A Middle Eastern hub of innovation and
LUKE JOHNSON, UK Telegraph 2005-10-03
One of the more astonishing economies
is Israel. This small Middle Eastern state has reinvented itself in the past
15 years as an extraordinary hub of innovation - despite the Palestinian
The roots of its economic success lie in its connections to America and its
significant industrial-military strength. Almost a quarter of its workforce
are graduates, many of them scientists, engineers or technicians. Others
were educated in the US and Russia or are graduates of the Israel Defense
They are reaping the benefits of substantial military research and development
budgets in civilian life. There are strong ties between business, the armed
forces and academia and this has fostered a remarkable number of start-ups.
The US software, telecoms and electronics industries have invested heavily
in Israel. IBM, Motorola, Intel, Microsoft, Cisco, HP and Applied Materials
have pumped billions into plants and R&D facilities, taking advantage
of tax breaks and a skilled workforce. Their confidence - and capital - have
stimulated hundreds of spin-off ventures which have transformed Israel.
America also taught Israel the importance of venture capital. Today it has
80 local VC funds which manage more than $10bn. This is the second largest
pool of such risk capital in the world - in a nation with fewer than 7m
Each year for the past six years more than $1bn has been invested in Israeli
technology companies. This funding has fuelled more than 1,000 businesses
in areas such as mobile telecoms, computer software, semiconductors and internet
Moreover, Israelis have learned how to tap money abroad. There are more than
70 Israeli companies quoted on Nasdaq. And increasing numbers of businesses
raising investment in London have Israeli connections.
Empire Online, the internet gambling company recently in talks with PartyGaming,
and 888.com, which went public this week at a value of almost £600m,
were both founded and controlled by Israeli entrepreneurs. Remittances from
foreign supporters are vital for the country.
Meanwhile, several of the leading Russian oligarchs are Jews who have invested
heavily in Israel and have close connections with the country.
Indeed, rapid immigration of more than 1m mostly highly qualified, ambitious
Jews from the former Soviet Union in the early 1990s provided a considerable
stimulus to Israel - as well as boosting its population by more than 20 per
The economy has shrugged off a sharp decline in tourism, a stagnant agricultural
sector and the high costs of terrorism, and grown at rates of up to 6 per
cent annually in recent times. GDP per capita at $19,000 is now higher than
Spain, Portugal or New Zealand.
The high-tech boom commenced in Israel with the formation of the
government-sponsored Yozma programme in 1993. This channelled investment
into early-stage technology companies.
Since then a number of world-beating technology businesses have been established,
including Checkpoint, a leader in enterprise network security; Teva, a giant
in generic drugs; Amdocs, a pioneer in phone billing systems, Converse, a
big noise in voicemail systems, and various companies such as ICQ, Audiocodes
and Vocaltec which specialise in internet utilities such as instant messaging
and internet telephony.
But money is not the only thing that has inspired Israel's development. Its
talented people also have an appetite for risk. Israel is yet another example
of a small nation which has outperformed much larger countries endowed with
far greater natural resources: Singapore, Ireland and Switzerland are other
cases in point. Each demonstrates that intellectual capital is the most important
asset any state can possess.
What is remarkable is that Israel was founded in 1948 as a socialist republic,
and that the government still controls more than 45 per cent of the economy
- even though this proportion is declining, as free-booting capitalism becomes
the dominant creed. The kibbutz lifestyle has fallen in popularity, and nowadays
tech billionaires, rather than generals or politicians, are the heroes.
Other Middle Eastern states such as Dubai are beginning to learn from Israel's
example. Perhaps with oil at over $60 a barrel, more Gulf nations will adopt
the civil freedoms and can-do attitude of the Israelis, and invest wisely
to enrich all their peoples.
is chairman of Channel 4 and Giraffe
Posted by Ted Belman at October 3, 2005 10:23
The very title of the article,
A Middle Eastern hub,
perhaps not intentionally, points towards arch
liberalist, Shimon Peres' ideal of
borders" - as part of a borderless world. EU-paid agent, Jossi
Beilin (at the level of about $350 - $400,000 a year), also contends that
he doesn't believe in borders ...that they are the cause of
war ... that Israel can only live in peace if it eliminates its borders.
