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Past articles by David:

Netanyahu Gives Israel Its Liz Truss Moment

Israel’s ministers piled on so many demands that by the time the cabinet approved the 2023-24 budget, no one knew how big it was. So much for promises of fiscal responsibility → Read More

The Ukraine War Is Killing Globalization. Can Israel Cope?

As the world fragments into new trading blocs, Israel and its small, open economy face serious problems to which our leaders seem willfully blind → Read More

Bibi’s Blunder: He’s Made Enemies With Israel’s Elite

Netanyahu can command a majority in parliament for the judicial ‘reform,’ but he risks alienating the very people who make Israel run → Read More

If Israel’s Judicial Reform Is So Bad, Why Is the Shekel Doing So Well?

The financial markets don’t play politics and Netanyahu’s plans don’t pose an immediate threat to the economy. That doesn’t mean the day won’t come → Read More

Could High-tech Opposition Torpedo Judicial Reform in Israel?

Unlike other opponents of judicial reform in Israel, Startup Nation has the power to bring Israel’s economy to its knees. → Read More

Egypt and Jordan Grapple With Fallout From the War in Ukraine

The two countries’ economy have been especially hard by the conflict and neither have any realistic answer for what to do part from muddling along → Read More

Bibi’s Fake News Inflation Policy for Israel

Netanyahu and Smotrich unveiled a plan to combat the effects of spiral inflation, but inflation isn’t out of control and their plan won’t save consumers money. → Read More

This Is How Israel’s Economy Could Succumb to Populism

Argentina, Turkey and South Africa all had thriving economies until they put leaders into power who destroyed everything in short order. → Read More

How Israel Will Weather a Global Economic Slump in 2023

Israel was the fourth-best-performing economy in 2022. The outlook for next year is something else entirely. → Read More

Did Qatar’s World Cup Get It the Best PR $300 Billion Can Buy?

Of course not: No PR is worth that kind of money, but image-boosting wasn’t at the top of Sheikh Tamim’s agenda → Read More

What Israel's Next Finance Minister Means When He Promises Torah-guided Economics

It’s the Deuteronomy, stupid: Finance Minister-designate Bezalel Smotrich says religious observance will bring prosperity – but offers up policies that would do the exact opposite → Read More

Talmud and Jewish Values Are Now King of the Classroom

Science who? Netanyahu’s coalition partners are planning to undercut the very things in Israeli education that make the economy run. → Read More

Is the Populist Curse About to Infect Israel’s Economic Policy?

A minor back-and-forth in the Knesset this week may portend the end of the Golden Age of policy pragmatism in Israel. → Read More

Will Politics Kill a ‘Win-win’ Deal to Swap Israeli Water for Jordanian Solar Power?

While Israel is swimming in desalinated water, its eastern neighbor is desperate for more H2O, as are the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. The hope is that necessity will dampen any political opposition to the deal → Read More

Qatar Is Just the Start of the Gulf’s Rise to World Sports Capital

Riches and repression give the Middle East an edge over rivals to host the Olympics, the World Cup and other events. → Read More

We’ve Seen Bitcoin’s Future and It’s Lebanon

FTX’s collapse isn’t just a bump on the road to a brilliant future for cryptocurrencies. Crypto has its uses, mainly as a last resort in failed states. → Read More

These two politicians want to lead Israel's Finance Ministry. Careful what you wish for

Shas leader Arye Dery and Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich are both in contention for the job, even though their economic policy proposals remain a mystery at this stage → Read More

Electing Far-right Leaders in Israel Is a Vote Against Startup Nation

Netanyahu, Smotrich and Ben-Gvir don’t intend to wreak havoc on the Israeli economy, but their political priorities may do just that. → Read More

Qatar Gambles on Soccer World Cup Netting It Wealth and Glory

The tiny but rich emirate hopes to leverage the tournament this November and December to lure investment and boost its soft power credentials → Read More

Even if Israel Agrees to a Border Deal, Energy Riches Are Distant Dream for Lebanon

Dysfunctional and corrupt government, security concerns and obstacles to exporting argue against Lebanon developing its gas reservoirs → Read More