Missouri and Israel
Trade and Population Statistics
|Exports to Israel (2014)
| Percentage Change (2013-2014)
| Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)
|Israel's Trade Partner Rank (2014)
|Military Contracts with Israel (2012)
|Jewish Population (2014)
| Jewish Percentage of Population
foundation grants shared by Missouri and Israel
Grant recipients in
Missouri from U.S.-Israel binational foundations:
Danforth Center for Plant Sciences
GEMACO Playing Card Co.
George Washington University at St. Louis
McDonnell Douglas Corp.
St. Louis University Medical School
University of Missouri
University of Missouri Medical School
University of Missouri- Kansas City
USDA Bio-Control Research Lab
Washington University Medical School
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Agreements - "Memoranda of Understanding"
In 1988, the Department of Economic
Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade in in Israel signed
the Missouri-Israel Cooperative Agreement, which calls for projects
of mutual economic benefit through improved trade, technology development,
science, agriculture and tourism.
Missouri Government Missions to Israel
August 2011 - Congressman Russ Carnahan
traveled to Israel with the 81 member delegation to meet with top Israeli
officials, learn more about the American-Israeli relationship as well
as current political affairs in the region.
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
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. Missouri is one of 33 states that have cooperative
agreements with Israel.
In 2012, Missouri exported over $100,297,009.00 worth
of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, Missouri exports to
Israel have totaled more than $947,983,710.00 and Israel now ranks as Missouri’s
21st leading trade partner.
Additionally in 2012, Missouri received more than $13,033,159.75 in foreign military financing (FMF) for US military aid
to Israel. Some of those companies that have received funding through FMF in 2012 or past years
include: Remington Arms Company, LLC in St. Louis, Evraz Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. in St. Louis and Bull Moose Tube Company in Chesterfield.
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
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
The potential for greater cooperation with Israel for
the benefit of Missouri is limited only by the imagination.
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 National
Semiconductor have found that it is indeed profitable to do business in
More than 70 Missouri companies have
discovered the benefits of doing business with Israel,
including Union Carbide, Tiger Corp. and Monsanto.
The company that has had the greatest involvement is
probably McDonnell Douglas, which has had a longstanding relationship with
Israel. The St. Louis-based defense contractor sells aircraft to the
Israeli Air Force, and Israeli companies provide components for the
company's fighter planes and MD-11 commercial airliner. Rich Bedarf,
program manager for Israeli programs, observed that Israel has "highly
qualified suppliers who provide high-quality supplies."
McDonnell Douglas won a major contract to supply the
Israeli Air Force with its next generation of fighters. The deal, to
produce 21 F-15I Eagles-a version of the U.S. Air Force's F-15E-is worth $2
billion. The contract, Bedarf says, helps the company maintain a higher
rate of production and allows the company to keep, if not increase, jobs.
Sigma-Aldrich Corp. is the only Missouri company that
has a subsidiary in Israel. It actually has two, Sigma Israel Chemical in
Petach Tikva and Makor Chemical in Jerusalem, which sell chemicals
manufactured in the United States primarily for research purposes.
Controller Kirk Richter said the company established a presence in Israel
in the 1970's because it was a good source of chemists and a potentially
Patrick Anderson, a sales manager for Labconco Corp.,
said his company has also been doing business in Israel for more than a
decade and now have a sales representative in the country. The company
manufactures lab equipment that is used for research in microbiology and
blood work. Anderson said they had sold a significant amount to the
Eagle Pitcher has been selling high performance
batteries for 15 years to the Israeli Air Force and space programs. Another
division of the company is planning to sell batteries and other parts for
an automated toll tagging system Israel is developing for the civilian
Ron Workman, Vice President of George P Reintjes Co.,
says his company has had good experience over the last 15 years selling
refractory applications for chemical factories in Israel.
Missouri companies interested in developing business
relationships with Israel can find help from the America-Israel Chamber of
Commerce of St. Louis (314-432-0134). The Chamber has a database of Israeli
businesses and provides various services to facilitate contacts with
potential business partners.
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
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.
Missouri companies have benefited from close to three quarters of a
million dollars in BIRD grants over the last three
In 2011, St. Louis-based medical device company EndoStim
was awarded funding through the BIRD Foundation to
partner with the Israeli-based company AGM Tonson to develop a miniaturized
implantable device for Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. This grant
was part of over $8.1 million awarded by BIRD to nine
new projects in December 2011 to companies throughout the US and Israel.
Missouri researchers 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.
Institutions in Missouri have shared with their counterparts
in Israel nearly $2 million in BSF grants awarded since
1996 alone. The University of Missouri, St. Louis University Medical
School and Washington University are among the grant recipients.
