What do you think about these Amazing facts about Israel?
I always find the antisemitic statements on R+S interesting and wondered if the authors could even identify Israel on a globe. I found these facts interesting and wondered how fellow contributors would view them.
Israel is the 100th smallest country, and has about 1/1000th of the world's population. It is only 62 years old,
Only 62 years old, 7 million people strong (less than Virginia), and smaller in size than New Jersey, surrounded by enemies, under constant threat and possessing almost no natural resources, and yet…
* Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. It has absorbed 350% of its population in 60 years.
* Israel is the only country in history to have revived an unspoken language.
* Since the founding of the state, Israel has more Nobel Prices per capita than any other country. It has more laureates in real numbers than China, Mexico and Spain.
* Israel has the 8th longest life expectancy (80.7 years), longer than the UK, US, and Germany
* Israeli films were nominated three years in a row for the Academy Award's Best Foreign Film
* Israel is the only country that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, even more remarkable -- in an area that's mainly desert.
* Over 90% of Israeli homes use solar energy for hot water, the highest percentage in the world.
* Israel will be the first country to host a national electric car network.
* Israel is ranked in the top five Cleantech countries of the world, and operates the world’s largest desalinization plant.
* Israeli companies are producing the largest solar energy production facility in the world.
Science & Technology
* Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, 63% more than the U.S. It also has the most physicians and engineers per capita.
* Israel's scientific research institutions are ranked 3rd in the world.
* Israel is ranked 2nd in space sciences.
* Israel produces the 3rd most scientific papers per capita, and the most in stem cell science.
* More Israeli patents are registered in the United States than from Russia, India and China combined (combined population 2.5 billion). It leads the world in patents for medical equipment.
* Israeli companies invented the drip irrigation system, discovered the world’s most used drug for multiple sclerosis, designed the Pentium NMX Chip technology and the Pentium 4 and Centrium microprocessors, created Instant Messenger (ICQ), and Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than any other in the world!
* Israel has the 3rd highest rate of entrepreneurship among women in the world.
* Israel has attracted the most venture capital investment per capita in the world, 30 times more than Europe
* Israel has more NASDAQ-listed companies than any country besides the US -- more than all of Europe, India, China and Japan combined.
* In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute numbers, Israel has more startups than any country other than the U.S
- Jabber wockLv 71 decade agoFavourite answer
Yep, all true. In many ways it is a powerful success story.
However, it has been a the expense of most of its non-Jewish population, who have been living as refugees since 1948/9, and under occupation since 1967/73.
The ultimate success story will be one that allows these refugees to return home and be full citizens. As Israel is essentially a Jewish state, albeit often very secular in character, it must become more secular so as to allow the Christian and Muslim population to feel at home in their own land. There are a range of ideas for doing so, including the oft-touted two-state solution, or a state of cantons, and the route to that won't be an easy one.
In many ways it is a Rhodesia with powerful friends. Many of the same successes could be attributed to Rhodesia, but it was still run by a minority, at least at the partial expense of most of the people. Rhodesia ultimately failed as it lacked international support and could not withstand the pressure of its opponents. Holding out against change as long as possible meant a sensible compromise was not achieved, and the ruthless dictator who took over the new Zimbabwe was able to run the country into the ground.
Israel has the USA, a superpower friend. It is under no real pressure to make the sort of compromises necessary to resolve the situation, and is still expanding into Palestinian land. The vast bulk of Palestinian refugees still own land in what is now Israel, but it will not even permit them to return, let alone recognise their property rights (including Ottoman and British Mandate title deeds). In many cases the old villages have been destroyed and redeveloped. This enforced exile is in contravention of international laws and the same UN resolutions that granted Israel recognition as a state.
With strength comes callous arrogance, and that breeds hatred and ruthless terrorism amongst the dispossessed. Terrorism is used as a reason to not let refugees return, rather than recognising it as a direct symptom of the dispossession.
If Palestinian refugees can be refused return, then that would also apply to Bosnians, Georgians, Western Saharans, Darfuris, etc, and one of the major principles by which we aspire to have a civilised world would go out the window. Ethnic cleansers like Radovan Karadzic could claim their methods were legitimate, and the results should remain. It would be ironic that a country that was founded in the shadow of the Holocaust was primarily responsible for enabling genocidalists to succeed.
