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Energized By Israel
he security of Israel, the closest
Middle East ally of America,
is the driving force behind
these two great
The nature of
won't change any
time soon; safe,
in a peaceful
region aren't in
So when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
told a Jewish Detroit audience of more
than 2,300 Yeshiva Beth Yehudah sup-
porters that he wanted to share three
other inspired reasons why this special
relationship has withstood the test of
time, I was intrigued. Bush spoke at the
Southfield-based Orthodox day school's
annual dinner Oct. 24 at the Detroit
Marriott Renaissance Center.
In his upbeat talk 10 days before
Election Day, Bush first spoke with admi-
ration how Israel, in one of the most vola-
tile regions, has built a thriving democ-
racy that is one of the envies of the world.
"If a Martian parachuted onto our
planet to study freedom and democracy,
without learning of bizarre U.N. resolu-
tions or dangerous edicts against Israel
from political leaders in normally free-
dom-oriented countries in Europe, they
would report back that Israel offers as
dynamic innovation, which has propelled
much freedom of expression and dissent Israel to first-world economic status,
as any country. This is in spite of some
something diaspora Jews take for granted.
of its neighbors espousing its elimina-
"According to the World Competitive
tion off the face of the Earth."
Index;' Bush said, "Israel ranks first in
research and development, first in the
Americans wondering about the state
availability of qualified scientists and
of our nation can look to Israel for hope.
Despite terror on its borders, Israel
engineers, second in venture capital
remains the most functional democracy
availability, second in information
in the Middle East.
technology skills, third in the quality of
Bush moved on to extol Israel's diversity scientific research organizations, third in
and vibrancy derived from absorbing
registered patents per capita and fourth
Jews from around the globe, from Eastern
in higher education achievements."
He predicted that Israeli research and
Europe to North America and from
development will continue to yield inno-
Russia to North Africa, and welcoming
them to their ancestral homeland. What
vations that Israeli and American entre-
most caught my ear was his recounting of preneurs will embrace to address pressing
problems, make our lives more productive,
an Ethiopian Jew impoverished when he
cure diseases and solve overdependence
arrived on a 1980s airlift, but adjusted
on sources of oil that are
in earnest to Israeli life and is now
a member of the Knesset.
unstable or hostile to the
Bush said, "This spirit of being
interests of both countries.
Bush is right: "The
an opportunity society, of adher-
American brand in the world
ing to a belief in the uniqueness,
is very powerful — like
namely the exceptional nature of
Israel's has proven to be."
one's country, is so powerful, it is
This is worth reflecting
the reason for Israel's success —
on and drawing strength
and our common experience in
from as we ponder America's
this regard binds us together."
economy and politics in
A younger brother of President Jeb B ush
the wake of the congres-
George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, 57,
sional makeover on Nov. 2 and Israel's
served as Florida's governor from 1999
to 2007 after a successful career in busi-
security and politics in the fog and
mist of negotiating (barely) with the
ness. He has visited Israel five times,
including two trade missions. So he talks Palestinian Authority.
from firsthand experience.
Related story: page 64
Bush's third bullet point spotlighted
Nov. 18-24, 2010
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