– Good News From Israel #335 – 29 April, 2011 (courtesy of Yosi Behar)

The following is the weekly email from Yosi Behar.  Enjoy!

– Good News #335 29 April, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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The ultimate ally

U.S. President Barack Obama told a White House gathering, “The United States has no better friend in the world than Israel,” a statement reflecting the positions of Democrats and Republicans alike.

 Michael Oren, Israel ambassador in Washington wrote in ‘Foreign Policymagazine’; “America needs Israel now more than ever. Recent turmoil in Arab countries proves that Israel is the only reliable ally. Israel shares America’s values, reflects its founding spirit, and resonates with its people’s beliefs. From its location at one strategic crossroads, Israel enhances American intelligence and defense capabilities and provides ports and training for US forces.TheJewish State helps secure America’s borders and assists in saving American lives on the battlefield, stimulates the US economy through trade, technological innovation, and job creation.  

Read in the original > http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/the_ultimate_ally?page=full



              Europeans support Israel

 Listen to her > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fbSj-VKe5s

– Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein, member of government, VP Committee on Foreign Affairs / Italian Parliament, journalist and author; “Here are meetings of Parliamentarians, Writers and Journalists from all over Europe that say it is time to stop spreading lies about Israel. UN resolutions wrongly condemn Israel based on false accusations. Homosexuals are hanged and women stoned in Iran, Genocide in Sudan and mass-murder of protestors in Arab countries, Israeli scientists who develop excellent medicines and technologies for the world welfare are boycotted. Israel is accused of apartheid while in all the countries in the region a non Muslim is persecuted. Israel accepts people of all religions and gives them freedom of Worship. Enough is enough!.    

Curtsey Dr. M. Monselise                 more about Fiamma > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9893

Impressive Recovery of Carmel forest


The sight of the dramatic process the area has undergone since the fire – is breathtaking. The impressive recovery can be seen in the blooming of a variety of wildflowers like clusters of cyclamens, green grass and trees. Animals and birds are back to live in the recovered vegetation. Israelis flock to Carmel area to witness this surprising phenomenon with the powerful eco-system invigorating our “mini Switzerland”.   





3 million Israelis flock to the nature during Pesah holidays


 During the recent Passover vacation in Israel, some 3 million Israelis stayed in Israel’s 58 parks, nature reserves and forests. Perfect weather conditions and the magnificent spring blossom added to the festive atmosphere enabling many to set camp in the open. The busiest places; around the Kineret (see of Galilee), Banias river Golan Heights, Galilee streams, Ben Shemen and Tal forests… parks; Hayarkon, Ashkelon, Yatir Canada park and Judean Desert, Machtesh Ramon in the south. Dan; “After all, for my family – here is the safest and most beautiful place in the world”.




Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

  Developing new drug for blood cancer

 XTL Biopharmaceuticals based in Herzelia, has applied to the US FDA for orphan drug status for its erythropoietin (EPO) drug for the treatment of multiple Myeloma blood cancer. The drug is undergoing a clinical trial.FDA orphan status grants incentives for developing these drugs, including shortened approval procedures, tax breaks on R&D costs, and financing assistance. If the drug is the first to reach market, it also receives 7 years exclusivity.




An alternative tochemotherapy

Novocure developed a non-invasive NovoTTF-100A System for the treatment of brain tumors. The NovoTTF is the first ever medical device for the treatment of cancer as an alternative to chemotherapy. Following successful results, The FDA approved NovoTTF device for treatments of adults whose glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumors recurred after chemotherapy. The portable, wearable device delivers an anti-mitotic, anti-cancer therapy as patients maintain their normal daily activities. http://www.novocure.com/



           Work begins on largest private power station

Dorad Energy is establishing the $870 million power station in Ashkelon. The company employs 300 people on the project, and the number of employees will peak at 1,000 during the height of construction – to becompleted in 2013.The power station will have 12 natural gas turbines and two steam turbines. http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000640176&fid=1725

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

                          Moody’s; Israeli economy resilient and dynamic

April 26; Moody’s issues annual credit report on Israel; “Israeli economy is resilient, dynamic and the macroeconomic policy is coherent”. Moody’s reconfirms A1 credit status and notes that possibly it will be raised in the future. 

;”Israeli hi-tech export posts excellent performance and supports growth. The political turmoil in the region may force additional budget for security but past performance proves Israeli impressive ability to overcome”.  http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/04/26/idINWLA885720110426


          Alcatel Lucent opens global cloud unit in Israel

World giant ‘Alcatel Lucent’ launched its global cloud computing center in Petach-Tikva, Israel. It will have scores of employees by the end of 2011. The new business unit will include an R&D center that will focus on developing cloud-based smart, open, and secure architectures for communications carriers worldwide. :”The decision to open the unit in Israel was made after a thorough examination of several alternative sites in the world. Israelhas a critical mass of people with the understanding and capabilities in IT and telecommunications. The reasons include local high-quality personnel and software engineers with entrepreneurial spirit.


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Automated parking solution


‘Parkomat’is a modular pre-fabricated installation that can be installed and operational in one month –creating a fully automated parking solution 24/7; safe, space efficient, fits in areas that are not useable for conventional parking (like under bridges and narrow or not accessible spots), expendable, transferable, fast, cost effective – perfect solution for busy urban centers. Made in Israel at  http://www.parkomat.co.il/eng/index.html

Curtsey Dr. Miriam Shelef                              see video demo > http://www.youtube.com/user/ParkomatInt 


In English > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mFfEpluPGM

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      Double the lifespan of roads 

‘AllTech’ developed unique technology to produce precipitated silica, water glass and innovative Asphalt binder that are used in road construction. The factory is under construction in the Negev desert – the mining area of the mineral deposit, being the unique raw material used for this purpose is in Nahal Zinn. Pilot roads paved under inspection of Israeli Standard Institute proved that thisasphalt mix doubles the lifespan of asphalt roads and make the driving experience quieter. The asphalt preparation process is more environmentally friendly than regular asphalt because there was no need to heat the asphalt to a high temperature and it cuts emissions of pollutants by 30%. The result is a substantial reduction in costs. ‘Dimona Silica’has won its first tender to pave a road in China.



