As markets become more globalized and economies become more entwined, it's impossible to ignore the importance of investing in international stocks. Mutual funds, index funds, and ETFs have all combined to make your international choices simpler, quicker, and in many cases, more efficient.

But for many of you, investing in a passive index fund just isn't enough. You're interested in country-specific stocks. You want to invest in companies on the ground -- not in a basket of companies in a mutual fund. Maybe you want direct exposure to Chinese agriculture, Spanish communications, or German banking. You'll find it here.

In a country-by-country rundown, we're traveling the globe to find out which foreign stocks are traded on major U.S. indices. Hopefully, our whirlwind tour will get your engine going.

Today, we'll look at a few companies headquartered in Israel.



Market Cap

Recent Price Per Share

Alvarion (NASDAQ:ALVR)

Wireless communications

$241.4 million



Communication equipment

$105.7 million


Cellcom Israel (NYSE:CEL)

Wireless communications

$3.1 billion


ClickSoftware Technologies (NASDAQ:CKSW)

Internet software and services

$166.9 million


Partner Communications (NASDAQ:PTNR)

Wireless communications

$2.95 billion


Protalix BioTherapeutics (NYSE:PLX)

Health-Care biotechnology

$618.9 million


Radvision (NASDAQ:RVSN)


$116.8 million


Syneron Medical

Medical appliances and equipment

$280.3 million


Teva Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:TEVA)


$47.5 billion


*Does not include stocks with a market cap less than $100 million.

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Fool contributor Jordan DiPietro doesn't own any of the shares above. Alvarion is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Partner Communications is a Motley Fool Income Investor selection. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy loves Israeli couscous.