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Israel, the blessed nation


Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (We...

Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), the Golan Heights, and portions of neighbouring countries. Also United Nations deployment areas in countries adjoining Israel or Israeli-held territory, as of January 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israel is one of the tiniest nations on the face of the earth… only about 8,000 sq. miles, 2½ times the size of Rhode Island and only slightly larger than the Canary Islands!  It is only 260 miles at its longest, has a 112-mile coastline, is 60 miles at its widest, and only between 3 and 9 miles at its narrowest

With a population of less than 5½ million Jews (less than 1/1000th of the world’s  population) and confronted with 55 years of unrelenting Arab terrorism, she can still proudly claim the following:

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. Israel with
7 million people attracted $2 billion in venture capital in 2008, as much venture capital that flowed in the United Kingdom with 61 million people, and as much that flowed into Germany and France with 145 million people.

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

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 startups.

Israel has the largest raptor migration in the world, with hundreds of  thousands of African birds of prey crossing as they fan out into Asia.

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.

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.”

Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship — and the highest rate  among women and among people over 55 – in the world.

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.

Israeli tennis player Anna Smashnova is the 15th ranked female player in the world.

Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books.

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century
with a  net gain in its number of trees.  

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 US 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 the view the small intestine from the inside, the  camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

80% of biotechnology in the ENTIRE world comes from Israel.
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 congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart’s
mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment.  Every year in US hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

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).

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.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.  In addition, “Project Banias,” also carried out at the Israeli Intel Israel Design Center, produced the Intel Centrino processor for laptops.

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 US, 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.

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 AOL Instant Messengerwas developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.

A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a  high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrowband 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.

The first PC Anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.

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