- [Chris] When it comes tostate of the art weapons...
- The Israeli military has succeeded
in such a short time, in under 70 years,
in establishing what'sthe most formidable,
powerful militaries in the world,
and possibly the most innovativemilitary in the world.
- [Chris] Jerusalem Posteditor-in-chief Yaakov Katz
co-wrote The WeaponWizards: How Israel Became
a High-Tech Military Superpower.
- Israel is at the forefrontof missile defense technology,
whether it's the Arrow or the Iron Dome,
which everyone is familiar with.
Israel is a world leaderin drone technology.
Israel built its own tanks.
Israel is leading in cyber warfare.
Where did all of this come from?
How did such a tiny little country,
in such a short amount of time,
manage to achieve such great success?
- [Chris] Katz says onereason Israel achieved
this level of success is simply survival.
70 years ago, five Arabnations attacked Israel
the day it was born, a countrywith no natural resources.
- What was the one naturalresource that Israel had?
The Jewish brain.
And those brains were what was used
to be able to survive.
So when you have thisamazing recipe of threat,
of this threat matrix, ofyour back up against the wall,
you have no choice but touse the one thing you have,
which is your brain andyou have to innovate.
- And Israel did just that.
Case in point, Israel'santi-missile defense system.
The Iron Dome has shotdown hundreds of rockets
fired out of Gaza behind me into Israel.
- That's how Israel said one second,
we're facing missiles thatare coming at us from Iraq,
from Syria, from Gaza.
We have to come up with a system
that doesn't exist in today's world.
And that's how theycame up with the Arrow,
which can intercept balistic missiles,
and with David's Sling,which can intercept
medium range missiles,
and with Iron Dome, whichcan intercept and is proven
to intercept over 85% of the missiles
that are fired from the Gaza Strip.
And that's how Israel hasdeveloped this amazing technology
that's still highly classifiedto detect the tunnels
that Hamas is digging under the border
between Israel and the Gaza Strip,
a technology that existsnowhere else in the world
because Israel's at theforefront of warfare.
And because of these threats,
it has no choice but toinnovate and to create.
- [Chris] Not all of Israel's power
comes from high-tech products.
It also includes its people,
especially how the army produces
a culture of independence.
- We all think aboutthe United States army.
Everyone's dressed intheir uniforms, right,
people take things veryseriously, everyone's saluting,
sir, ma'am, all these terms.
Israel's completely different.
The ranks that you carry onyour shoulder are meaningless
to the in between soldiers.
That enables free thinking.
It allows the chief of staff
to speak with a low grunt soldier
and to be able to talk about things.
And when you can talk about things,
when you can have that freeflow of information and ideas,
you can create, you can innovate.
People aren't afraid to speak their minds.
That's a huge advantageof national proportion
that I think you'll find nowhereelse in the world but here.
- [Chris] While the USprovides major weapon systems
to Israel, America'smilitary also benefits
from the real lifetesting of its equipment.
- One of the things thatthe US benefits from
is that Israel is the first country
that has operational F-35s today.
So now, imagine Israel is flying its F-35s
and engaging in combat with it,
whether it's in Syria orsomewhere else in the region.
That information's then shared
with the United States Air Force.
- [Chris] Katz says,while Israel has shared
a friendship with America, along the way,
it's also had a helping hand from above.
- I'm a believer myself
and I think that it can't justbe that it's all on its own.
The hand of God I thinkwe see here almost daily
in this country and this region.
The ingenuity, the entrepreneurship,
the innovation is incredible.
But there's that hand behind us
that is pushing us along the way.
- [Chris] Katz agrees,weapons, technology,
and innovation are thecenterpieces of his book,
but there's more to the overall story.
- Yes, it's about weapons,
but it's also a story about,it's the tale of Israel.
It's a story of an ancient people
that return to their historic homeland,
and against all odds, notjust survived, but persevered.
And that is the storyof the state of Israel.
That's the essence of the state of Israel.
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.