Amcha Initiative Bulletin: Jessica’s Story – Courtesy of Tammi Benjamin and Leila Beckwith

Please both sign the Amcha Initiative’s letter to President Yudof and sign up for the Facebook group – details of both of these are shown below in the body of Professors Benjamin and Beckwith’s letter.

Thanks, John Poris

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Dear Jewish Community of California,

Jessica Felber is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley.  In March 2010, as she participated in a pro-Israel rally holding a sign that said “Israel wants peace,” the leader of Students for Justice in Palestine rammed a shopping cart filled with toys into her back.  Because of that assault, she brought the first federal lawsuit against the University of California for allowing the existence of a hostile environment that she believes led directly to her assault.

 That attack was not the first that she or other Jewish UC Berkeley students had experienced on their campus.  A year before, Jessica was spat on by the same student who had assaulted her.  Jewish students have had pro-Israel signs ripped from their hands, been called “Nazis” and “terrorists,” and had black plastic guns pointed at them at mock Israeli check points. Swastikas have been drawn on dorm room doors and anti-Semitic hate speech graffitied over pro-Israel bus stop ads. Students in kippahs have been called “kikes.” Jessica was frequently afraid to openly show her Jewishness; she would never wear her Jewish star necklace or IDF sweatshirt while walking alone. These incidents and others like them created a hostile environment for many Jewish students on campus.

For several years, Jessica and other Jewish activists implored the campus administration to help them.  They met with the Dean of Students and the Vice Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion numerous times and described incidents of intimidation, harassment, and violence.  However despite their concern for the civil rights of other ethnic groups, these administrators acted indifferently to the plight of Jewish students.

 These experiences are not unique to UC Berkeley. Jewish students on several UC campuses report feeling harassed, intimidated, and even physically threatened because they are Jews.  In some cases it is anti-Israel students groups who are the source of the problem, while in others it is university faculty and administrators who have created an environment hostile to Jewish students by promoting a virulently anti-Israel agenda in classrooms and at university-sponsored events. Many students also describe feeling frustrated and hurt by the uncaring response of the campus administration.

The Jewish students on UC campuses need your help.

 Please show these students that the Jewish Community cares about their safety and well-being.

 Please let UC President Mark Yudof know that the Jewish Community stands strongly united on this issue and will not back down until the necessary steps are taken to protect Jewish students on UC campuses.

 If you haven’t already done so, please sign the Amcha Initiative’s letter to President Yudof and encourage your family and friends to sign it as well:

 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LettertoUCPresidentYudof

 You can also join our Facebook Cause (“Stop the Harassment and Intimidation of Jewish Students at the University of California”) for updates about the letter and to read or report experiences of anti-Semitism on UC campuses or attempts to combat it, and invite others to do the same:

http://www.causes.com/causes/615378-stop-the-harassment-and-intimidation-of-jewish-students-at-the-university-of-california?m=892208b3

  Thank you,

Tammi Rossman-Benjamin, Lecturer, University of California at Santa Cruz  – tbenjami@ucsc.edu

Leila Beckwith, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles – lbeckwit@ucla.edu

– Good News From Israel – #343 24 June, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

  onlyGood Newsfrom Israel 

in brief

 

According to a May 26, 2011 poll by CNN – which is usually critical of Israel – most Americans do not share Obama’s attitude towards Israel.  82% consider Israel an ally and a friend, compared with 72% in 2001.  67% support Israel, while only 16% support the Arabs, compared with 60%:17% in 2009.  In fact, the Arabs (16%) are as unpopular as are Iran (15%) and North Korea (17%).

These CNN findings exceed the February, 2011 Gallup poll (68% considered Israel an ally), the April 2011 Rasmussen Report (most Americans opposed foreign aid to Arab countries but supported foreign aid to Israel) and the April 2010 Quinnipiac Polling Institute (66% expected Obama to improve treatment of Israel).

