John Kerry Threatens but Israeli Innovation Blooms

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened Israel this past weekend, saying  “for Israel there is an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it, there is talk of boycott and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”  While Kerry talks about boycott, he should realize Israel will be just fine – with or without the United States. The Israeli innovation economy is booming – and no threats made by John Kerry will change that. The following are some great quotes on the booming Israeli economy and how it will continue to thrive regardless of John Kerry’s support.

Saul Klein, Venture Capitalist 

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(Photo: Wikipedia)

“You have within this tiny country – you can drive from east to west in an hour, from north to south in five – every major sector and subsector of the technology industry. What is next? All technology.”

Henry Swieca, Billionaire Co-Founder of Talpion Fund Management

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(Photo: Facebook)

“Israeli opportunity is amazing  -and the upswing is just starting.”

Forbes

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(Photo: Wiki Commons)

“… 2013 was a good year for Israeli technology firms and 2014 appears to be shining just as bright.”

Yossi Vardi, Godfather to more than 40 Start-Ups in Israel

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(Photo: David Shankbone/Wiki Commons)

“From birth, your mother will tell you that you have to succeed, that you have to be better than your cousin, or her friend’s son, or whoever.”

Haim Gouri, Israeli Poet, Novelist, and Journalist 

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(Photo: Adam Matan/ WIki Commons)

“I see you as the avant-garde force, the pioneer ahead of the crow. Don’t be ‘conditional’ Israelis. The biggest struggle of Israeli society, of the Jewish people, needs people like you. You need to be the political, moral and educational elite. You must keep the moral guidelines that define our existence as a people and pass them forward.”

Wall Street Journal 

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(Photo: WSJ/ Wiki Commons)

“Try as you might, it is extremely hard not to be a bit star-struck by the Israeli technology scene.”

Ben Rooney, Co-Editor in Chief of Informilo

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(Photo: Twitter)

“Reasons include the role of the Israeli Defense Forces, and in particular the high-tech Unit 8200; the unique cultural values of a country forged from centuries of oppression; and Jewish mothers.”

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Darren Kleinberg

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(Photo: Valley Beit Midrash)

“Ultimately, this form of collaboration presents an opportunity to build on — indeed, to multiply — the successes of both the innovation economy and the Jewish establishment around the country in a manner that will surely enrich the quality of Jewish life for those already engaged, as well as for those who are yet to become so.”

Avishai Abrahami, Wix Co-Founder & CEO

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(Photo: Wix)

“It’s not just about creating the first step or second steps of a company. We can also be good at building the company going forward. And maybe it’s time for us to think about ourselves as a country going from a startup nation to a high-tech nation, where startup is the first step, but companies are still built in Israel, maintained in Israel and grow from Israel.”

Michael Lichtenstein

“Israeli entrepreneurs move quick, think big and make it happen.”

Yair Zaafrany, JVP Community CEO 

JVP“We tell the kids about high-tech to make them part of the startup nation. We want to give them more opportunities, and the connection with JVP [Jerusalem Venture Partners] opens that world for them.”

 

And the most important message is Am Israel Chai (The Jewish People Live)!