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Israel's Technology Economy

Origins and Impact

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of the Israeli Startup Nation phenomenon

  • Examines an increasingly important side of Israel that is usually overlooked, namely high tech, politics, and economy

  • Offers ideas how to create a tech-based economy and the political challenges involved


Part of the Middle East in Focus book series (MEF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Rosenberg
    Pages 1-16
  3. David Rosenberg
    Pages 17-36
  4. David Rosenberg
    Pages 37-56
  5. David Rosenberg
    Pages 57-79
  6. David Rosenberg
    Pages 81-101
  7. David Rosenberg
    Pages 103-121
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    Pages 123-142
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    Pages 143-163
  10. David Rosenberg
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  11. David Rosenberg
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  12. David Rosenberg
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  13. David Rosenberg
    Pages 231-244
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 245-275

About this book


This book documents how Israel emerged as one of the world's leading centers of high technology over the last three decades and the impact that it has had, or failed to have, on the wider economy and politics. Based on the study of start-up companies, the project attributes the rise of Israel's tech economy to its unique history, political system, and culture, and shows how those same factors have failed it in the quest to diversify its economy to make it more inclusive and equitable. This work will interest economists, political scientists, Israeli studies academics, investors, policy makers, journalists, and business readers.

David Rosenberg is Business Editor and Commentator for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz. He has reported on Israeli economics and politics for close to three decades for Bloomberg, The Jerusalem Post, and Reuters. He is the author of Cloning Silicon Valley


Agriculture Socialism Collectivism Entrepreneurialism Human Capital Inequality Poverty Israeli Arabs Haredim Israel

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.EfratIsrael

About the authors

David Rosenberg is Business Editor and Commentator for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz. He has reported on Israeli economics and politics for close to three decades for Bloomberg, The Jerusalem Post, and Reuters. He is the author of Cloning Silicon Valley

Bibliographic information


“This book is unusually valuable in providing a rich summary and analysis of the Israeli economy, as well as an honest view of the lessons and challenges facing its important and growing technology sector.” (Dany Bahar, Israel Studies Review, Vol. 33 (3), 2018)

“David Rosenberg, in ‘Israel’s Technology Economy,’ is putting that song of praise in timely perspective with a thoroughly researched, lucidly written, and well-structured analysis of the Israeli economy’s merits and drawbacks, punctuated by a road map for Israel’s next economic revolution.” (Amotz Asa-El, The Jerusalem Report, October 1, 2018)

“A deep look at Israel’s startup phenomenon and its impact on the local economy. The book … goes behind the hype to take a deep look at the data, and in a very readable and easy to understand way … .” (Shoshanna Solomon,, June, 2018)“There are few analysts as insightful regarding Israel tech business as David Rosenberg. Not only does he know the territory, the companies, the data and all of the players but he puts together what has happened and where we are going. Must reading for investors in the start-up nation.” (Jonathan Medved, CEO of OurCrowd, Israel)