Ambassador Eitan Na’eh visited metro Phoenix, and we were hosted in a hilltop home to discuss trade and politics. Special thanks to organizers Hugh Hallman and Rep. Tony Rivero, making this event possible, and allowing members of Global Chamber® to attend.
Pictured... on right Mayor Jim Lane of City of Scottsdale and on left, our host Sue.
Ambassador Na'eh was most recently the Israeli Ambassador to Turkey, but was expelled in May, 2018 as both countries tussled over politics. The Ambassador had settled in Ankara from London, where he was deputy ambassador. He served in Israel’s embassy in Ankara for a number of years starting in 1993, before going to Chicago in 1997 to be deputy consul-general.
From 2001 to 2005, Na’eh was ambassador to Azerbaijan, and he also has served as head of the Turkey, Greece and Cyprus desk in the Foreign Ministry, as well as in a senior position on the National Security Council.
Currently Ambassador Na'eh is based at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles.
Per the OEC, Israel is the 48th largest export economy in the world and the 17th most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index (ECI). In 2017, Israel exported US$48.8B and imported US$62.5B, resulting in trade deficit of US$13.7B.
In 2017 the GDP of Israel was US$350B and its GDP per capita was US$38.3K.
The top exports of Israel are Diamonds ($10.7B), Healthcare ($4.72B), Integrated Circuits ($2.19B), Refined Petroleum ($1.58B) and Agricultural Chemicals ($1.35B). Its top imports are Diamonds ($5.87B), Crude Petroleum ($3.98B), Cars ($3.79B), Photo Lab Equipment ($1.85B) and Broadcasting Equipment ($1.69B).
Top export destinations of Israel are the U.S. ($18.2B), China ($3.66B), Belgium-Luxembourg ($1.91B), India ($1.85B) and Germany ($1.78B). The top importing countries are the U.S. ($6.93B), China ($5.91B), Switzerland ($4.67B), Germany ($4.18B) and Belgium-Luxembourg ($3.91B).
Israel borders Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria by land, and Cyprus by sea.