36 Things You should know about Israel, the 100th
smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the
world's population, can lay claim to the following:
1. The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis
working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has
its largest development center in Israel.
2. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems
were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
3. The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in
Israel at Intel.
4. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino
processor were entirely designed, developed and
produced in Israel. In fact, the Pentium
microprocessor in your computer was most likely made
6. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
7. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D
facilitie s outside the US in Israel.
8. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ
was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
9. 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 arsenal of over 250 F-16's. This is the
largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the US.
10. Israel has the highest percentage in the world of
home computers per capita.
11. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees
to the population in the world.
12. 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.
13. 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).
14. 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, US.
15. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture
capital funds right behind the US.
16. Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has
the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
17. 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.
18. On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest
number of biotech startups.
19. 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.
20. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the
21. In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of
22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia, to safety
22. When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of
Israel in 1969, she became the world's second elected
female leader in modern times.
23. 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
24. Israel has the third highest rate of
entrepreneurship -- and the highest rate among women
and among people over 55 in the world.
25. Relative to its population, Israel is the largest
immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come
in search of democracy, religious freedom, and
26. Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt
the Kimberly process, an international standard that
certifies diamonds as "conflict free."
27. Israel has the world's second highest per capita
of new books.
28. 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.
29. Israel has more museums per capita than any other
30. Medicine... Israeli scientists developed the
first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic
instrumentation for breast cancer.
31. 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.
32. 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, the camera help s doctors diagnose cancer and
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
36. An Israeli compan y 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.