Israel was born in the rural town of Ginchi, 90 km west of Addis Ababa in 1988. As a kid, he was fascinated with the way electrical things worked and by the age of 6 had already understood the basic mechanics of machines he found at home. It was at this tender age that he heard about a machine that let people in distant places talk to each other and his curious mind was fired up about the concept of telephones. He began with his quest, asking the adults around him to explain how it worked and going to the Telecommunication Center in his town to find out how voice can be transmitted across distance.
By the age of 13, he had built his own telephone network and had began to provide telephone service to his small town. As a service provider, he soon caught the attention of the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) and was 'discovered.'