Biofuel breakthrough

A subsidiary of Israel Corporation; renewable energy unitIC Green Energyhas developed a process to convert biomass into standard automotive fuels. These fuels require no engine customization and utilize the existing fuel distribution infrastructure. The biomass for this process can be grown on marginal lands, without competing with food crops. The product is 93 octane gasolinewhich emits 80% less pollution than gasoline refined from oil.

General (ret.) Dr. Yom Tov Samia, the president of IC Green Energy; “We can produce 2,000 gallons a day of biofuel at our pilot facility.This technology could lead to a positive revolution in the fuel industry, and signals a possible rehab from dependence on oil”.  > http://www.primusge.com/



Iranians stunned; worm cause centrifuges self-destruct

At the end of the last month, Iran finally admitted that centrifuges are down as result of computer worm (Stuxnet). The Russians instructed to take out the 163 fuel bars from the < < core in Busher nuclear reactor in order to prevent a disastrous nuclear leak.

The Russian and Iranian security systems failed to protect the nuclear installations from this cyber attack.

The worst came later this month; the centrifuges in Natan, the pride of Iran, are going through a massive self-destruction plague caused by new virus.

 :”We are talking about 2 extraordinary capabilities of the country that developed this worm and also had to be planted manually in Iran proper”.  




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Occasional drizzling but mainly Sunny days with comfortable temperatures around 18 > 25 centigrade.


    Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Peace Process???

While showering this morning (I do a lot of thinking in the shower!), it occurred to me that although “the world” keeps talking about “The Peace Process”, it isn’t really a “Peace Process” as much as it is a demand for Palestinian statehood and a way of kicking Israel in the teeth.

Why do I say that, you might wonder.

Think about it.

In all the demands and proclamations from world leaders, there is very little ever said about “Peace”.  There are demands for Palestinian self-rule, for withdrawals by Israel from territories most of the world seems to think should belong to the Palestinians, reports showing that the Palestinians are ready for a state, concern for the citizens of Gaza and demands that Israel not defend itself adequately, but there really isn’t a lot of clear support for “Peace”, which to me means an absence of hostilities, neighbors living side by side, helping one another, cooperating economically and socially, sharing common resources (like water), and generally living “peacefully”.

“Peace” means no rockets and mortars flying into Israel from the Palestinian state, a fact no one seems to be willing to address (or even cares about).  If Gaza is part of a Palestinian state, shouldn’t Israel have assurances that the shelling from Gaza will end and the Gazans will be on board with recognizing the peace?  I think so, but clearly, that just isn’t going to happen anytime soon, especially considering that Hamas has told Abbas not to even attempt to visit Gaza because A) they have nothing to talk about with him and B) they cannot guarantee his safety.

Unfortunately, I do not believe that the rush by the world to declare and implement a Palestinian state is consistent with my understanding of “peace” as described above, or with the definition of peace below.

How will declaring a Palestinian state ensure peace, especially, as seems likely, it will be done unilaterally without ever sitting down at the table with Israel?  The short answer is that it won’t.

Such a Palestinian state, declared unilaterally, will almost certainly,  immediately upon its conception, like Gaza, be in a state of war with Israel.  Isn’t that the opposite of peace?  Why are we, as a world community, so in favor of that?

Definition of “PEACE” (from the Merriam-Webster dictionary)

1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as
a : freedom from civil disturbance
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>
2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
3: harmony in personal relations
4:      a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

Good News #334 from Israel – Yosi Behar

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– Good News #334
 22 April, 2011

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      Jose Maria Aznar;

 “if Israel goes down, we all go down”

Former President of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, founded an international organizationtogether with many other dignitaries “Friends of Israel” ;– “I cannot explain my country, the western world and myself without reference to the same values we share with Israel; Freedom, Democracy, Tolerance, Pluralism and the great Heritage”. ;“Isolating and demonizing Israel is not a good policy, if Israel goes down – we all go down!”.

See interview on CBN TV live >




Why the US and the World must stand with Israel

Fox News panel April 15th 2011; watch this program at >



US contribution to “Iron Dome”

U.S. House passes budget including $205 million intended for acquiring 4 ‘Iron Dome’ anti-missile systems made in Israel by ‘Rafael’. This is a ‘significant reinforcement of Israel’s defense capabilities against short range missiles.The new batteries are expected to be ready for operations within 18 months.  http://jta.org/news/article/2010/12/09/2742106/house-approves-iron-dome1


              US Senate unanimously demands to rescind Goldstone report


US Senate Resolution 138 passes unanimously, calls on members of Human Rights Council to ‘reflect the author’s repudiation off the Goldstone report‘s central findings’, and asks UN chief Ban to ‘do all in his power to redress the damage to Israel’s reputation’. Following Judge Goldstone recanted allegations Israel had deliberately targeted civilians during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, and admitted his eponymous 2009 report to United Nations Human Rights Council would have been different if he had written it today; Congressmen set a letter to US Ambassador Susan Rice calling on the U.N to formally withdraw the report.

Cities decorated ahead of big holidays

Municipalities and citizens are starting to decorate Streets, boulevards, cars and buildings with flags and light-chains ahead of Passover holidays and independence celebrations two weeks later.


