Barkat: I want to double Israel's GDP within 15 years

Published date23 January 2023
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
"Based on the success of the GDP growth year after year in the past, my vision is to double the GDP of Israel in 15 years," said the former Jerusalem mayor. "That means that we have to be on average 5% growth of our GDP year after year. That is a huge undertaking for Israel and based on our competitive advantage and our will to work around the world and to create friends, this is something that is within reach, and it's something that our government is taking on."

The tech sector

Another important factor in ensuring the growth necessary to hit Barkat's lofty goal is the growth of the country's tech sector, which represents a significant chunk of Israel's economy.

"That means that the tech sector's export has to grow more than 10% year after year. Today we have about 350,000 tech employees in Israel, that's 9% of the labor force; in 20 to 25 years, we have to reach 2 million, which will be 25% of the labor force. That's a huge undertaking for us to fulfill that vision," Barkat said.

Something that may impede this growth, however, is the new government's planned reform of the judiciary system, which would severely limit the authority of Israel's High Court. Critics have pointed out that the reform's plan to remove the High Court's ability to check the power of the Knesset would result in harsh negative effects on Israel's business sector, particularly the country's credit rating and reputation among foreign investors.

"With the changes [to the legal system] that are being...

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