If I Were Dictator (Part 26)

Posted on Thu 07/21/2011 by


By Marlin6

On 02/05/2008, I authored a post “Benevolent Dictators Make Good Government”. Examples are King David – Israel – (1010 BC –970 B.C.) in ancient times and General Douglas McArthur – Japan – (1945 –1947) in modern times. I started musing about what I would do if I were absolute dictator of the United States to fast track our country back to a position of greatness and prosperity. Therefore I am submitting a series of posts to PA Pundits (many controversial) about how I would provide solutions to the major issues facing our nation.


The reason I am including chapters on Israel and the Palestinians are that the fate of the whole world depends upon what happens there. I would issue an order that after protecting the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic, the next most important principle of our Government policy is the support and protection of the nation Israel. I would also issue an order doubling the size of aid to Israel from $3 Billion to $6 Billion. About 4000 years ago, God determined to call out a special people for Himself through whom He would bring blessing to all the nations.  Why did He select one man (Abraham) and one tiny nation (Israel) to accomplish this?  Only God knows.  In Genesis 12:3, God states, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you” . Modern Israel is a miracle, created In November 1947, when the U.N. General Assembly voted to partition the British mandate of Palestine into two territories that were envisioned as future states – one predominantly Jewish, the other Arab.

Deuteronomy 7:6,7,8. “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set His love upon you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples; but it is because the LORD loves you, and is keeping the oath which He swore to your fathers.” Jeremiah: 31:10, 12, 33. “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands afar off; say, He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock. They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion, and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the LORD, over the grain, the wine, and the oil, over the young of the flock and the herd; their life shall be like a watered garden, and they shall languish no more. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD; I will put My law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Israel is the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population. Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews (Operation Solomon) at risk in Ethiopia, to safety in Israel. When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world’s second elected female leader in modern times. Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbors combined. Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions, Israel places first in this category as well. Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2010 was over $25,500, exceeding that of the UK. Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity, with hundreds of thousands from the former Soviet Union. When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day — and saved three victims from the rubble.

The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds per year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder. Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, made more remarkable because this was achieved in an area considered mainly desert. An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California ‘s Mojave desert.

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S., Russia, and China). In addition to a large variety of other aircraft, Israel’s air force has an aerial arsenal of over 250 F-16’s. This is the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the U.S. In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the U.S. (3,500 companies, mostly in hi-tech). With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world — apart from the Silicon Valley. Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the U.S. Outside the United States and Canada, Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies. According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look (finally) to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.

Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people — as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed. On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups. Twenty-four per cent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees, ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland and 12 per cent hold advanced degrees. Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books. Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.

The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel. Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel. The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel. The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the U.S. in Israel. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis. Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as conflict free.

Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer. An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U.S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes. Israel’s Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill. Used to view the small intestine from the inside for cancer and digestive disorders. Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the camera helps doctors diagnose the heart’s mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors. A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the Clear Light device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct — all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

There are two companies in Israel that could dominate the automobile market for the next generation if they would marry their technologies. Better Place, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with research facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel, has a business model of an all-electric vehicle with a removable battery pack and many battery switch stations around Israel. Agam Energy Systems has a small high-speed gas turbine that will develop 200 hp, geared down to drive the wheels, getting 110 mpg on a mid-sized car. If Agam would have the gas turbine direct drive a small brushes alternator, with the alternator charging the Better Place batteries and an all electric drive train, they would have the best of both worlds. Getter Place already has a street legal vehicle and the small turbine/alternator would not take up much room in the car. If driving less than 50 miles the turbine would never start, but the hybrid vehicle would not have any distance limits for cross country driving – with a 110 mpg car. Since both technologies already exist, there would be minimum R & D required.

All the above were accomplished while engaged in regular wars with an implacable enemy that seeks its destruction, and an economy continuously under strain by having to spend more per capita on its own protection than any other county on earth. How could they do all these things? They are God’s chosen people!