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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wars are bad for business

We can handle the BDS'ers, and the overseas clients aren't too concerned when rockets hit Sderot, but scenes like this one - a 'Color Red' alert on the Ayalon expressway in Tel Aviv during Operation Pillar of Defense - may be causing Israel to lose some business.
A US company has ended negotiations with an Israeli firm for a large contract because of concern over area tension, setting off fears of a “security boycott.”
The unnamed American subsidiary of the L-3 space communications firm has cited “concern over the situation in the Middle East,” reported Israel Defense, which added, “The message that reached the company in Israel stated that ‘we do not want to approve suppliers from Israel.’”
Last month’s massive Hamas missile bombardment, which reached Tel Aviv, set off the alarm bells. At the time, several companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals, received worried phone calls from customers.
On the last day of the Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation, the American firm's officials sent a message to Israeli firms, according to Israel Defense, that although “It is true that we chose your product to answer a certain need, yet additional products were also examined, and they had to pass an internal tender.
“Our greatest concern at this time is with the turmoil in the Middle East, and the senior management does not want to approve more suppliers from Israel. This is a bad timing, but we will keep you informed if anything changes. We have the data of the products that were discussed, should things improve and an opportunity arises."
The message could have been expected from a country in Europe, which has an anti-Israel bias. but having come from the United States, it triggered concerns the same conclusion could spread to other companies.
No war in human  history has ever truly ended without one side soundly defeating the other. If we do not soundly and finally defeat the 'Palestinian' terror organizations - Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, the 'Palestinian Authority' - these periodic 'flare ups' will continue to disturb the peace. We keep saying that 'next time' we'll defeat them. It's time for 'next time' to come already. Otherwise, the wars will never end. 

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