This is another of those meaningless statistics out of Israel. Such statistics provide no details. Of the billions of dollars provided by America to Israel for so many years, one billion per year is earmarked for research and development in Israel, primarily in the weapons catagory. This American tax payer money is a major part of the foundation of Israels weapons industry. Now Israel would call it sciance as well.
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from the article: Israel ranks fourth in the world in scientific activity, study finds