In 2009, Washington University professor of animal
sciences Alan Templeton received a BSF grant to work
with Dr. Shirli Bar-David of Ben Gurion University in Israel to study
the wild ass in the Israeli Negev desert. The wild ass, which went extinct
in Israel during the 1920's, was reintroduced through captivity during
the 1980's and is now back in good numbers in the wild. Unfortunately,
though, little is known about the animals in the wild. The BSF-sponsored
study intends to examine the wild ass population to determine how many
animals now exist in the wild and their dispersal patterns throughout
the Negev – essential information for managing this endangered
Professor Templeton and Dr. Bar-David, though, do not
want to disturb the natural patterns of the animal in the wild so they
have developed protocols for amplifying DNA from fecal samples that
can be collected without disturbing the animals and for developing genetic
markers to monitor the population and specific individuals. They have
had great success in research through this procedure and are excited
about the possibility that these protocols potentially also have application
in the field of forensics, where DNA must often be amplified from old
and less than ideal samples.
The BSF played a key role in the worldwide
use of PET (Positron Emitting Tomography) to identify functional disorders,
indicating cancer. The development of this basic oncological diagnostic
tool and multibillion-dollar business was almost abandoned, due to a
lack of abundant short-lived isotopes F or C, required for the
imaging. Supported by the BSF, Prof. Shlomo Rozen (Tel
Aviv University) and Prof. Michael Welch of Washington University in
St. Louis synthesized Acetyl Hypoflurite, which was immediately adopted
by the NIH (National Institute of Health) and by industry. It became
the single most important source of F for 15 years and secured the
development of the method until other sources were discovered.
Paul Schmidt, a physicist at the University of Missouri,
is interested in the structure of materials. The application of his
research could lead to the production of higher quality glass, which could
be used for optical fibers in communications. He found that his interests
meshed with those of his Hebrew University collaborator.
Washington University Medical School has a positron
tomography facility that is used to study how the brain works. A BSF grant made it possible for an Israeli student to come to St. Louis to
learn imaging techniques involved in positron tomography from Michael
The Israeli, meanwhile, is teaching Missouri scientists
techniques developed in Israel for labeling molecules, which can be used to
evaluate diseases like breast cancer. "It was a great experience for
both groups," said Welch.
Carmine Coscia, a biochemist at St. Louis University
Medical School, is also interested in brain research. He is studying the
effects of opiates in hope that it might lead to new treatments for brain
The BSF grant gave Coscia an opportunity
to interact and perform experiments with his colleague at the Weizmann
Institute. It also gave him access to instruments that are only available
in a handful of labs worldwide.
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
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.
The University of Missouri and Washington University are two of the
institutions that have shared in grants worth nearly $600,000 since
The University of Missouri's Donald Spiers is interested
in a hormone that stimulates growth and milk production in cows. The
eventual application may be the development of an artificial hormone with
limited side effects that will help the dairy industry by allowing cows to
more efficiently convert food to muscle or milk. One of the advantages to
the collaboration, Spiers said, was to combine his expertise in physiology
with the Israelis' in molecular biology.
Biological insecticides are a safe and effective
alternative to chemical agents. One problem is that a bacteria that kills
caterpillars and other insects is sensitive to ultraviolet light and often
becomes ineffective in the field. Carlo Ignoffo of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Bio-Control Research Lab in Columbia, and a Hebrew University
scientist have developed and tested a dye that absorbs and reflects the
ultraviolet light to protect and stabilize the bacteria. According to
Ignoffo, the research could lead to important advances in the use of
In another project designed to reduce expensive
pesticide use and develop more resistant plants, a University of
Missouri-Hebrew University team has been examining the biochemical ways in
which tomatoes resistant to bacterial leaf spot disease differ from
Missouri also benefits from BARD research
done elsewhere. For example, BARD grantees have developed
new, economical procedures for degrading water-borne pesticides using
the sun. These are particularly valuable for treating sorghum, one of
the state's major field crops.
A team of agricultural economists from the University
of Maryland and University of California found that the economic benefits
of just five projects -related to cotton, pecans and solarization -
exceeded all U.S. investment in BARD.
McDonnell Douglas of St. Louis received a grant from
the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission to work with the
Israeli company, Rotem, on a project regarding the utilization of solar
energy for the development of new technologies.
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America-Israel Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis
967 Gardenview Office Parkway, #7
St. Louis, MO 63141-5915
Dept. of Economic Development
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St. Louis, MO 63105
Fax. 314-425-3381 (f)
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St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
Tel. 314-432-0020 (w)
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Jewish Federation of St. Louis
12 Millstone Campus Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63146-5776
Sherwin Pomerantz, Director
Missouri Department of Economic Development
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