ISRAEL - 10.3 Year Longer Life Expectancy

Arno Froese

Thanks to a more healthful lifestyle, a better economic situation, improved education and a more advanced medical system, the Israeli life expectancy has increased by 10.3 years between 1970-2015—from 71.8 to 82.1 years.

This has just been made public in “Health at a Glance 2017,” a comparative report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which Israel joined in 2010.

It pays to get a higher education in Israel: Men with bachelor’s degrees lived an average of 7.5 years longer than men with much less formal education, while the gap between more-educated and less-educated women was five years.

The average life expectancy increase in all 35 member countries was 10 years. The highest life expectancy was in Japan—83.9, followed by Spain and Switzerland at 83 years.

The lowest life expectancies among OECD countries were in Latvia (74.6 years) and Mexico (75).

[Health] expenditure in Israel is lower than $2,822 [per capita]. The highest expenditure among OECD countries was in the US—$9,892 per year, or 17.2% of the gross domestic product, but the average American didn’t get high value for his money.

National expenditure on health as a percentage of the GDP was higher than 11% in Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and France.

-www.jpost.com, 12 November 2017

Arno's commentary

This is all but amazing: a country threatened with destruction by its neighbors, constantly alert to possible terrorist threats, and just 70 years old, can now boast a life expectancy in the top ten: Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Sweden, and France (United States places 31st). It would be difficult if not impossible to find any other country on planet earth, just 70 years of age, to have achieved such a success rate; not only in life expectancy, but also in high-tech, particularly in agriculture, medicine, and information technology.

For us believers, it is not surprising because we know that regarding Israel’s destiny amongst the nations, the best is yet to come. After the prophet Ezekiel enumerates Israel’s change in chapter 36, we read in verse 27-28: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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