In all those countries, people have low incomes--one-half to one-sixth those of the advanced Israelis. Opportunities are sparse.
For the present, development won't be as rapid as it has been in Asia. Koor is proceeding slowly, selling cement to Palestinian builders in the West Bank, forming joint ventures with Jordanian suppliers.
But four years after the Gulf War, there are visions of Iraq returning to the world economy, spurring expansion of the Jordanian port of Aqaba.
A Middle East where lions and lambs do business together has obvious meaning for Americans, with U.S. forces directly responsible for keeping peace in the oil-rich area.