A Bond of equal partners
by Joe Ozer
As I write this, I am sitting on a coach driving around Poland on March of the Living.
I’ve been able to sit and reflect on the last 3 ½ years, working with Israel Bonds. Looking out at the vast forests we are passing helps to put into perspective why it was so important for David Ben Gurion to turn to the supporters of the new fledgling State of Israel and secure the country’s future.
Ben Gurion recognised that for the Jewish People to have a home, to live in safety, they must have a state of their own. And in order for it to be a secure refuge where Jews could build lives of dignity and prosperity, Israel would have to become economically successful.
In the aftermath of WW1 and WW2, many countries came into being. But only Israel has managed to create and maintain a long-term, consistent and dependable diaspora bond program, an unbroken lineage of 68 years.
Today’s Israel is a success story. A world-renowned innovator, Israel enjoys a thriving and resilient economy,
with a growing population:
- According to London Economist Intelligence Unit: ”…The country [Israel] has several key advantages, particularly its high level of skills and technology and its favourable demographic profile. This should ensure that the economy continues to expand more rapidly than that of most developed countries…
- Over 500 multinational corporations (MNCs) from 35 countries are active in Israel, a majority of them seeking to enhance their core capabilities through collaborative innovation, according to a new survey. Titled “The State of Innovation,” the report was released by Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) and PwC Israel (PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Ltd).
- Israel’s population has exceeded 9 million people this year – the miraculous fulfilment of Ben Gurion’s statement in 1950 that he could imagine a Jewish state of ten million.
So today, the call to action for Israel Bonds has morphed from ‘Israel needs your help’ to a more important ‘How can Israel help you?’
Over the past 71 years, the dynamic has shifted from bonding with the Diaspora out of existential necessity to a bond of equal partners, an enduring connection that is about more than a financial transaction alone.
I’ve had the privilege of working with Israel Bonds since early September 2015. At that time, we had a lot of work to do in order to get to the same exposure as our American and Canadian colleagues. Perhaps one of our biggest challenges were and still are:
- How do we become known by people who have never heard of Israel Bonds what it is and what it signifies?
- In a world where people are seeking added value for the products they buy, what is the distinctive value-add that we provide?
The answers are compelling. Israel Bonds can be a platform for our clients to build up their business and social contacts and to network with audiences who share common interests in Europe, Latin America and North America.
Israel Bonds can be used for many different purposes – as diverse as providing a meaningful gift for life-cycle celebrations; placing ‘a piece of Israel’ in retirement plans; saving for tuition fees for children or grandchildren; or simply adding a product with a 68 year history (and counting) to one’s investment portfolio.
My message is simple: celebrate the State of Israel. Come to an Israel Bonds event. Buy an Israel Bond and invest in the Jewish State.
From the brink of destruction, we’ve had a hand in building a strong nation. Brick by brick and bond by bond.
Now, you can engage in the State of Israel as the State wants to engage with you!
Joe Ozer is the Executive Director of European Operations for Israel Bonds/Development Company for Israel (International) Limited
London Economist Intelligence Unit.
Start-Up Nation Central
PwC Israel (PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Ltd)
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