America can learn from Israel

January 3rd, 2012

Online Athens
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.

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