Please allow me space in your widely read online paper to add my voice to the ongoing debate on Israel.
In April 2013 the state of Israel celebrated its 65th birthday. For 65 years Israel has not known a single day of peace. It has struggled with the rejection of its neighbors as well as the demons of history. Virtually alone among the nations of the world, old or new, its legitimacy is questioned or simply denied.
Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can lay claim to the following:
- 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).
- On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Technology… With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
- 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.
- The cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
- The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
- Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
- The AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
All the above while engaged in regular wars with an merciless enemy (Arabs) 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. Israel today is playing a significant role in some of the most important challenges facing our planet.
Had it not been for the Lord on their side since 1948, Israel would have been wiped out from the map of the world.