Golda Meir, Israel’s 4th Prime Minister (1969−1974) is recorded statement about the many conflicts and wars in the Middle East: “The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we [Israelis] could run was into the sea, and before we did that, we might as well fight.”
As Israel celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the modern State of Israel this year, we can confidently say that Israelis have never run, withdrawn or escaped to a more peaceful place. Instead, they have cultivated the land from north to south and east to west, built the cities and villages, cared for and educated the next generation, and risen to world prominence in technology, trade, and other areas. Here are a few of the top Israeli inventions:
Iron Dome: The only missile and rocket interceptor system of its kind, the Iron Dome was developed in 2007 and is considered to be one of the most important and influential Israeli inventions born out of necessity. The Iron Dome system has intercepted more than 1,700 rockets and missiles fired at Israel from various regions. The success rate of the system during Operation Protective Edge in 2014 was 90%.
GPS Road Navigation: Waze is an Israeli application developed in 2006 for GPS road navigation which provides turn-by-turn navigation while simultaneously providing real-time user-based information regarding the chosen route such as traffic and speed traps. Google acquired the system in 2013.
Flash Drive: M-Systems Ltd. was responsible for the original production of the flash memory storage products in 1989. Marketed as DiskOnChip, IBM eventually purchased the flash drives that later evolved into the world-wide know Flash Drive.
Drip Irrigation: Netafim developed and is producing drippers, dripper lines, sprinklers and micro-emitters for growing crops in desert soil. In conjunction with these products, Netafim manufactures and distributes crop management technologies including monitoring systems, controlling 30% of the global drip irrigation market.
Clean drinking water: Watergen invented cutting-edge technology to provide a low-cost solution for creating a renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere. Watergen’s solution is a game changer that will improve quality of life and health, as well as save lives. This invention has the capacity to serve billions of people around the world by providing a basic human biological need, water.