List of Israeli accomplishments is long

July 12, 2008

To the editor:

I am relieved to learn that there is only one tribe left in "Judah" (Mr. Miller's letter of June 28) because, judging by the accomplishments of the descendants of the ancient Hebrews, it would be too time-consuming to add the other nine tribes' achievements.

Though being the 100th smallest state with less that 1/1000 of the world's population, Israel-Judah can claim an astounding number of society's advances in almost every direction.

Intel's new multi-core processor was completely developed at facilities in Israel. Our ubiquitous cell phone was developed in Israel by Motorola, which has the largest development center in the little land.


Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology was pioneered in Israel.

AirTran JFK, the 8.1-mile light rail labyrinth that connects JFK Airport to NYC's mass transit, is protected by the Israeli-developed Nextiva surveillance system.

Bill Gates calls Israel "a major player in the high-tech world;" most of Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel; the Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel; both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the U.S. in Israel and, with more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of high tech companies in the world apart from the Silicon Valley.

Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 84 in the U.S., more than 70 in Japan, and fewers than 60 in Germany.

The Weizmann Institute of Science has been voted 'the best university in the world for life scientists to conduct research.'

Israeli researchers have:

· Discovered the molecular trigger that causes psoriasis.

· Developed the Ex-Press shunt to provide relief for glaucoma sufferers.

· Unveiled a blood test that diagnoses heart attacks ... by telephone.

· Found a combination of electrical stimulation and chemotherapy that makes cancerous metastases disappear.

· Designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.

· Developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits into a pill, used to view the small intestine from the inside, enabling doctors to diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.

· Perfected a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, synchronizing the heart's mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

These are only a few of Israel's recent contributions to the welfare of the world. Water shortage, global warming, space travel, anti-virus, anti-smallpox, blood pressure and solar power are all being addressed by Israel's scientists.

They are pioneering in DNA research, using tiny strands to create human transistors that can literally build themselves and are playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants.

Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any nation by a large margin; its $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined and Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

While it maintains, by far, the highest average living standards and per capita income, exceeding even those of the U.K., Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth, relative to its population.

And that is only one tribe! With the other nine "absent, extinct, disappeared, gone, missing," as Miller claims, think of what more could be accomplished. The above list of achievements does not come from the U.S. government or Israeli propaganda, but from an organization, Christians United for Israel.

This organization convened people from all 50 states for several days of briefing and strategy sessions, culminating in a rousing rally in Washington which featured Jewish leaders and top Christian ministers "celebrating the things we hold in common and the spiritual bonds that unite us."

The fact that a country is enslaved does not make it disappear. Ask the French people from Alsace and Lorraine, enslaved twice by Germany. At war's end, both in 1918 and 1945, the two provinces became once more what they had been before their enslavement, with the capital Strasbourg chosen as the seat of Europe's parliament.

Pascal, a 17th century French mathematician, wrote: "In certain parts of the world we can see a peculiar people called the Jewish people. It is not only of remarkable antiquity but has also lasted for a singular long time...whereas the people of Sparta, Athens, and Rome and others who came so much later have perished so long ago, these still exist despite the efforts of so many powerful kings who have tried a hundred times to wipe them out. They have always been preserved...and my encounter with these people amazes me."

Jeanne Jacobs

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