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Has ANY Middle Eastern Country achieved anything NEAR to what Israel has achieved?

Granted, some middle eastern countries may have been great sometime in their past, but I'm talking about NOW, in the present, modern world.

Israel does not destroy homes of palestinians, since there IS no palestinian people. There are arabs living on Israeli land.

The Pals must be absorbed by the local arab nations as recompense for the costs israel has incurred by absorging all the Jews kicked out of the middle eastern countries.

It just about evens out.

Think of it as a population exchange, which is not uncommon after a war.

I am sure that if Mark Twain was alive and could see Israel today he would say that the land has become like a Garden of Eden and flourishes beyond anyone's wildest imagination. Mark Twain visited the Land of Israel in 1867 while it was under Arab-Muslim rule and in his book, Innocents Abroad, he wrote about the wretchedness of Jerusalem and the desolation of the surrounding countryside. Here is an excerpt from Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad:

"Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince. The hills are barren, they are dull of color, they are unpicturesque in shape. The valleys are unsightly deserts fringed with a feeble vegetation that has an expression about it of being sorrowful and despondent. The Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee sleep in the midst of a vast stretch of hill and plain wherein the eye rests upon no pleasant tint, no striking object, no soft picture dreaming in a purple haze or mottled with the shadows of the clouds. Every outline is harsh, every feature is distinct, there is no perspective -- distance works no enchantment here. It is a hopeless, dreary, heart-broken land.

Small shreds and patches of it must be very beautiful in the full flush of spring, however, and all the more beautiful by contrast with the far-reaching desolation that surrounds them on every side. I would like much to see the fringes of the Jordan in spring-time, and Shechem, Esdraelon, Ajalon and the borders of Galilee -- but even then these spots would seem mere toy gardens set at wide intervals in the waste of a limitless desolation.

Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies. Where Sodom and Gomorrah reared their domes and towers, that solemn sea now floods the plain, in whose bitter waters no living thing exists -- over whose waveless surface the blistering air hangs motionless and dead -- about whose borders nothing grows but weeds, and scattering tufts of cane, and that treacherous fruit that promises refreshment to parching lips, but turns to ashes at the touch. Nazareth is forlorn; about that ford of Jordan where the hosts of Israel entered the Promised Land with songs of rejoicing, one finds only a squalid camp of fantastic Bedouins of the desert; Jericho the accursed, lies a moldering ruin, to-day, even as Joshua's miracle left it more than three thousand years ago; Bethlehem and Bethany, in their poverty and their humiliation, have nothing about them now to remind one that they once knew the high honor of the Saviour's presence; the hallowed spot where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and where the angels sang Peace on earth, good will to men, is untenanted by any living creature, and unblessed by any feature that is pleasant to the eye. Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is becorme a pauper village; the riches of Solomon are no longer there to compel the admiration of visiting Oriental queens; the wonderful temple which was the pride and the glory of Israel, is gone, and the Ottoman crescent is lifted above the spot where, on that most memorable day in the annals of the world, they reared the Holy Cross. The noted Sea of Galilee, where Roman fleets once rode at anchor and the disciples of the Saviour sailed in their ships, was long ago deserted by the devotees of war and commerce, and its borders are a silent wilderness; Capernaum is a shapeless ruin; Magdala is the home of beggared Arabs; Bethsaida and Chorazin have vanished from the earth, and the "desert places" round about them where thousands of men once listened to the Saviour's voice and ate the miraculous bread, sIeep in the hush of a solitude that is inhabited only by birds of prey and skulking foxes.

Palestine is desolate and unlovely. And why should it be otherwise? Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land?

Palestine is no more of this work-day world. It is sacred to poetry and tradition -- it is dream-land."

If any other Middle East country was backed by the US like Israel is backed by the US, and had billions of dollars dumped on them every year the way the US dumps billions of dollars on Israel, any one of them could have done what Israel has done. If the US had not dumped all these many many many billions on Israel over the past 6 decades, Israel would have gone broke long ago and collapsed.

You are flat-out wrong about Israel not destroying Palestinian homes. Israel has destroyed not only homes, but entire villages and towns, and has done so since the beginning. In a one-year period in 1948-1949 The Israelis destroyed over 435 Arab villages and towns, and either killed or drove out the inhabitants. This is all a part of the historical record and is there for anyone to see, if they care to look.

Perhaps, if we cared not to be so biased and pro-Israeli, we might see that Iran has also achieved great things, but we simply do not want to see that or acknowledge the very possibility.

Um, has any other nation on Earth received anything like the endless supply of free US dollars that Israel has received? In both total amounts and dollars per capita USA aid to Israel dwarfs aid given to every other country. And millions of refugees living in Israel still live in abject poverty and despair, or or did you forget about the population of Israel's occupied territories? And aside from some hi-tech industry that developed in the nineties. Israel's economy hasn't got a whole lot going for it. And yes, to answer your question, Dubai and Kuwait come to mind, there's probably others. Did you think through your question at all before you asked it?

Israel and the Israeli people have done an incredible job since WW2. They have transformed themselves from demoralised survivors of concentration camps and refugees, into a strong democratic nation. They have thrived and survived in the face of hatred and terror. Only about 5 million people in a tiny country. Unfortunatly there are still many many millions of irrational haters of Jewish people...Israel must stay strong and defend it's self against her enemies and the haters who would if they could repeat the holocaust.

Edit...Edit...thank you "Kenny D" for your answer..the observations of Mark Twain in 1867 are very enlightening. His observations underline the miracle that is Israel!

the Israelis have done very well

it is a Miracle Israel still exists despite all the attempts to wipe her out
i am sure it has not been easy they have had to defend themselves many many times but the Israelis have prospered with america as her father and britain as her mother

no of course not

and don't they hate them for it

what have any other middle eastern country achieved in the last thousand years?

No, but Azerbaijan, Baku is pretty close.



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