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"A $hitty Little Country" ( quote the French

Here is a capsule of accomplishments you may not be fully aware of. I thought you might find these statistics interesting.

* The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder

*Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

*Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

*The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.

*Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

*Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.

*The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

*Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U. S, Russia and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U. S.

*According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry's most impenetrable flight security. U. S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.

*Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.

*Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.

*Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.

*Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people --as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.

*In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U. S. (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

*With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world -- apart from the Silicon Valley, U. S.

*Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U. S. Outside the United States and Canada

*Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.

*Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.

*On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

*Twenty-four per cent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees --ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland - and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees.

*Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

*In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia, to safety in Israel.

*When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected female leader in modern times.

*When the U. S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day -- and saved three victims from the rubble.

*Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.

*Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant- absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.

*Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as "conflict free."

*Israel has the world's second highest per capita of new books.

*Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert.

*Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

*Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

*An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U. S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

*Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

*Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

*Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U. S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.

*A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device,
produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct -- all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

*An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large- scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert.

*All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other country on earth.


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Israel is exactly what the United States should be. The major difference is environment. They live with danger every day. People that emmigrate there are aware of the danger and some thrive on it. It gives you reason to face everyday with the will to accomplish something. We in the United States have become fat, lazy and stale. Lots of the people coming here is recent memory are fleeing war and terror. We really have no presence trying to eradicate us in a manner that could work. Just an example of what happens when there is realy nothing to keep you on your toes. Yes if it seems that way I despise what we have become.

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When I was a lonely little bureaucrat in the Military Industrial Complex (sing to tune of "Lonely Little Petunia ... ") several of us developed a new, inexpensive, way to check out new weapon systems:

a. Build one.
b. Give it to Israel.
c. Ask them to report on their success with it.
d. If they liked it, buy a bunch for us.

Unfortunately, that would have reduced R&D costs bv 50-75%, so our congress would not do it (there being no residents of Israel in the US Congress, plus Israelis generally do not approve of "pork barrel" funding).

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James Michener has written a lot of very interesting "historical novels" which are essentially fiction but are based on historical events. His detailed research for his novels is legendary.

For a relatively painless way to absorb the historical background to the existence of modern day Israel I recommend The Source by Michener.

He uses an account of an archelogical dig in Israel, interlaced with stories of happenings at various levels of the dig, to put the history of the area in perspective. He goes through the stone age, the iron age, the Crusades, the Turkish Empire and other eras, culminating in the establishment of modern day Israel and the battles that took place in 1948 during the transfer of the country to Jewish control. It was by no means a "done deal."

Michener also deals briefly with the Israeli success in "making the desert bloom," planting crops and trees where none had grown for centuries.

It's an interesting read.

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Oldstar, The Source is excellent and probably one of my two or three favorite Michner books along with Covenant and Poland. Excellent history. Another good book that delves into Israel's history is Exodous by Leon Uris. Uris also wrote some other books on Israel (Mitla pass) and on the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

If you want some background history on modern day Ireland try Trinity by Uris.


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Are there orange trees in France?



Leon Uris is, of course, a propagandist (in the good sense of the word) for modern Israel. In addition to Exodus, I particularly liked Mila 18 (about the jews in the Warsaw ghetto) and The Haj (about Arab life.) QB VII (Queens Bench courtroom 7) was interesting as well.

I was told that his novel Topaz was based on real cold war events. I was told that by retired USAF OSI agents who pointed out their true-life experiences detailed in this book of "fiction."

When it comes to Michener my favorite was The Source. However, right up there with it was Hawaii. The movie version of Hawaii didn't even begin to touch the richness of the book. Among his early works I really liked Tales of The South Pacific. This is one time that the screenplay South Pacific matched and possibly even surpassed the book.


Just as a matter of information, the last time I was in Paris (which was several years ago) the cafeteria in the American Embassy was serving orange juice from Israel, as were the restaurants in Roumania when I was there.

Perhaps the Israelis should cut France off from their orange juice supply. :twisted:

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If those stats are true, and I don't doubt that they are... then that is truly an eye opener.

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Re: R&D

BigMike said:
... plus Israelis generally do not approve of "pork barrel" funding).
Big Mike,
I suspect it would be more acceptable if were "beef barrel", especially if it came from the front half of the cow.

"Corny Kosher joke"


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Thank you for posting this, Mike. As someone of a Puerto Rican Jewish ethnic background, I have been telling people for over 20 years I perceive that it's getting harder and harder to be a Jew in this world. I greatly fear that outside of the good people on this web site and a few other corners of the world, the wisdom apparent in your post will fall on largely deaf ears.
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