, Massachusetts and South Carolina. CS Christina Azar arranged for Ambassador Shapiro to be a key note speaker at the opening plenary of CyberTech, along with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu, Minister Marina Kaljurand, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Estonia and many other executive speakers.  In addition, Ambassador Shapiro did a walkthrough of the exhibition meeting with Israeli and American companies exhibiting at CyberTech and visited CS Israel booth as well, where CS Israel were promoting the CS services and SelectUSA program.

CS Israel Supports Launch of the Israel Chapter of the American Society of Civil

CS Tel Aviv recruited and led a 161-member delegation to the CES 2016, which was held from January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas.  Delegates led by Commercial Specialist Christina Azar. At the event, the CS ICT team arranged Show Time meetings, a session with the CES organizer, and a matchmaking reception.    CS Azar counseled 14 U.S. companies during Show Time and attended the Europe Team’s cyber security meeting, to learn about the possible joint activities.  CS Azar will follow-up with the Israeli delegation and will offer assistance as needed.

CS Israel Supports Launch of the Israel Chapter of the American Society of Civil

On December 21, Senior Commercial Specialist Alan Wielunski was the guest speaker at the inaugural meeting of the Israel Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (AMSCE). Wielunski spoke about the opportunities for the organization to develop bi-lateral technical exchange programs, promote public tenders to U.S. companies and to ensure that these companies are
guaranteed an even playing field.​

CS Tel Aviv Joins FAA to Survey Israeli Aviation Innovation

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta visited Israel this week to follow up on working-level technical discussions between the FAA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) and to get a firsthand look at Israeli aviation industry innovations. Civil aviation is today bringing Americans and Israelis together in unprecedented numbers, as evidenced by new routes, increasing trade and investment, and new technological endeavors between our private sectors. Israeli and U.S. companies like Israel Aerospace Industries, Boeing, and Gulfstream are doing pioneering work together in civil aviation manufacturing, and SCO Greg Briscoe joined the Administrator for meetings with local firms to encourage tie-ups with U.S. companies and investment back into the United States.

CS Tel Aviv Visits Cyber Cluster in Beer Sheva

SCO Greg Briscoe and DSCO Rebecca Torres accompanied a delegation of BIRD (Israel-U.S. Bi-national Industrial Research and Development) Foundation members from Israel and the U.S. to visit grantees in the Beer Sheva region of Israel.  Beer Sheva hosts an ecosystem of military, academia, startup companies and incubator/accelerators that focus on the cyber security sector.  Visits were made to CyberSpark (an NGO accelerator) as well as U.S. and Israeli companies. This region is of particular interest from an innovation partnering perspective; whereby U.S. companies could partner with cutting edge cyber company start-ups in order to expand their product offering.  In addition, this region could be of interest from a SelectUSA perspective, as some of these companies may be contemplating establishing themselves in the U.S.​

Israel Soil Remediation Webinar

On December 16, 2015 CS Tel Aviv hosted a webinar on the ‘Clean & Build’ project in Israel highlighting the business opportunities for the U.S. companies in the field of Soil Remediation. The Israeli government has identified 12 contaminated lands of which they plan to remediate and build approximately 70,000 housing units in order to help alleviate the housing crisis in Israel. Environment Service Company (ESC) was chosen as the operational arm for the task of remediating the land. ESC is a government company under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. ESC is tasked to manage the tender process for the job, as well as surveys, samplings, and supervision and control. ESC is seeking U.S. companies with proven technologies in remediation for the military industry. As key speakers we invited Dr. Gilad Golub, CEO and Mr. Avi Haim, Head of the division of Waste Water, Contaminated Soil and Fuel in the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection to give an overview on the current situation, plans for implementation, timeline and technologies ESC is seeking and ESC’s plan to have a roadshow to the U.S. to meet with possible U.S. Companies with proven technologies. 24 participants attend the webinar.