Independence Day (May 10th) to follow Passoverholidays(18 > 25TH April)


Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

     Good news for Stoma patients  


Stimatix GI‘s artificial sphincter will allow thousands of people with stoma to go shopping, swim and enjoy daily activities without having to worry about an ‘incident.’  The AOS-1000™  is an ostomy management system that provides bowel content control and management for people with stomas. Compact and aesthetic, the AOS-1000™ offers patients the ability to resume normal activities without embarrassment, and avoiding many uncomfortable physical conditions inherent in ostomy care. More > http://www.stimatix-gi.com/



‘Deep Breeze’monitorsrespiratory system without radiation


‘Deep Breeze’ instrument monitors the respiratory system with functional dynamic imaging of the lungs of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma and Congestive Heart Failure. Nevertheless, the VRI™ technology can be used as an aid in diagnosis for many other lung pathologies. Vibration Response Imaging (VRI™) is a new medical imaging modality enabling visual and quantitative representation of sounds created by the human body, in real time. Its versatility, low cost and prompt results enables near-bed care in the hospital, private clinic and even in the home.

Curtsey Col. (ret) Asher Dar        see live demo at >   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FcseDRyepA



            Developing a vaccine against lung cancer

‘VacciGuard’ is currently engaged in the completion of the testing of its lung cancer therapeutic vaccine. Based on novel technology harnessing nature’s mechanism for generating preventive and therapeutic vaccines, Prof. Iron Cohen at Weizman institute developed effective vaccines against several pathogens for which currently there is no vaccine solution. Proof-of-concept has been demonstrated with 5 different pathogens models successfully repeated in animals.

 ‘VacciGuard’ is seekingan additional $2 millionto support clinical development of one of the projects.




                    Al Gore invests in Israeli solar energy

Al Gore invested $10 million inTigo Energy Inc’ which develops solutions to maximize output by photovoltaic installations.Tigo Energy delivers more energy and enhanced safety, commercial, and residential solar arrays. This results in a faster return on investment and lower cost of energy. Tigo Energy’s revolutionary solution addresses issues that limit the efficiency, availability, and flexibility of today’s solar installations.


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Bahai gardens in Haifa renovated


In the last 3 years, the structure of the building has been refitted to withstand an earthquake and the building’s dome — the most distinctive feature of the landscape in Haifa — has been covered with 11,790 new gold-glazed porcelain tiles. The magnificent gardens surrounding theBahai shrine are positioned on Carmel mountain-side overlooking the ocean, at the midpoint of a striking green strip artistically designed gardens that cuts up the slope from top to bottom along with a waterfall.    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/haifa-bahai-shrine


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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Economy keeps growing faster

The Israeli economy grew by 7.8% in the 4th quarter of 2010 – a significant rise in the gross domestic product compared to previous quarters – a 4.6% increase in the third quarter and a 5.4% increase in the 2nd quarter. The proceeds in the commerce and services industries were up 7.9%.Business sector rose by 6.3% in the 2nd half of 2010 following a 6.4% increase in the 1st half and a 3.6% increase in the 2nd half of 2009. The import and export of goods saw a significant increase since the beginning of the year as well. Exports were up 27.3% between January-March 2011, following a 19.9% increase between October-December 2010.


IDF Bases to move to the Negev

PM office allocated $5.4 billion to build new IDF bases in the Negev that will replace most of the military bases in the densely populated areas in the center of the country. This will boost the development of southern communities in all aspects. The project will get finance aid from the highly valuable properties freed up in this bases move. Transferring old military bases to new state-of-the-art installations will also enable to develop modern big urban centers and 60 000 homes in the freed real-estate. Moving 25 000 military personnel will contribute to the development of the southern region. http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?ID=216968&R=R1 


 ‘Eureka’ leaders meet in Israel

Europe R&D leaders from 40 countries (Eureka) Assembled in Haifa and Nazareth for the third event held in Israel.EUREKA delegates approved a series of cooperative R&D projects in a variety of areas, including renewable energy, Agro-food technology, biotechnology, physical and exact sciences, IT and electronics and industrial manufacturing. Since Israel took the leadership of EUREKA, nearly 200 EUREKA projects have already been approved, totaling more than €280 million ($405 million) of private and public investment http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4055496,00.html


Mekorot to develop Ugandan water infrastructures 


Mekorot will build 11dams and reservoirs to supply water to 2 million residents in Uganda. This project in Uganda has great economic and political importance to promote bilateral relations and serve as a lever to expand Israeli activity to other countries in Africa. Mekorot expertise can help African countries with catastrophic water and sewage systems. (Sewage from the Uganda capital, Kampala, currently pours directly into Lake Victoria.).  http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000639427&fid=1725

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 Empoweringnext generation leaders


Building Future Leadership is an intensive, one-week conference for exceptionalparticipants of ‘Masa’ Israel programs from around the world. 500 were selected to participate in this exclusive professional conference in Building Future Leadership, Masa Israel Journey’s intensive, week-long leadership program in Israel.Chosen from nearly 10,000 individuals from all over the world who are studying, interning, and volunteering in Israel, Building Future Leadership prepares young adults to fill leadership positions when they return to their campuses and communities.

    See video and more at > http://www.masacommunity.org/bfl/


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to visit Israel

   American basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will visit Israel in July and meet with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau to discuss a film that he is making about World War II. The film is based on the book “Brothers in Arms”, which Abdul-Jabbar co-authored and deals with the American troops who liberated Nazi concentration camps in the end of World War II. Abdul-Jabbar’s own father served on the 761st Tank Battalion, which liberated young Israel Meir Lau at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp in Germany.   http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4056986,00.html 




More rain coming today. All week we had Perfect weather conditions – cool with fresh breezes.


