Today Israel is 71 one year’s young. No other nation has accomplished more in a mere 71 years than the Jewish state of Israel. Despite a host of enemies, this past year proved to be a stellar one for the Jewish state.
On its 71st birthday Israel’s population has reached 9 million people, and 45 percent of world Jewry. Israel now enjoys diplomatic relations with 161 countries. Israel’s GDP is closing in on half a trillion dollars. Israel’s exports exceeded a $110 billion dollars during this past year alone. 539 multi-national corporations have established R&D centers in Israel, to take advantage of the country’s expertise in fields such as autonomous vehicles, agriculture, cybersecurity, AI, Fintech, and digital health. Israeli start-ups raised a record $6.4 billion while Israeli companies were sold for $12.63 billion. In addition, some of the world’s leading corporations including Intel, Samsung, Facebook, Canon, Google, HP, Amazon.com and many others invested billions of dollars in the Jewish states world renowned tech sector.
Israel welcomed a record 4 million tourists. Israel’s Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision song contest. Israel also became only the 7th country to orbit the moon, with the tiny and revolutionary spacecraft Beresheet. Israeli entrepreneurs launched Watergen, a company that can extract water from the air, which could potentially play a huge role in solving the world’s water shortages. Israel’s humanitarian organizations provided invaluable aid to countries such as Mozambique, Uganda, Guatemala, and Brazil. Israeli scientists also made significant progress in finding cures for cancer, AIDS, and many other diseases that plague millions.
Jack Ma, the CEO of the tech giant Alibaba, received an honorable doctorate from University of Tel Aviv. During his commencement speech he called Israel a “miracle nation.” Ma would later open Alibaba’s R&D facility in Tel Aviv. Jack Ma would return to Israel 5 months later with the Chinese Vice President and a massive delegation of Chinese business leaders. Israel’s relations with Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, and India reached new heights as well. Israel also re-established relations with Chad, and will likely do the same with Mali and Niger in the near future. PM Netanyahu also visited the Gulf state of Oman, while relations with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE improved dramatically.
Israel signed a free trade agreement with Panama, and Prime Minister Netanyahu would become the first sitting Israeli PM to visit Brazil. In April, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro would return the favor, and proudly became the first head of state to accompany a sitting Israeli PM to the Western Wall. PM Netanyahu became the first world leader to participate in the Balkan Craiova Conference, with Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece. Israel signed a free trade agreement with Ukraine. Israel would also reach an agreement with Italy, Greece, and Cyprus, to build an underwater pipeline, enabling Israel to become a natural gas exporter to Europe in the coming years. Israel’s trade with the UK reached a record $11 billion and became one of the first countries to sign a post-Brexit trade agreement with Britain. Israel’s trade with the EU reached record levels as well.
However, the highlight of this past year is when President Trump moved the U.S embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala would do the same shortly thereafter. Other countries such as Brazil, Romania, Honduras, and the Czech Republic have indicated that they will do the same in the future.
Rest assured that the BDS Movement will continue to work vigorously to isolate the Jewish state. Unfortunately for the BDS Movement the Palestinians have never created anything of value. Therefore, the BDS Movement has nothing to leverage, which will result in continued defeats at the hands of the Israelis.
Israel at 71: From Ashes to Powerhouse, United with Israel, Daniel Krygier, May 8, 2019:
When the Modern State of Israel was established in May 1948, few could imagine that it would survive, let alone thrive. Yet, against all odds, the reborn Jewish nation arose from the ashes after the Holocaust and became a powerhouse in merely seven decades.
The driving engine behind Israel’s tremendous success is the Jewish state’s unique spirit of turning disadvantages into advantages.
Israel was reborn merely three years after the Holocaust, which consumed six million Jewish lives, one third of the Jewish people. In 1948, Israel was poor, outnumbered and outgunned. Few military experts believed that the Jewish nation would survive the pan-Arab assault.
Feeding a rapidly growing immigrant population became a top priority. A tiny, dry territory did not look promising for building a Jewish future. However, Israel transformed its water shortage disadvantage into an advantage. The Jewish state quickly became a world leader in water technologies and water conservation. Israel succeeded in building one of the world’s most modern and innovative agricultures. Soon, Israel was not merely able to feed its population but even managed to export quality products worldwide.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Israel at 71, Israel21C, Israel21CStaff, May 7, 2019:
As night falls on May 8, 2019, Israel will kick off its 71st birthday celebration in the usual Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day) style with cookouts, aerobatic shows, silly string, torch-lighting ceremonies and festive fireworks across the nation.
In only seven decades, Israel has proven it’s possible to do the impossible at home and abroad, whether greening deserts with world-leading technological knowhow, rescuing people in distress in distant lands, or sending the smallest-ever spacecraft to the moon.
The list of Israeli accomplishments is truly staggering, especially considering the huge amount of resources that must be devoted to defense alone.
Last year, ISRAEL21c brought you a timeline, “70 Years of Israeli achievement,” and a fantastic companion film, “70 Years of Israeli Milestones in 165 Seconds.”
Now we’ve delved into the statistics to present a fun and fascinating by-the-numbers picture of Israel at 71.
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