If you have to "...take South Africa for example", then you know tragically little about South Africa's serious government corruption - that has reduced the average South African citizen to abject poverty. Yes people in Israel do indeed count their money, so what? And why not? Counting one's money is a universal, global human behaviour. The level of social conscience in Israel is very high in comparison to so many countries in the so-called free world. Ask yourself how and why it is that Israel is always among the very first to help countries after natural catastrophes. Come to Rehovot to see how African and Asian students study agriculture. We are a seriously caring people who continually contribute to science and agriculture. To use South Africa as an example for us to follow is both asinine and contemptuous of Israeli society...there's no need for this kind of nonsense. Let's discuss this again when a South African person wins his/her first Nobel Prize.
Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah in White House later this month (Reuters)
from the article: For Israelis, it's all about the money