At the Seder


    Happy Pesach holidays

Yosi Behar

Abbas IS Negotiating, But Not at the Table….

I recently remembered some of the basics of a great negotiating course I took a number of years ago, and realized that all of the PA’s statements, ultimatums, and dictates about “pre-conditions” are, in fact, part of a negotiation.

While we typically tend to think of negotiations as sitting down at the table, developing an agenda for discussion, going through it point by point,  and reaching a mutually acceptable compromise, that is not the only kind of negotiation that exists.

In the case of Abbas, Fayyad, and the PA, their stance on pre-conditions IS their opening position.  They are stating quite clearly what they want, which IS negotiating.  Their opening position is:

  • A state on the 1949 Armistice lines, including Jerusalem

  • No Jews in that state

  • Control of East Jerusalem for their capitol

  • A “right of return” for Palestinian “refugees” to go “home” to what is now Israel

They are quite vocal about it, and have garnered significant support for their position.

What is missing is a clear counter proposal from Israel.

Israel has essentially taken the negotiating stance that they do not agree to the “pre-conditions”, and that everyone must sit down at the table, or they will not negotiate.  This too is a negotiating tactic, but in this case, it is insufficient and ineffective.

Prime Minister Netanyahu needs to respond point by point to the PA’s “proposal” with his own counter proposal.  This should include spelling out his STARTING position on borders, capitols, rights of returns, compensation for and rights of “refugees” (both Arab refugees and Jewish refugees from the Arab lands whom Israel absorbed years ago), security, Jewish residents of a Palestinian state, etc.

He needs to trumpet this position worldwide, just as the PA is doing, or risk further isolation for not participating in the process, which right now, is one of public negotiation rather than the “proper” and more “traditional” way negotiations are commonly managed.

The bottom line is that Israel needs to step up and clarify what territories they MUST keep (and frankly, they should demand a lot more than they’re willing to ultimately accept – the Arab world is known for its bargaining skills!), what territories they’re willing to give up, and provide a timetable by which these things must be decided.

There should be both a “carrot” and a “stick” attached – “if we sit down to negotiations by X date, we can finish by Y.  If we cannot negotiate in a more “traditional” manner, and cannot reach agreement, we (Israel) will simply withdraw from those territories we know we won’t keep in a “real” negotiation, and we will annex the rest.  After that, the PA can pound sand, so to speak, and it will be a border dispute between two sovereign nations.”

All the rest of it – the fact that Gaza and Westbank don’t talk to each other, their leaders are mortal enemies, etc. – is “noise”.

I am not saying that those things are not important, but let’s be realistic.  A Palestinian state is NEVER going to agree to be demilitarized (as Netanyahu demanded), nor is it likely that Gaza and the West Bank are going to kiss and make up.  It is more likely that they will eventually be two separate states in the end, whether that is formal or de-facto (as it is now).

It IS likely that the West Bank will be a danger to Israel once a Palestinian state is in existence, and Israel is going to have to deal with that by making it very clear that any incursions or attacks from foreign states (like Palestine) will be  treated as acts of war and dealt with severely and swiftly.

I would love to see most of the West Bank absorbed into Jordan and Gaza absorbed into Egypt, and frankly, believe that is what should happen.  But “should” doesn’t mean anything.  Only the “facts on the ground” have meaning, and that’s not going to happen.  Israel needs to be prepared for a Palestinian state, and needs to be ready to stand its ground in the formation of that state on boundaries and conditions that Israel can live with.

Unfortunately, regardless of the other conditions in the Middle East, the time is coming now, and Israel needs to get on board one way or another.

Good News From Israel (from Yosi Behar) #333 15 April, 2011

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Iron Dome – incredible success – perfect performance

This week, for the first time in warfare history; 9 missiles out of 9 which threatened to explode in the center of BeEr-Sheva and Ashkelon were intercepted and destroyed by counter missiles. Iron Dome System developed by ’Rafael” is an effective and mobile defense solution for countering short range rockets and artillery shells – with ranges of up to 70 km in all weather conditions. The system discriminates and intercepts only the rockets that will hit areas that need protection, thus, saving on expensive ammunition. Israel needs 14 batteries (at cost of $700 Million) to protect our North (Lebanon) and South (Gaza) lines.

read “Israeli pride in the skies > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4055513,00.html

Read about Iron Dome system at > http://www.rafael.co.il/marketing/SIP_STORAGE/FILES/6/946.pdf


Glenn Back; I stand with Israel

;” Israel has tolerated more provocation than any other nation in history. Why are we are led to believe that Israel is the evil one?, name the country in the Middle-East that has the same values that we have – I can only name one, so Why is our administration siding with people against Israel and arming the Arabs – terrorists who say you die if you do not believe in our faith, who hang homosexuals, stone women and murder children. Tens of millions of Arabs are tortured by their own countries… Listen to Glenn Back on Fox program >

Curtsey Ayelet Lubin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM0DjOC74zI


US Senators Vow Support for Israel

11 GOP senators have vowed continued financial support for Israel. The freshman senators all signed a letter spearheaded by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, reaffirming their support for Israel’s foreign aid. “We recognize that providing for the national defense is a constitutional responsibility of the federal government, therefore we must continue to prioritize the safety of our nation and the security of our ally Israel.”



