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'Weapon Wizards': How Tiny Israel Became a Military Superpower

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- [Chris] When it comes tostate-of-the-art weapons,

- the Israeli Military has succeeded at,

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 Weapon Wizards: How Israel

Became a High-Tech Military Superpower.

(missile launching)

- Israel is at the forefrontof missile defense technology

whether it's the Arrow or theIron 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 littlecountry in such a short amount

of time manage to achievesuch 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 country with only one natural resource.

- What was the one naturalresource that Israel had?

The Jewish brain.

And those brains were what wasused 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 shot downhundreds of rockets fired out

of Gaza behind me into Israel.

That's how Israel said, one second.

We're facing missilesthat are 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 ballistic missiles and

with David's Sling which can intercept

medium-range missiles andwith Iron Dome which can

intercept and is provento intercept over 85%

of the missiles that arefired 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 underthe 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 thesethreats it has no choice

but to innovate and to create.

- [Chris] Not all of Israel's power comes

from high-tech products.

It also includes its peopleespecially how the army produces

a culture of independence.

- We all think aboutthe United States Army.

Everyone's dressed in theiruniforms, right, I think

people take these very seriously.

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 andbe able to talk about things.

And when you can talk aboutthings, when you can have

that free flow 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 U.S.provides major weapons systems

to Israel, America'smilitary also benefits

from the real-lifetesting of its equipment.

- One of the things thatthe U.S. benefits from is

that Israel is the first country

that has operational F-35s today.

So now imagine Israel's flyingits F-35s and is engaging

in combat with it, whether it's in Syria

or somewhere else in the region.

That information's then shared

with the United States Air Force.

- [Chris] Katz says whileIsrael has shared a friendship

with America, along the way it's also

had a helping hand from above.

- I'm a believer myself andI think that it can't just be

that it's all on its own, right.

The hand of God I thinkwe see here almost daily

in this country, in 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 the centerpieces of his book,

but there's more to the overall story.

- [Kaatz] Yes it's about weapons

but it's also a story about,it's the tale of Israel.

It's s story of an ancientpeople that return to their

historic homeland and against all odds,

not just survived but persevered.

And that is the storyof the state of Israel.

That's the essence of the state of Israel.

- [Chris] Chris MitchellCBN News Jerusalem.

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