Despite hatred, anti-Semitism, and attacks from terrorists, Israel lives and thrives!
Despite false media reports of danger in Israel, when in Jerusalem I try to walk to all of my meetings and while enjoying the exercise, I also enjoy observing the people. Young and old alike share a few common attributes; a certain toughness and resilience, a genuine joy for living coupled with a sense of gratitude, a deep love for family, and a healthy respect for God. Almost without exception, when I ask a Jewish Israeli how they and their family are doing the reply is, “Thank God, we are all fine.”
For good reason, Israel is known as “The Start-Up Nation.” Over 1000 new start-up companies are produced each year in Israel. These companies are responsible for inventing many products and technologies which have served to make life better for the entire world. Drip irrigation has made it possible for drought-stricken countries to grow food crops while at the same time conserving precious water. Inventions such as “ReWalk,” a bionic walking assistance system, is making it possible for paraplegics to stand upright, walk and climb stairs. The development of a robotic guidance system for spine surgery was first developed in Israel as was the Pillcam - a small pill with a tiny camera that takes images of the digestive tract as it travels through the intestines. Next time your doctors suggests a colonoscopy, ask about the Pillcam as an alternative. The USB flash drive, the laser keyboard and the first VoIP (Voice of Internet Protocol) PC to phone software were all developed in Israel. Mobileye, a vision-based advance driver assistance system in use by many auto companies such as BMW and it, too, is an Israeli invention as is WAZE, the popular and very accurate GPS system. In the defense industry Israel developed the Uzi submachine gun, the Iron Dome and David’s Sling missile defense systems, Wall Radar which enables its users to see through walls, and WeCU (we see you) which is a technology able to pick up, analyze and identify terrorists in real time. The list of inventions developed in Israel could fill many books and each invention is a book in and of itself. Most major corporations in the world have their R&D (Research and Development) branches located in Israel.