Israel's economy was "the best in the west" last year. All the more remarkable, considering the neighborhood.
Unrelated aside: The actual location of Israel, west Asia, is, apparently, now the "West." We wonder if Jordan, Syria and Iraq are also now "the West," or if the headline is implicitly racist insofar as it reinforces Arab claims that Israel is fundamentally colonialist. CWCID: Maggie's Farm.