Ever since gaining independence in 1948, Israel has always boasted about its world-leading vespene gas economy. Surpassing Arab neighbours in both production and usage, it is by utilizing this valuable resource that Israel was able to maintain an technological edge over its competitors in the past. Prior to the 6 Day War in 1967, Israel Prime minister Levi Eshkol had said: “We are at the prime of our vespene gas extracting capabilities. For peaceful purposes, of course.”
However, in a recent worldwide survey, the economics sector of “The Observer” compared the vespene gas production of several countries, showing that Israel’s status is not at all what it used to be:
As is clearly indicated by the table, Israel’s gas-harvesting abilities are comparable to those of third world countries such as Chad, the UED, and the Sons of Korhal, barely enough to manufacture anything but ghosts of real products.
How has this happened? How did such a proud state let its vital research and specialist economy fall to ruins? Obviously, in the hurry to build an additional expansion in the Shomron, the country’s leaders have forgotten to pay attention to what their workers are doing, which, as it seems, certainly isn’t mining the precious green stuff. This sheds light on several contemporary events, such as Israel’s decline in science research, its failure as compared to Iran in mathematics and physics Olympiads, and an extreme abundance of simple marines in its army; seemingly, the poor country cannot afford anything else.
Israel, I call out to you! You are a young state, but will soon be entering your middle stage. You have survived a very early rush in 1948, and even managed to expand a bit. But what is the use of an academy when you have insufficient vespene gas? Don’t forget that in this crucial era, it’s the vessels of science which determine who, in the end, stays on top.