Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Israel's Pivot to Asia

Insights from Avital Leibovich. MK headshot

By Mercy A. Kuo

THE DIPLOMAT - September 14, 2016

The Rebalance author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into the U.S. rebalance to Asia.  This conversation with Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Avital Leibovich – Director of the American Jewish Committee’s Jerusalem office, with a distinguished career spanning over 20 years in a wide range of senior media and public relations positions within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as former Head of the Interactive Media Branch of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and Head of the Foreign Press Branch – is the 59th in “The Rebalance Insight Series.”
With the United States, China, and India as some of Israel’s top trading partners, what is the Asia-Pacific region’s strategic relevance to Israel?
Israel has a very diverse and innovative economy. The high-tech industry, agri-tech and entrepreneurship in Israel are rapidly expanding. As the Asia Pacific constitutes some of the world’s largest populations and economies, Israel finds these countries to have great potential for businesses, and vice versa, I believe that China and India are also interested in the great industrial potential that Israel has.