Thursday, December 2, 2010

Rwanda / Israel Comparison

I didn't make it up. "If Israel could do it, so can Rwanda" is an August 2010 article from The Jerusalem Post, reposted by the Rwanda News Agency.
"Like Israel, miniature Rwanda sports an influence far superior to its size. Both are surrounded by hostile, resource-rich neighbors in an insecure region. For Rwanda, too, a premium is on defense and security, and its armed forces are among the strongest in Africa. This has led to controversy on the continent, where Rwanda has been accused of supporting proxy militias in eastern Congo, both in a bid to capture genocide fugitives and also to control mineral sites."
Both Israel and Rwanda have similar populations and geographic areas to New Jersey.

NewJersey Rwanda Israel
2009 Pop. 8.7m 10.4m 7.5m
Land Area m2 8,721 10,169 8,019 / 8,522
Land Area km2 22,608 26,338 20,770 / 22,072

Israel is somewhat different, though, in that it has three land area numbers on Wikipedia:
"The sovereign territory of Israel, excluding all territories captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War, is approximately 20,770 square kilometers (8,019 sq mi) in area, of which two percent is water. The total area under Israeli law, when including East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, is 22,072 square kilometers (8,522 sq mi), and the total area under Israeli control, including the military-controlled and partially Palestinian-governed territory of the West Bank, is 27,799 square kilometers (10,733 sq mi)."
Hopefully Rwanda will be able to get along with its neighbors better than Israel does, in the coming years.

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