The Israeli Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy, is responsible for managing and directing the international trade policy of the State of Israel. The main fields of activity include activities for the promotion of trade and export, initiating and maintaining trade agreements for the improvement of Israel’s trade conditions, attracting and encouraging foreign investments and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies. Together with the activity in Israel, the Administration operates a network of economic representatives who constitute the operational arm of the Ministry in markets around the world.
- Assisting the Israeli industry in deepening the activity in existing markets, and penetrating new markets.
- Accompanying and supporting the individual exporter in the marketing activity abroad.
- Initiating and applying international trade agreements and maintaining existing agreements. Raising investments and strategic cooperation.
- Improving the image of the Israeli industry and economy. Preventing unfair competition – dumping.
About the Washington, DC Commercial Mission
The Commercial Mission of the Embassy of Israel aims to promote and facilitate trade and investment between Israel and the United States, and to enhance bilateral commercial relations. For this purpose, it works closely with the U.S. federal governmental and public bodies such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce.
The Commercial Mission of the Embassy of Israel has specific responsibility for promoting bilateral trade with the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. The Commercial Missions in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago are responsible for the remaining forty seven states.
In addition, it supports the efforts of Israeli companies to be awarded contracts financed by the World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB).
About United States-Israel Economic and Trade Relations
On April 22, 1985, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the Israeli Minister of Industry and Trade signed the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The Agreement entered into force in September 1985 after it was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives by a 422-0 vote and by a voice vote in the U.S. Senate. The FTA was the U.S.’s first bilateral free trade agreement and Israel’s second (following Israel’s free trade agreement with the European Community, which was signed in 1975). Read more here.
About the Commercial Attaché
Yifat Alon Perel serves as Commercial Attaché heading the Commercial Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Washington.
2013-2017 – Director of the Bilateral Trade Agreements Division, Ministry of Economy and Industry.
2009-2013 – Commercial attaché in the Israeli Embassy in Madrid.
2005-2009 – Cadet in the Foreign Trade Administration, Ministry of Economy and Industry.
2003-2005 – Economist in the Trade Levies Unit, Ministry of Economy and Industry.
Associate member in the young leadership program of The Zionist Strategic Center.
Head of Audit Committee of Victims of Terrors Association.
Volunteer at the Blind Center in the Hebrew University.
Radio host, Piano player, Ballroom dancer.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem graduate in PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Economics), and MA in Economics.
Languages: Native speaker Hebrew, Fluent Spanish and English
Married with 3 children