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State-to-State Cooperation: New Hampshire and Israel

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Trade and Population Statistics

Exports to Israel (2019)


      Percentage Change (2018-2019)


      Total Exports to Israel (1996-Present)


Israel’s Rank As Trade Partner (2019)


Military Contracts with Israel (2015)


Jewish Population (2020)


      Jewish Percentage of Population



Binational foundation grants shared by New Hampshire and Israel

Agricultural Research & Development (1979-Present)


Science & Technology (1999-Present)


Industrial Research & Development (1977-Present)


Total Binational Grants



Grant recipients in New Hampshire from U.S.-Israel binational foundations

Dartmouth University
Magna Computer Corp.
University of New Hampshire

Bilateral Institutions

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Cooperative Agreements

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New Hampshire Government Missions to Israel

March 2014 - Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) visited Israel with two colleagues and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. Following the meeting with Netanyahu, Ayottee said it “emphasized how unbreakable the relationship is with Israel regardless of what any official says at any one time.” Regarding Iran nuclear talks and the peace process, she said that “[Israel and the US] are very much aligned.” 

July 2010 - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen led a delegation that included several other US senators on a trip through the Middle East which included a short stop in Israel. In Israel, Sen. Shaheen met with high-level Israeli officials to discuss the ongoing security threats faced by Israel, including Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Sen Shaheen also met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The delegation traveled to Sderot, a small Israeli town that has been attacked on multiple occasions by missiles from the Gaza Strip over the last several years, and received a briefing from the Israeli missile defense agency on the joint U.S.-Israeli programs being developed to counter the threat of long- and short-range missiles in the country. 

July 1999 - New Hampshire Attorney General Philip McLaughlin 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.

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. New Hampshire is one of 33 states that have cooperative agreements with Israel.

In 2019, New Hampshire exported nearly $76 million worth of manufacturing goods to Israel. Since 1996, New Hampshire exports to Israel have totaled more than $917 million and Israel now ranks as New Hampshire’s 16th leading trade partner.

Additionally, in 2015, New Hampshire received nearly $1 million in foreign military financing (FMF) for U.S. military aid to Israel. Some of those companies that have received funding through FMF include L-3 Communications Corporation in Londonberry, Milpower Source, Inc. in Belmont and Sponge-Jet Inc. in Portsmouth.

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 New Hampshire.

Israel has developed several 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 New Hampshire is limited only by the imagination.

New Hampshire 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 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.

New Hampshire companies have benefited from more than $1.1 million in BIRD grants over the last three decades.

In 2008, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries acquired New Hampshire-based Bentley Pharmaceuticals in a deal that Teva envisioned will help the Israeli company branch out even further into the US and international markets. Bentley manufactures and markets some 130 generic and branded pharmaceutical products primarily to Spain, but also to other EU nations. The $360 million deal gives Teva greater access to the Spanish market.

Scientific Innovations

New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire have shared with their counterparts in Israel nearly $550,000 in BSF grants awarded since 1996 alone.

Professor Andrew Leber of the University of New Hampshire was awarded a large, three-year BSF grant in 2009 to collaborate with a team of scientists in Israel led by Dr. Dominique Lamy from Tel Aviv University. Professor Leber and Lamy have been friends and working together on various projects since the late 1990’s and the BSF grant has allowed them even greater time to continue their cooperative research. For this project, the research teams will be conducting a wide array of experiments to learn more about how recent experience influences visual perception.

Overall, Dr. Leber has worked with the BSF in the past and gives the foundation raving reviews. “I will say that the BSF is an excellent institution,” Dr. Leber said, “providing a funding mechanism that facilitates quality collaborations between US and Israeli scientists.”

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. New Hampshire institutions have shared grants worth more than $160,000 since 1979.

Other Cooperative Programs

In response to the devastating forest fire in the Carmel region of Israel that raged for five days during December 2010 and killed close to 40 people, residents of New Hampshire donated close to $10,000 for relief efforts. The New Hampshire Jewish community has been a sister city with the Hof Ha-Carmel region, which sustained the most damage during the fire, and the community leaders were both eager and willing to help in any ways they could to get the forests replanted and the buildings rebuilt.

On April 12, 1995, Stephen Merrill, the governor of New Hampshire, officially declared Lake Winnipesaukee to be the Sister Lake of Israel’s Sea of Galilee. The project grew to incorporate the promotion of Arab-Israeli coexistence, and various educational exchanges.

Sister Cities


UJA Partnership 2000 Communities


New Hampshire Jewish Community

Hof Ha-Carmel

State Contacts

Hillel Campus Profiles

Jewish Federation Greater Manchester
698 Beech St
Manchester, NH 03104-3626