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42 Friday, April 29, 1983

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Economy Expands, Diversifies
Durina- Israel's First 35 Years

By ELMER WINTER

(Copyright 1983, JTA, Inc.)

Editor's note: Elmer
Winter is the chairman of
the Committee for Eco-
nomic Growth of Israel.
In its first 35 years, de-
spite five wars, periodic
mobilization of its work-
force, heavy defense costs,
Arab boycotts, an absence of
coal, oil, iron and other cru-
cial natural resources and a
chronic water shortage, Is-
rael's economy has grown
with startling speed and de-
veloped a sound and solid
structure.
In 1948, when Israel de-
clared its independence, the
total value of her exports for
the year was $40 million —
mainly from the sale of cit-
rus fruits. In 1982, Israel's
exports totalled $11 billion,
most of it from the sale of
industrial products. During
the first year of Israel's
existence, its exports to the
United States represented
only 6.5 percent of its im-
ports from America. Last
year Israel exported approx-
imately $1.2 billion worth of
goods to the United States
— three-quarters of the $1.6
billion it imported from this
country.
Israel's exports, espe-
cially in agriculture, indus-
try and technology, are the
key to this dramatic eco-
nomic growth. Agro-
technology is a field where
Israel's pioneering has won

world renown. Despite its
limited arable land, Israel
has created a miracle of ag-
ricultural productivity, not
merely in the citrus fruits
for which it has long been
famous, but in items rang-
ing from flowers (Israel's
tulips compete with Dutch
bulbs throughout West
Europe) to foie gras (Israel
pate is found on the tables of
restaurants throughout
France).
In the last decade, Is-
rael's exports of fresh
produce have quad-
rupled to more than $600
million per year, while
the number of farmers
has declined and the
amount of arable land
has remained the same.
Israel's industrial success
is a dramatic instance of
how a small country, by dint
of sheer brainpower, can
compete on the world mar-
ket in such advanced areas
as medical engineering,
solar energy, computer
graphics, bio-technology
and similar fields. In 1970,
Israel had less than 10
science-based companies,
compared with 500 today.
For every 10,000 citizens
there are 30 scientists in-
volved in research and de-
velopment; the correspond-
ing figures for some of the
world's most industrialized
countries are 25 for the
United States, 24 for Japan
and 13 for France.

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Novel This Year in Jerusalem' Has It All

By PAULINE WEISS

In the mid-1970's, Israel
was exporting about half a
billion dollars each year in
sophisticated electronics
equipment. Last year Is-
rael's high-tech products to-
talled $2 billion in sales
abroad.

Israel's industrial and
technological expertise con-
tinues to attract American
investment capital. More
than 150 leading American
companies have established
plants and offices in Israel.
Twenty-six of these firms
are on the "Fortune 500"
list, including IBM,
Motorola and Monsanto.
For foreign investors,
the Israeli government
offers an attractive
package of financial in-
centives. These include
cash loans and outright
grants of up to 75 percent
of the total projected cost
of the investment, tax
concessions and gener-
ous research and de-
velopment subsidies.
Israel has a large pool of
skilled workers, including
highly trained scientists
and engineers. Its technol-
ogy is a world leader in such
areas as solar energy, irri-
gation and desalinization,
electronics and medical
engineering.

Oil for Guns

LONDON (ZINS) — The
British monthly magazine,
Middle East, says Israel is
selling captured Soviet
weapons to Iran in ex-
change for oil.
The Boston Globe inter-
viewed Israel Defense
Minister Moshe Arens who
said that the U.S. agreed
with the arrangement as a
means of establishing con-
tacts with the Iranian army
as a counter to the Kho-
meini regime.

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could bring these facts to a ticularly timely in view of
wide audience." the fact that we are now
Gross has successfully ac- celebrating the 35th an-
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to do in his novel of love and pendence.

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Gross, the author of "The
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