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George Gilder’s essay over at City Journal is well worth the time it will take to read it. It chronicles Israel’s rise from a technological and economic backwater to a center of innovation,
second in absolute achievement only to the United States, and on a per-capita basis dwarfing the contributions of all other nations, America included. What I loke most about it though is the hope it expresses for this technological development to serve as a bridge between Arabs and Jews, and that if both sides concentrate on the technological development possible in the region, the entire Middle East could be raised up out of the situation it currently finds itself in. Go read the whole thing. Hat-tip: Michael J. Totten.

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