Spanish Royal in Israel

In a sign of growing diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain, the Crown Prince and Princess of Spain, Felipe de Borbon and Letizia Ortiz are in Israel this week on an official state visit. Prince Felipe urged greater cooperation between Israel and Spain in economy, science, technology, education and culture. The Royal couple visited at ‘Yad Vashem’, attended a reception at Tel Aviv University, breakfast with PM Binyamin Netanyahu, and toured the Israel Museum. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143527

Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:

Good news for Multiple Sclerosis patients

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd published results for two-year clinical trial of Laquinimod, an oral treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis. In the clinical trial, Laquinimod showed a significant 23% reduction in the multiple sclerosis relapse rate, the primary endpoint, along with a significant 36% reduction in the risk of confirmed disability progression. The trial also found that treatment with Laquinimod was associated with a significant reduction in brain tissue loss, with a 33% reduction in progression of brain atrophy. Oral Laquinimod for Multiple Sclerosis treatment significantly reduced disease activity and disability progression while providing good safety and tolerability. More > http://www.tevapharm.com/pr/2011/pr_1004.asp


Ashdod Hospital on the way

‘Asuta’ won the tender for the planning, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the hospital, which will be built on a 70-dunam (17.5-acre) in Ashdod city. The first Ashdod Hospital (Establishment and Operation) Law stipulates that a hospital with at least 300 beds will be established in the city of 205,000 residents. Construction of the

Ashdod hospital is scheduled to begin within 2 years, and take four years.


Novel bio-material for plastic surgery

Juvenis is developed new class of safe, highly effective biomaterials for plastic and reconstructive surgery. People undergoing Aesthetic procedures seek Juvenis synthetic dermal fillers that are safe and long lasting, non-toxic, and without harmful side effects. A revolution in plastic surgery (especially in breast and face); Tenergel’ is the only product that feels like natural tissue.   more > http://www.juvenisbiomed.com/

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Economy & infrastructure;

HSBC ; Israeli economy is robust

HSBC is the second largest banking and financial services organization in the world. HSBC’s international network comprises around 7,500 offices in 87 countries.

HSBC analysts see positive fiscal news and strong consumer demand in Israel, describes the state of the Israeli economy as “robust”; “the fiscal budget performance in the first 3 months of the year has been a pleasant surprise, reflecting a budget surplus of NIS 2.0 billion. http://www.hsbcprivatebank.com/offices/israel.html


VC funds invested $479m in first quarter

Venture Capital funds invested in 140 Israeli start-up firms $ 479 million in the first quarter of 2011 – the highest quarterly amount more than 2 years. Israeli high-tech capital raising in first quarter 2011: Up 39%. Life sciences sector continues to lead capital raising.   Capital available for investment now at $1.4 billion. $800 million projected to be raised by Israeli VC funds in 2011. Find interesting information at VC research center > http://www.ivc-online.com/


‘OrbiMed’ to invest $200M in Israel

OrbiMed, the world’s leading asset management firm in the global health sciences industry, will form a $200 million fund which will invest in research and development in the Israeli life sciences industry. A significant part of the investments will be directed at biotechnology – the development of medications using biological means found in living organisms, which has been identified by the State as an area with outstanding infrastructure in Israel



Bus fare – down 30%

Minister of Transport Israel Katz has brought forward to Sunday, April 17, a planned reduction in long-haul intercity bus fares by 30%. A ministry announcement said that the measure was in response to rising fuel prices, and that it would come into effect the day before Passover.



Revolution in cellular market

< Minister of communications Moshe Cachlon granted license to 2 mobile phone firms, Mirs and Exfone,  together with 2 wireless frequency bands for ~$ 200 Million each. A company that will manage to recruit minimum 7% of the private market will get back this sum. This creates an incentive estimated at 50% reduction in prices of cellular phone-calls together with advanced technology and better service.

3 local cellular firms (Pele-Phone, Orange and Cellcom) raked ~ $6.5 billion revenues in 2010 with net profit over $ 1billion.


Golan winery takes international top prizes

Golan Heights Winery in Katzrin beat out more than 1000 other wine-makers from more than 30 countries to take home the top prize at Italy’s leading international wine competition, affectionately dubbed the “Wine World Cup,” the Gran Vinitaly Special, one of Europe’s top wine events. The 105-member jury included international wine experts and journalists voted for wines made in Israel without knowing the maker beforehand. http://www.golanwines.co.il/news.asp

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SOCIETY, culture, art

Good Deeds Day

Some 130,000 Israelis and many thousands of others throughout the world are going out Tuesday to do a good deed for others as part of Good Deeds Day, which was initiated by businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison and is operated by the Ruach Tova (Good Spirit) association, part of the Arison Group.

Read about the activities at > http://www.ruachtova.org/



Artistic Gymnastics; Alex Shatilov won the EURO silver medal

Israel‘s Alexander Shatilov, 24, performs to finish second in the men’s floor final during the 4th European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Berlin April 9, 2011. Alex Shatilov claimed his second career medal at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, taking the silver in the floor exercise final in Berlin.
Alex won Israel’s first-ever medal at the Europeans two years ago, taking the bronze in the floor final, and also claimed the country’s first medal at the World Championships, coming third in 2009.

See his performance live at > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xQE6NGibTk

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Touch-free technology

Touch-less technology aims to replace the ‘touch-screen’ used in tablet computers, hand-phones and TV. ‘PrimeSense’ revolutionizes the way digital devices are operated. It focuses on a primary human sense, vision, to provide digital devices that have a 3-dimensional perception of reality. PrimeSense technological breakthrough makes it high-performance 3D vision. See demo at > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzLKsex43zI

‘EyeSight’ developed gesture recognition and motion sensing technology as futuristic Interfaces to identify hand and body motions and operate electronic devices Touch Free. See amazing demonstrations at >

> http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=216123

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Valuable Tip: overcome seasonal allergies

Seasonal allergies (Rhinitis) are short term inflammatory conditions caused by the abdominal reaction to environmental factors such spores, ragweed and pollen that to some people cause sneezing, nasal congestion, watery eyes and rashes. Certain foods can reduce production of histamines, thereby minimizing and even alleviating symptoms. Red wine, Chia seeds (salvia hispanica), Green tea, Citrus fruit, Ginger, Sunflower seeds.

