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April 26, 2011
Israelis or Arabs: Pick Your Side
MasterPo fears that very soon there will be yet another conflict between Israel and the Arabs. Probably involving various Arab terrorist groups as well as Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia (MasterPo thinks Egypt will sit this one out unless there is a sudden political change in the country like a coupe – it has happened before).
When this happens the world, most notably the U.S., will need to pick sides. Staying “neutral” isn’t an option. Sending in “peace keepers” won’t do it this time. And unfortunately President Obama has done an excellent job of adding fuel to the world fire against Israel.
Before you go off and spout about “occupation” and “human rights” take these points into account:
- Israel is the only true Democracy in the Middle East. Its government is based on the UK-style parliamentary system which is also what the American government system was originally modeled after.
- Israel’s #1 export is hi-tech! Nearly all the world’s best technology companies have significant R&D facilities in Israel: IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Intel, Microsoft, General Electric etc etc etc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals (a publicly traded company by the way, symbol TEVA) is a major world researcher and producers of both brand name and generic drugs (look on the self behind your pharmacist next time you go and you’ll see boxes with the Teva name on them).
- The Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv is a world leading research university in the fields of physics, mathematics, and computer science.
- Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem is a world leading hospital in researching cures for cancer and AIDS.
- The Israeli Phil Harmonic orchestras has played to packed audiences around the world. Many world famous musicians and conductors have been part of the group.
These are just some examples.
- ALL the surrounding Arab states are either monarchies, military dictatorships, or religious fanatic pseudo-republics. A few have parliaments but the leaders are under no obligation to follow the parliaments’ rulings.
- Most of the exports from Arab countries are minerals and other natural resources, some produce, and cheap-labor manufactured small items.
- When was the last time you heard of the great technology and development centers of say Syria or Lebanon?
- Public performances of orchestral music is banned in most Arab states as being against Islamic law.
The argument can go back and forth forever.
But the bottom line is the bottom line: When you compare side-by-side Israel and the Arab world it is clearly Israel that, in a mere 62 years, offers the world more productivity and benefits than has ever been produced (save for oil) by all the other Arab states in the same time.
Pick your side based on reality, not hyperbole.