My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

High Tech Makes Israel Strong....

Israel is a high-tech success story....
Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.

Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.

In his book, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement,” Steven L. Pease lists some of the explanations people have given for this record of achievement. The Jewish faith encourages a belief in progress and personal accountability. It is learning-based, not rite-based.

Most Jews gave up or were forced to give up farming in the Middle Ages; their descendents have been living off of their wits ever since. They have often migrated, with a migrant’s ambition and drive. They have congregated around global crossroads and have benefited from the creative tension endemic in such places.

No single explanation can account for the record of Jewish achievement. The odd thing is that Israel has not traditionally been strongest where the Jews in the Diaspora were strongest. Instead of research and commerce, Israelis were forced to devote their energies to fighting and politics.

Milton Friedman used to joke that Israel disproved every Jewish stereotype. People used to think Jews were good cooks, good economic managers and bad soldiers; Israel proved them wrong.

But that has changed. Benjamin Netanyahu’s economic reforms, the arrival of a million Russian immigrants and the stagnation of the peace process have produced a historic shift. The most resourceful Israelis are going into technology and commerce, not politics. This has had a desultory effect on the nation’s public life, but an invigorating one on its economy.

Tel Aviv has become one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurial hot spots. Israel has more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other nation on earth, by far. It leads the world in civilian research-and-development spending per capita. It ranks second behind the U.S. in the number of companies listed on the Nasdaq. Israel, with seven million people, attracts as much venture capital as France and Germany combined.
And, look at the difference between Israel and its Arab neighbours...
For example, between 1980 and 2000, Egyptians registered 77 patents in the U.S. Saudis registered 171. Israelis registered 7,652.


Anonymous LIP said...

Why be so fascinated with Israel? With the immense money it gets from the USA its not wonder, is it?

And it doesn't change the fact of the crimes against humanity it comits agaisnt the Palestinians.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LIP gets his facts from the PLO.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous netbook case said...

Israel’s traditional mid-tech and low-tech industries remain strong, as stressed by Warren Buffet’s $4 billion acquisition of 80% of Iscar, which designs and manufactures industrial cutting tools for metal machining.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Thermblog said...

LIP: Israel gets somewhere less than 2% of its GDP from the US. The money goes entirely to supporting its military because it is forced to maintain a stronger defence than it can afford (being a small country), to counter the Arab armies.

Egypt gets nearly the same amount as Israel and certainly practices oppression against its own people, especially Christians.

Given the skew in your financial argument, there would be a strong probability that your claim of "crimes against ... agaisnt the Palestinians" is also wrong. Having studied the situation, I know it is.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Myackie said...

Since LIP can't even spell the word "commits" I'm not going to take what she writes seriously.

But I'm pretty sure that LIP won't bother to notice "crimes against humanity" anywhere else in the world except Israel.

Good job LIP, you're uncle Adolf would be proud!

6:39 PM  

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