Israel: The child prodigy of economics

What can Israel offer the world?

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We know the religious connection to the State of Israel is an important one. When I’m asked why I made aliyah, I often answer how it’s the Jewish Homeland, and as such has deep meaning to me as a Jew; that to live in the land where my ancestors walked, the land promised to my people thousands of years ago, is the most special part of me and is the very reason I moved here.

But without religion, to a person who has no connection to their Jewish heritage, what does Israel mean to them?

I think of Israel as a bit of an anomaly in the sense that its climate is so varied, that it truly allows for all different styles of living and entertainment. For example, if you want to go skiing, you can go up north to the Galilee, and in the same day, if you want the summertime vibes, you can go to Eilat in the south. When it’s beyond cold in Jerusalem during the winter and you feel you need a break, take a 45 minute bus ride to Tel Aviv and boom, it’s so warm that it feels like you’ve arrived in Miami!

How could such a small country have so many options when it comes climate and activities?

The beauty of Israel is the parts of it that often go unnoticed. There is something so truly special about this place that no matter where you are, there are always options for entertainment.

Now imagine this concept through the lens of the many business opportunities Israel has to offer; how a 70-year old country has already come so far in tourism, business and technology. There can be no question that the time to invest in the Jewish state is now, because Israel is silently becoming the big fish in the little pond that is business and innovation in this world.

A reform happens when you change the policy of the government; a revolution happens when you change the mind-set of a country.
— Dan Senor, Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

Just to compare the United States to Israel as an example: the US is considered the powerhouse of the world today, but this is a reputation that’s taken over 240 years to achieve. By comparison, Israel has reached unprecedented levels of advancement in its 70 of existence! Whether you want to believe it or not, there's something special happening here and I think it’s time to get on the bandwagon.

It must be understood to everyone whom either lives here, wants to live here, is a native or swears they will “never live here, not in a million years”: Israel is like a child prodigy, in that it has an incredible amount of potential to be a beacon of light and strength, but still possesses the growing pains which allow the child to work through its strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately become the strong intelligent adult that it was destined to be.

In other words, when it comes to Israel, you want to be sure to root for the underdog, because this country’s hard work is going to pay off, and whomever has a ticket to the show is ready to say “Watch out world, cause here we come, constantly strengthened and constantly united!”