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Sunday, May 14, 2006


Got this over email this evening - thaught it might be good to pass it along. It's a little long but everyone of these facts is interesting by themselves - all together - it looks preatty good - not bad for a Banana republic:

HERE ARE SOME FACTS ONLY from many more they only can envy and be jealous of, and some of the real reasons why they can not accept us as more gifted then them and why they continuously try to defame us:
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 these days, are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

Israel, whilst the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following modern capabilities:
  • The cell phone was developed in Israel, by Israelis 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 in your computer was designed in Israel for 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's $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 terms, Israel has the largest number of startup 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 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.
  • In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews (Operation Solomon) 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 Givun 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 electronic and medical not including much of defence or sciences plus socioeconomic and cultural advancements, while engaged in inflicted regular wars with many implacable enemies hidden as well as openly on the surface and political plus economic ones who continue to hope and are seeking our national and international destruction, and while Israel's economy is continuously put under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth.

. . . . AND WHEN THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN ENGLAND SAYS, what others also think: "ISRAEL IS NOTHING BUT A SHITTY LITTLE COUNTRY" Makes one wonder, "Who are really in truth the people full of shitty heads and soles, or culture!?"


At 2:26 AM, Blogger shlemazl said...

You forgot to mention that we are the most modest nation in the world!

At 3:03 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Wow, that's certainly an impressive list!

At 3:03 AM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Wow, that's certainly an impressive list!

At 3:20 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

that's all true and I am proud with you, but we also have one of the longest modern conflicts on our neck, we have a huge poverty problem, and a very high suicide rate amongst young people. We also have a huge amount of the GDP going into security and we quite strongly depend on the economic good will of the US. If things get heated up in Israel, all the businesses you mention suffer tremendously, because the high tec factories owned by non Israeli shareholders and directors can easily be moved from Israel to somewhere more stable...

Given the wonderful facts you quote it would time to move to do anything in our pour lessen conflict, divorce ourself of what everybody else calls the oppression of teh Palestinian people, get to some sort of acceptable deal with our neighbours and then have more success in business leading to social stability and the much needed decrease of poverty.

What country would Israel be without the conflict to itself and to its neighbours and the world is said in teh grain of the account you give. Even more of a success.

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At 8:56 AM, Blogger Greg said...

I didnt' read all of them but certainly, very impressive. Moreover, remarkable.

Daniel: yes, there are problems here. But these problems don't exist because of our so-called "occupation" of the palis; they exist becuase the palestinians simply don't want any kind of peace with us other than a peace where we cease to exist.

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Daniel, I agree with greg in his response to you. Furthermore, you over-estimate Israel's "dependence" on the US's "good will". The US gives $2 billion in aid to Israel. First of all, that's a minute percentage in an over $40 billion budget. On top of that, $1 billion of that automatically returns to the US to pay for past debts. In terms of trade and business, it's not considered "good will". It's considered good business. Companies look at the bottom line. They're not into giving "charity" business to countries. Especially, if those countries can't produce. The reason more and more business comes to Israel is because Israel produces and gains large amounts of profit for the US economy on top of its own. Companies like Intel, Microsoft, etc have been in Israel for a long time. They've been here during the worst of times. They have stayed here because Israel makes them money and lots of it.

Even during the worst of the conflict, high tech companies and start ups have been successful. The only industy that has suffered is the tourist industry. I'm not knocking its importance, but you're making it out that this success only started a few years ago. That's completely not true. Israel has succeeded tremendously in spite of terrorism, not because of it.

As a final point, and I can't seem to repeat this enough, Palestinian terrorism has existed before there was such a thing as "occupation". Now, what would be an acceptable deal to you? How much does Israel hae to give to be acceptable? Is committing national suicide enough?

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Where did the French Ambassador in England (did you mean "to Britain"?) say the "Israel is nothing but a shitty little country?" This is something no Ambassador would ever say without getting sacked on the spot.

I smell typical American francophobia in your post.

2 out of 40 is 5%: not minute at all.

Also, do believe in the myth that your people are somehow more gifted but accept that it sounds as dumb as most anti-Semitic bullshit. Try and keep it real...

At 9:23 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Gert, I have to apologize. My figure was off. The latest Israeli budget is actually approximately 350 billion shekels, not $40 billion. So, American aid accounts for about 9 billion shekels out of 350 billion. You do the math. So, I was wrong, and you were wrong. It is even more minute than I thought.

