Israel’s most extensive list of accomplishments is likely in the field of hi-tech.
There’s a running joke among Israelis who scoff at the impossible mission anti-Israel activists take on when they commit to boycotting Israel—since many of today’s common tech devices such as computers, cellphones and a good amount of the software that runs them were either invented by or are currently run by Israeli companies.
Among Israel’s more popular inventions that have made it to your neighborhood are the thumb drive (USB key), the MobileEye camera on the back of your car and Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and GPS navigation software have been used it in China, Thailand, Europe and North and South America.
But hi-tech isn’t just about the latest and greatest. Some Israeli inventions have been around long enough to be worthy of the Hi-tech Hall of Fame.
The original text messaging ICQ software invented in the 90’s was the brainchild of an Israeli.