Yohanan Plesner served as the first director-general of Kadima and as one of its Knesset members from 2007 to 2013. During that time, he served on the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee; the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; as the co-chairman of the Knesset Lobby for Students and Higher Education; chair of the Knesset’s permanent delegation to the Council of Europe; and the chair of the Committee for Equality in National Service. On completing its work, the Equality in National Service committee submitted a thorough, detailed, and gradated plan for solving one of the most important and complex socioeconomic challenges in Israeli society: the discrepancy in national service among Israel’s various sectors.
Our Voice of the Week is Wired’s feature-length documentary Startup Nations. With the most tech startups and venture capital per capita in the world, Israel has long been hailed as The Startup Nation. Wired’s feature-length documentary looks beyond Tel Aviv’s vibrant, liberal tech epicenter to the wider Holy Land region – the Palestinian territories, where a parallel Startup Nation story is emerging in East Jerusalem, Nazareth, Ramallah and other parts of the West Bank, as well as in the Israeli cyber-security hub of Be’er Sheva.