Besides education, the Jews of Israel had a head start on money in which to start businesses upon reaching the "Promised Land."
I think you get the chicken and the egg mixed up.
The reason they have the money is because like the Chinese or the Germans or many culures, they are workers. The secret to having money is always work, it does not take brains to make money, it does take work.
Education though does give you knowledge of the possibilties in life.
Howeve as the son of a couple of Factory Workers I really do no feel sorry for anyone. Most countries and most cultures get what they ask for, no more, no less. Not what you take, it is asking yourself and demanding of yourself.
HDI - If you work you can change your fate.
Or you can be a person that believe everyone had a better chance than you.
Israel does very good with what they have.
Palestine is 20 times better place to live than Niger, 10 times better than Egypt, 5 times better than South America.
What a Brain!! : therefore you must be from the sun toasted suburbs of LA.
I received a French education in a french colony (Morocco). I have been shocked many time to hear my school mates asking me, a foreigner, how to spell words in English, like : "imaginary", "atom" or even "tough"
I have had to teach them to spell their own language on many occasions. There so close to Mexico, forget expecting them to speak any Spanish, never mind spell it, unless their are Hispanic. I would also translate for them from Spanish to English, another language I also learned in the French school system in Morocco. By the way, had you been in Marrakech or Casablanca, you would have seen as many Newspapers in French, Arabic, Spanish, etc... As you did in Cairo. Did you miss the ones in French?
If you think Francophone Africa is poorer because of the language, take a trip to Sierra Leone, Somalia or Zimbabwe where they speak English and compare them with Cote D'Ivoire, Senegal or Cameroun! In the Carribbean, you could compare also Guadeloupe, Saint-Barts and Martinique to the English-speaking islands like Grenada, Saint Vincent or St Kitts. Your argument is disturbed.
Your globetrotting must have been very frustrating when dealing with natives in French or Spanish, when you could only speak in English and expect all to go to your "level".
If you feel frustrated about what Spain did in Mexico or South America, I assume you should be outraged about what the English did to the Australian Aborigenes, the Maoris, the Acadians, or what Americans did to the Indians.
If you are not outraged, I would not be surprised, it's probably because you glad Aussies and Yankees will talk back to you in English whether you're in Seattle, Cincinatti or Sydney.