Israel-US Industrial Research & Development

SCO Greg Briscoe and ComSpec Yael Torres met the founders and CEO of Genome Compiler, an Israeli team of biologists and software engineers who had recently partnered with Amyris, Inc.- an Emeryville and Los Altos, CA industrial bioscience company to integrate Amyris automated lab services with Genome Compiler's online design tools and e-commerce platform. This collaboration would provide fully integrated platform for companies and others seeking to pursue synthetic biology solutions. This joint project between Amyris and Genome Compiler has been funded in part by a grant from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), a U.S.-Israeli partnership between private sectors to expand private high-tech industries. A BIRD team as well as NIST Innovation and Industry Services Associate Director and Genome Compiler’s investors were also in attendance.

CS Israel Participates in the Digital Health Israel Conference

CS Israel attended the Digital Health Israel Conference on December 8 in Tel Aviv and met the US speakers from Henry Ford Innovation Institute, IBM Watson Health, Intel Corporation, Walmart, Intel, Pfizer, 23andMe and others, who spoke about current industry trends and the programs they support.  US enterprises are looking for digital health innovations and they offer to test and clinically validate new solutions. The US healthcare systems is facing significant challenges such as increased cost, aging population, increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases, empowered consumers, fragmented care, insufficient use of information and shortage of healthcare professionals. Israel is a leading innovation hub for health IT, electronic medical records, business analytics and digital health.

3M Israel Official inauguration of the new Customer Innovation Center

On December 6th, 3M Israel officially opened their first customer innovation center in Israel.  3M Executives worldwide visited Israel to celebrate this milestone occasion. Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, Mr. William Grant was the guest speaker, highlighting U.S. Government support and encouragement for more collaboration between American and Israeli companies: “We want to ensure that U.S. companies maintain their global competitiveness in this dynamic environment, and we see connections with Israeli firms as essential to fulfilling that goal” – DCM Grant quoted. SCO Greg Briscoe and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attended and facilitated the DCM’s participation for this event.

CS Israel Supports the Afifi Group’s Business Needs

On Wednesday, November 25, three members of CS Israel travelled to Nazareth to meet with Afifi Group executives to discuss ways and means to support the Group’s expansion and business development plans. The Group is also interested in the possibility of establishing a presence in the US through the acquisition of a local bus company.

Zanderm, LLC, Small NYC Company Expands to Israel

​On Nov 25-26, Zanderm LLC from Far Rockaway, NY showcased their patent-pending Vitiligo Concealer at a world class conference on pigmentary disorders in Tel Aviv. The US-made concealer got the attention of participating dermatologists, patient groups, distributors and individual patients. Zanderm is the only professional-use concealer/camouflage available for people with Vitiligo – a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches.  Zanderm is client of the NYC EAC and CS Israel. We assisted Zanderm with market and regulatory information. New York State subsidized their fees to attend the conference and provided the business matchmaking service. We anticipate a successful product launch in Israel in the near future.

Our Regional Director Christian Reed on Site Visits

​Executive Director for Middle East and Africa, Christian Reed, visited CS Israel to liaise with USG partners at the Embassy, engage with CS staff, and get a firsthand view of the opportunities the Israeli market offers U.S. firms.  After a morning of “in house” meetings where he reaffirmed USCS commitment to Embassy strategic plans and emphasized USCS HQ’s dedication to the welfare of CS Israel staff, EDMEA Reed ventured out to Herzliya, Israel’s “Silicon Valley,” to meet with two successful American multinationals operating in Israel.  3M and General Motors (GM) both have established a connection with the Israeli Innovation ecosystem and have created R&D centers in Israel to enhance and develop their company’s products and services worldwide.  Mr. Jonathan Pantanowitz, Managing Director of 3M Israel discussed his vision of creating a bigger innovation center for 3M in Israel to enable and increase access to Israeli technology that can benefit 3M and expand the firm’s export profile on a global basis.  Director of GM Israel, Mr. Gil Golan shared his experience working with the Israeli Government when he first established GM’s offices and making GM the first auto firm to operate an automotive innovation center in Israel.

