Posted by: davidbancroft | July 20, 2011


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 date  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    people 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.

Israel$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.

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

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 Israel has  the largest number of start-up 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 inIsrael 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 (Operation Solomon and Moses) 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.  (Hundreds of thousands from the former  Soviet  Union) 

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 Given  Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits  inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, 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 camera helps doctors diagnose 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  Clear Light 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 county on  earth.



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