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Engineering Peace

Palestinian and Israeli software engineers are finding the coexistence that eludes the politicians

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An unusual summit between Israelis and Palestinians took place 15 months ago at an unnamed gas station along Route 1 between Jericho and Jerusalem, in the West Bank. The "diplomats" were engineers and software designers from Global Hosted Operating System, or G.ho.st, the first-ever high-tech Israeli-Palestinian joint venture. The gas station was a place where employees from its offices in Ramallah, in the Palestinian National Authority, and Modi'in, Israel, could meet without getting permits or waiting in long lines to cross the border.

In the technology sector, at least, a quiet little trend of cooperation is emerging. A handful of Israeli companies are outsourcing to Palestinian engineers, aligning the bottom line with lofty ideals. Some Israel-based branches of multinational companies, such as Cisco Systems, Intel, and the software consulting firm Equiom, are doing the same thing.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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