Why can't Israel be the Norway of the Near East?
The Scandinavian states seem to have everything - a welfare state, strong state finances and globally competitive industry. Having an efficient and honest government and an inviting environment for big businesses is one way to get there.
Scandinavians can be pretty annoying. It’s not just that they live quietly and contently way up north where no one bothers them with rocket attacks or Security Council resolutions, or that they all have blond hair or get to shop at IKEA before the rest of us. It’s mainly because they seem to have it all.