Doing Business with Israel


Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

First Aid 101

Fire Department 102

Police 100

Information line 144

Important web links and contacts


Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv –

Embassy of the State of Israel in Prague –

Government portal –

Office of the Prime Minister –

Israel Customs Tariff –

Ministry of Economy and Trade –

Database, statistics

Dun & Bradstreet Israel – Business Database

Central Bureau of Statistics

Banking, insurance, stock exchange

Leumi Bank

Bank Hapoalim

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank

Discount Bank

First International Bank

Mercantile Bank

Migdal Insurance

Harel Insurance Company

Stock Exchange

Tenders and their main announcers

Tender portal

Israel Electric Corporation

Israel Ports Authority

Israel Railways

Bezeq Telecommunication Company

Exhibitions and trade fair activities

Tel Aviv Fair Grounds

Stier – a major organizer of exhibitions and fairs

Economic press and web news


The Marker

Israel Economic Intelligence

The Jerusalem Post

Times of Israel

Haaretz newspaper

Yediot Achronot

More information

Corporate Yellow Pages

Description of cultural differences in business practice

Israel-Czech Chamber of Commerce and Industry

23 Efal St. Prisma Building

POB 3286

Petah Tikva, Israel 49511

Phone: +972 3 924 92 16

Fax: +972 3 546 63 19


Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Jerusalem10, Halel St.

Fax: +972 2 625 4335

PO Box 2083 Jerusalem 91020

Phone: +972 2 625 4333/4

Email: [email protected]

Czech-Israeli Mixed Chamber of Commerce (ČISOK)

Blaník Palace Wenceslas Square 56

113 26 Prague 1

Tel.: 224 032 161


Investment Promotion Center

5 Bank of Israel Street

Jerusalem 91036


Phone: +972 2 6662607 Fax: +972 2 666-2938

Email: [email protected]


Manufacturers Association of Israel (MAI)

Industry House 29, Hamered Str.

PO Box 50022 Tel Aviv 6150001 Israel

Phone: +972 3 519 8856


Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC)

84, Hahashmonaim St. PO Box 20027 Tel Aviv 61200

Phone: +972 3 563 1020 Fax: +972 3 561 9027

Email: [email protected]


Israel Institute for Export and International Cooperation

Industry House

29, Hamered St. PO Box 50084 Tel Aviv 6812511 Israel

Phone: +972 3 514 2830



The Ten Commandments for Doing Business with Israel

The PaulSourcing agency has prepared ten recommendations for doing business with Israel for Czech entrepreneurs interested in business relations with Israel.

  1. Choose a good partner For those interested in exporting to Israel, it is reasonable to try to find a local partner who knows the market, customs and language well. Establishing your own branch is usually not economically justified and realistic for most suppliers. The local partner can have the position of either a sales agent on a commission basis or a distributor trading on its own account.
  2. Take your time with exclusivity It is common for local representatives to insist on exclusivity. To begin with, we can recommend exclusivity limited in time and conditional on the turnover achieved. Partners will certainly resist this at first, but the negotiations are worth it.
  3. Use English or Russian If you are not going to do business in Israel personally, you do not need to learn Hebrew. Most partners will speak English very well; some of them (due to their origin) also speak Russian, which can be a certain advantage for us.
  4. Defend price and quality In general, the price factor always plays a significant role in negotiations, together with quality, delivery time, after-sales service, reliability of the supplier and his references. The Israeli market is highly competitive, at the same time there is still a tendency to somewhat underestimate the quality of products from our part of Europe compared to Western European or American competition.
  5. Expect to be straight-talking Israelis can be very tough in business negotiations and usually speak their minds. They also understand literally what you say. Their behavior can sometimes seem impolite. If you adapt to it and don’t let yourself get carried away, you will be their equal partner. It is always advisable to confirm the results of the meeting in writing.
  6. Forget additional haggling Unlike Arab traders, the Israeli offer is often final with no room for further bargaining. Enforcement of additional price adjustments or changes in payment terms are practically impossible.
  7. Don’t expect much flexibility It is important to observe the normal standards of business negotiations, such as the ability to establish personal relationships with partners, personal presence at important meetings, flexibility and dynamism of negotiations. On the contrary, flexibility is not a strong point of the Israeli counterparts – you have to prepare for the fact that in many cases they insist on their terms until the end.
  8. Respect the free Saturday The normal working hours of commercial companies are on Sunday – Thursday 8:00 – 16:00, on Friday 8:00 – 13:00 (if they work on Friday). State offices are open Sunday – Thursday 7:30 – 16:00 and are closed on Friday and Saturday. This restriction must be taken into account when arranging meetings, on the other hand, you can work on Sundays. When it comes to Saturdays, we prefer not to even call our business partners – unless we know them well – it can be taken as impoliteness.
  9. Tolerate informal clothing It is recommended to confirm the business meeting in advance by phone. Israelis often go to business meetings, especially in the summer, in casual clothes – without jacket and tie, in sandals.
  10. Prepare for a diverse society It is necessary to keep in mind the enormous diversity of Israeli society in terms of area of ​​origin (old settlers, USA, Europe, former USSR, Arab countries, Africa) and cultural-social aspects. All these factors influence the attitude and behavior of various groups within Israeli society, including entrepreneurs.


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