Touting Fairfax County’s Cybersecurity Opportunities

​Senior Commercial Officer Greg Briscoe headlined Fairfax County’s business roundtable event to attract innovative Israeli cybersecurity firms to set up shop in the strategically located DC suburb.  Greg joined with experts from U.S. and Israeli technology firms and service providers to provide the 40+ Israeli firms attending the event with the latest information on the U.S. market, how to establish a presence, and the assistance offered at both the federal and local government levels.  Greg also made a push for the June 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, encouraging the attendees to join the Israel delegation.

Removing Technical Barriers to Trade through Education

​CS Israel has over the years taken advantage of the State Department’s IVLP-on- Demand program to send senior Government of Israel officials to learn how the U.S. regulatory system functions in order to reduce technical barriers to trade. This is especially relevant in a market that is heavily geared towards the EU.
One such example was the recent visit to the States of the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Transportation & Road Safety. During his debrief, he mentioned how the visit gave him a better perspective of how to develop a simpler regulatory framework which is more consumer driven. Another immediate outcome is discussions with NHTSA in the area of vehicle headlights, which will result in an increase of exports of additional models based on the U.S homologation system.

Boeing - El Al in Tel Aviv

Ambassador Shapiro highlighted strong U.S.-Israel relations as he observed and applauded the official signing of a $34 billion acquisition of Boeing 787 Dreamliners by EL AL Israel Airlines on October 29, 2015.  EL AL celebrated the day with a morning signing ceremony and an evening reception at which the Ambassador toasted the partnership along with Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner and EL AL CEO David Maimon.  This latest acquisition, the largest in EL AL’s history, is the culmination of a long negotiation in which Boeing beat out its European rival, Airbus, and a good example of “soft” advocacy by the U.S. Embassy.  SCO Greg Briscoe was in daily contact with Boeing to coordinate a delicate USG approach with EL AL as the Israeli airline came to its final decision.

Meeting with ReMax Israel

​On October 29, DSCO Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar met with the Israeli Master Franchisee of ReMax, Mr. Bernard Raskin. ReMax Israel has offices throughout the entire state of Israel, with nearly over one thousand ReMax agents. Mr. Raskin has been the master franchisee of ReMax Israel for the past 31 years and has developed and maintained his business according to ReMax International ethics and principles which was the key of ReMax Israel’s success in Israel.

Business Outreach in the City of Nazareth

​CS Tel Aviv organized business outreach day in the city of Nazareth, the largest city in the North District of Israel, populated mainly by Arab citizens of Israel. The day included a roundtable hosted by the Nazareth Business Incubator, site visit of the Nazareth Industrial Park and a courtesy meeting with the one of the leading trading companies in Nazareth, Afifi Group. SCO Greg Briscoe, DSCO Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar who participated in this outreach program, used this opportunity to promote CS Tel Aviv events and activities and to learn about the commercial and business developments happening in the city of Nazareth.

CS Specialist Christina Azar Attended Smart City Conference, Israel

​On October 27, Commercial Specialist Christina Azar attend the Smart City Conference in Herzliya, organized by the hi-tech training company, Logtel Computer Communication Ltd. Conference speakers discussed Israel’s  position and direction of  having more smart cities and  the importance of integrating more smart cities concepts and technologies in local cities.  Among the speakers were government officials and number of international companies who shared their new technology solutions. Christina used this opportunity to meet new business contacts and to increase the knowledge of Israel’s smart city initiative