Why on earth are you so upset that Israel is so successful? This list actually left out a whole bunch of stuff? Are you jealous or something? Where in the article does it in any way say that Israel is more gifted than other countries? Does it trouble you that Israel is so successful?
When Britain ruled the world, was it because they were more gifted or because it was their time and they worked for it? Is the US the most powerful country in the world because Americans are inheritally (sp?) are more gifted or because they work hard?

As for the quote, your own dear Ken Livingston has said worst things than this about Israel, and he's still the Mayor of London. Why is this any harder for you to believe?

At 9:34 PM, Blogger Oleh Yahshan said...

I tried to find a credible source but all I could find was the BBC, so you will have to forgive me.

'Anti-Semitic' French envoy under fire

"During a conversation about the Middle East crisis with the owner of the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Conrad Black, ambassador Daniel Bernard is reported to have spoken about "that shitty little country Israel"."

"He has no intention of apologising - he doesn't feel there is any need for him to do so"

As for the rest - I think my wife summed it up pretty well.

But to answer your question - no I don't think that "My people" (who are these people??) are more gifted in any way. And I thought that this was the most real thing I have seen in a long time.

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Gert said...


"HERE ARE SOME FACTS ONLY from many more they only can envy and be jealous of, some of the real reasons why they can not accept us as more gifted then [sic] them [my italics] and why they continuously try to defame us".

These are your words, not mine, not anyone elses. Try and interpret them, shoudn't be too difficult: they are yours after all.

Olah, you constantly twist peoples' words around: where on earth do I say that I'm "upset about Isreal's success"? Nor is this even remotely true.

In the same way you pull out a very badly constructed (and very old) peace of hearsay, without linking to it or provide credible references, without names, dates or places. What you're asserting is mere unsubstantiated hearsay which you present as fact.

You then rely on your husband to come up with something that is supposed to justify your francophobic outburst. You really are quite the myopic couple, forever ready to "prove" the other wrong, using whatever you feel is needed to do so.

No wonder you feel under anti-Semitic attack frequently: a complete inability to even just listen to the other side must mean you see a lot of that, mostly in your overheated imaginations.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Gert said...

"makes one wonder, "Who are really in truth the people full of shitty heads and soles, or culture!?"

This is supposed to pass for English? For intelligent commentary? What "soles"? Shoesoles or did you mean "souls"??? "People full of shitty heads"? What are you rambling on about?


At 11:29 PM, Blogger Oleh Yahshan said...

First of all I am not not sure what you want.
2nd - did you read the first part of the post? just in case - "Got this over email this evening"

The first thing I wrote was that I got this in an email this evening. I did not write it just passing along the Information.

and I guess when you have nothing else to do you attack the typos and bad English. hmm that is really mature - well you know what - I am going to tell on you - so there!!

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Greg said...

Gert: you're a pretty pathetic old man and you've yet to answer my question: What is the origin of the word "Palestine." Like I said your mind is full of information,which is good. It's just that the information is (in your own words) twisted and revisionist as is the case with most Europeans these days. It's not that they're biased, they just don't know historical facts.

As for you referring to Olah and Oleh as a "myopic couple' that's just plain rudeness. As an intelligent human being, you should think twice before saying things like that about people, especially people who're intelligent, well brought-up and a lot more experienced in many ways than you will ever be.

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Boy, you're funny! You berate me for name-calling, yet do exactly the same.

As regards to origin of the word Palestine, I know it but fail to see what this has got to do with anything.

Or are you one of those that would like to wisk the Palestinians away with the magic wand of etymology? I think you'll need sonething a little stronger...

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Greg said...

No not really but I was just plain-ol' wondering whether you know ANYTHING about the Arab-Israeli conflict--oh but it's the "palestinian uprising" in your dictionary. So old man(that's what I'm calling you from now on not that it's anythign derogative--it's just the way you've presented yourself with all your WWII nonsense): what IS the origin of the word "Palestine?" Till you answer me you're leftist vermin. Once you answer me you remain the same but a little wiser.

Come live a year in Jenin and come to better understand your brethren in arms!

