Recently, German Minister for Economy and Technology Dr. Philip Rösler visited California’s Silicon Valley to promote native start-up companies to U.S. investors. A special workshop was hosted by the German Silicon Valley Accelerator program located in America’s digital heartland.
The Trumpet has drawn specific attention to the European Union’s Digital Agenda and avowed goal to tackle U.S. domination of the Internet economy in pursuit of a “European Dream” to increase entrepreneurial leadership, innovation and international influence.
So it came as no surprise that Rösler, accompanied by more than 70 entrepreneurs, recently traveled to Israel’s Silicon Wadi. The German business executives hailed from a wide array of market sectors such as, e-commerce, entertainment, advertising, media, health care and biotech.
The sheer magnitude of the government-led delegation revealed the level of intent Europe’s strongest economy has in trade relations with the Jews. Israel’s Trade Center, Export Institute, Chambers of Commerce and Manufacturers Association worked together to host a special conference for their guests. The forum enabled key decision-makers to view firsthand the enticing start-up atmosphere and discuss future alliances with local businesses. “We hope that this visit will lead to many new partnerships and that the bilateral trade will extend to new areas and sectors,” said Hemdat Sagi, director Israel’s Trade Center.
Top of the daytime agenda for the German economic minister was a meeting in Tel Aviv with his counterpart, Naftali Bennett. Discussion centered on continuation and expansion of trade relations, with Dr. Rösler noting, “Israel and especially Tel Aviv are known worldwide for their strong founders scene–Germany for its powerful smes [small and medium enterprises]. Under these conditions, the bilateral cooperation will be a success.”
Evening hours were spent on the roof top of the famed Bar Valium. Hosted by the Trade Center, the informal setting enabled further establishment of contacts and closing of deals for more than 30 locally participating start-up companies.
Last year, the two countries traded over €5.3 billion, dominated by €3.7 billion in German exports to Israel, topped off by its €1.6 billion in materials to Germany. Chief items imported by the Jews were machines, vehicles, and chemical items, with exports featuring food, engineering, chemicals and electronics.
For Israel, as with continental Europe and pro-Western Mideast countries, Germany is the most vital regional economic partner. The economic fruit borne from this and future business trips will underscore the confidence expressed by the German economic minister that “bilateral cooperation will be a success.”
Why this increased economic bond? The answer is found in the inspired writings of Hosea the prophet. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound” (Hosea 5:13). Both Britain and Judah are mentioned here, with the Hebrew translation revealing their respective overtures toward Germany as a result of their incurable “wound,” or peace pacts (Obadiah 1:7).
“Why does Judah go to Germany?” asks our editor in chief in his booklet Hosea: Reaping the Whirlwind. “Already the European Union has been mentioned publicly as a protector to Israel as the U.S. grows weaker. Germany has grown more and more active in the region. It sent observers to look after the border with Egypt after Israel vacated the Gaza Strip; it sent peacekeepers to Lebanon after the Hezbollah-Israel war in the summer of 2006; for some years there has been talk of German troops helping to secure the Golan Heights should Israel give this strategic area back to Syria. Germany now has its navy deployed throughout the whole of the Mediterranean, one of the world’s most strategic waterways, from Gibraltar to Suez. Relations between German and Israeli politicians are the best they have been in decades.”
Expect more rapid political trust, and trade and military partnerships to be cemented between these two countries in fulfillment of this prophecy in Hosea. However, it may shock you to learn that this will lead to a double cross of historic proportions. Request Hosea: Reaping the Whirlwind to learn more of this and other unfolding and impending prophecies. ▪