Israel rose slightly on the United Nations’ Human Development index, which measures the well-being of 177 nations. Israel moved up one spot to No. 22, beating out Hong Kong, Singapore and Portugal in the 2004 rankings, which are based on per-capita income, educational levels, health care and life expectancy, Ha’aretz reported. Arab states ranked closer to the bottom, with Egypt at 120, the Palestinian Authority at 106 and Lebanon at 80.
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