This is an authorized re-publication of a weekly letter I receive from Yosi Behar in Israel of Good News from Israel.

Unfortunately, I am unable to include the pictures here (if someone knows how to include images, please let me know!), but the text is great, too!

– Good News #329 18 March, 2011

– private letter from Yosi Behar- No commercial intent

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only Good News from Israel

in brief

Hats-off to Israeli Navy

IDF Navy Flotilla 13 commandoes (Shayatet 13) seized a vessel transporting weapons from Syria via Turkey to Gaza – 370 kilometers west off Israel’s coast on Tuesday. The “Victoria” ship was carrying various types of weapons; the source of the weapons is Iran. Israel tracked the vessel thanks to accurate intelligence including close surveillance via satellite enabling the long arm of the Israeli Navy to perform a surprise and swift takeover. Victoria was directed to Ashdod for further scan. So far, 50 tons of arms and ammunition unloaded from ‘Victoria’, including C704 missiles described as “game changing” potential. All foreign ambassadors were hosted at the port to witness the big display of arms captured on “Victoria”.

See live video in real time; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS2iqwAMaVA

And > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nATq8kcIT0U

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:

New Natural source for Omega 3

Professor Shmuel Edelstein, the Chief Scientist of ‘Marvalous’, formerly a senior scientist at the Weizman Institute and Head of R&D at Teva Pharmaceuticals developed method to produce Omega 3 from clary sage. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’t make them — you have to get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function.

http://www.omega3marva.org/index.php?newlang=english

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A birth control pill for men

Prof. Haim Breitbart at Bar-Ilan University; “The female birth control pill is not 100% effective and some women’s bodies don’t react well to the extra hormones. Now, a new birth control option for men allows partners to share the responsibility.

Published in the journal Genes and Development.

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Salt therapy

Jonathan Kestenbaum’s search to cure his son’s ear infections led to an Israeli salt therapy chain. Salt therapy is a natural remedy for respiratory and sinus problems. Salt rooms are used to treat children and adults suffering from allergy, chronic ear or sinus infections, asthma, bronchitis and lung disease.

http://www.israel21c.org/201002217711/health/salt-therapy-is-like-a-breath-of-fresh-air#

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Energy;

Eilat Renewable Energy Conference

Renewable Energy Conference in Eilat attracted more than 3,000 participants from around the world to share unique, groundbreaking projects which determine the future direction for energy production and management.

The Eilat conference is among the world’s leading stages for presenting technological innovation, business opportunities, policies and implementation in the renewable energy field. ;”To hear, firsthand, from so many key players on a global stage, about how that investment is changing the face of our region is helping it become a global leader in renewable energy development and technology – is incredibly satisfying”.

Read more at > http://www.eilatenergy.org/

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Economy & infrastructure;

Massachusetts delegation visits Israel

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is here with a business delegation that includes 30 executives from life sciences, renewable energy, and IT companies, as well as venture capitalists. The executives meet their Israeli counterparts aiming to boost business partnerships. Patrick; “great importance that Massachusetts attributes to its economic ties with Israel. We very much want Israeli companies to consider us as their second home. We want exposure to Israeli science and technology. Israel is a powerhouse in intelligence, technological innovation, and venture capital. This is a winning combination with few competitors in the world. We want to be part of this picture.” http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/03/08/patrick_talks_trade_with_israel_el_al/

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16 Israelis on Forbes rich list

Sixteen of the billionaires are Israeli citizens, compared to only 10 included on the list last year. Sami Ofer, Shari Arison, Stef and Eitan Vartheimer, Nochi Dankner, Itzhak Tshuva, Gil Shwed, Marius Nacht, Benny Steinmetz, Teddy Sagi, Michael Strauss, Shlomo Eliahu, Eddie and Sol Zakay… All of them (except Shari Arison) are self made billionaires.

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Elbit Systems cumulated orders at record $5.45b

11.8% rise in revenue at Defense electronics firm Elbit Systems. Elbit’s orders backlog for the year ended December 31 was $5.45 billion, compared with $5.04 billion as of December 31, 2009. 72% of the current backlog is scheduled to be performed during 2011 and 2012. Elbit attributed its increase in revenue to the electro-optics and airborne systems areas of operations. http://www.elbitsystems.com/elbitmain/

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Sport

Soccer; High-school National championship

Over 200 high-schools took part in the national tournament. The Cup awarding ceremony was transmitted yesterday on TV channel #1- marked by the big surprise; Rosh-HaAyin team from Begin high-school led by coach Moti Sela and its captain Saar Behar made it to the finals after a long series of victories over the big cities teams.

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Gymnastics; Our Alex took the silver

Alex Shatilov won the silver medal at Gymnastics World Cup competition in Germany

http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4041045,00.html

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Israeli Hutzpa – Ice hockey team wins gold in Canada

Israeli hockey team of children ages 11 to 13 from Bat-Yam and Rishon Lezion took first place at Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament 2011 Canada, beating 91 other teams – all without ever stepping on the ice prior to competition. The outstanding player in the tournament, David Levin, 11.5, said: “It was an incredible feeling to score goals in such a big tournament and beat Canadian groups.”  Lior Shein, 13, added: “I couldn’t believe we, who practice mostly on roller skates, would be able to bring home the gold medal.”

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Technology;                                                                                                                   

New DNA technique to solve criminal cases

Prof. Ariel Darvasi from the Department of Genetics at the Jerusalem Hebrew University developed a novel method for identifying a suspect’s DNA even in complex DNA mixtures. With this technique; by examining the unique elements which make up a person’s DNA it is possible to provide admissible DNA as evidence even when there are multiple sources at the crime scene (which was not admissible until now). This method shows with certainty whether or not a suspect was at the scene of a crime. Published at Forensic Science International: Genetics.

http://www.the-investigator.co.uk/viewnews.php?newsId=2054

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People; settlers save Arab baby

Haim Levin; “It felt amazing to hold the baby girl in my arms, know we did something good”. After massacre, settlers help bring new life into world: IDF soldier and local paramedics helped save the life of an Arab woman and her newly born infant Wednesday, at the settlement where Fogel relatives are sitting Shiva for the five Israelis brutally murdered last week.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4043536,00.html

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Spring is here – breath-taking blossom all over the country

Red carpet in the Negev

Ella Valley (David and Goliath) picture taken yesterday

Weather

Day temperatures around 23 centigrade (~ 70 F) – bright days with pleasant weather conditions.

Happy Purim holiday (today)

Yosi Behar

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