The recent presentation by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the Iran nuclear deal showed the incredible intelligence capabilities of Israel. We also learned that the first country to be privy to this invaluable intelligence was the United States. Intelligence is just one element of the U.S-Israel “special relationship.” The U.S-Israel relationship benefits the U.S military and intelligence services tremendously. However, Israel has generated significant value to the U.S economy, in particular to the hi-tech sector. Technology giants such as Intel, IBM, Google, Apple, HP, Facebook, Amazon, and many others could point directly to their Israeli operations as being a key factor in giving their companies a technological edge.
Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated in his speech at the UN in 2016, that Israel has no better friend than the United States. President Trump has also stated that the United States has “no better friend anywhere.” However, the “special relationship” between the two countries could be jeopardized if an Israel-hating Democrat is elected president. Many in the Democrat party are developing a more anti-Israel tone to appease their growing Muslim voting base. The Congressional Black Caucus has become increasingly critical of Israel. Potential presidential candidates such as Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are slowly abandoning Israel in exchange for the Muslim vote. Senator Sanders has total disdain for Israel as well. Senator Sanders has also been appallingly sympathetic to jihad groups.
So which country would benefit the most from a weakened or de-emphasized U.S-Israel relationship? The answer is China. China is working relentlessly to overtake the United States as the leader of the world. China is investing tens of billions of dollars in its tech sector. China has also stolen billions of dollars worth of intellectual property from the United States, particularly during the Obama administration, an administration that had total contempt for the U.S-Israel relationship.
China has taken notice of how successful U.S technology firms have been in Israel. As a result, Chinese tech giants are rapidly investing in the Jewish state. In 2016 alone, Chinese companies invested $16.5 billion in Israel. In 2017, bilateral trade between the two countries increased to 11 billion dollars. Chinese tech companies such as Lenovo, Baidu, Huawei, Xiaomi, and Kuang Chi have already set up research centres in Israel. Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings has become a major player in Israel as well. This week, Jack Ma, the CEO of China’s largest technology company, Alibaba, is visiting the new Alibaba research centre in Tel Aviv. Jack Ma will also be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu after he receives an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University. In the next two years, China and Israel will sign a free trade agreement as well.
The Chinese (who are not fools) place little to no importance to the BDS Movement, especially when it comes to their economic relations with Israel. China cares about the abundance of Israeli technology and innovation, and how that can benefit China. In contrast, the vast majority of Democrats are only interested in what will get them elected. Many anti-American Democrats would not think twice about abandoning Israel in favor of the valueless “Palestinians.” Many Democrats would also not have any issue with embracing the BDS Movement, at the expense of the U.S technology, military, and intelligence sectors. If someone like Bernie Sanders is elected president, and “gifts” Israel to China, the U.S will pay a price in the age of high-technology. A big price.
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Over a decade ago, just before Israel was widely known as an innovation superpower, and well before the publication of the book “Start-up Nation” which then became Israel’s moniker, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and business magnate and investor Warren Buffett each paid high-profile visits to Israel.
Gates, one of the wealthiest people in the world and a prolific philanthropist, made the trip in 2005 when Microsoft already had a growing presence in Israel. Headlines at the time were filled with his praises for Israel as an integral part of Silicon Valley and a place with many technological talents. Buffett’s visit in 2006 came months after he acquired Israeli manufacturing company Iscar for a reported $4 billion.
Both of these visits were very closely covered, much like celebrity visits are, with every complimentary utterance by the American giants of industry making the news. The trips marked a stamp-of-approval for Israel’s hi-tech ecosystem and heralded a new era of recognition for the country’s tech abilities. Both Gates and Buffett have since grown their interests in the country with various investments.
Now, Israel is being paid a visit from another influential business and tech billionaire – Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, with revenues of close to $160 billion in 2017.
This is Ma’s first trip to Israel, where he will meet with Israeli political and business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs. The exact itinerary of the visit is still under wraps but Ma arrived on Monday with an entourage of 35 senior Alibaba executives and has meetings scheduled with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and with Minister of Economy Eli Cohen….
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