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Welcome to Israel. Presented by: Camie Hicks. Full name: State of Israel Capital: Jerusalem Population of Israel: 7,590,758 According to the Bible, Israel is the name given by God to Jacob (Executive Planet, 2012). . Israel’s Flag.

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welcome to israel

Welcome to Israel

Presented by: Camie Hicks


Full name:

State of Israel

Capital: Jerusalem

Population of Israel: 7,590,758

According to the Bible, Israel is the name given by God to Jacob (Executive Planet, 2012).


Israel’s Flag

The star is known as the Shield of David-a symbol of the Jewish faith (Executive Planet, 2012).



  • Israel Imports:
  • Raw materials
  • Military equipment
  • Rough diamonds
  • Fuel
  • Consumer goods
  • (Central Intelligence Agency, 2012)
  • Exports primarily come from the U.S, the Benelux countries, Germany and the United Kingdom
  • (Executive Planet, 2012)


  • Israel Exports:
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Software
  • Cut diamonds,
  • Agricultural products
  • Textiles
  • (Central Intelligence Agency, 2012)
  • Exports primarily go to the U.S, United Kingdom, the Benelux countries, Hong Kong and Japan
  • (Executive Planet, 2012)

Culture & Religion

Ethnic Groups:

Religions: Jewish, Muslim, Christian, & Druze



    • Hebrew, Arabic, & English
  • Minority language is Hebrew, but official state languages are Hebrew
  • and Arabic (Lindquist, 2010).
  • All minority groups are expected to learn the majority
    • language (Abu-Rabia, 1996).
  • English is learned as the second language (Abu-Rabia, 1996).
  • Every Israeli citizen learns Arabic and Hebrew in school (Lindquist, 2010).
  • Currencies, passports and road signs contain translations in all
  • three languages (Lindquist, 2010).
  • Arabic is associated with negativity (Lindquist, 2010).

Women & Men of Israel

  • God Experts have complete control over marriage and divorce, Israel does not recognize civil marriage (Granados, 2011).
  • Between 5-10% of all Israeli women were exposed to violence in the home (Muhlbauer, 2006)
  • Abuse was seen to be the struggle of genders in society (Muhlbauer, 2006).
  • Men felt the need to show their domination by abusing their wives (Muhlbauer, 2006).
  • In 1996 -over 4700 cases of women being abused, in 1997 this number grew to 7800 (Muhlbauer, 2006).


  • Schooling life expectancy is 15yrs old for males and 16yrs old for females (Central Intelligence Agency, 2012).
  • Over 97% of the total population over 15yrs old can read and write (Central Intelligence Agency, 2012).
  • Israel ranks in the highest investing countries into public education (Gumpel, 2007).
  • The government has slashed higher education by 20% in the last 6 years (Kalman, 2007).


  • Israeli’s government spending on higher education in relation to students, GDP and population growth is second to last in the world (Kalman, 2007).
  • The education system is structured as: kindergarten for ages 5-6, elementary school for grades 1-6, middle school for grades 7-9, and high school for grades 10-12 (Gumpel, 2007).
  • More than 37,000 pupils study in special education and an additional 40,000 pupils are in general education with special education assistance (Gumpel, 2007).

Israel and the United States

  • In 1978, U.S. Vice President, Walter Mondale stated that “There is no country anywhere in the world which more accurately reflects our basic values”. He is referring to Israel and the U.S.
  • Israel is the largest beneficiary
  • of American overseas aid.
  • Like America, Israel is a settler state.
  • Americans, Americanized the Holocaust by publicizing the Holocaust.
  • The Six Day War is what helped the U.S. and Israel build a relationship.
  • This relationship is believed to be derived from the core values that the two states share.
  • (Stephens & Morewood, 2009)

Doing Business in Israel

  • Relationship oriented society
    • Feelings and Emotions are most important (Israel, S.O, 2012).
  • The Native born Israeli is referred to as a Sabra. The word Sabra comes from the Sabra Cactus Plant- very thorny and threatening on the outside and very sweet and soft on the inside (Israel, S.O, 2012).