Curtsey Dr. Yosi Baruch Read all details at > http://www.jpost.com/Health/Article.aspx?id=214423


Weekend delight; Mazal Tov ve Siman Tov

Can’t get enough of these guys in Moscow;

Хор Турецкого – Кошерное попурри = Turetsky Choir Kosher medley

Curtsey Gil and Ellie Somerfield

See, listen and enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h1cPdbdZfw&feature=related

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Seder Pesah is on Monday evening 14 Nissan (April 18th)

Happy Pesah holiday

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel #332 (from Yosi Behar)

– Good News #332 8 April, 2011

– private letter from Yosi Behar- No commercial intent

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only Good News from Israel

in brief

Israeli innovations for feeding the world

As living standards rise in developing world, people want more meat, quality food.

In the last 70 years, world population grew from 2 billion to 7 billion people. Millions live in poverty which causes global instability.

Jacques Diouf, GM of UN Food and Agriculture Organization; “Israel has emerged as a pioneer in agriculture technology that increases output with less land and uses brackish water with innovative irrigation systems. The world should learn from that!.  Thousands of farmers from around the world came to a recent agri-conference in Tel-Aviv “Agro Mashov” to learn what Israel has to ofer. Israel is world leader in per cow milk yield. Israeli experts have helped set up dairy farms in countries like; Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka, China…and are developing agricultural projects in Africa and South America while teaching modern technologies to the local farmers. http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=214683



Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:

Good news for lower back pain patients

Forget pain-killer drugs (analgetics and narcotics); the new treatment for backaches stimulates nerves non-invasive electrically. The ‘Nervomatrix’ device scans the back and pinpoints where the pain is. It then applies a gentle electrical current to stimulate the nerves. Nervomatrix is the developer of Auto-Targeting Neuro-stimulation (ATN) – a proprietary breakthrough solution for pain relief.
Based on the company’s technology, ATN has been designed to provide effective, non-invasive and drug free relief for lower back pain.
Combining advanced automated technologies of sensing, imaging and neuro-stimulation, Auto-Targeting Neuro-stimulation (ATN) allows pain clinicians to improve the quality, efficiency and clinical outcome of their treatments.
More at > http://www.nervomatrix.com/


Osteoporosis drugs lower cancer risk

Scientists’ team, headed by Professor Dr. Gadi Rennert, proves that Anti-osteoporosis drugs reduce the risk for colorectal cancer by 60%. The study included nearly 2000 women (with and without cancer) found that women who took Bisphosphonate drugs (such as Fosalan, Alendronate and Etidronate), which treat osteoporosis, for at least a year, reduced their risk of getting colorectal cancer. Also found in another study that osteoporosis medications reduce the risk of breast cancer by a third. Cancer of the large intestine follows breast cancer as the second most common type of cancer to occur over the age of 50. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4027879,00.html

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Spa Treatments by the Dead Sea

Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400 meters (1,300 ft) below sea level, has more than the usual amount of ozone in the air, providing protection for sunbathers against skin-aging ultraviolet rays. Many visitors come from all over the world for healing or to enjoy the rejuvenating properties of the minerals. The spa has an ecological farm on which it raises its own goats, cows and chickens, and provides the hotel with homemade cheeses and yogurt; it also has an organic garden and orchards, where it grows vegetables, fruit and plants used in the hotel restaurant and to make the spa’s in-house treatment products. Once you taste it – You will come again every year.

Curtsey Tali Barel http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/business/energy-environment/22iht-rbog-spa-22.html?_r=2

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Economy & infrastructure;

Raising 2011 growth forecast to 4.5%

Bank of Israel says in its Annual Report for 2010; Israel’s GDP will grow by 4.5% in 2011, similar to the 4.6% growth achieved in 2010. The central bank previously predicted 3.8% GDP growth this year; the revised prediction is substantially higher. The Bank of Israel predicts that business product will be 5.2% in 2011. Unemployment rate will continue fall to this year, and to 5.9% in 2012 – an all-time low.

Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Stanley Fischer: “2010 was an excellent year for the Israeli economy: very rapid growth reaching 7.7% in the fourth quarter; inflation below the inflation target ceiling; a current accounts surplus; rapidly growing exports; a lower than expected budget deficit; a debt-to-GDP ratio of 76% by the end of the year, below the OECD average; a declining poverty rate; and the unemployment fell accompanied by a rapid increase in participation in the labor force. Most growth was in the private sector, and Israel has a successful and strong private sector. The world is beginning to look at us and try to understand the source of our entrepreneurship. http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/firsteng.htm


Second south line complete today


April 8; Israel Railways Company inaugurates today the completion of the second rail to BeEr-Sheva – it cuts travel time to Tel-Aviv from 90 minutes down to 50 minutes.


To Jerusalem in 30 minutes

The cabinet approved the upgrade of Road 1 (the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway). The $ 700 million project will shorten the road and cut travel time between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem to just 30 minutes. Construction is due to be completed in 2016. Road 1 will be widened to three lanes in each direction, and new tunnels and bridges will shorten its length.