So while it's a major success in some ways, it is a complete disaster in others. A proper solution is very much needed. In the meantime, we cannot admire one shiny side of the coin without recognising the less shiny other side.
- sunshineLv 61 decade ago
You might like to add these to the list.
1. Israel is the only nation that was called a nation before it became a nation in 1948.
2. Israel is the only people to inhabit the land and have it prosper, as no life was in the land before the Jew returned in 1948.
3. Israel is the only nation where by a blessing and a curse apply.
4. Israel is the smallest Great nation in the world.
5. Israel is the only nation that the world hates by and through secular peoples
6. Israel is the only nation blessed by God, and all those who support her.
- JimLv 71 decade ago
Now you know why so many people want to kill the Jews. It's called "jealousy." I have often wondered about the curiously high number of geniouses and high level of intelligence are found in so many Hebrews. It couldn't be attributed to all those years wandering in the desert. You have to remember the promises God gave to Israel - provided they observe the Laws and did not follow any false gods. Their vinyards would always be full and their herds overflowing. I think there is something to it. It may be the way they educate their people and it may be an outgrowth of their cultural attitudes towards education. But producing people like Albert Einstein is unique. I think its in the DNA myself. I have, out of love for God, always been supportive of Israel - even though I was deeply dismayed that Israel decided to use white phosophorus on the Palestinians. I am hoping Israel will never again revert to such a thing - they should know better, after the SHOA! If anyone in this world understands what it is like to be discriminated against, to be hounded, to be murdered and killed and to be hated, it is the Jews who know.
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- scaerdrysLv 71 decade ago
If your intention was to educate the anti-Israel crowd, you will probably fail----these people don't want to be educated, they want to sling around words they can't even define in order to fuel their self-important attitudes (one must feel pretty self-important to be using words you can't define to comment on an issue you don't understand...). For many, the sweet, manufactured irony of calling "Jews" Nazis seems to make the libel a de facto statement, able to stand on its own without pesky things like 'evidence' or 'comparative skills'. Education would just burst their bubble. But, rant aside:
It's definately refreshing to see a more representative side of Israel than the non-stop war coverage*. I think the constant reporting of the conflict obscures Israel's tremendous accomplishments as a nation, especially in the face of great adversity.
*Although, for over 13 of us, this question was apparently about the conflict, even though it is decidedly not. Obsession, anyone?
PeaceSource(s): I TUed Ambivalent....
- AllegoryLv 51 decade ago
How much Israel has affected the world?
all global graphs "shoot forth" at 1967, which
might have something to do with Yom Kippur,
and War, which Israel1 and Israel2 are about
Israel is now over 60?
60 years later, Israel is no better than
India/Pakistan also having border wars
60 years after Gandhi brought division
Israel being knowledgable?
having all knowledge accounts as "nothing"
without charity is what "never" fails, and we
all know Israel1 already failed, came to "0"
Israel re-establishing Horeb-bull?
Hebrews, still doing the milky way, are babies,
unable to discern law: good and evil: ends bad;
And when they ought to be teachers of grace,
have need to be taught the first principles of
the oracles of God said: let there be light
What does Amos 5 say to Israel?
The day of the LAW is darkness, and not light;
Woe to those who desire it. To what end is it?
What does James say to Scatter-brain Jews?
grace + law ought not come out same mouth,
since result is blessed + cursed = accursed.Source(s): http://www.godshew.org/Allegory2.htm
- 1 decade ago
I have always believed that Israel is the only middle-eastern country worth keeping around. Couldn't care less what happens to the rest of the countries surrounding it, they're still in the stone age, and get their a/s/ses handed to them by Israel, all at one time.
- \/\/3b |Lv 51 decade ago
Good on'em. Hopefully the rest of the world, the United States included, will be willing to learn something about how some things are done.
And yes, I'm an American.
- Alexander MosesLv 61 decade ago
Just a few things that makes me proud I'm Jewish XDSource(s): Jewish
- Ambi valentLv 71 decade ago
I was enjoying this very much until you got to the bit about those poor cows.
EDIT: Do those four thumbs-downs indicate people who think cows should be exploited to the maximum to produce as much milk as possible regardless of welfare and well-being? To me that was a really jarring note among a list of things Israel can rightly pride itself on.