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Monday, March 17, 2014

Why Should Israel Exist?

Here's the Nonsense:  Peace in the Middle East is more important than Israel.  John Kerry and Barack Obama are right to push them to meet the Palestinian demands.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Israel is not only America's strongest ally in the Middle East, it has a right to exist.  Israel has done more good for the world than most Americans realize and proven its worth to the world community more than the Palestinians ever have.

Senior Palestinian Authority official Abbas Zaki is Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ commissioner for dialogue with the Arab world and China.  WND is reporting that this past week he told Palestinian Authority TV, “I believe that Allah will gather [the Jews] so we can kill them.”  Then, Israel Today reported that last Thursday, U. S. Secretary of State John “I served in Viet Nam” Kerry said that Israel should drop their insistence that the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state, even though Palestinians like Zaki have expressed desire that Israel be destroyed and the Jews killed.  The Obama administration doesn’t care about Israel’s interests, but it’s time the rest of us wake up to just what Israel represents to the world.

Israel certainly has a right to exist.  Anyone who doubts that is on the level of Hitler and not worth debating with about the issue.  But many don't think in terms of Israel being put out of existence.  They listen to the rhetoric from the left and find themselves agreeing without doing any critical thinking.

I could go on here and talk about Israel being a strong ally, and our only solid one in the Middle East.  I could talk about the injustice done against the Jewish people throughout both ancient and modern world history, most recently being the Holocaust in World War II.  There are many things like that that I could talk about.  But I think I’d rather share with you a list of some things that Israel has provided to the world for you to consider.  The list is far from comprehensive, it’s just representative of a few of the great things with which our Israeli friends have blessed the world.  Here are some of the things they've invented and developed:

1.)  Development of reverse osmosis desalination process that is now the worldwide standard.  Note:  Israel has just entered into an agreement to help California with their drought problems through use of Israel’s advanced water technologies.

2.)  The PillCam, used for visualizing and detecting disorders of the GI tract.  This device allows the user to swallow a pill that takes a small camera through the gastrointestinal tract so that doctors can see problems and plan solutions.

3.)  Amniocentesis came about when cells were examined that were drawn from amniotic fluid to diagnose potential genetic abnormalities or prenatal infections in developing fetuses. 

4.)  Anti-bacterial fabrics developed to prevent bacterial growth that will dramatically reduce hospital infection rates.

5.)  EWA Technologies Ltd. produces a clean, green system that harvests water from the humidity in the air. The technology benefits residents of desert areas, farmers and municipalities around the world. Each device has the potential to provide two average American families with their entire year’s supply of water without contributing to pollution.

6.)  Wiring of a European-designed artificial hand to arm of a human amputee. In addition to conducting complicated activities including handwriting, the human subject is able to feel their fingers. Achieving sensation is a breakthrough in the evolution of artificial limbs.

7.)  Greeneng Solutions launches an ozone-based water purification system that is designed for commercial, industrial and domestic applications. They use ozone-infused water to eliminate germs on kitchen equipment, household surfaces, swimming pools and more. Purifying with ozone is faster and more effective than the global-standard tap water additive chlorine, and ozone produces none of the harmful side effects of chlorine such as asthma and contaminated runoff.
8.)  VisionCare Opthalmic Technologies debuts the CentraSight device, a telescopic implant that addresses age-related macular degeneration (AMD). CentraSight is the first and only treatment for AMD, a retinal condition that is the most common cause of blindness among “first-world” seniors.
9.)  ReWalk, a bionic exoskeleton developed by Argo Technologies allows paraplegics to stand, walk and climb stairs.

10.) IceCure Medical produces the IceSense 3, a device that destroys benign breast tumors by infusing them with ice. The procedure is quick, painless, affordable and is conducted on an outpatient basis. Trials have begun to study the efficacy of the treatment on malignant breast tumors.
11.) Spine Assist surgical robots transform spine surgery from freehand to highly accurate operations with less need for radiation.

12.) Creation of mice with fully functioning human immune systems. Described from an immunological perspective as “humans with fur,” the mice have provided for the first time a real-world arena in which to study human ailments and represent a major step forward in the search for a cure for AIDS, hepatitis A and B, and other infectious diseases.

13.) Growing lab-bred blood cells in a laboratory dish was first done by those in Israel. This breakthrough lead to the development of a therapy that increases the production of crucial white blood cells in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
14.) Modern drip irrigation was developed by Netafim.
15.) The world’s first color hologram, which led to the development of “heads up” displays for pilots, doctors and other virtual reality systems.
16.) BabySense, a device designed to prevent crib death.  It monitors a baby’s breathing and movements through the mattress during sleep.

17.) Affinity chromatography developed for separating biological or biochemical materials — can be used to detoxify human blood. The work lead to the development of present-day technologies, employed around the world, that are used to remove poison from a patient’s blood.
18.) Food storage system to help farmers in developing food-poor and resource-poor areas to keep their crops from spoiling after harvest. The system evolved into GrainPro Cocoons, water- and air-tight containers used around the world to prevent the damaging effects of spoilage and parasites without the use of pesticides.

19.) Development of Gleevec, a drug now provided to CML (leukemia) patients around the world. 
20.) M-Systems introduced the flash drive in the U. S. Smaller, faster and more reliable than floppy disks or CD-ROMs, the flash drive went on to replace those technologies worldwide.

21.) Iron Dome, a short-range missile defense system developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, shoots down a Grad rocket fired at Israel from Gaza. It marks the first time that a short-range missile has been intercepted, opening up new possibilities for military, civil and border defense in the world’s conflict zones.
22.) 100% biodegradable food packaging material is produced by Tiva.  The company produces materials for drink pouches, snack bars, yogurt and other foods – all of which provide a minimum of six months of shelf life, will completely decompose in a landfill, and can be composted industrially and domestically.

23.) Like-A-Fish air supply systems extract air from water, which eliminates scuba divers and submarines from needing air tanks.

Those are just a small number of things Israel has provided to the world to make it a better place.  So, here’s my question:  Can anyone think of anything the Palestinians have done to help the world?

Note:  To learn more about the interesting things Israel has developed read Marcella Rosen’s fascinating book, Tiny Dynamo.