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Israeli pavilion– the main attraction in Paris Air-show

The Israeli pavilionstands out among the multi-national giants and makes an impression, the Israeli companies exhibit many innovations besides theIron Dome rocket interceptor, the Trophy anti-tank missile shield, Arrow 3 ballisticmissile interceptor and civil aircraft protection system: from new concepts in land warfare and creative systems for defense of armored vehicles, to advanced missile systems; spy and communications satellites; sophisticated radars; UAVs. This explains how Israel sells defense systems to the tune of $7.2 billion annually. See video> http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145114

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

Cinnamon Inhibits Alzheimer Disease   

Professor MichaelOvadia from Tel Aviv University found that Cinnamon has properties that inhibit the development of Alzheimer’s disease.Prof. Ovadia had found, in the course of past research, that an extract from the bark of the cinnamon plant possesses the ability to inhibit the infectivity of “enveloped” viruses, such as influenza, herpes, HIV, and other viruses. A later study showed that the same extract (one that is highly ultraviolet absorbent), also inhibits the accumulation of the β-amyloid (Aβ) polypeptide assemblies that cause neuron destruction and result in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The research findings were recently published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144907 

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                                 Bionic retina for visually impaired

‘Nano Retina’, based in Herzelia, developed Bio-Retinaa tiny implantas the most advanced solution for people with damaged retinas. Bio-Retina is activated by special eyeglasses, transforming light into an electrical impulse that stimulates the neurons to send images to the brain. Bio-Retina will bring millions of the blind to restore sight and get to experience the splendors of life.  Read all about it at >http://www.nano-retina.com/

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Citrus busts cholesterol and sugar

A new dietary supplement developed by Dr. Yaakov Nahmias from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a compound from grapefruit, and by using nanotechnology made it into a complex absorbed 11 times better than normal. This may change the way our metabolisms digest cholesterol and sugar. The new citrus compound cancels out the bad effects of eating foods laced in sugar and fat. This holds significant implications for the drug market, particularly in relation to diabetes, obesity, arteriosclerosis and even hepatitis C.

                            http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=103712&CultureCode=en

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Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

Jerusalem lights festival

 

Jerusalem second annual Jerusalem Light Festival transforms the Old City into a living light art display with illuminated images projected onto its various ancient sites and attractions. This week, the festival features artistic light exhibits designed by local and international light artists throughout the Old City, as well as street events and performances, a lighting fair in the Davidson Center Archeological Garden and four different routes around the Old City following the illuminated sites and installations. Video > http://www.jr.co.il/videos/jerusalem-light-festival.htm

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Digs Under the Old City – Now open to the public

  The archaeological dig just outside Dung Gate and the Western Wall has been completed, it has been adapted and set up for visitors – who can now walk under the Old City and see for themselves the 2,500-year-old finds. Among the most exciting finds; a treasure of 250 gold coins and the oldest written record ever found in Jerusalem.Some of the external walls are part of King Solomon’s fortifications of the city, as recounted in Kings I, chapter 3. The 4-room gatehouse, uncovered in full, is assumed by archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar to be the Water Gate mentioned in Nechemiah 3,26. 12 large clay containers used for storing oil or wine; On one of them, Hebrew writing can be read. See video presentation at >http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145094.

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

; Number of Israeli millionaires rose 20.6% in 2010

Merrill Lynch “World Wealth Report”; Israel had 10,153 millionaires in 2010, 20.6% more than in 2009.

The report defines a millionaire as person with at least $1 million in net liquidity, not including investments, and after deducting liabilities. The millionaires’ aggregate disposable income rose to $52 billion in 2010 from $43 billion in 2009. This follows a 42% increase in number of Israeli millionaires in 2009.

 http://www.ml.com/index.asp?id=7695_15125_17454

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‘ MediaMind’ sold for $517 million to DG

MediaMind, owned by Nir Barkat (Mayor of Jerusalem) with his brother and partners is a provider of digital advertising solutions that optimize the use of media for enhanced campaign performance. 

http://www.mediamind.com/

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‘Citigroup’ invests $308 million in ‘Ness technologies’

                 

 Ness Technologies, based in Raanana is a global provider of information technology solutions and services.

Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI)acquires Ness Technologies in an all-cash transaction of $308 million. CVCI; “Ness is the leader in several segments of the IT services marketplace, serves the most sophisticated global clients and has an outstanding reputation for delivering complex projects.” http://www.ness.com/Global/Pages/GlobalSite.aspx

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

                   S. Korea wants our Iron Dome system

< Kwon Oh-bong, commissioner of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul, visited Israel recently and met with seniorDefense Ministry officials.