Ensuring a Leveled Playing Field for US Products

We had brought to the attention of Colorado Gov Hickenlooper, a serious market access issue that has been affecting the ability of a Colorado manufacturer to do business in Israel. Gov Hickenlooper is in Israel as part of a multi-market trade and investment mission. On 10-19 Governor Hickenlooper raised the issue with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu who then called upon his cabinet member, Minister of Agriculture, to get involved to offer a resolution: Colorado Serum Company (CSC) is a Denver, CO-based, fourth generation family-owned, USDA licensed animal vaccine manufacturer, in business since 1923.  Until late 2013, CSC sold its farm animal vaccines in Israel with great success. Recently, CS Israel learned that the Israeli Veterinary Services have rejected all CSC’s new vaccine license requests claiming that the registration request files did not provide required information. Commercial Specialist Yael Torres inquired with the Veterinary Services and revealed that there are no official regulatory standards in place for registering animal vaccines, hindering CSC from doing business in Israel.  CS Israel will continue monitoring the regulatory issue to ensure a leveled playing field for CSC.​

ITS World Congress, Bordeaux

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From October 5-9, over 10,000 international ITS experts, professionals, public and private sector leaders, academics, researchers, engineers and students, representing all corners of the ITS industry, gathered at the 22nd ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France. The U.S. Commercial Service’s E-Mobility Team members were there to support the 19 US companies that participated at the show by organizing BTB meetings and onsite counseling sessions .

U.S. Presence at Israel's Water Tech Week

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CS Tel Aviv delivered commercial overview briefings and attended meetings with over 50 US State government, Mayors, companies and researchers who are in Israel this week (October 11-15) to keynote speak, exhibit and meet counterparts from Israel's Water Technologies sector. US visitors include Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam; Ohio Mayors; state representatives and companies from Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Arizona and New York. We also attended the MOU signing ceremony between the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the Jerusalem Regional Water and Wastewater Utility regarding critical infrastructure cyber defense collaboration. In 2014 Israel achieved water independence trhu wastewater recycling and desalination.  Israel is considered world-leader in water technologies, including recycling, desalination, irrigation, management, filtration and cyber security. ​

Meeting with eCommerce Executive Forum

In preparation for the Discover Global eCommerce Strategies event taking place on October 8 -9, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Deputy Commercial Officer, Rebecca Torres and Commercial Specialist Christina Azar met with the CEO of the Israeli E-Commerce Executive Forum who provided a detailed overview of the Israeli eCommerce industry and discussed the opportunities and challenges for American companies to expand via eCommerce in Israel.​

CS Tel Aviv Hosted a Franchise Discussion

On September 3rd, CS Tel Aviv hosted a franchise discussion roundtable at the Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel, sponsored by the Israel franchise Institute. The purpose of the event was to discuss ways to improve the franchise industry in Israel; hence, we invited two top U.S. speakers, Mr. Bachir Mihoubi, Founder & Managing Director of Fran Cousnel Group and Mr. Mark Kirsch, Principle of Gray Plant Mooty. Both speakers shared their knowledge of experience in franchise ethics and legislation. As a result of this discussion, the Israel franchise Institute along with key franchise business leaders in Israel has formed a committee to establish a Franchise Association in Israel

Governor of TN led a delegation of 30 to Israel Aug 30-Sep 3

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam led a trade mission to Israel from August 30 to September 3, 2015 focused on the theme of “innovation”. The delegation of 30 was built of state government, business and academic leaders. CS Tel Aviv, in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and CONEXX, the America Israel Business Connector - worked closely to arrange a successful networking reception at the Ambassador’s Residence. The mission provided an opportunity for the Governor and the TN delegation to strengthen Israel and Tennessee's commercial ties and develop new relationships to increase trade, foreign direct investment (SelectUSA) and R&D collaboration

