By Dorothy Scisorek
Forwarded by MGen H Stelling USAF (Ret)

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. However, Israel has developed date trees that yield 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or from a short ladder.

Israel - the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world's population - can lay claim to many worldly accomplishments that may surprise you, including the following:


  • Developed the cell phone - at the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.
  • Developed most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems at Microsoft-Israel.
  • Designed the Pentium MMX Chip technology in Israel at Intel.
  • Entirely designed, developed and produced both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor. The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel .
  • Developed voice mail technology. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the U.S. in Israel.
  • Developed the technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ - by four young Israelis.
  • Developed the fourth largest air force in the world (after U.S., Russia, and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel's air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16's, the largest F-16 fleet outside of the U.S.
  • Has $100 billion economy - larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined.
  • Has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. Its per capita income exceeds that of the UK
  • Has world's highest percentage of home computer use per capita.
  • Operates the world's most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
  • Has the world's highest ratio of university degrees per capita.
  • 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.
  • Except for the U.S., Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world, per capita. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. 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.
  • Ranks #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U.S.
  • Has largest number of NASDAQ listed companies, except for the U.S. and Canada.
  • Has largest number of biotech startups, per capita.
  • 24% of Israel's workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland, and 12% hold advanced degrees.
  • 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.
  • Developed and installed a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant in southern California's Mojave desert.
  • Only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
  • Its Operation Solomon in 1984 and 1991 airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia, to safety in Israel
  • When elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, Golda Meir 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.
  • Has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship — and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 - in the world.
  • Is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth, per capita. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity, including thousands from the former Soviet Union.
  • First nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.”
  • Has world's second highest number of new books, per capita.
  • 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.
  • More museums per capita than any other country.


  • First fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
  • 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.
  • First ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside for cancer and digestive disorders.
  • 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 the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
  • Clear Light device that 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.

Israel accomplished all of 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 county on earth.