What the Guardian won’t report: How Free Israel Prospers As Arab Nations Remain In The Dark

This was published by Chuck Devore in Investors Business Daily

Signs of Israel's economic rise can be seen in the offices of Tel Aviv (shown here) and Jerusalem, home to dozens of high-tech startups

Israel, a New Jersey-sized nation of 7.5 million people (1.7 million of whom are Arab) filed 7,082 international patents in the five years ending in 2007. By contrast, 28 majority-Muslim nations with almost 1.2 billion people — 155 times the population of Israel — were granted 2,071 patents in the same period.

Narrowing the comparison to the 17 Muslim nations of the Middle East from Morocco to Iran and down the Arabian Peninsula, the 409 million people in that region generated 680 patents in five years.

This means that the Arab and Iranian world produced about one patent per year for every 3 million people, compared with Israel’s output of one annual patent for every 5,295 people, an Israeli rate some 568 times that of Israel’s neighbors and sometime enemies.

The awarding of Nobel Prizes in the quantitative areas of chemistry, economics and physics shows a similar disparity, with five Israeli winners compared with one French Algerian (a Jew who earned the prize for work done in France) and an Egyptian-American (for work done at Caltech in California).

This phenomenon is manifested in other nations as well, where bad government begets poverty. Free South Korea, with 48.8 million people, filed 24,200 international patents from 2003 to 2007. The 24.5 million people in the North Korean slave state managed to produce 14 patents in the same period.

But wealth isn’t the sole explanation for this disparity in intellectual innovation. Saudi Arabia enjoyed a per capita income of $24,200 in 2010. Yet the Kingdom averages an anemic 37 patents per year compared with Israel’s 1,416 per year — and there are 3 1/2 times more Saudis than Israelis, meaning that Israel’s per capita output of intellectual property is 132 times greater than Saudi Arabia’s.

My on-the-ground education in the Middle East began in 1984, when I attended school at American University in Cairo, Egypt. At the time, Israel was a socialist state, still very much mired in a planned economy focused on heavy industry and agriculture, replete with government subsidies and heavy regulation.

Israel’s per capita output stood at $6,749 (in current U.S. dollars), 41% of America’s — slightly less than the Soviet Union’s per capita output at the time.

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7 replies »

  1. Oh, I think they’ll report it–but it will be with the slant of, “Look how those Israelis are prospering at the expense of the poor, downtrodden Arabs.”

  2. And all that while bearing the burden of a massive defence budget, and no oil fields.

    Underneath all their huffing and puffing, mud-slinging, hate-speech and finger-pointing, the Arabs must be desperately wondering where it all went wrong, and why Allah’s chosen ones have been out-thought and out-performed by a tiny bunch of oddly-assorted Jews.

  3. “Look how those Israelis are prospering at the expense of the poor, downtrodden Arabs.” cba

    And don´t forget the classical “dependence of american money”. Just like Egypt, that other example of human development…

  4. Andy, Israel’s neighbours won’t wonder what they themselves might have done differently, locating as they do all their shortcomings outside themselves. No, the insh’alla brain fever, which prevents them from ever initiating anything good which will better their lot, because their Allah doesn’t will it, (if she did then she rather than they would’ve made it happen) will set in, and will absolve them from all guilt, blame and any sense of agency.

    And they will blame their lack on the Joos.

  5. Things will get a whole lot worse in the not so distant future
    It’s been calculated that gulf oil will run out within 60 to 70 years
    There is no economic infrastructure to fall back on when this happens
    Except for the fabulously wealthy who will have long since departed, Saudi Arabia and the other states will simply sink back into the desert sands with the general population reverting to goatherds