Military exports top $7.3 billion in 2010

Israel‘s defense exports exceeded $7.3 billion in 2010. For two consecutive years, Israel has passed the $7 billion threshold, and that Israel is very proud to a member of the premier league of exporters of defense products. Israel’s defense exports have been rising for the past five years: from $3.5 billion in 2005; $4.9 billion in 2006; $5.6 billion in 2007, and $6.6 billion in 2008. As in previous years, 80% of Israel defense production was exported. For a small country under constant threat, such as Israel, exports were critical for the existence of the industrial establishment, maintaining the strength of the IDF, and creating diplomatic relations through arms sales and defense cooperation. http://www.defensenews.com/


SOCIETY, culture

Steve and Carol Doppelt

Every year, Steve and Carol Doppelt gather a growing number of American friends in Boston and volunteer in Haifa for an entire month. ;”We simply fell in love with the country and realized that we wanted to come back  again and again. We feel like we’ve come home when we arrive here,” Steve adds. “We want Israelis know that in spite of the situation there are always people who will come and stand by them here. We do it every year and we’re happy to see the positive effect of what we do. Let’s hope we can continue coming and doing this for many more years.”


Koreans admire Talmud study

Close to 50 million people live in South Korea, and everyone learns Gmara (Talmud) in school. Korean ambassador ;”We tried to understand why the Jews are geniuses, and we came to the conclusion that it is because they study Talmud, that is why we have required that Talmud study be part of our compulsory school curriculum in Korea”. Almost every home in South Korea now contains a Korean-translated Talmud. But unlike in Israel, the Korean mothers teach the Talmud to their children.

Curtsey Salomon Susi Esq.

>      http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2011/03/koreans-love-studying-talmud.html#


Korean Delegation of parliament members in Israel

Arrived in honor of the establishment of the Israel-Korea Chamber of Commerce. Delegation head Lee Byung-Suk said he viewed the chamber of commerce as a real leverage for advancing the commercial and economic relations between the two countries. ;” The delegation is comprised of all parts of the Korean parliament’s coalition and opposition in order to demonstrate the importance Korea sees in advancing the relations”.


Elizabeth Taylor

Her connection to the State of Israel played a significant role throughout her life. E.Taylor worked tirelessly to defend the Jewish State, even if it meant putting her life in jeopardy. In an amazing story lost for years but not forgotten, Elizabeth Taylor offered herself as a hostage during the Entebbe hostage crisis of 1976!. She converted to Judaism to 1959. Since becoming a Jew, she had a great passion for defending Israel. In 1975, she was one of the 60 female signatories who condemned the misguided UN resolution claiming Zionism is a form of racism. She frequently visited Israel and met with heads of state. Arabs Ban Eliza Beth Taylor Films.

Curtsey Tali Barel

more > http://blogs.jta.org/telegraph/article/2011/03/23/3086532/in-the-jta-archive-remembering-liz-taylor



New park in Bnei-Brak

A new “Central Park” which will stretch over 105 acres along the eastern bank of the Yarkon River will include footpaths and a pond and serve as an alternative for Tel Aviv and Ramat-Gan Yarkon Park. The project includes an artificial pond with observation posts, bicycle trails and a center offering bicycles for rent, a skateboard park, extreme sports fields, picnic areas and a promenade. Bridges will be built for pedestrians above the park. Visitors will enter the park from the Bnei Brak railway station, and will be able to park their cars in new parking lots planned in the area. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4044405,00.html

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Interactive video surround

‘SimplyLive’ developed a New 360 degrees camera that can shoot videos with 360-degree capabilities named ‘Video Surround’. It enables the viewers to actually move 360 degrees and watch a video online, whether it’s on demand or live. The camera is constantly filming the object and the viewer can choose to view the object from any angle whenever he wants. Different viewers can choose different angles simultaneously so they are basically not controlling the camera. > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/143323

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Temperatures around 9C-19C° centigrade (48F- 66F°) sporadic rain – with sunny intervals.

We had 4 inches of very beneficial rain in recent days. The mild rainfall all over the country

saturated the thirsty land and flora. More blessed rain expected this weekend.

Cherry blossom is at its peak. This year we shall have record quantity of fruit, especially from the Golan.

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Open Letter to UCSD from 28 UCSD Professors, regarding hypocrisy on campus

I am posting this excellent letter published by professors at the University of California, San Diego.  A number of people there are organizing and speaking out to challenge the lies against Israel/Jews that have to date gone relatively unchallenged.

This article was published as a full-page paid advertisement rather than as an OpEd or an in-depth article because the UCSD school paper, The Guardian, after first accepting to publish it as an article, turned around at the last minute and refused to honor its promise to do so forcing the 28 UCSD professors who signed the editorial to publish it as an ad.


The views expressed in this PAID ADVERTISEMENT solely represent those of the undersigned, and are in no way affiliated with the views of the Guardian, its Editorial Board or its staff.

An Open Letter To Our University Community About Troubling Hypocrisy On Our Campus

The past few months have witnessed historic political unrest engulfing Arab and Muslim countries in the Mideast, including Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Yemen, Bahrain and others. On our campus the muted reaction to this volcanic eruption of civil unrest and the ensuing horrific slaughter of thousands of civilians by their own leaders has been quite revealing. Sadly, it has confirmed strong suspicions of many students and faculty that the highly vituperative activism spearheaded by the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Arab Student Union (ASU) and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and directed relentlessly against a single Mideast country, Israel, is driven less by positive impulses of fraternity toward fellow Arabs and Muslims than by hateful impulses to destroy the world’s only sovereign Jewish nation.

The current maelstrom in the Mideast has laid bare for all to see the reality that, by any objective measure, the greatest human rights abuses suffered by the greatest number of Muslims and Arabs have been inflicted by the despotic regimes of the Mideast’s 17 Arab countries and Iran, and not, as the MSA, ASU and SJP would have us believe, by Israel, the only country in the entire region consistently rated by Freedom House International as bestowing full civil and political liberties upon its Jewish and Arab citizens.

