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State-to-State Cooperation:
Idaho and Israel


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Idaho Jewish History
Delaware

 

 

Trade and Population Statistics

Exports to Israel (2013)
$16,127,037
      Percentage Change (2012-2013)
-7.54%
      Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)
$325,534,954
Israel's Trade Partner Rank (2013)
25th
Military Contracts with Israel (2012)
$0
Jewish Population (2012)
1,525
      Jewish Percentage of Population
0.1%

 

Binational foundation grants shared by Idaho and Israel

Agricultural Research & Development (1979-Present)
$451,770
Science & Technology (1996-Present)
$0
Industrial Research & Development (1977-Present)
$0
Total Binational Grants
$451,770

Grant recipients in Idaho from U.S.-Israel binational foundations:

University of Idaho

 

Bilateral Institutions

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Cooperative Agreements - "Memoranda of Understanding"

In April 2008 the International Business Division in Idaho setup and ran the Idaho-Israel Business Summitt with the focus and goal of the three day workshop to create an ongoing and prosperous relationship between Idaho and Israel. Mr. Shai Aizen, the Economic Consul of Israel, and Mr. Sherwin Pomerantz, President of EDI- an Israeli consultancy focusing on Israeli trade- were both present and gave speeches during the summitt. Green technology was the focus of the seminar, with an emphasis on agriculture, nutrition/life sciences, water conservation, irrigation, energy and environmental cleanup/monitoring.

 

Idaho Government Missions to Israel

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Partners For Change

The U.S.-Israel relationship is based on the twin pillars of shared values and mutual interests. Given this commonality of interests and beliefs, it should not be surprising that support for Israel is one of the most pronounced and consistent foreign policy values of the American people.

It is more difficult to devise programs that capitalize on the two nations' shared values than their security interests; nevertheless, such programs do exist. In fact, these SHARED VALUE INITIATIVES cover a broad range of areas, including the environment, science and technology, education and health.

As analyst David Pollock noted, Israel is an advanced country with a population that surpassed eight million people in 2013 and a robust, dynamic economy that allowed it to join the  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Between 2005 and 2013, Israel has represented a larger market for U.S. exports than Saudi Arabia. Although Israel's citizenry make up just 3 percent of the total region's population, Israel accounts for 25 percent of American exports in the Middle East.

"It has also been one of the top 20 foreign direct investors in the United States since 2009," Pollock confirms. He adds that "$2.25 billion of the $3 billion in annual U.S. aid to Israel comes back via Israeli purchases of U.S. military equipment - and that is just 5 percent of the total bilateral trade each year."

Today's interdependent global economy requires that trade policy be developed at the national and state level.

Many states have recognized the opportunity for realizing significant benefits by seeking to increase trade with Israel. Idaho is one of 33 states that have cooperative agreements with Israel.

In 2012, Idaho exported over $17,441,282.00 worth of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, Idaho exports to Israel have totaled more than $309,407,917.00 and Israel now ranks as Idaho’s 41st leading trade partner.

Israel is certainly a place where potential business and trade partners can be found. It can also be a source, however, for innovative programs and ideas for addressing problems facing the citizens of Idaho.

Israel has developed a number of pioneering education programs. For example, AICE introduced an innovative Israeli peer tutoring program to North Carolina that educators adapted for use in the United States. Now known as Reading Together, the program is used in 28 states. The program is designed to help students achieve reading fluency and is mostly used for children in second grade. The hope is that with its implementation, increasing numbers of students will perform at grade level or above.

A range of other exciting approaches to social problems like unemployment, environmental protection and drug abuse have been successfully implemented in Israel and could be imported for the benefit of Americans.

The potential for greater cooperation with Israel for the benefit of Idaho is limited only by the imagination.

 

Idaho Firms Profit From Business With Israel

As the only country with free trade agreements with both the United States and the European community, Israel can act as a bridge for international trade between the United States and Europe. Moreover, because of the deep pool of talent, particularly in high-technology areas, Israel provides excellent investment opportunities. Some of the nation’s largest companies, such as IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Intel and McDonald’s have found that it is indeed profitable to do business in Israel.

One good way to break into the Israeli market is through a joint venture with an Israeli company. Funding for such projects is available from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). BIRD funds projects in 36 states and the District of Columbia and hundreds of companies including AOL, GE, BP Solar, Texas Instruments and Johnson & Johnson have benefitted from BIRD grants.