– In his visit to Rafael He expressed an interest in the ‘Irom Dome’ rocket interception system; “I was very impressed by the fact that 90% of Israel’s defense industry activity is designated for exports. This shows how competitive and advanced it is.”       http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4083719,00.html

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‘Intel’ plans $4.8 billion investment in Kiryat-Gat

  Intel, World’s largest semiconductor chipmaker is planning $4.8 billion expansion, technology upgrade to produce wafers with 15-nanometer technology at Kiryat Gat facility.  Intel will hire 1,300 new employees at its new plant that will raise its workforce to 4,400.

Intel has today 7000 employees in Israel and exports $ 4 billion a year.      

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Last moment good news; free dental care for children up to age 14

Ministry of health; starting July 1st – free dental care for all children up to age 10.

Thisservice will be gradually extended up to age 14 in the next two years.  

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Weather                                                                                                                                                

Summer vacation begins this week

    

   

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Letter from Tammi Benjamin, University of California – Please circulate to friends and family in California

Dear Friends,

So far, we have collected over almost 1,400 signatures on our letter to UC President Mark Yudof, urging him to forcefully and promptly address the problem of the harassment and intimidation of Jewish students on UC campuses.  The signatories include many rabbis, day school principals, synagogue presidents, and other leaders in local Jewish communities across California.

 Before presenting the letter to President Yudof, we are hoping to collect thousands more signatures, in order to show him that on the issue of the safety of Jewish students on UC campuses, members of the Jewish communities of California stand united and cannot be ignored.

 Please help us by sharing the letter to President Yudof with your family and friends in the California Jewish community and encouraging them to sign:

 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LettertoUCPresidentYudof

 You can also join our Facebook Cause (“Stop the Harassment and Intimidation of Jewish Students at the University of California”) for updates about the letter and to read or report experiences of anti-Semitism on UC campuses or attempts to combat it, and invite others to do the same:

 http://www.causes.com/causes/615378-stop-the-harassment-and-intimidation-of-jewish-students-at-the-university-of-california?m=892208b3

 Sincerely,

 Tammi Benjamin

Good News From Israel #340 3-June, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar – Great stuff!

– Good News #340  3 June, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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Clear presentation of Israel defensible borders

The Jordan rift valley and mountain ridge dominating 70% of our population, Major cities, airport, control ofAir space, transportation arteries,

Israel is a small country surrounded by Arab countries 650 times in size. The global threat of jihad activity. Impossible to defend a narrow 9 miles waist-line. The uncertainty of Arab regimes future.

Curtsey of Col.(res) Asher Dar

See the English version > http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_97858&v=k2hZ6SlSqq0

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Magic Wand – mid range defense system

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced that Magic Wandmid-range anti-missile system – is to become operational sooner than expected. Magic Wand is set to become Iron Dome‘s complementary defense system, and along with the Hetz and Patriot defense systems, to protect Israel in its entirety from the threat of missile attacks. The purpose is to be able to target all range missiles, as well as cruise-missiles and targets the Hetz Missile System opts to defer. The system will also give the military the option to change a missile’s course in mid-flight. See this live > http://quitenormal.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/idfs-new-magic-wand-anti-missile-system-entering-test-runs/

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Jerusalem day – the heart of the Jewish people

  

Thousands of members of the 400 Moshavim (Agricultural communities) and agricultural schools from all over Israel, took part on Monday in the annual march to Jerusalem in honor of Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the anniversary of Jerusalem liberation and reunification by the IDF during the Six Day War 44 years ago. Another event in the capital on Wednesday was the traditional Rikudgalim – Flag Dance March – towards the Old City. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144620  andvideo > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TpgF8W77ts

 

182 brothers-in-arm gave their lives to liberate Jerusalem.

 

 

                      Firstparatroopers in the Kotel 44 years ago >

 

 

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:      

                        Chinese want Israeli epilepsy drug 

 Chinese giant Jiangsu NHWA Pharmaceutical signed agreement with D Farm for its epilepsy drug DP-VPA to commercialize in China, Hong Kong and Macao. 

 http://www.dpharm.com/news.asp?year=2011&type=0&mode=1&id=122

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  HIV treatment by TEVA approved

US FDA approved the generic treatment for HIV made by TEVA. Since Teva is the first company to file an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) with the FDA for generic ‘Combivir’ tablets, Teva will be eligible for 180 days of marketing exclusivity. Shipment is expected to commence during the fourth quarter 2011.  Teva employs approximately 40,000 people around the world and reached $16.1 billion in net sales in 2010. Headquartered in Petach-Tikva, Teva is the world’s largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,450 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries.  http://www.tevapharm.com/pr/2011/pr_1014.asp

