Israeli investment creates jobs in America

  • Foreign direct investment (FDI) supports over 5.6 million jobs in the U.S.[1]
  • Israel is one of America’s top 20 suppliers of FDI.[2]
  • Israeli companies invested more than $50 billion in the U.S. between 2000 and 2009. [3]
  • In 2010 Israeli companies invested $7.2 billion in the U.S., nearly 4 percent of total U.S. FDI that year. [4]
  • Many Israeli companies, including Given Imaging, Amdocs, Netafim, and BrightSource, have opened offices across the U.S.[5]
  • The U.S. passed new visa legislation in June 2012 to further encourage Israelis to invest in America and create even more jobs. [6]

U.S.-Israel cooperation creates jobs in America

  • The Binational Science Foundation (BSF), Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), and Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation (BARD) are joint projects of the U.S. and Israeli governments.
  • Their goal is to stimulate, promote, and support cooperation between American and Israeli businesses and scientists. [7]
  • These organizations have helped create anywhere between 18,000 and 200,000 jobs in the U.S. depending on the estimates used. [8]

U.S. aid to Israel creates jobs in America

  • Israel is pledged to spend nearly 75 percent of the military aid it receives from the U.S. (roughly $2.25 billion) on products manufactured across America. [9]
  • This spending directly supports over 20,000 jobs and indirectly supports thousands of other jobs according to recent estimates. [10]
  • More than 1,000 companies in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have signed contracts worth billions of dollars through the U.S. aid to Israel program. [11]

Israel buys American

  • Israelis bought $14 billion worth of goods from U.S. companies in 2011 and over $148 billion worth since 1996.[12]
  • Israelis bought $2.6 billion worth of services from U.S. companies in 2009. [13]

Israel helps train American innovators and job creators

  • Cornell University and Israel’s Technion have joined forces to create the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in New York City. This new university will train the next generation of American leaders in technology and innovation.[14]

[1] Jose W. Fernandez, “Foreign Direct Investment Supports U.S. Jobs,” DipNote, October 7, 2011, at
[2] AIPAC, “Technology & Innovation,” n.d., at
[3] AIPAC, “Technology & Innovation,” op cit.
[4] Office of the United States Trade Representative, “Israel,” n.d., at; David Payne and Fenwick Yu, “Foreign Direct Investment in the United States,” U.S. Department of Commerce, June 2011, at
[5] Given Imaging, “Locations,” n.d., at; Amdocs, “Worldwide Locations,” n.d., at; Netafim, “Worldwide,” n.d., at; BrightSource, “Contact,” n.d., at
[6] Felicia Escobar, “New Visa Legislation Enables Israel Investors to Create American Jobs,” White House Blog, June 15, 2012, at
[7] United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, “About,” n.d., at; BIRD, “What is BIRD,” n.d., at; United States-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, “Mission,” n.d., at
[8] Economic Strategy Institute, “A Certain Future for the U.S.-Israel Technology Partnership,” December 2011, at
[9] Jeremy M. Sharp, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, March 12, 2012, at; AIPAC, “Aid to Israel” n.d., at
[10] Dave Schechter, “Aid to Israel, and the bang for those bucks,” CNN, January 31, 2009, at
[12] Jewish Virtual Library, “U.S. Exports to Israel, By State,” 2011, at
[13] Office of the United States Trade Representative, “Israel,” n.d., at
[14] Cornell University, “Cornell Now 2015,” n.d., at

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