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Israel: First World Nation, Not a Third World Nation
In Genesis chapter 12 verses 1 and 2, God said to Abraham "...Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:..." When He said " I will make thee a great nation", He really meant it. Israel today is a thriving and prosperous nation. Many businesses, investment firms, and technology companies have sprung up in the Holy Land in less than 60 years. During the early 20th century, the city now known as Tel Aviv was once a complete desert place that was devoid of life. It took a group of Jewish refugees that came to Palestine, as it was called at that time, to form a community, working hard together, cultivating the land to grow fruits and vegetables while harvesting rich spring waters buried underground. After months and years of hard labor you will see that a land that was so barren has become so fertile with grasses, trees, flowers, and any plant life known to man. Compare that to other Arab nations, there are no cultivated areas but a continuation of wastelands.
Israel has given so much rich exports of exotic products that you and I didn't even know originated from there. Israel also produces and exports many high tech devices, particularly in cell phone communication and computers. For example, the flash drive, where millions of people rely on them for data storage, was first manufactured in Israel. The instant messaging software was also created in Israel and AOL managed to acquire the rights to sell the product. In defense technology, most people will remember the Uzi, the mini machine gun that can shoot many bullets with one pull of the trigger. It is very effective and it is used by many people around the world. A new gun that came out a few years back made a revolution in gun effectiveness. It is called a corner shot gun. It was developed by Lt. Col. Amos Golan of the Israel Defense Forces. How it works is that when you are on the side of a wall, you have the opportunity to look on the other side using the gun's camera shot while folding the gun in half. The camera shot will record it on the screen attached to the rear of the gun in real time, without exposing yourself to danger from enemy fire.
In terms of living condition, Israel ranks high among other nations in the Middle East. According to the CIA World Factbook website, the life expectancy of the Israelites is 81 years of age. It ranks 18th in the world. 92 percent of the population live in urban areas and has a growth rate of 1.5 percent a year. The death rate is 5.5 deaths/1000 population. In general, living in Israel is awesome and it is healthy over there.
The infrastructure of Israel is very advance. Unfortunately, many people around the world, especially in the United States, thinks that Israel does not have any adequate sanitation and good paved roads and that the Israelites don't own any cars or that they own outdated cars. That the Israelites live in shanty villages or that they live in huts. That is simply not true. The reality is that almost every citizen of Israel owns the latest car models that are imported, road infrastructures are well maintained and well paved using strong asphalts and solid concrete, and houses are well built just like any house in America. The only difference is that the Israelites are required to have their own bunkers installed in order to be cautious and to be safe from incoming rocket attacks. One such town that requires all houses to have bunkers is in Sderot, next to the border of Gaza where Hamas and Hezbollah have set up base and has shot rockets at Israel ever since Israel left Gaza. It is a sad and unfortunate thing to hear about how the Israelites are living in Sderot where they are at constant fear.
Nevertheless, Israel has many advance cities that look like American cities. Pictured above for an example is the city of Ramat Gan. It has many tall skyscrapers with a wide freeway filled with ongoing traffic. In Ramat Gan, the economy of the city mostly relies on the diamond industry. Other industries of the city that contributes to the rich economy is mostly the usual: fruits and vegetables, textiles, metal production, technology, etc. Obviously, the one industry that most residents of Ramat Gan rely on is tourism. Tourism is the crux of the industry for all of Israel, which brings me to the next city: Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv is the resort city of Israel. There are other cities on the coast of the country where they have nice beaches also but Tel Aviv is the capital and the largest. It is like the Cancun of Israel. Beach parties are held there. Cafes and restaurants provide many culinary services to tourists. Tel Aviv beach also has nice boardwalks that are styled similar to Venice Beach in California. Many parties occur on the beaches of Tel Aviv, beach sports events and other events. You will see many people sunbathing and enjoying the warm Mediterranean waters. Sometimes you will see surfers. During the night, Israelis in Tel Aviv start to party with the many clubs and discos around the neighborhood. There are some that have stylized dance clubs blending techno and hip hop. Very innovative. In general, there are many skyscrapers that dot the landscape of Tel Aviv. There are many housing units that are well built and very Middle Eastern designed. I'm sure that when you visit these places like Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan, you will not see many people living in slums. You will not see many shantytowns where people will live near a garbage dump. Israelis are very hard working and very entrepreneurial. It is in their blood to make a proper living and to contribute to the economy of Israel and to other nations of the world where Jews live.
Part of the reason that many people around the world does not know about Israel's wealth of living is because of the mainstream media's focus on the terrorist/missile attacks that are occurring in Israel 24/7. It is so focused on those incidents that many people stick to those kinds of stories, which is also our fault. We as a Gentile people are not doing enough research and seeing the big picture when it comes to Israel. We definitely should continue to focus on the troubles but at the same time we can and we should focus on the good news because there is good news all the time.
We as Gentile Christians should start spreading the news that Israel is the place where you can do pilgrimage and have fun at the same time. Israel truly is a tourist nation. The Israelites have worked very hard to attract fellow Jews into coming home and making Aliyah and to let other people enjoy their country as much as possible. I guarantee that when you go to Israel, you will be very satisfied with what you will experience based on the geography, economy, religion, and social culture. Israel is filled with many tourist attractions all over the country and there are many that are continuing to create unique experiences for people all over the world, despite the problems and tragedies the Israelites face everyday of their lives. Long live Israel.