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State-to-State Cooperation: Arkansas and Israel

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Trade and Population Statistics

Exports to Israel (2020)

$42,922,079

      Percentage Change (2019-2020)

-3.48%

      Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)

$627,986,869

Israel's Trade Partner Rank (2020) 27
Military Contracts with Israel (2015)

$127,512

Jewish Population (2020)

2,225

      Jewish Percentage of Population

0.1%

Binational foundation grants shared by Arkansas and Israel

Agricultural Research & Development (1979-Present)

$284,900

Science & Technology (1999-Present)

$149,134

Industrial Research & Development (1977-Present)

$0

Total Binational Grants

$434,034

Grant Recipients in Arkansas From U.S.-Israel Binational Foundations

Arkansas Children`s Research Institute
National Center for Toxicological Research
University of Arkansas

Bilateral Institutions

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Fighting BDS

Governor William Hutchinson signed a law, Act 710, to prohibit Arkansas agencies from investing in or contracting with companies that boycott Israel. The new act ensures that Arkansas taxpayer funds will not finance the anti-Semitic tactics of the BDS movement. Boycotts have “become a tool of economic warfare” in Arizona that “threatens the sovereignty and security of key allies and trade partners,” namely, the State of Israel. Act 710 maintains that the strategic refusal to engage in commercial relations with Israeli trade partners is discriminatory and unsound. The legislation guarantees state divestment of companies that “support or promote actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.”

The law also law requires state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel or reduce their fees by 20 percent if they don’t sign the pledge. In January 2019, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit the Arkansas Times had filed challenging the law.

Cooperative Agreements

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Arkansas Government Missions to Israel

July 1999 - Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor joined eight other attorneys general for a trip to Israel that was used to explore U.S.-Israel cooperation in legal affairs. The attorney generals also discussed issues including youth violence, the death penalty, and extradition laws.

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.

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. There are 33 states that have cooperative agreements with Israel.

In 2020, Arkansas exported over $42 million worth of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, Arkansas exports to Israel have totaled nearly $628 million and Israel now ranks as Arkansas’s 27th leading trade partner.

In addition, since 1996, Arkansas companies have received more than $40 million in foreign military financing (FMF) for contracts to provide materiel for the Israeli Defense Forces.

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 Arkansas.

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.

Arkansas has also received more than $430,000 worth of grants from binational U.S.-Israel foundations for joint research in science, agricultural and the promotion of commercial ventures.

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 Arkansas is limited only by the imagination.

Arkansas Firms Profit From Business With 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 benefited 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 1977, the Foundation has approved investments in more than 1,000 projects, which have yielded direct and indirect revenues of more than $10 billion. More than $125 million worth of grants have been approved for projects in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Eli Opper, the former Israeli chair of BIRD, has said that BIRD is a strong pillar of U.S.-Israel industrial cooperation and that the extreme success of BIRD has led Israel to adopt similar models of R&D with other countries.

To date, no Arkansas companies have received a grant from BIRD.

Scientific Innovations

Arkansas 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, and in today’s value, BSF has awarded over $700 million to more than 5,000 research projects involving thousands of scientists from more than 400 U.S. institutions located in 46 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Many of these projects have led to important scientific, medical, and technological breakthroughs with wide-ranging practical applications.

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.

Arkansas researchers from the Arkansas Children`s Research Institute, National Center for Toxicological Research, and the University of Arkansas have received $149,134 in BSF grants.

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 awarded more than $130 million to U.S. institutions for 1,352 joint projects. A 40-year review in 2019 involving 20 case studies estimated the foundation’s contribution to the U.S. economy at $2.7 billion. BARD research has resulted in the adoption of approximately 200 new agricultural practices, around 40 commercial engagements, and approximately 100 patents and breeding rights licenses.

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 Arkansas has recieved two BARD grants worth $284,900 since 1979.

Other Cooperative Programs

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Sister Cities

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UJA Partnership 2000 Communities

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State Contacts

Hillel Campus Profiles

Jewish Federation Of Arkansas
Suzanne Berkovits, Executive Director
1501 N. Pierce Street, Suite 101
Little Rock, AR 72207
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 501-663-3571
Fax: 501-663-7286
Web: www.jewisharkansas.org

Directory of Arkansas Congregations (Jewish Federation)