So, if hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims have suffered severe, long-standing repression throughout the Mideast, as is now highly evident, why then have those students who relentlessly pounce on every action and policy of Israel—which comprises 0.04% of the Mideast—been deafeningly silent all these years regarding the egregious injustices occurring in the other 99.96% of the Mideast? Why haven’t the websites and Facebook pages of the MSA, ASU and SJP been abuzz with plans for social activism and moral outrage over the murder of civilians who are fighting to gain liberty in Arab countries as they always are when Israel exercises self-defense by striking at Palestinian terrorist groups who launch rockets at its civilians from Gaza or when it erects barriers to block suicide bombers? Are those students simply less moved by injustices carried out by Arabs and Muslims against their own people? Or is it possible that human rights and social justice have been hijacked by these groups for use as expedient intellectual weapons in the service of a culturally driven agenda—to bludgeon the Jewish state? In this regard we do well to heed the assertion of Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh, “What is happening on the U.S. campuses is not about supporting the Palestinians as much as it is about promoting hatred for the Jewish state” and “ending the existence of Israel.”

Critical debate is a cherished mainstay of universities, and Israel should, by no means, be above reproach. As a small and isolated democratic nation in a highly volatile geopolitical environment, some of its actions and policies will surely be considered misguided by fair-minded citizens of other nations, as they are by many Israeli citizens—a fact reflected in Israel’s vibrant free press. However, as pointed out by Natan Sharansky, the respected Israeli human rights activist and former Soviet political prisoner, one test of malevolently motivated criticism of Israel is the “double standards” test—criticism of Israel that is applied selectively.

In a few weeks our campus will, once again, witness the flagship event in the Israel-bashing calendar: the weeklong hate-fest whose centerpiece is a wall on Library Walk that promulgates deliberately one-sided and selective information and inflammatory descriptive terms to provoke the moral indignation of students and convince them that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be simply reduced to egregious Israeli misdeeds visited upon totally innocent Palestinians. Nearby we can expect the usual mock cemetery (commemorating Palestinian casualties exclusively) to offer emotive reinforcement of that message. Anticipate our university community to, once again, become polarized over the event.

However, this does not have to be the case. The organizers of the acrimonious and divisive spring event have a golden opportunity this year to show that they are genuinely interested in the rights and dignity of all the people of the Mideast by expanding their focus beyond the tiny Jewish state and, in so doing, put on an event that will do more to unite our campus than divide it.Will they rise to the occasion? Will they hold candlelight vigils and establish mock cemeteries also for the Arabs who have been recently massacred by their own leaders? Will they—dare we dream it—find a way to commemorate the innocent Israelis who have been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, like the 3 young children and their parents who were brutally stabbed to death in their sleep a few weeks ago? Will these student organizations sponsor an A.S. resolution this year calling for UCSD to divest from the many Muslim countries stained by egregious human rights practices, such as Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to vote or to drive and where public practice of any religion other than Islam is prohibited, or Iran, where homosexuals are executed by the state decree? Or, as they have in past years, will these human rights crusaders selectively sponsor initiatives against Israel, a country where Arab women sit as elected members in Parliament, where gay men and women serve openly in the military and hold annual gay pride parades in Tel Aviv and where Christians, Jews, Muslims, Baha’is and others freely practice their religions under full protection of Israeli law? Will the SJP decide this year to fully embrace its mission statement, “to promote justice, human rights, and the right of self-determination for the Palestinian people,” by also raising awareness of how Palestinians in Gaza are denied political freedom by the ruling Hamas government, which suspended democratic elections indefinitely after it consolidated power through force of arms? Will it call on Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and E.U., to remove from its official charter overtly anti-Semitic quotes from Islamic religious texts, recognize Israel’s right to exist and put a stop to rocket attacks on Israeli civilians? Or will SJP just continue to apologize for Hamas while relentlessly hammering Israel?

Absent these changes, students of good will should ask themselves if this event and the others like it are sincerely designed to educate and raise their awareness, or if they are being subjected to a cynical exploitation of human rights for a sinister agenda. Advocacy that deliberately distorts and omits information to convince others of a partisan viewpoint, that uses calculated, inflammatory rhetoric to demonize a nation, its citizens and its supporters, may be protected as free speech but should nevertheless be scorned by fair-minded students as a form of intellectual abuse. As the Liberal Party leader of Canada, where the first anti-Israel hate week took place, recently asserted, “By portraying the Jewish state as criminal, by demonizing Israel and its supporters…the organizers and supporters of Israeli Apartheid Week tarnish our freedom of speech.”

David Feifel MD, PhD Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Joshua Fierer, MD Professor of Infectious Diseases

Ami Berkowitz, PhD Professor, Department of Physics

Joseph L. Witztum, MD Professor of Medicine

Seth M. Pransky, MD Clinical Professor of Surgery

Sidney Zisook, MD Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Larry Millstein, PhD Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ron Evans, PhD Professor, Department of Mathematics

Eyal Raz, MD Professor, Department of Medicine

Gary Frost, PhD Founding Dean, Earl Warren College

David J. Printz, MD Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Nora Laiken, PhD Assistant Dean for Educational Support Services UCSD School of Medicine

Alex Groisman, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Howard Taras, MD Professor of Pediatrics

Pamela Cosman, PhD Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Herbie Levine, PhD Professor, Department of Physics

Brian G. Keating, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Neal Swerdlow, MD, PhD Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Shlomo Dubnov, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Music

Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Ruth Covell, MD Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Mort Printz, PhD Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology

Murray B. Stein MD, MPH Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Vitaliy Lomakin, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Daniel M. Tartakovsky, PhD Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Ivan Schuller, PhD Professor, Department of Physics

Yeshaiahu Fainman, PhD Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering

Daniel Arovas, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Physics