Does Israel Need Peace?

IDF cyber defenders on the job. (Source:

IDF cyber defenders on the job. (Source:

My friend, Andrew, posted on Facebook the following astute observations about Israel’s economy and how it has been affected by the ebb and flow of various peace processes.

It’s not to say peace wouldn’t be great, but we should accept nothing less than OUR definition of peace, not the Islamic version of us submitting to their will.

Andrew writes:

A few facts for those who think that “peace” is necessary for a strong economy:

  1. During 65 years of conflict Israel has created a stunning economic miracle;
  2. In the last 25 years of conflict Israel was one of the fastest growing economies in the OECD;
  3. In the last 5 years of conflict Israel was THE fastest growing economy;
  4. The IDF 8200 unit was identified by Startup Nation as a key source of the innovation that makes Israel a Hi-tech leader;
  5. The other OECD country competing with Israel for title of fastest growing country: South Korea (another country facing existential threats);
  6. The slowest growing OECD economies: the “peaceful” EU countries;
  7. The 65 year old Arab boycott of Israel has been a total failure and helped destroy Arab economies.

Indeed there is a strong argument that conflict keeps countries competitive and peace leads to economic stagnation.

Andrew is the Shurat Ha’Din Lawyer who’s currently sinking his teeth into the BDS Movement in Australia with gusto.

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  • milandroid

    I don’t find these as strong arguments.
    1, 2 and 3 basically say that Israel prosper without peace. But that doesn’t convince me the growth wouldn’t be faster if with peace.
    For 6, many EU countries’ economies are already highly developed. It’s understandable at that level the pace will slow down. Israel’s fast growth proves that there’s still a vast space before we can catch up with the strongest ones.
    And how does 7 prove that Israel doesn’t need peace for the economy? It looks to me only proves that Arab countries need peace with Israel.

    • Brian of London

      Nobody is really arguing that peace (a real “durable peace” as Bibi once called it) wouldn’t be beneficial. But that isn’t even being discussed let alone on the table from the other side. In the meantime we’re making a pretty good run of it on our side.

  • Joseph Hertzlinger

    Does this mean Harry Lime was right?

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