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Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Hard times ahead for car sales in Israel

New car deliveries fell only slightly in the first half of 2019 but can be expected to plunge in the second half.

Yisrael Katz Photo; ASAP Creative Shutterstock Israeli minister's Chinese romance provokes US

Recruiting a Chinese company to operate Haifa Bay Port was a highlight of Transport Minister Yisrael Katz's pro-China policy, but US intervention threatens a repeat of the Phalcon affair crisis with China.

Mobileye Photo: PR Did Intel get a bargain?

Intel's acquisition of Mobileye was one fairly small move in the great global auto-tech game.

Mobileye a magnet for investment in Israel

The stream of global venture capital investment in Israel's auto-tech industry will now reach huge proportions.

Better Place in wrong place at wrong time

The idea is right: carmakers, including those that gave Better Place a chilly reception, are investing serious capital in long-term plans to develop electric cars.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli A diplomatic crisis Israel cannot afford

Transport Minister Yisrael Katz's Facebook posts about his reprimand of Ford and US Embassy officials have vanished.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Roadside cameras are about money, not safety

Junction cameras mainly catch vehicles going through on green, just too fast -but are they lucrative!

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Counting the cost of traffic cameras

Malam Team will receive NIS 335 million for the project, and NIS 22 million a year in operating fees - NIS 400,000 per camera per year.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Cars targeted to fill budget hole

The Finance Ministry knows the numbers very well, and it knows that 1% increase in the purchase tax on cars is worth NIS 125 million a year in revenues.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Better Place took some wrong turns

The electric vehicle company underestimated the power of the leasing companies.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Gov't must kick start Better Place

The only thing that can get Better Place moving is government intervention.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Gov't helps Better Place with words, not deeds

The government and government companies have not yet bought even one electric car for use by their employees.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Driving on without Shai Agassi

Better Place's ability to break the Israeli sales barrier depends on its ability to bypass the leasing companies.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli A tough place

We don't know whether Shai Agassi went or was pushed, but he certainly chose a difficult proving ground for his electric car vision.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Twisted logic on car taxation

The Ministry of Finance is penalizing smaller cars, while the big gas guzzlers are untouched.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli Prestige car brands fight for new market share

The entry of Mercedes into the accessible price bracket this week turns the luxury market into a battleground.

Dubi Ben-Gedalyahu  illustration : Gil Gibli The BMW time bomb

Ministers face a tough choice over their official car - to go with their hearts, or their political heads.

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