The Miracle of Modern Israel


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

High-Tech

•    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 and Centrino microprocessors were designed and developed, and produced in Israel.  If you use an up-to-date computer, Israel made it possible.
•    Voice mail technology and AOL Instant Messenger were developed in Israel.
•    Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
•    Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce.  With over 25% of its workforce employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world.
•    Israel has one of the highest rates of per capita patents filed each year.

Fighting Terrorism

•    According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security.  US officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
•    When the US 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.

Thriving Economy

•    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.
•    24% of Israel’s workforce hold university degrees – ranking third in the industrialized world, after the US and Holland. 12% hold advanced degrees.
•    Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East.

Biotech and Medical Advances

•    On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.
•    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, reducing the risk of human error from medical treatment.  Every year in US hospitals, 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
•    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.
•    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.

Making A Greener World

•    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.
•    In southern California’s Mojave desert, an Israeli company was the first to develop and install the world's first large-scale solar-powered and fully-functional electricity-generating plant.
•    Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

A Beacon of Freedom


•    Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
•    Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.  Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.
•    In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia.
•    Israel was the first nation in the world to adapt the Kimberly Process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict-free.”

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