Israel’s success, and the Guardian’s pain

H/T Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations by Yaacov

The Guardian created a map indicating the locations of the world’s 100 most important cleantech companies (businesses and ideas at the forefront of the clean technology revolution), and guess where Israel is on the list?  (First, let’s note, which areas aren’t represented at all: South America, Africa, Australia, as well as Russia and former Soviet states.) Then, let’s look at the top countries which are represented, from top down: USA, UK, Germany…. and then Israel. And actually, if you count the two American firms which were set up and are run by Israelis, Israel ties Germany for number 3.  Quantifying Israeli economic achievements (success which is so remarkably disproportionate to their size) must be excruciatingly painful for the Guardian – a paper so eager to undermine and delgetimize Israel at every turn. And, I, for one, really feel their pain.

Here are the maps, indicating where the top cleantech companies are located.  Notice those blue dots in the Middle East.

Let’s look a bit closer:

And, now, look even closer at those dots, which, if you haven’t guessed already, are in Israel – a nation with a population of a mere 7.5  million, and the 2nd  smallest state in the Middle East.

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist highlighting Israel’s success – and the enormous gaps represented by its, um, neighbors.  As I said, I truly do feel the Guardian’s pain on this story – the schadenfreude is just seeping out of my pores.

11 replies »

  1. Poor Guardian having to tell the truth for once. How do you think they cope with all that cognitive dissonance?

    I was just imagining the blazoned headlines if it had been Lebanon, or even whoo-hoo, Gaza. They would have had celebratory articles for four days running by their Jerusalem rep and by Seth, Shabi and Guarnieri (what has happened to Mya btw? We haven’t heard from her for weeks) but since it was only annoying Israel they hide it away discreetly

  2. Good for Israel. Credit to the ingenuity and industry of its people.

    So is there any actual *evidence* that it caused the Guardian ‘pain’ (and what does that mean, anyway; can a newspaper feel pain the way an individual can?) to publish this information, or is it just your prejudice talking?

    And what does that mean, anyway; can a newspaper feel pain the way an individual can?

  3. @Golo, I was being a bit sarcastic….not meant to be taken literally. However, given their seeming visceral dislike for Israel I don’t think its that much of a stretch.

  4. Last time I checked the Greens leader was congratulating burglers that destroyed an arms factory which in theory could have supplied parts to the IAF.

    I guess she’ll be rubbishing this report or keeping realy quiet…

  5. My tolerance level for the Guardian has worn out. So, eff the Guardian, eff their management, eff their editorial board, and certainly eff the majority of the CIF commenters. Oh, and have a nice day.

  6. @Adam. Apologies for my clumsy editing of my first post above.

    The problem is that this notion of the G. hating Israel means that you have to take the Seth Freedman and Ben White (and I admit, he goes much further than I would) articles, say, as representative, and the Geoffrey Alderman, Jeremy Sharon, Petra Marquand-Bigman, Gilead Sher, and just today, er, Danny Ayalon ones, as non-representative. That is to say, you are imposing your own pre-conceptions on the situation and not reading it objectively.

  7. Golo, your sample is a bit unscientific. If you really wish to claim to read the situation “objectively,” you need to create a “hate index” of Guardian articles on Israel by calculating the number of pro- and anti-Israeli articles, weighted by these articles’ degree of neutrality (or lack thereof).

    You’ll find that the Guardian publishes far more viciously anti-Israeli articles than it does pro-Israeli – and that even its pro-Israeli articles are usually only tepidly so.

    I think this site once published an enumeration.

    As a side matter, many of the Guardian’s articles on the Mideast and I-P are simply incompetent.

  8. A nonsense headline and a nonsense article. The Guardian is so much more than its coverage of Israel.