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    Let us look at some additional current (2010) figures of per-capita GDP. Leading the world is Qatar, with $145,300. Next are Lichtenstein and Luxemburg. But among Arab countries, next is Kuwait ($51,700), followed By Bahrain ($40,400), United Arab Emirates ($40,200) and Saudi Arabia ($24,200). Israel produces $29,500 per capita. It seems that we have passed already the Monarchical stage of development (as in Saudi Arabia), which history tells us prevailed until some 2500 years ago, but are heading towards the Emirate stage. Imagine, Emir Lieberman; it has a beautiful ring to it.// Clearly, the Zakaria test may at best be a necessary condition for Democracy to take hold, but is far from a sufficient condition. Egypt, in fact, shares a great deal with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. Egypt produces practically nothing that is sellable, and makes its national income from some oil and gas (courtesy of Mother Nature), Tourism (courtesy of the Ancient Egyprians), and the Suez Canal (courtesy of the not0so Ancient French). Will Democracy take hold in Egypt? I hope so. But fortunately, and unlike Mr. Strenger's wishful thinking "Israel.. has no choice but to bet on Egyptian democracy", Israel has no need to bet on anything, and indeed has no room for interference in this Egyptian affair. Israel should be respectful of the Egyptians, and support the maintenance of the peace treaty. Beyond that, Israel should be watchful of the situation and try to cooperate with whatever eventual regime is developed in order to maintain peace with this important neighbor.

    from the article: A big leap for the Israeli psyche
    First published 05:14 11.02.11 | Last updated 05:14 11.02.11
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