I am guessing that the drive is made in China. As with a lot of products we Americans buy that should be made in the good ole U.S. of A., foreign countries have their way with too many products and our government lacks control over what comes into the U.S.A.. That's why there was so much lead content and chemicals in toys, jewelry and food products coming from China lately.
Heck, how did that happen? :S
I know, we have the same problem with toys from China. They're terrible. Anyway, WD makes their hard-drives in China too (well, perhaps in Taiwan), and I've never had any major trouble with them.
People here always prefer local production; unfortunately Israel isn't that big, so we don't make any products here. Israel is mostly a high-tech country, Intel has a production factory (2 of them) here, as well as 5 development centers. Also other major companies have development centers here: Microsoft, Texas Instruments, Motorola, SAP, Amdocs, NICE, HP, Oracle and much more... But we don't really benefit from that production, do we?
What can be said that we have our own vegetables, fruit, olive oil, and of course the wine
So most of the stuff we have here is imported, food is mostly locally made.
Perhaps it's possible to make local products in the US, but here it's impossible