Video Series: Business in Israel
Part 5: The High-Tech Kibbutz
Kibbutz Shamir is a story with a twist. Its founders sewed seeds for a different future— from its socialist, agricultural roots, the kibbutz has become a high-tech money maker.
Take the case of Shamir Optical. It's listed on the Nasdaq with a market cap of $150 million, and it’s looking to expand operations across the globe.
In part 5, Guy Johnson explains how this Israeli kibbutz near the Syrian and Lebanese borders landed on Wall Street.
Part 6: Working Together
Arab-Israeli Walid Abulafia is one of the country's wealthiest men. After building a fortune in the baking business, the Abulafia family is now expanding into real estate and construction.
Abulafia is building an international hotel, but most importantly, he hopes to show that Jews and Arabs can work together peacefully and profitably.