(Ron Pundak, one of the two academics Beilin shipped to Oslo to negotiate
- interview with Barry Chamish,
07 December 2003 ).
The ideal is actually to shape Israel into a "Tel
Aviv State (Daniel Ben Simon, a correspondent for HaAretz newspaper, 01 Nov
2004), based on the Hong Kong model (Henry Gluksman, the advance man for
the Oslo negotiations).
This "City-state" concept, of course, entails giving
up all Messianic Zionist** claims
of land, except that surrounding Tel Aviv, and self-sufficiency when
it comes to food production. A society, therefore, that needs to thrive on
its excellence in scientific, technology and business acumen.
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon Monday told the Jewish settlers that the messianic
complex that causes them to believe they must settle their entire God-given
homeland must give way to the need to appease a hostile world. Editor - Jerusalem
Consequently, the plan is that the Arabs (so-called
Palestinians) take up land-based production enterprises. The Oslo Process,
therefore, firstly served to turn the myth that the so-called Palestinian
are a nation, into reality. Secondly,
it began to
revolve around money to develop Palestinian business and industry,
with everybody jumping on the bandwagon for profit - Jews, Arabs, CFR, EU,
IMF, the World Bank, the Quartet,
etc. (Yitzchak Rabin's opposition to
this development, was most probably the reason for his assassination -
Henry Gluksman to Barry Chamish - and he definitely was not the only one
who got in the way - Zionsake Editor).
In the end, however,
this scheme will not work due to various factors that will foil man's
plans and cause them to be overridden by the God of Israel's
plans with his people and his land.
The land of Israel becomes desolate when it is
not occupied by its rightful heirs, the Jews.
Zech 7:14 I scattered them as with a whirlwind among
the distant nations, where they lived as strangers. Their land became
so desolate that no one even traveled through it. The land that had been
so pleasant became a desert. (TLB)
Ezek 36:33 The Lord God of Israel says: I will bring
you home again to Israel, and rebuild the ruins. Acreage will be cultivated
again that through the years of exile lay empty as barren wilderness; all
who passed by were shocked to see the extent of ruin in your land.
In 1874, Reverend Samuel Manning wrote: "But where
were the inhabitants? This fertile plain, which might support an immense
population, is almost a solitude.... Day by day we were to learn afresh the
lesson now forced upon us, that the denunciations of ancient prophecy have
been fulfilled to the very letter -- `the land is left void and desolate
and without inhabitants.'"
The Palestinian Royal Commission, created by the
British, quotes an account of the conditions on the coastal plain along the
Mediterranean Sea in 1913: "The road leading from Gaza to the north
was only a summer track, suitable for transport by camels or carts. No orange
groves, orchards or vineyards were to be seen until one reached the [Jewish]
Yabna village. Houses were mud. Schools did not exist. The western part toward
the sea was almost a desert. The villages in this area were few and thinly
populated. Many villages were deserted by their inhabitants."
This desolation can even today be seen in areas of
Israel that are predominantly "occupied" by Arabs. This phenomenon
led to the line separating the so-called "Territories" from the rest of Israel,
being called the "Greenline" -- since there's very little "greenery" beyond
that line - except for the hills where Jewish "settlements" have been
The inability of Arabs and other Hamites to rule
themselves and to create employment opportunities.
We see this in the endless need of foreign aid in Africa and the fact that
the so-called Palestinian Arabs in and outside Israel have been willing to
live in squalor the last nearly sixty years - depending on UNWRA for survival.
PCPO Palestinian Poll no. 110,
14 April 2003 shows that 64.7% Palestinians believe that the PA is incapable
of creating job for them.
It is therefore doubtful that
attempts by Israel and the international community will succeed to establish
industry and entrepreneurship in "Palestine."