CS Israel Facilitates First of Its Kind US-Israel Standards Workshop

On September 7-8, technical experts from three major US Standard Development Organizations (SDOs) -NEMA, UL, ASTM and representative from Mattel toy company, met in Israel with members of the Standards Institution of Israel (SII) and relevant technical committee members, for a two-day workshop organized by CS Israel and ITA/IA as part of the bi-lateral standards dialogue for the removal of remaining technical barriers to trade that disadvantage American companies from doing business in Israel. Recent changes in Israel’s standards law mean Israel is revising its 500 mandatory standards to be more favorable to US goods.  ITA worked with U.S.-domiciled SDOs to identify U.S. or international standards for 189 of 220 standards Israel requested.  There are technical issues to be addressed with the remaining standards and virtually all relate to standards developed by the SDOs that participated. The successful workshop opened up a direct line of communication between the sides in an effort to preempt any issues that might arise during the standards development process and to provide the Israelis with a better understanding of the US standards regime.

US-Israel Innovation & Best Practices in Health Discussion

On August 13, CS Israel and ECON officers met Government of Israel officials from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance to review the upcoming Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) agenda item - Innovation and Best Practices in Health - a Government of Israel initiative to foster knowledge share and R&D partnerships between the 2 countries' healthcare systems. The Government of Israel's priority areas for partnership are disease management, big data analysis and digital health.  Both sides have agreed to include the US Health & Human Services (HHS) to the JEDG meeting, October 13 in Washington DC, to set the stage for a binational dialog and partnership plan.  CS offered support in way of commercial partnerships.

Webinar: Selling Cosmetics in Israel, February 18, 2015, 11:30AM EST


The U.S. – Israel Free Trade Agreement became effective in 1985. It was the first free trade agreement signed by the U.S. with another country. The agreement eliminated duties on manufactured goods by January 1, 1995.  

  • Overall trade increased from $3.5 billion in 1985 to $26.5 billion in 2005, an increase of 657%. 
  • U.S. exports to Israel grew from $2.58 billion in 1985 to $9.7 billion in 2005, a gain of 288%. 
  • In 1985, Israel was the 30th largest trading partner of the U.S., but by 2005 it ranked 18th.
  • Featured Speakers:
    Yael Torres Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Rinat Bachar Director / Cosmetic Division, Israeli Ministry of Health
    The cost of this event is $75. Register now or call 800-334-2623 for more information. Register for this Event!

Eastern Mediterranean Student Recruiting Mission, February 28-March 7, 2015

The U.S. Commercial Service in Israel, Jordan, West Bank and Cyprus in collaboration with Ustudy Global LLC., is organizing the second Eastern Mediterranean Education Recruiting Mission, March 2-7, 2015, with optional stops in Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Amman. This is a great opportunity for you to reach out to quality students in these three untapped markets.
Click on the link for more details

For more information, please contact Commercial Specialist, Alan Wielunski – alan.wielunski@trade.gov

SelectUSA Investment Summit 2015 – Registration is open!


We’re thrilled to announce that Registration is open for the second SelectUSA Investment Summit in the Washington, D.C. area on March 23-24, 2015!
If you run a business and are considering opening or expanding operations in the United States, the SelectUSA Summit will help you find the answers you need more efficiently, saving you time and money. You’ll discover more about how, where and why to invest in the United States.
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WEBINAR on Healthcare Opportunities in Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the West Bank


Date: Wednesday, January 21st

Time:  11:00AM Eastern,  1 hour duration

Location: Your Computer & Telephone

Cost: FREE

Register Here: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q1C

Join representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) and the Bi-Lateral US Arab Chamber of Commerce on January 21, 2015 at 11:00AM Eastern to learn about the healthcare market in Egypt, Jordan, Israel & the West Bank.  U.S. Embassy-based representatives will discuss plans for expansion and upgrading of healthcare systems that are needed to meet the growing demand of the fast-growing population in Egypt and Jordan.  Companies will also learn about Israel’s particularly technologically advanced healthcare setting, with opportunities in both the public and private sectors. For companies interested in exploring the region first-hand, we will provide information about the USDOC May 2015 Business Development Trade Mission.