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Tourism:                                                                                                      

                                               

                ’60 Minutes’ explores Tel Aviv

CBS news magazine “60 minutes”, one of the most-watched investigative television programs in the United States, is expected to air a 12-minute report on the city of Tel Aviv, presenting it as an island of sanity within the burning Middle East. The Tel Aviv report aims to present the Israeli metropolis as a vibrant, liberal and attractive city.  A “60 Minutes” crew, led by veteran correspondent Bob Simon, arrived earlier this month. During their month-long visit, they explored the city life and events.

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Solution for water shortage

The answer to Israel’s age-old problem of a lack of water appears one step closer to being solved with the announcement that financing has been secured for a $400 million desalination plant in Sorek in the center of the country. The plant, which will be built by SDL, slated for completion in 2013, will be one the world’s second largest plant of its kind, expected to produce 150 million cubic meters of water a year.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4075028,00.html

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Unemployment rate down to 6%

Another record is broken in the Israeli economy – an all time low unemployment rate. According to Central Bureau of Statistics figures, the unemployment rate in Israel has dropped since November 2010 by 0.4%, which is 12,000 fewer unemployed. In July 2009, the unemployment rate in Israel was still 7.7%, which is about 50,000 fewer unemployed than in February 2011. The Bank of Israel today raised its 2011 GDP growth forecast to 5.2% from 4.5%, and it lowered its unemployment rate forecast to 5.8% – an all-time low. The OECD forecast of 5.4%, announced earlier this week.

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Israel helps Europe through sugar shortage

Europe is suffering from a sugar shortage and Israel’s ‘Sugat’ based in Kiriat-Gat comes to its rescue. The meager sugar beet harvest noted across Europe this year has translated into a shortage in the fine sweet crystals. The crisis prompted the European Economic Community (EEC) to approve sugar imports from Israel – for the first time since the 1970s. ‘Sugat’ – Israel’s primary sugar mill – start exporting 15,000 tons of refined sugar to Italy, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands; with the rest of Europe to follow throughout the year. http://www.sugat.com/eng/

Solar Power Project Lights up Arava

On Sunday, June 5th; the first commercial solar panel field in the Middle East is set to light up the Arava at Kibutz Ketura 50 kilometers north of Eilat. The Arava Power Company starts 5-megawatt power source at Ketura will beconnected to the country’s national electricity grid. The solar panel field is comprised of 18,500 Suntech photovoltaic solar panels that produce a total of 9 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Arava Power Company plans to provide 10% of the country’s electricity with alliances throughout Israel’s southern region. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144668

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Judo;  Arik ZeEvie strikes Gold medal – again

  

Moscow Grand Slam; Judoka Arik Ze’Evie won a second medal for Israel in Moscow’s Judo Grand Slam on Sunday, after Yarden Gerbi won a bronze medal on Saturday. Arik has already an Olympic medal and Tokio grans slam, now prepares to bring us another at London Olympics 2012. 

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Rhythmic gymnastic; Neta Rivkin won the silver medal at Euro Championship

   

Neta Rivkin, 20, from Petach-Tikva performs with clubs during her final apparatus program at the 27th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Minsk, Belarus, May 29, 2011. Rivkin won the second place.

Worth watching this beauty > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gqb0zHbK_I

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

Israeli technology to build World Cup stadium

      

‘Ziggurat’ has signed an agreement with a Brazilian engineering company planning the stadium where the World Cup’s opening ceremony will be held in 2014. Ziggurat will supply the Brazilian company with a technological system for building the stadium. Ziggurat provides coordination, clash detection and space management service for the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. >http://www.zigguratsystems.com/

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                                      Water from air

    Dr Arkadi Levin, cooling systems engineer from Kibutz Einat invented an instrument to produce water by condensing the humidity in the air – without the need of any energy source.  He tucks a probe in the ground and uses the difference in temperatures between the earth and the air to condense the humidity and get fresh water.

Levin: ”creating systems that need electricity is easy, my interest is to develop applications for human welfare that can be useful in military units and third-world countries without needing electric power”. Yediot Ahronot 30 May, 2011      

  

Motorola inaugurates new R&D center

Motorola president Greg Brown inaugurated the brand-new Israeli headquarters and R&D center at Airport City.
More than NIS 100 million was invested in the internal construction of the five-story, 30,000- square-meter building, which includes natural lighting
and furniture approved by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The new headquarters will host 1,300 Motorola employees, including 800 engineers working at the R&D center.

