Beating the Odds Together

Beating the Odds Together

50 Years of Singapore–Israel Ties

Mattia Tomba


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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Singapore and Israel's long and fruitful relationship. From Jewish contributions to the economic, political and social development of early and modern-day Singapore, to current-day collaborations between both countries in the fields of science and technology, the Lion City and the Start-up Nation have forged strong and indelible bonds. Written by eminent Singaporeans and Israelis, the articles in this volume trace the growth and development of Singapore-Israel bilateral ties over the past five decades and celebrate the mutually beneficially relationship between the two countries.

  • Foreword (Goh Chok Tong)
  • Preface (Sagi Karni)
  • Introduction (Mattia Tomba)
  • Singapore: Israel in Southeast Asia? (Bilahari Kausikan)
  • A Special Relationship that Continues to Grow (Winston Choo)
  • Celebrating the Israel–Singapore Golden Jubilee: Working Towards Continued Partnership (Simona Halperin)
  • Reflection on Singapore–Israel Relations (George Yeo)
  • A Mexican Fandango with a Poisonous Shrimp (Peter Ho)
  • Jewish Practice of Tikkun Olam and Interfaith Relations in Singapore (Rabbi Jean Pierre Fettmann)
  • A Brief History of Jews in Singapore (Victor Sassoon)
  • The History of Jewish Synagogues in Singapore (Edmund Lim)
  • The Story of Israeli architecture in Singapore (Moshe Safdie)
  • My Childhood in Singapore (1966–1969) (Raanan Boral)
  • Building Venture Capital to Promote Innovation, Economic Growth, and Development: Government Efforts in Singapore and Israel (Robyn Klinger Vidra)
  • Translating Research into Real-World Innovation: Experiences of Israel and Singapore (Mark Shmulevich)
  • Trax: The First Israel-Singapore Unicorn (Joe Bar-El and Dror Feldheim)

Readership: General readers, industry practitioners, government members, businessmen.Singapore;Israel;Bilateral Relations;Singapore–Israel Relations0Key Features:
  • Uniquely addresses the 50 years of bilateral relations and history between Singapore and Israel
  • Has many high-profile contributors from both Singapore and Israel
  • Covers broad areas of interest, ranging from innovation to defence collaborations between the two countries