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Op-Ed: Thank You Lockheed Martin

Actions speak louder than words.
Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:02 AM



The high-tech economic boom that Israel has experienced in the last few years. is a great Zionist endeavor which must be embraced and further built upon.
 

Politics and politicians can be argued about and discussed until the end of time.

But as Israeli nationalists have long known, facts on the ground can change the course of history.

And the high-tech economic boom that Israel has experienced in the last few years is a great Zionist endeavor which must be embraced and further built upon.   

As Arutz Sheva noted this week, there was an amazing announcement by Lockheed Martin about their newest office in Israel. By way of background, Lockheed Martin is a global company which employs over 116,000 people and is a defense, aerospace and technology company with over $45 Billion dollars in revenue. They are one of the world’s largest defense contractors. 

In an era in which there is so much publicity given to the BDS movement against Israel, Lockheed Martin’s press release this week at which they announced the opening of a new office in Israel to “..further demonstrate the Corporation's commitment to supporting the Israeli Defense Force and their "Move to the South" campaign”  was a great feat for Zionism.

As Marillyn A. Hewson, the company’s CEO said in her statement, “The consolidation of IDF Technical Units to new bases in the Negev Desert region is an important transformation of Israel's information technology capability. We understand the challenges of this move. Which is why we are investing in the facilities and people that will ensure we are prepared to support for these critical projects. By locating our new office in the capital of the Negev we are well positioned to work closely with our Israeli partners and stand ready to: accelerate project execution, reduce program risk and share our technical expertise by training and developing in-country talent.” 

It is amazing to have one of the world’s largest corporations speak in this language in a vitally important region for the Jewish State. It comes on the heels of an announcement a few months ago in which Lockheed said they “will invest in “advanced technology projects” in the fields of cloud computing, data analytics and related cyber technologies, as their “…goal is to foster applied research and continued growth in Israel’s technology sector.”

The continued development in a major way of Israel’s economy is vital for the continued growth of Zionism.

While naturally, political support for Israel among governments is vital, facts on the ground have always been important to change the course of history.

While settlements are facts on the ground, so too are important businesses like Lockheed Martin investing – and succeeding - in a major way in Israel. 

The author, Ronn Torossian is an entrepreneur – who does not represent or work with Lockheed Martin in any way.  He is an op-ed contributor to Arutz 7 – whose articles may be read here.