Mr. Sullivan, There'd always be a brain drain to the US or elsewhere. That's the nature of the open society. For the poverty, though, you can thank your friendly Palestinian terrorists & "friendly" neighboring Arab states who contributed mightily to the rate of an unemployment and reduction in investment in Israel. Oh, and the defense costs that are sky-high in Israel.
Islamic State blows up tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra (Reuters)
from the article: Don't count on America