by Akiva at Mystical Paths
On my Windows of Opportunity post, a commentor asked "Will you blog about safety in Israel?". Sure, here goes...
Israel ranks 14 in world life expectancy. The United States ranks 29, the difference being an average of 1.5 years higher in Israel (this includes deaths due to all reasons, old age, disease, war, terrorism, violent crime, traffic accidents.)
Israel has a rate of 2.6 murders per 100,000 residents. The United States has a rate of 7.5 murders per 100,000 residents. Israel finds itself grouped with countries of similar rates such as Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and South Korea. The United States finds itself grouped with countries of similar rates such as Pakistan, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Zimbabwe.
The leading causes of death in Israel are: 16% Heart Disease, 8% Diabetes, 6% Stroke, 4% Colon Cancer, 4% Lung Cancer, 3% Breast Cancer, 3% Emphysema, 3% Kidney Disease, 2% Pneumonia, 2% Skin Cancer.
The leading causes of death in the US are: 21% Heart Disease, 7% Stroke, 7% Lung Cancer, 5% Emphysema, 4% Alzheimer's, 3% Diabetes, 3% Colon Cancer, 3% Pneumonia, 2% Breast Cancer, 2% Traffic Accident.
Israel has an estimated HIV/AIDS infection rate of 0.10%. The US has 0.60%.
Contrary to popular thought (and in researching this, I found I was wrong as well), Israel has less traffic deaths than the US: a traffic accident death rate of 6 per 100,000 residents, while the US as 14.7 per 100,000 residents, making it more than twice as dangerous to travel by car in the US than in Israel. However, Israel almost catches up in the number of injuries (509 vs 626 per 100,000), and does exceed the US in accidents per distance driven (0.8 vs 0.4 per million km driven). (Great review of Israel versus US road stat's here.)
Israel has an incarceration rate of 200 per 100,000 residents. The US has a rate of 738 per 100,000 residents. The US has a rate of 7.6 assaults per 1,000 residents, Israel's is 1/2 that.
In the New York tri-state area, you have an 6 times greater chance of being affected by violent crime than being affected by violent crime or terrorism (combined) in Israel.
The US does beat Israel in infant mortality, at 6.37 to 6.75 deaths per 1,000 births.
Israel does have greater rates of burglary and car theft than the US, but not violent types. Meaning, break in your home while you're out, yes, home invasion, no. Steal your car from your parking place, yes, carjacking, no.
Health care - Israel has universal coverage, but does limit the costliest treatments (transplants for example) and the latest costliest drugs. (Reasonably priced extension policies are available that do cover these things, but not everyone can afford it.)
In summary, safety and life protection in Israel versus the US: Israel has higher life expectancy, lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's but higher skin cancer, lower rates of violent crime and incarceration, but higher rates of theft and burglary. Traffic fatalities and injuries are a wash, with lower rates overall but higher rates per mile driven.
So, while in Israel:
1. Use more sunblock!
2. Lock your doors, get property insurance, make sure you car has an immobilizer.
3. Always buckle up, and take the bus or train for long trips.
4. Worry less about walking around at night.
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