Doing Business in Israel

  • How to Dress
    • Wear your suit initially
    • Dress down on next meeting
  • Appointment & Time
    • Israeli’s want things done today- NOW!
    • Provide an agenda outlining objectives and timelines
    • Pay attention to when National holidays fall
            • Respect normal workday hours – Sun-Thurs 8am-5pm
            • Being on time to a meeting is relaxed.

Doing Business in Israel

  • Greeting & Conversation
    • Greet with a handshake
    • Quickly Move to first name basis
    • Maintain direct eye contact
    • Expect invitation for coffee
    • Always address Education level and refer to Doctor or Professor
    • Like to talk about your personal life, and about Israel’s
      • cuisine, arts technology, sport and tourist attractions
    • AVOID talking about Israel’s government, politics or religious issues

Doing Business in Israel

  • Gestures
    • Echo the way an Israeli sits during a meeting
    • Raising of the voice is a normal way of speaking
    • An Israeli will take a phone call during a meeting or allow people to interrupt
    • Lines are not formed to get on a bus or in busy areas
      • Nudge people with your elbow or you will be LAST in line
    • It is not common courtesy when passing someone on the street to say “Hi” or
    • to make eye contact.
      • You will be asked “Who are you?”
    • In religious communities
      • No left-hand handshakes
      • No gift giving
      • No touching, greeting or handshake with women
    • (Israel, S.O, 2012)

Doing Business in Israel

  • Negotiation
    • Best at negotiation- tough and friendly
    • negotiations
    • Start reasonably higher than what are
    • looking for in price
    • Have a translator
    • Get final negotiations in writing- Do not bring Attorney, send paperwork after meeting
    • (Israel, S.O, 2012).

Doing Business in Israel

  • Gift Giving
  • Visiting in the home
      • Chocolates, bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers are acceptable (Executive Planet, 2012).
    • Visiting in the office
      • Culture book from your home country, pen w/ company logo or global desk clock (Israel, S.O, 2012).
      • A framed photo of your and the Israeli associate (Israel, S.O, 2012).

Food & Dining

  • Restaurants are Kosher
    • Meat and dairy are not served
  • No pork products
  • American, Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Restaurants
  • Most common is Mediterranean-Middle Eastern
  • No special seating or etiquette codes in restaurants
  • (Executive Planet, 2012).


I look forward to your questions

Thank you!



Abu-Rabia, S. (1996). Factors Affecting the Learning of English as a Second Language in Israel. Journal Of Social Psychology, 136(5), 589-595.

Advameg, Inc. (2012). Israel. Retrieved from Countries and Their Cultures:


BBC. (2012, September 11). Israel Profile: Facts. Retrieved from BBC New Middle East: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14628840

Central Intelligence Agency. (2012, September 12). Middle East: Israel. Retrieved from The World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/is.html

Executive Planet. (2012). Israel: Culture. Retrieved from Michigan State University: Global Edge: http://globaledge.msu.edu/Countries/Israel/Culture

Granados, L. (2011). Erasing Women. Humanist, 71(4), 6-8.

Gumpel, T. (2007). Current Best Practices in Learning Disabilities in Israel. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 22(3), 202-209.


Bibliography (cont…):

Israel, S. O. (2012). Tips For Doing Business In Israel. Retrieved from Israel Economic & Cultural Office in Taipei : http://www.tamas.gov.il/NR/exeres/3614E1A7-2D84-4F27-A4DC-


Kalman, M. (2007). Israel's Latest Conflict: Paying for Higher Education. Chronicle Of Higher Education, 54(14), A27-A28.

Lindquist, T. (2010). Arabic Language and Culture in Israel Could Be an Object of Pride -- but Is Not. Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture, 16(3/4), 129- 134.

Muhlbauer, V. (2006). Domestic violence in Israel: changing attitudes. Annals Of The New York Academy Of Sciences, 1087301-310. 

Stephens, E., & Morewood, S. (2009). The Cultural Turn in the US-Israeli Relationship. Middle East Journal Of Culture & Communication, 2(1), 13-32. doi:10.1163/187398609X430598