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bigross86
10 Feb 04,, 12:13
Thanks to Dr. Sol Bloch from Sedona, Arizona for the following: "Israel: Diverse, Creative, and Free"

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:

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 US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).

Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.

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.

With an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16s, Israel has the largest fleet of the aircraft outside of the US.

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

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."

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.

In 1991, during the Gulf War, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra played a concert wearing gas masks as scud missiles fired by Saddam Hussein fell on Tel Aviv.

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.

Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

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.

Technology... 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, US.

In response to serious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.

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

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.

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.

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

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 AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

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 surroundings 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.

This from a country just 55 years young having started off life on a very frontiers-like basis, whose population had mostly just emerged from the devastating World War II years.

What other country in the world can lay claim to such an achievement?

Leader
11 Feb 04,, 01:28
Wow, I'm impressed.


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

Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500

Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

There might be some connection here. :D

Lunatock
11 Feb 04,, 02:51
Thier doing pretty good moneywise for not having any oil deposits.

bigross86
11 Feb 04,, 13:54
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!-- Golda Meir

Confed999
11 Feb 04,, 23:40
Originally posted by bigross86
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!-- Golda Meir
LOL ;)

Lunatock
12 Feb 04,, 01:56
Wandering the desert for forty years had nothing to do with God's will. You were just all lost & should have taken a map! ;)

Ray
12 Feb 04,, 07:46
Big Ross,

How do they treat the Ethiopian Jews with others and the Bene Israel folks from India?

I sure would be intersed since many were my friends in school.

Can you help finding my friend Nissim Ezeikel from La Martiniere, Calcutta?

bigross86
12 Feb 04,, 16:23
I don't really have an opinion on other people and their religions. I'm a firm believer in the First Amendment. As for your friend, I'll need everything you know about him. Are you sure he's in Israel? Do you know where?

Ray
13 Feb 04,, 01:30
Ethiopian Jews are also known as Black Jews and they are in Israel and Bene Israelis are a group of Jews who come from India. They are all Jews. And they are in Israel.

I will try to get the details of my friend. I know he did military service with the Israeli Army.

bigross86
13 Feb 04,, 09:06
Well if they're Jews, than cool. As soon as you get me the information I can try and put out feelers

Ray
13 Feb 04,, 13:50
The newspapers here quoting 'The Maariv'(Israeli newspaper) report that the Israeli Police will be putting lard in pastic packet inside buses (the favourite for HAMAS attacks) as also in Shopping Malls.

This will deter terrorists from blowing up such areas as human bombs since they will be smeared by pig's fat and that will thereby not grant them entry into Paradise.

It could be life saving even though Jews themselves like the Muslims hold the pig to be impure.

bigross86
13 Feb 04,, 14:26
I get Ma'arvi daily. I'll look to see if I can find it

Officer of Engineers
13 Feb 04,, 15:03
Originally posted by Lunatock
Wandering the desert for forty years had nothing to do with God's will. You were just all lost & should have taken a map! ;)

As my wife keep reminding me, Moses was a man.

Ray
13 Feb 04,, 16:08
Originally posted by Officer of Engineers
As my wife keep reminding me, Moses was a man.
:LOL

Great to know its an universal feeling. The world is indeed a global village.