By Tim Echols
Jan. 2, 2012
These people not only survive, they thrive.
I’m talking about the Israelis. We in the United States have a few things we can learn from them.
I had a chance to see that firsthand on my recent week-long tour of Israel with a delegation participating in the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange seminar for Georgia elected officials.
First of all, Israel is all about innovation. Dan Senor, co-author of the book “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” describes a key difference between Israeli youth and their American counterparts. “Israeli youth, because almost all have to serve in the military for three years, have their head in a different place by the time they get to college,” Senor said.