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.
Finance Ministry thanks ICSEP
10 Aug ’05
MINISTRY OF FINANCE
August 10, 2005
Mr. Daniel Doron
Director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress
My dear friend Daniel,
Now that we have concluded our project and the financial market reform was ratified by the Knesset, I find it appropriate to thank you for the support and encouragement that you and your colleagues gave us throughout the process.
Your faith in the justice of our cause, that led to the total engagement of The Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress (in the struggle for the reform) was, no doubt, an important ingredient in our success.
I feel honor bound to stress that your engagement in our efforts was based on purely professional considerations, and was done without any reward, without any fear and with total devotion. You are indeed a unique phenomenon that can serve as a model and a symbol of what acting in the public interest can be.
Together we have managed to introduce very significant changes in the Israeli economy.
Our heartfelt thanks,
Dr. Yossie Bachar
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“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.”
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“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.
“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, presented the awards.
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“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.
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.