The war that began Oct. 7 with Hamas’ killing of 1,200 people and abduction of more than 240 others shook Israel and Israelis to their core. Particularly impacted was Israel’s vibrant economy. With hundreds of thousands of Israelis internally displaced or serving in the military and most foreign workers unavailable, labor is short. International investors are worried. Government spending is up, tax collections down. Discussing the war’s economic effects, comparable effects in past conflicts and the future of the Start-Up Nation are Dr. Itai Ater of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, Talia Rafaeli of venture capital firm KOMPAS, and Danielle Abraham of Volcani International Partnerships and ReGrow Israel. Moderating CIE’s 18th weekly webinar on the war Feb. 14 is Dr. Ken Stein, CIE’s president and an Emory University emeritus professor of Middle East history, political science and Israel studies.
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