The United States and Israel established BIRD in 1977 to fund joint U.S.-Israeli teams in the development and subsequent commercialization of innovative, nondefense technological products from which both the Israeli and American company can expect to derive benefits commensurate with the investments and risks. Most grant recipients are small businesses involved with software, instrumentation, communications, medical devices and semiconductors.

Since its inception, BIRD has funded more than 800 joint high-tech R&D projects through conditional grants totaling more than $210 million. Products developed from these ventures have generated more than $8 billion in direct and indirect revenues for both countries and has helped to create an estimated 20,000 American jobs. Dr. Eli Opper, the former Israeli chair of BIRD, has said that BIRD is a strong pillar of US-Israel industrial cooperation and that the extreme success of BIRD has led Israel to adopt similar models of R&D with other countries.

As of yet, no Idaho-based company has taken advantage of the funding and reduced risks offered by BIRD.

 

Scientific Innovations

Researchers across the United States are making scientific breakthroughs and developing cutting-edge technologies in joint projects with Israeli scientists thanks to support from the Binational Science Foundation (BSF). BSF was established in 1972 to promote scientific relations and cooperation between scientists from the United States and Israel. The fund supports collaborative research projects in a wide area of basic and applied scientific field for peaceful and non-profit purposes. Since its inception, BSF has awarded some $480 million through more than 4,000 grants in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

BSF-sponsored studies are highly successful in achieving their two main goals: strengthening the US-Israel partnership through science and promoting world-class scientific research for the benefit of the two countries and all mankind. The BSF grants help extend research resources to achieve milestones that might not otherwise be attainable; introduce novel approaches and techniques to lead American researchers in new directions; confirm, clarify and intensify research projects; and provide unmatched access to Israeli equipment, facilities and research results that help speed American scientific advances. BSF has documented no less than 75 new discoveries made possible by its research grants and counts 37 Nobel Prize and 19 Lasker Medical Award laureates among its joint partners.

No Idaho institutions have yet taken advantage of the project funding available through the BSF system, though the opportunity is always there to start.

 

Agriculture Benefits

In 1978 the United States and Israel jointly created the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) to help fund programs between US and Israeli scientists for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research into agricultural problems. Since its inception, BARD has funded more than 1,000 projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia with a total investment of more than $250 million. In 2000, an independent and external economic review of 10 BARD projects conservatively projected more than $700 million in revenue by the end of 2010, a number which far outweighs the total investment in all BARD projects over its 33 year existence and helps to continually strengthen the foundation.

Most BARD projects focus on either increasing agricultural productivity, plant and animal health or food quality and safety and have been influential in creating new technologies in drip irrigation, pesticides, fish farming, livestock, poultry, disease control and farm equipment. BARD funds projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia and at present is beginning to administer collaborative efforts between Australia, Canada and Israel as well. It is difficult to break down the impact on a state-by-state basis, but overall, BARD-sponsored research has generated sales of more than $500 million, tax revenues of more than $100 million and created more than 5,000 American jobs.

Idaho institutions have shared grants worth more than $450,000 since 1979 with the University of Idaho receiving the vast majority of these funds.

 

Other Cooperative Programs

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Sister Cities

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State Contacts:

Hillel Campus Profiles

Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho
3813 W State Street
Boise, ID 83703
Tel. 208-853-9200
Fax. 208-853-9201
Website: http://www.jewishidaho.com/
Contact Form: http://www.jewishidaho.com/tools/feedback.htm

Temple Emanuel - Egalitarian/ multi-denominational/
Email: info@emanuelidaho.org
Telephone: 208-232-4758 
306 N. 18th Ave., Pocatello, Idaho
By post: P.O. Box 685, Pocatello ID 83204
Website: http://www.emanuelidaho.org/

Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel - Reform
11 North Latah Street
Boise, ID 83706
Tel: 208-343-6601
Fax: 208-343-1602
Website: http://www.ahavathbethisrael.org/

Wood River Jewish Community - Reform
471 Leadville Avenue
Post Office Box 837
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
Tel: 208-726-1183
Fax: 208-727-9646
E-mail: wrjc@wrjc.org
Website: http://www.wrjc.org/


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