The quarrelsome nature of Ishmael and his
Gen 16:9 The Angel of the LORD said to her ...11 "Behold, you are with child,
And you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael ...12 He shall
be a wild (pere) man (adam); His hand shall be against every man, And every
man's hand against him.
And he shall dwell in the presence of all his
Compounded by Islam: "There is a deep
problem in Islam. It's a world whose values are different. A world in
which human life doesn't have the same value as it does in the West, in which
freedom, democracy, openness and creativity are alien. A world that makes
those who are not part of the camp of Islam fair game. Revenge is also important
here. Revenge plays a central part in the Arab tribal culture. Therefore,
the people we are fighting and the society that sends them have no moral
inhibitions. If it obtains chemical or biological or atomic weapons, it will
use them. If it is able, it will also commit genocide." Survival of the
fittest. Interview with historian, Benny Morris. By Ari Shavit Haaretz
Magazine Section 9 January 2004
Compounded in the "Palestinian" Arabs by
indoctrination with hatred: "The Palestinian leadership, including Arafat
and his sidekick for forty years - current Palestinian President Abu Mazen
- has mainlined failure, conflict, and bitterness into the minds and hearts
of the Palestinian culture for years. Their drug of choice is volatile hatred
and their intended victims, the Jewish people. When the death of children
suicide bombers, resolution of conflict with weapons, and a victim mentality
dominate, good fortune is an unreachable goal for any people group."
Bridges-Samuels, media liaison,
FrontPage Jerusalem. 2005-10-05.
The "panning" out in the end of the relationship
between the descendants of Noah's sons Shem and Japheth due to his prophetic
blessing on them and on Ham's descendants due to his curse on them -
actually, just on his grandson Canaan, but it must have included Ham's
descendants in general, based on their poor performance also in our
Gen 9:25 "Cursed be Canaan; A servant
of servants He shall be to his brethren."
26 ... "Blessed be the LORD, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may
Canaan be his servant." NKJV
We have already seen the "enlargement" of
Japheth in the spread of his descendants over Europe and from there to many
continents, e.g. Africa, the Americas, Australia, Nu Zeeland, etc. However,
an "enlargement" was also prophesied for Shem in the Middle East and
without limit beyond that, that hasn't happened yet.
Isa 54:2 "Enlarge the place
of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do
not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall
expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the
nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited. NKJV
This "enlargement" will preclude attempts
in times soon to come, of trying to squeeze Israel into a state of less than
about 5 percent of the area mandated for a Jewish homeland in 1920. Since
Japheth will live in the tents of Shem, his descendants will also benefit
from the "enlargement" of the tents of Shem. So they should rather
bless Israel because their blessings will revert back to them.
shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren,"
shows that the descendants of Ishmael, who became
Hamites from just marrying into Hamites, will serve their Shemite brothers,
versus sharing their inheritance with them - since the descendants of Isaac
(Shemites) were to be the heirs of the promises to Abraham, Isaac and
It is in any case completely
against the God of Israel's will to let the Arabs share in the Jews'
The Palestinian Phased Plan to destoy Israel,
starting with the "Two-state Solution."
A top PA official has reiterated the end-goal of the creation of
a Palestinian state alongside Israel: a
Palestinian state instead of Israel. In a seeming re-affirmation
of the PLO's 1974 "destroy Israel" program, commonly known as the Phased
Plan, Fatah co-founder Farouk Kadumi termed the struggle for a two-state
solution just a "stage" on the road to "only one [state]." Fatah´s Farouk
Kadumi: "Two States." Just a Temporary Solution.
Arutz-7 News: Friday, December 3, 2004.
And the boost in power and influence Hamas has received from PM Sharon's
evil "disengagement program" has increased the danger of Israel being destroyed
Arlene Bridges-Samuels, media liaison,
FrontPage Jerusalem. 2005-10-05,
described the situation as follows:
As Elliot Jager, the Jerusalem
Posts Editorial Editor said recently in an interview on Front Page
Jerusalem Global Radio Network,
The only difference between
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority is in degrees; the PA
calls for gradual destruction of the Jewish state and Hamas wants immediate