Did You Know...?
- With 4,800 startups in the country today, Israel has more startups per capita than any other country, and ranks No. 2 in actual numbers after the United States.
- A recent article in the Times of Israel noted that “Over 250 multinationals have research and development centers in Israel, 80 of them Fortune 500 companies.”
- Israel’s Foreign Ministry observed, “Israel is the only country in the world with more trees now than it had a hundred years ago.”
- State Department science and technology advisor Dr. E. William Colglazier declared, “Israel is a world leader and a model not only for small countries, but all countries.”
- A recent article by Efraim Inbar of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies entitled 'Israel Is Not Isolated' observed that “Israel is increasingly acknowledged as a world player in view of its social, economic, technological, financial and diplomatic achievements.”
- According to a report issued by Israel’s Finance Ministry, Israel made a rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, and achieved the highest growth among developed nations during the years 2010-2012.
- Tel Aviv placed second in the “most innovative city on the planet” in the WSJ City of the Year competition sponsored by Citi.
- According to a February 26, 2013 story on Ynetnews.com, Israel was the only western nation in 2012 to reduce debt as a proportion of its GDP. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz noted that "Israel is leading the world in terms of reducing debt in recent years.”
- National Geographic praised Israel as a “pioneer of efficiency” when it comes to maximizing scarce water resources, adding that the country “excels in highly water-efficient farming.”
- Intel’s Israel operation, which had over $4.6 billion in exports in 2012, consists of two manufacturing plants, four R&D centers and over 8,500 employees. Intel has also invested in 64 Israeli start-ups since 1996.
- Apple announced it will open a new R&D center in the Israeli city of Ra’anana, in addition to its existing facilities in Haifa and Herzliya.
- Demand for a recent bond issue to large institutions by Israel’s government was four and a half times the actual issue amount. Finance Minister Steinitz stressed this was indicative of “confidence in the strength of the Israeli economy among investors.”
- Scientists in Israel’s Arava Valley are developing what’s being called the “produce of the future, including floating mini-watermelons and the world's only purple beans.” Learn more about the Arava Valley here.
- A December 31, 2012 Reuters report stated Israel’s economy grew 3.3 percent in 2012, which “strongly outpaced the 1.4 percent average growth rate for Western nations.”
- The November 21, 2012 Economist ranked Israel the 20th best country in which to be born. The survey examined factors determining which countries would provide a “healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead,” and placed Israel ahead of countries including Britain, France and Japan.
- According to a December 25, 2012 Bloomberg.com post, Israel ranks third in NASDAQ-listed companies, has more start-up firms per capita than the U.S., has the world’s highest percentage of engineers in the workforce, and the highest ratios of university degrees and academic publications per capita.
- From 2009-2012, Israel’s total economic growth was 14.7%, leading all OECD countries. Over that same period, U.S. growth was 3.2% and the EU bloc suffered a 1.5% decline in economic growth.
- Israel is among the world’s leading countries in numerous aspects of satellite research, with a 100 percent mission success rate.
- Tel Aviv ranks second among the top 20 "world's most attractive spots for start-ups," according to a recent article in the Washington Business Journal.
- The October 31 Wall Street Journal declared: “It is hard not to be impressed by the sheer width and depth of the Israeli start-up community. For a country of just under eight million people, Israel punches considerably above its tech weight.”
- During his recent Israel visit, Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer said, "This is my fourth visit to Israel and I am always excited and inspired by the distinctive inventiveness of the public and the entrepreneurs in Israel – which is a central reason why Israel is such an important market for Microsoft."
A World Leader In Innovation
- Total R&D expenditure
- Venture capital investment
- Scientific research
- Patents per capita
- Quality of research institutions
- Capacity for innovation
- Availability of latest technologies
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*International Institute for Management and Development World Competitiveness Year Book 2010/World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index 2010-11
Israel, which is benefiting the entire world through ingenuity and resourcefulness, is ranked in the top 10* in the world for:
The Historical Perspective
So far from being persecuted, the Arabs have crowded into the country and multiplied
. . . .” *
The early development - beginning with kibbutzim and moshavim - that attracted Arab populations seeking a better life, has today evolved into an economically strong nation benefiting all its citizens.
* Martin Gilbert, Churchill, vol.5, page 1072
Over the course of decades of perseverance, the Zionist movement successfully transformed pre-independence Israel from a desolate land to a state in waiting. The inherent potential resulted in a surge of Arab immigration, prompting Winston Churchill to declare in 1939: “