Daniel Shapiro, Avi Hasson, Ann Liebschutz 370.
(photo credit: Matty Stern/US Embassy)
An “unsung story” of the relationship between Israel and the United States is
the deep scientific and technological bond between the two nations, the US
Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro said Tuesday night.
between Washington and Jerusalem on political and security issues can sometimes
overshadow the “positive relationship in R&D and with the innovators,” he
“I think people in the American hi-tech community, obviously, [and]
diplomatic people, with their own connection to Israel, know the story,” Shapiro
said. “But I actually think that story has not been as widely
Shapiro’s comments came at a Herzliya event marking the release of
the “US-Israel Innovation Index,” a report that aims to quantify the close
scientific and technological relationship between the US and Israel. The
document was created by the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation, an
organization created jointly by the governments to foster economic
The report compares the relationship between the US and
Israel with the US’s relationship to other major economies.
quantifies the current state of these relationships, it does not track the
history or trajectory of the relationship.
Instead, the foundation
intended to provide a baseline to be compared with in subsequent
The baseline metrics are divided into four categories: government
relationships, human capital, industry cooperation and research and development
The foundation found that the relationship is “balanced and
broad-based” and falls third on an aggregate ranking of US relationships with
other economies. Switzerland and Canada ranked higher than Israel on the
“Israel is viewed as an R&D destination of choice among many
US companies, while many Israeli companies enter the US market to obtain capital
and penetrate a large economic market,” the report states.
countries’ relationship is “unique and important” to the “innovation ecosystem”
in Israel, Avi Hasson, the chief scientist at the Economy Ministry, said at the
The report’s findings are generally not surprising, said Ann
Liebschutz, the foundation’s executive director, but will allow the foundation
to “identify trends to the positive, and we can identify if there are trends to
the negative” in the future.