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New Israeli Prime Minister is Also the Former Head of the Ministry of Telecommunications

Yesterday, more than five million Israelis eligible voters selected a new Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert.  I am not here to write about border and security issues,  how the Jewish state will change, or the impact of the new politcal party, Kadima, which was formed less than six months ago by Ariel Sharon.

It is interesting to note that  Olmert is the only government leader in the history of the free (and
the not so free) world to have actually presided over telecom policy.
Aside from being in the Knesset and the Mayor Jerusalem, he headed the Ministry of Communications.

There may be some lessons to be learned not only in politics, but in
foreign telecommunications regulation and policy that we can all learn here.  AT&T, which is headquartered where I live in San Antonio is staking its future on IP Communications, and it’s well documented that IP was commercialized in Israel.

There may be some lessons to be learned not only in politics, but in
foreign telecommunications regulation and policy.  There may also be
some new market opportunities to explore as AT&T is staking its future on IP Communications. It’s well documented
that IP was commercialized in Israel.  Maybe AT&T should look to
the likes of Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel, who have R & D
centers there.

Last summer, I had a chance to visit with Mr. Olmert in Israel when I was traveling with our client, Jeff Pulver.  We not only briefed him on how we were
recognizing a collective group of innovative leaders who helped
commercialize the space, but told him that there plans in the works to
hold a VON event in Israel.  This summer, it will be a reality.

Friday morning I will be on a plane headed back to Israel. 

I hope to be seeing a country moving forward not only in its
political agenda to rightfully protect itself, but continue to export-
and monetize its intellectual property in IP communications and
Internet related industries.

 

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