Not so cool facts about Israel

Discussion in 'Politics' started by WAEL012000, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. good summary... in fairness, they do make good falafels though... that deserves a mention
  2. Nah, wael, since when Palliwood movies contain facts, they are pure fiction. A video that talks about the creation of Israel and "forgets" to mention the UN partition resolution or repeated arab invasions is hardly based on facts, don't you think? But if you do want facts about Israel - be my guest:

    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 start-ups.

    Twenty-four percent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees - ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and
    Holland - and 12 percent 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.

    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 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.

    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 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.
  3. But even that is greater Syrian (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan)!
  4. I especially loved this one by dddooo;

    "Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world."

    These people have no shame!! They factor in Palestinians with university degrees and what do you know! They are the highest.

    Or did you forget to mention that dddooo???
  5. LOL, not really wael, 24% of Israel's workforce hold university degrees. Here is a quote from a Pakistani newspaper which is hardly sympathetic to Israel:

    Six million Israelis buy 12 million books every year making them one of the highest consumers of books in the world. Israel has the highest number of university degrees per capita in the world; the Arab world has the lowest. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other country (109 per 10,000 Israelis); the Arab world -- next to nothing.

    Results are for everyone to see: The average per capita income in Israel is $25,000 while the average income within the League of Arab States is $5,000.

    The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist.

    More facts from the article:

    -Israel spends $110 on scientific research per year per person while the same figure for the Arab world is $2.

    -The state of Israel now has six universities ranked as among the best on the face of the planet...The Arab League does not have a single university in the top-400
  6. "At first, he said, they would only target Shia, but over time the new al Qaeda directed attacks against Sunni, and then anyone who thought differently. The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11-years-old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family."

    by Michail Yon via Instapundit

    These are the ones Wael supports!
  7. so, really? people are better off in israel with 60+ years of massive US financial & military backing than in the occupied territories with constant israeli tank and helicopter attacks and the israeli government racket ??
  9. LOL, your "little satan" theory must be falling apart right in front of your eyes if you have to resort to this ridiculous nonsense. Oh the desperation... You just can't stand the fact that Israel is a prosperous liberal democracy, that they have turned a desert into a garden and that you support medieval theocratic fundamentalists who have contributed nothing to humanity in the last 1000 years.
    -People in Israel are better off not only compared to the Palestinians, they are better off compared to all arab nations including oil-rich countries like Iraq and Saudi Arabia, in fact the Israelis are better off than quite a number of developed Europeans countries - Spain, Portugal etc.
    -"Massive" US aid to Israel started in 1974 - 33 (not 60+) years ago, prior to that Israel was getting pennies.
    -Massive US aid to Egypt started at the same time, yet Israel is a prosperous democracy while Egypt is still a shithole.
    -The aid came with a lot of strings attached and was mostly spent on american weaponry needed to defend Israel.
    -The aid never constituted more than 1-2% of Israel's GDP which, while quite substantial and helpful, could not possibly be the only or even the primary factor of Israel's economic miracle.
    #10     Jul 6, 2007