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Good vs Evil: Israeli Intel Exec Pioneers Hi-Tech With Palestinians. His Nephew, A U.S. Citizen, Is Abducted By Terrorists

An interview with the uncle of abducted Israeli teen, Naftali Fraenkel

By: Richard Behar, Forbes

Published: June 23rd, 2014 in News » Israel

Good vs Evil: Israeli Intel Exec Pioneers Hi-Tech With Palestinians. His Nephew, A U.S. Citizen, Is Abducted By Terrorists

Until two days ago, I hadn’t spoken with Yishai Fraenkel since last August. I had just published a Forbes magazine cover story about Israeli-Palestinian joint ventures in high-tech (as well as efforts to bring Israeli Arabs and ultra-orthodox Jews into the sector), and had interviewed Yishai for it. As the general manager of the design and development center at Intel’s headquarters in Jerusalem, the 44-year-old is spearheading those integration efforts for the company.

He gave me a tour, and made others available to speak about the initiatives. Almost instantly, I was struck by his grace, warmth and brilliance. That Intel— the world’s #1 chipmaker—is the key player, along with Cisco Systems Israel, in these programs is monumental. The company is Israel’s largest private employer (9,855), as well as the nation’s largest-single industrial exporter ($3.8 billion; a 10% market share). Intel has invested about $10 billion in Israel over the past few decades, and in April announced it would spend up to $6 billion for an upgrade of a chip-making facility in the country’s south.

But that conversation last August was a painful one for me. Many Palestinian entrepreneurs hated my cover because it crossed the border from development of their high-tech sector into politics—specifically the prospect that such Israeli-Palestinian partnerships could be the best hope for paving the road to peace. Yishai was comforting, and tried to explain why they were upset. “Please continue to cover our region,” he wrote. “As you stated, the rays of sun, even if painful, only do good.” I’ve done so, and only last month moderated a panel in Tel Aviv on Israeli-Palestinian ventures for Israel’s largest high-tech trade association. (I didn’t have a chance to see Yishai this time around, although he was initially going to be a panelist.)

Thursday’s talk, by phone, was beyond painful—it was unimaginable. I had just learned that his 16-year-old nephew Naftali, a dual Israeli-American citizen, was one of the three Israeli boys kidnapped a week before. The other youths are named Gilad Shaar, also 16, and Eyal Yifrah, age 19. None of them are soldiers, and they were all on their way home from school when they vanished. According to Israeli police, one of the boys had called a police hotline to whisper, “We’ve been kidnapped.”

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Reprinted with permission from Richard Behar, Forbes

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