Israel is a success story in the modern world, a land of opportunities and a proud example of resilience. But it also has its challenges. The post-Zionist state faces strong competition from smaller nations with more developed economies. It also faces corruption and other problems that might have been solved years ago but are now largely beyond our ability to control. The good news is, Israel has plenty of potential – and even potential we can leverage if we are willing to put in the work. Here are five benefits that technology can provide us:
Israel is a success story in the modern world
The country of Israel has been at the center of world events for the past 50 years. It has seen dramatic growth in the late 19th century and during World War II as a result of its discovery and acquisition of the land known as Eastern Palestine. This land was then divided into sections called jurisdictions. After the Jewish state was established in 1948, it became one of the most important strategic resources in the region. It has also been an important source of income and a haven for ethnic and religious minorities including the “new Jews” at large.
Israel is resilient
Even in a time of great struggle, the Jewish people have persevered. Over the past two thousand years, the Jews have lived in moderate harmony with other cultural, religious, and ethnic groups who had also maintained a healthy balance between political and economic powerhouses. The fact that the current generation has been able to retain its rich heritage and its rich culture, and to maintain a fighting spirit and determination, speaks volumes about the resilience of the Jewish people.
Israel has potential for growth and development
This brings us to our third important benefit of technology in development: potential for growth and development. In a developing country like Israel, what we call “development” is in fact a process of continuous transformation. The healthy and vibrant economy in which we live depends on the availability of the resources essential for survival. These resources include the natural environment, clean water, clean air, nutritious food, and a potential for advanced technological development.
The Internet is helping people connect and share information
Most of us have at some point heard that the Internet has saved the world from certain extinction. We have also been tempted to say that the Internet has made information and communication technology accessible to all and everywhere, which it clearly isn’t. But the truth is that the Internet has made available an enormous array of resources that were previously either too expensive or impossible to get access to.
Israel has a strong culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
Looking back over the past 50 years, one might be inclined to assume that the state of Israel has been rather stagnant in the field of innovation. But that is not the case at all. In fact, the state of innovation in the country has been increasing at a very rapid pace. To put it more simply, the state of innovation in the country is helping to determine the future of the world.
What can we do with technology in development?
The only logical way to begin putting the power of technology in development is by looking back at the history of the state of technology in the world. We can begin with the history of Israel. In the early 1900’s, the first permanent Jewish settlement on land was established in what is now known as the Old City of Jerusalem. The city was then designed to be the administrative center of a vast region known as the Gush Emunim or “acionized”. In the same year, the first modern printing press was installed in the city.