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ANALYSIS: How Israel gave birth to a plethora of aerospace innovations

Seventy years ago, just after the surviving architects of the Holocaust faced grim justice at Nuremberg, a few hundred thousand idealists – many refugees from post-war Europe’s ruins and committed to creating a Jewish homeland in the Holy Land – established the state of Israel. At first, the new nation relied on collective farming, but the arrival of many professionals, a commitment to a high-class education system, and the need to create a self-sufficient military capability helped transform Israel by the close of the 20th century into a high-tech economy with one of the most sophisticated aerospace and defence sectors in the world.

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