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Israel Punches Above Weight as GDP Beats Developed World

Never mind the collapse in confidence in Europe, the Palestinian proposal for United Nations recognition and heightened tensions with neighboring Egypt and longtime ally Turkey. The Israeli economy just keeps growing faster than the rest of the developed world.

The International Monetary Fund this week raised its forecast for the country and cut its estimate for the global economy on the impact of the European debt crisis. Israel’s gross domestic product will expand 4.8 percent this year, according to the Washington-based lender. That’s up from an April forecast of 3.8 percent and triple the pace for the average of the 34 advanced economies.