AmCham Israel Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Ambassador Shapiro

CS Israel and the Israel America Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) arranged for Ambassador Shapiro, in his capacity as Honorary Chairman of AmCham, to host a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at his residence. The purpose of the dinner was to recognize AmCham’s Diamond, Platinum and Gold members for their support and investment in the Chamber and its activities over the past year. Approximately 70 guests attended, including representativies of companies such as Cisco, Google, Strauss, United Airlines, Amex, UPS, Abbott, Salesforce, Oracle, Deloitte, and Teva.​

Gov. Bryant of Mississippi leads Trade & Investment Mission to Israel

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Gov of Mississippi Phil Bryant led a 15-person defense-focused trade delegation to Israel, met with senior Israeli government officials and addressed Israel’s main Home Land Security (HLS) conference. The Governor’s trade delegation included officials from 9 Mississippi companies, among them General Atomics, Raytheon and Huntington Ingalls.
Gov. Bryant was also focused on promoting inward investment. Mississippi already has two major Israeli investments: Stark Aerospace, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), Israel's largest industrial exporter (with two facilities in Mississippi), and Emilia Cosmetics (previously known as Zohar Cosmetics), one of the largest manufacturers of Private Label/Contract Manufacturing health and beauty products in the world. CS Israel actively supported Mississippi’s contracted State representative, EDI Atid Ltd., in organizing the trade mission and a Mississippi Inward Investment Seminar (SelectUSA), where Gov. Bryant and CS Israel SCO Maria Andrews addressed an audience of 50 potential Israeli investors.

Quarterly Amcham Israel Industrial Roundtable with AMB Shapiro

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On Oct. 27, 2014 - IBM Israel HQ Petach Tikva: CS Israel and AmCham Israel organized the second in a planned series of quarterly AmCham industrial Roundtable meetings, in this session focused on the ICT sector. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro chaired the Roundtable, which included 14 Chairmen and Senior Executives of American and Israeli ICT companies operating in Israel: IBM (hosting the event), Applied Materials, Broadcom, Beamr, eBay, Google, Korn Ferry, Mellanox Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, PayPal, SalesForce, SanDisk, and Sequoia. The participants shared market insights, discussed current U.S.-Israel trade topics concerning their companies and identified common issues that can addressed in collaboration with the Embassy and the Chamber.

CS Israel supports University of Arizona-Tech Parks "Global Advantage" Seminar

The Univ of Arizona delegation was in Israel seeking research partners and client companies interested in taking advantage of their Tech Parks facilities in Tucson, where they offer world-class business incubation facilities, R&D collaboration at the university, connection to North American and world markets, and manufacturing facilities in cooperation with a NAFTA regional partner from the State of Sonora, Mexico.
CS Israel first assisted the Arizona Tech Parks during their initial visit to Israel in October 2013, where we were able to identify and connect them with two potential Israeli clients. During their most recent visit to Israel, with a delegation of Tech Parks partners from the Univ of Arizona and the State of Sonora, they were spending a full week meeting potential partners, collaborators and clients to present their "Global Advantage" program.

SelectUSA Outreach in Israel by SUSA Deputy Executive Director Brickman


This month, SelectUSA’s Deputy Executive Director Aaron Brickman arrived in Israel for a two-day outreach program, filled with events and meetings with industry associations, chambers of commerce and companies. Mr. Brickman spoke at multiple investment-focused round tables about the U.S. investment climate and SelectUSA. He was also key speaker at a Seminar organized by CS Israel in partnership with IVC Research Center where he gave a captivating well-received presentation to an audience of over 200 Israeli technology companies looking to expand their businesses into the U.S. market. The Seminar, which was a great success, addressed issues such as legal, tax, visa, financing and other aspects of starting a business in the U.S. Mr. Brickman continued his outreach by meeting U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and multiplier organizations and visiting individual companies. The visit ended with an exclusive interview with one of Israel’s leading economic publications, "The Marker". #SelectUSAIsrael

