Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Why are Jews So Successful?

Forty years ago next week, one of the shortest but most significant of the many 20th Century wars was fought out.

Between June 5th and June 10th 1967, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack on Egypt's airforce fearing an imminent invasion by Egypt. Jordan then attacked western Jerusalem and Netanya. At the war's end, Israel had gained control of eastern Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsular, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights. The effects of this war have now influenced events across the entire planet and continue to dominate the headlines forty years on.

The world's 13 million Jews comprise just 0.25% of the population (of six billion) but 25% of the 660 Nobel prizes awarded from 1901-1990. Jewish people, in effect, punch above their weight by a factor of 100.

Whether it's the Arts, Science, Media, Innovation, Finance or Politics, and despite centuries of persecution in all corners of the globe, they are just so successful.