At 12:06 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Greg, while I agree wiht everything that you're saying, I'm not sure that the best way to get your point across is by calling Gert names. When you do that, with words like vermin, all you're going to do is have him focus on the name calling and not the issues and facts at hand, of which you have many. I'm all trying to give you some friendly advice, because I believe that what you're saying has a lot of merit. However, that merit is completely lost in the midst of name calling. You hear what I'm saying?
P.S. I did make a promise to Gert and other bloggers that I would not permit visceral attacks and name calling on the site in the name of freedom of expression. I want every-one who comes here to feel welcome to voice their opinions, no matter how much I disagree with them, and as long as they don't cross the line of descency. I am not about to become one those sites who tells people not to comment just because they have differing opinions from mine. The term vermin crosses the line. Please refrain from using such strong language when attacking some-one else. I want there to be good honest debates. Name calling does fall into that category. Thanks for understanding.

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

***Name calling does NOT fall into that category***

At 1:54 AM, Blogger menachem said...

how about "scum?" can i call people scum?

mind cluing me in to the significance of the origin of the word palestine? i think i missed an earlier part of this conversation.

as far as i know, the word 'palestine' is a derivitive of the word 'philistine,' the other nation that lived in israel in biblical times, and fought with us during the time of the judges. the romans later names the province after them to insult the jews after they took over.

in modern times, palestine came to mean the entire reigion between the mediterranean and iraq. all natives of that land, jewish or arab, called themselves palestinians. as the former british protectorats became independent, they began adopting different names. the jews took 'israel,' and the arabs took 'jordan.' arabs left in israeli territory were the only ones who continues to call themselves palestinians. does that answer your question? will somebody please tell me what the significance of all that was?

At 2:13 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Menachem, I really don't know what the significance is. They seem to be having a side discussion, which I am in no way about to get involved in.

As for using scum, you can use it all you want if you want to attack a third party like a politician or something, but you can't directly call some-one here that you're arguing with scum. Also, outside of my blog, I do give you permission to use the word all you want, but make sure it's aimed at the right person(s). Does that answer your question?

At 5:38 AM, Blogger menachem said...

what if the third party politician posts on your blog?

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Um....they're anonymous. No, you know very well I mean if you're mentioning a third party in your conversation, or if you're referring to some-one I've mentioned in a post. The only thing not allowed is name calling directly pointed at another blogger. Is that clearer?

At 2:13 PM, Blogger menachem said...

no, i mean, what if a politician is a blogger, and comments here? sure, it's unlikely, but you should keep your bases covered.

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Hmmm... good scenario. If he's not a third party but a direct blogger, then, no, you can't call him names. You can attack his policies, but not him/her personally.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Gert said...

I believe that to regreg23 the significance of the etymology of the word Palestine somehow proves there is no such thing as a Palestinian people and therefore they cannot be afforded any rights. This is a view held by some extremists, both Jews and non-Jews.

Golda Meir once famously made such a statement ("there is no Palestinian people" or words to that effect) although the quote has been widely used out of context for political reasons.

Regreg23 and me have no side-discussion on this IMHO non-issue: it's something he ocassionally brings up. Personally I concur with Menachem's view on the origin of the names Palestine and Israel.

Perhaps The Right Honourable fellow-blogger is now satified?

At 9:24 PM, Blogger menachem said...

honestly though, i dont think that little history on the name palestine does anything for either side. i really don't get why it's so important.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Gert said...


Why did you change the title of the post from "...SHITTY..." to "...SHI**Y..."? Just curious...

At 10:35 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Some-one asked me nicely, and I felt no reason in not complying with this request. Why so curious?

At 11:55 PM, Blogger Gert said...

No particular reason. Thanks.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger menachem said...

can you please change the word "LITTLE" in the title to "LI**LE"? please?

At 3:01 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Men, your sarcasm and wit knows no bounds...

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Olah: I haven't been to your blog for a while b/s I've been looking for a job 24/7 but I just now saw the old man's comment(s). To be honest, I have no intention of marginalizing the palestinians' side of the story simply b/s the name they've given themselves(it's like me calling myself a "Martian") is bogus. No. That's not what I was trying to do. I was just trying to see if old man knew ANYTHING about the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Menachem: You made a mistake by both telling gert the (incorrect, or not completely correct) answer and by assuming this means anything to me.

Olah: I will always respect your demands.



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