Israeli Business: Dishonesty is Expected

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While certainly unethical business practices exist elsewhere in the world, it’s worse in Israel because of its cultural acceptance, says Saul, an American immigrant.

As Randall Terry said, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” In Israel there is NO shame. Israelis do not comprehend the ramifications of their actions. Invariably they fall back on, “anti-Semitism,” as if the Holocaust gives them a free pass to do whatever they want.

Saul — henrymakow.com Nov 13, 2013

We’ve heard the phrase, “all’s fair in love and war.” Well, in Israeli business, profit is all that matters.
This is the meaning of the common Hebrew phrase, “shitat matzliach,” literally, “when it comes to succeeding, anything goes.”
Deception and misinformation are hallmarks of the Israeli business model whether conducted at home or abroad. Literally anything goes, as long as a profit can be had. Indeed, Israeli society is so used to this type of behavior that there appear to be no ramifications for getting caught trying to cheat a client or customer. If caught, the ‘seller’ just shrugs — “Everyone does it” — and the buyer, shrugs back with a smile, “Caught you!” Business proceeds.
Foreigners should be aware that to an Israeli you are a “frier,” which means a sucker.
Non-Israelis are simply easy targets for deceptive business practices because outside of Israel, in the more ‘civilized’ world, people take the Golden Rule for granted. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In other words, treat business partners and customers fairly.
But, in Israel the golden rule is different — it means, “Screw the other guy before he screws you.” This is “shitat matzliach” in it’s most base form. All Israelis know what the term “frier” means, and many liberally apply it to the less clever folks from abroad. Yes, in every country there are cheaters, but in Israel, it is an art and way of life.

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