CS Israel Promotes Opportunities for US Companies at APTA Conference & Expo


Sr. Commercial Specialist Alan Wielunski attended the American Public Transportation Association Conference & Expo (APTA) in Houston, October 12-15, 2014, which is the world's largest gathering of public transportation decision-makers with over 15,000 participants. At the show, Wielunski promoted the $27 billion NTA-Tel Aviv Metropolitan light rail project to US companies in advance of the NTA leadership's November fact-finding tour of the US organized by CS Israel and APTA. The tour will include meetings with mass transit officials in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New York and top engineering consulting service companies that Wielunski met at APTA. This is the first such tour of its kind and of great importance in advancing participation of US companies in upcoming multi-billion dollar tenders.

Global City Teams Challenge

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The Global City Teams Challenge seeks to foster the spread of “smart cities” that take advantage of Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems technologies, to better manage resources and improve quality of life.

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Successful Eastern Mediterranean Recruiting Tour Webinar


On September 10, CS Israel, West Bank and Jordan education specialists, in collaboration with the Ustudy agency, organized an information webinar for over 30 school representatives who were interested in learning about recruiting strategies and opportunities in the three markets, and specifically, the 2015 Eastern Mediterranean Education Recruiting Tour, which will now include our partner Posit in Cyprus. Also provided, was information about the student visa process by Embassy Tel Aviv Consular Officer, Jason Seymour and Ms. Sana Itayim from AMIDEAST.

Showcasing SelectUSA at the Embassy’s July 4th Celebration

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July 3, 2014 - At the U.S. Embassy's gala Independence Day celebration, held at the Ambassador's residence and attended by both the President and the Prime Minister of Israel, CS Israel staff manned a SelectUSA display, engaging in conversations about SelectUSA and handing out SelectUSA brochures to interested individuals and companies among the over 2000 guests.

Georgia Gov Nathan Deal and a delegation visit Israel

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On June 24, CS Israel met Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and a delegation of Georgia business and government leaders. the GA group of 30 participants, included the GA Comm of Econ Dev, Comm of Health, Attorney General, GA University System, Coca Cola, Georgia Power, Gulfstream and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. SCO Andrews presented an economic and commercial overview to the group. She highlighted the role of CS Israel in promoting FDI and supporting U.S. exports. There are already 45 Israeli companies that operate in GA and support over 2,000 jobs.

CS Israel attended PowerGen in Cologne, Germany


CS Israel’s Commercial Specialist Irit van der Veur attended PowerGen in Cologne, Germany.  She was one of 10 USCS Specialists from European countries and the USA.  Almost 50 US companies exhibited at the show, 8 of which were located in the U.S. pavilion.  During her stay at PowerGen, Irit counseled 26 U.S. companies on the Israeli market for energy systems.

MA Gov Patrick led the biggest trade mission to Israel ever

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The focus on “innovation”. The delegation of 120 included state gov’t officials and business and academic leaders. Massachusetts and Israel share similar technological strengths and the mission provided an opportunity for the Gov and the MA delegation to strengthen these ties and develop new relationships to increase trade, foreign direct investment (SelectUSA) and R&D collaboration.


International Franchise Conference and Catalog Show 2014

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CS Israel organizes the first International Franchise Conference and Catalog Show

In cooperation with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, the Israel Franchise Institute and Franchise Business Broker (FBB) - educate the Israeli audience on how to work with an int’l franchise and highlighted the benefits of running one. CS Israel Commercial Specialist Christina Azar also organized a catalog show of 11 American franchise companies seeking Israeli investors/franchisees.

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SelectUSA – Investing in the U.S.

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SelectUSA is the single point of contact at the national level for international and domestic companies looking to invest in the United States. SelectUSA works one-on-one with investors to offer helpful tools, data and other information; identify relevant federal programs; demystify federal rules and regulations; and link businesses with partners or resources at the state or local levels.

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