with less than 1/1000th of the world's population, can lay claim to the following:
The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis: Israeli branch of Motorola
Most of the Windows NT and XP Microsoft-Israel
The Pentium MMX Chip was designed in Israel at Intel
The Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were in Israel. The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.
Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel
AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis
An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California's Mojave desert.
Israel was the first nation in the world to adapt the Kimberly Process that certifies diamonds as "conflict free"
Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer
Israel's Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside, the camera helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Fоr comparison: Every year in US hospitals, 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world.
In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US.
On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups
Outside the US and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies.
Twenty-four percent of Israel's workforce holds university degrees – ranking third in the industrialized world, after the US and Holland. 12% hold advanced degrees.
Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce. With over 25% of its workforce employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well.
Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world
Israel has one of the highest rates of per capita patents filed as well.
Israel has the second highest per capita of books
Israel has more museums per capita than any other country
Despite a lack of abundant natural resources, Israel's $100 billion economy is larger than ALL of its immediate neighbors combined. "Israel has accomplished more with their minds than the Arabs have with their oil." Quote: Shimon Peres
Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert
Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.
In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia
All the above while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other country in the world.
Israel has the fourth largest Air Force in the world (after the US, Russia, and China).