Vermont and Israel
Trade and Population Statistics
|Exports to Israel (2013)
| Percentage Change (2012-2013)
| Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)
|Israel's Trade Partner Rank (2013)
|Military Contracts with Israel (2012)
|Jewish Population (2012)
| Jewish Percentage of Population
foundation grants shared by Vermont and Israel
Grant recipients in
Vermont from U.S.-Israel binational foundations:
National Forest Service (USDA)
University of Vermont
US Forestry Reserve
Exchange - The creation of the VIAE was stimulated
by Representative Chuck Ross in 1991 after his trade mission to Israel.
The Exchange promotes agricultural research and cooperation in such
areas as the treatment of Mastitis (a cattle disease), genetic engineering,
aquaculture, integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture.
The State allocates approximately $10,000 for VIAE, which is run out
of the Department of Agriculture.
Agreements - "Memoranda of Understanding" top
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Vermont Government Missions to Israel top
September 2005 - Governor Howard Dean
traveled to Israel with a number of other Democratic party leaders and
met with numerous leading Israeli policymakers and academics. Among
various tours and speeches, the delegation was taken on an army helicopter
tour of Israel's southern borders to learn about the proximity of Israeli
cities and villages to the terror hotbed of Gaza. Additionally, Gov.
Dean met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and also toured portions
of Israel's border with the West Bank to view the security fence created
to help keep suicide bombers at bay. Learn more about Gov. Dean's trip
from his personal updates, CLICK
July 1999 - Vermont Attorney General
William Sorrell joined eight other attorneys general for a trip to Israel.
The participants in the mission went to explore U.S.-Israel cooperation
in legal affairs and discussed issues including youth violence, the
death penalty, and extradition laws.
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. Vermont is one of 33 states that have cooperative
agreements with Israel.
In 2012, Vermont exported over $12,646,465 worth
of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, Vermont exports to
Israel have totaled more than $109,625,246 and Israel now ranks as Vermont’s 42nd leading trade partner.
Additionally in 2012, Vermont received more than
$86,130 in foreign military financing (FMF) for US military aid
to Israel. Arrow Tech Associates in South Berlington has received funding through FMF.
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 Vermont is limited only by the imagination.
Profit From Business With Israel top
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.
As of yet, no Vermont firms have taken advantage of the opportunities
offered through the BIRD grants.
Scientific Innovations top
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 Vermont institutions have yet taken advantage of
the opportunity for additional funding and fewer risks available through BSF.
Agriculture Benefits top
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.
Vermont institutions have shared grants worth more than $295,000 since
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VIAE Steering Committee
Barr, Sternberg & Moss, P.C.
507 Main St.
Bennington, VT 05201