8 Jul ’05
“In 10 years, Israel could be one of the 10 richest countries in the world,” Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told guests at ICSEP’s first annual United States Awards Dinner. Milton Friedman expressed similar beliefs to those assembled at New York’s St Regis Hotel: “Israel has the potential of being the Hong Kong of the Middle East,” he said in his video address.
During dinner, Israel’s minister of economic affairs in America, Ron Dermer, rose to present awards to five men who have supported ICSEP.
The real estate investor Eugene Grant, recipient of the Economic Freedom Award, described himself as “a simple American Zionist” who wanted to “help the government of Israel get rid of the shackles and handcuffs of an idealistic but fatally flawed economic and political system into which Israel was born almost 60 years ago.”
The editor of the Weekly Standard, William Kristol, accepted the Inspiration and Guidance Award on behalf of his father, Irving Kristol, whom he described as “a Zionist all of his life, even when he was a Trotskyist at age 18.”
David Lewis, who owns hotels in Israel, flew from England to accept the Entrepreneur Award. He made a pitch for Americans to visit Eilat, which he described it as “Las Vegas by the Sea, Arizona on the beach.”
Receiving the Pioneer Supporter Award, the chairman of Robinson Steel Company, Edward Minor, told of a trip to Israel during which he saw the inefficiencies of the economy. “I noticed lots of scrap,” he said. “I soon learned that there were laws that forbid the export of scrap from the country, and there was only one scrap recycler – in Haifa.”
The lawyer Kenneth Bialkin, who is the president of the American Jewish Historical Society and the chairman of the America Israel Friendship League, received the Stalwart Award.
The master of ceremonies of the event was a Philadelphia-based builder, Richard Fox, who is chairman of the American friends group of the center.
The 325 guests included the chief financial officer of Israel’s ministry of finance, Harry Langman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, and one of Israel’s leading venture capitalists, Shlomo Kalish.
The New York Sun covered the event.
Other recent guests
America's largest real estate developer
26 May ’04
Foreign Editor, The Wall Street Journal
25 May ’04
The most prominent foreign journalist to attend the Herzliya Conference on Israel’s Balance of National Strength and Security, where ICSEP was responsible for the sessions on economic and technological issues, was The Wall Street Journal’s Foreign Editor, Mr. George Melloan. An ICSEP distinguished guest, Mr. Melloan participated in most of the three-day conference’s sessions.
To acquaint Mr. Melloan with a full spectrum of the Israeli media, and to have representatives of the media meet him and hear his comments on the recent US election, ICSEP arranged a dinner in his honor on the eve of the conference. In attendance were 35 prominent journalists, including the publisher of Haaretz and its two top columnists, the op-ed editors of Maariv and Globes, and the top organizers of the conference.
All recent program activities
US VIP group
24 Nov ’09
Until the Intifadah and the Oslo agreements, a non-political process of economic collaboration was leading to a gradual reconciliation between Arabs and Jews, explains ICSEP President Daniel Doron in a talk sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League. That process can now resume, Doron argues, helped by economic reform within Israel.
Gilder/Forbes Telecosm 2009 Conference
10 Nov ’09
Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown, New York
11 Apr ’08
27 Jun ’07
“Past reforms have focused on asking for more money for education,” ICSEP President Daniel Doron noted in his speech to the Merage Forum on education.
“This despite the fact that Israel is already spending the highest proportion of GDP on education in the West.
“Yet, despite a steady growth in expenditures, standards and achievements have shown little improvement; in fact they have further deteriorated.”
25 Jun ’07
Strategic Forums Sponsored by Paul Merage
“Before I continue with my remarks, let me sound an optimistic note,” said Daniel Doron, ICSEP President, in his opening remarks to the Strategic Forums Sponsored by Paul Merage.
“You will hear voices say that attempts to reform Israel are futile, that you cannot initiate significant changes here.
“We know better.”
The high-powered conference was held to explore ways of encouraging Israeli high-tech to meet the serious challenges facing it and to continue flourishing.
10 Aug ’05
Republican Jewish Coalition
25 May ’05
“Most of you have visited Israel,” ICSEP president Daniel Doron began his address to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington on May 25th.
“You saw a vibrant, seemingly well-to-do country.
“You ate at posh restaurants full of prosperous Israelis, visited their impressive villas and saw their expensive cars.
“And yet, Israel, chock-full of human talent and energy, a world-class high-tech leader, seems in perpetual economic trouble.
“If the country is to survive it must reform its economic system, and do it soon.”
Read the entire speech.
16 Oct ’04
ICSEP has circulated the following letter together with a PowerPoint presentation: “A Competitive Capital Market – A Growth Engine for the Israeli Economy”.
Enclosed is a draft document on the reform of financial markets in Israel. We hope it explains why such a reform is so vital for Israel’s viability, and why Israel needs a strong economy to meet the extraordinary threats and challenges facing it.