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AMD to establish R&D center in Israel

AMD has a 10% share of the global PC processor market. The Israeli R&D center will develop next-generation parallel computing platforms. ; “The creation of this new R&D center in Israel with the talent we have on site greatly contributes to AMD worldwide innovation ability. With this recent investment in Israel we are also continuing to promote and enhance the developers’ heterogeneous ecosystem for the AMD Fusion accelerated processing unit.” > http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000651071&fid=1725

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Cherries – a very good crop this year

Cherry picking season started this week.

Abundance of fruit this year, most cherry orchards are in the Golan and Galilee.

   

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Weather                                                                                                                                        

Day temperatures around 22 centigrade.

 

   

Happy Shavuot Holiday  6TH June  

Yosi Behar

A Few Comments on Israel and the Palestinians

I’ve been closely following the Middle East and Israel for many years, starting as a teenager (I’m 56 years old now!).

What strikes me is that, no matter how much things change, the underlying conflict remains the same.

Over many years, we’ve been treated to a variety of variations on a theme.  “Israel is an aggressor”, “Israel is an occupier”, “Israel violates human rights”, etc. etc. ad nauseum.

While I have no doubt whatsoever that not all Israelis are angels, and that there are abuses by some, I have no less doubt that the vast majority are simply people who want peace with their neighbors, and also want security.

Many years ago, Golda Meir summed it all up nicely, saying “We can forgive you for killing our sons. But we will never forgive you for making us kill yours.”   Golda Meir, to Anwar Saddat just before the peace talks.

Over time, we have heard various Arab leaders claim that “if only Israel would withdraw from fill in the blank there would be peace in the Middle East.  We’ve seen world leaders, who should know better, claim that a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict would bring peace to the Middle East.  We have seen Israel withdraw from Sinai, Gaza, Southern Lebanon, and turn over administrative control of most of the West Bank, but it did not bring peace.  Instead, it brought more conflict, and stronger, more confident demands on the part of the Arabs.

The truth, as Benjamin Netanyahu told the US congress recently, is that unless Israel disappears, the Arab world (and Muslim world) will never accept it.  They didn’t accept Israel in 1948, and they still don’t.

The crocodile tears shed throughout the Arab World for their “poor, Palestinian brethren” are just that – total falsehood.  If they really cared, they would have helped them resettle in the various Arab countries around Israel, and in the West Bank.

In today’s world, Israel occupies the very unique position of becoming a pariah state for simply existing.  For surviving.   The NERVE of those Jews!  Surviving?  Thriving?  In their ancient homeland?  How DARE they?

The answers, thanks to people like President Obama, who set the potential for negotiations back 30 years or more with his misguided attack on Jewish building, are further away than ever.

Now, the Palestinians dictate the terms.

But wait.  Didn’t Israel conquer the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 in a defensive war?  What international law requires them to give it all back?  And, to whom?  To the previous occupiers?  Which ones?  The Jordanians (who also didn’t exist before the last century)?  How about the British or the Turks?  Maybe the Seljuks would like it back.

In the final analysis, it will all come down to a few, relatively simple choices.

Israel will need to either totally capitulate to the demands of the Arab world, which clearly the Europeans and Obama would have them do, giving up all Jewish settlements over the 1949 armistice lines and half of Jerusalem, leaving Israel with untenable and insecure borders, or, Israel will need to stand up and tell the world that they will not capitulate.  They will keep densely populated Jewish areas, they will keep Jerusalem, keep the Golan, and any borders must allow for some measure of security.

I think that Netanyahu, in his speech (which many are touting as a disaster or the best thing since sliced bread) to congress, did a wonderful job laying out the position and needs of Israel.  My own wish is that Israel will stand firm on most of those things, and essentially tell the Palestinians that they are welcome to a state, but since clearly, for all intents and purposes, the West Bank and Gaza are currently two completely separate entities, with widely diverging goals and governments, they must choose between the path of peace and the path of war.

Just as clearly, Hamas in Gaza is committed, just as are Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to the path of war.

The PA/Fatah, in the West Bank, while still committed internally to conquering Israel, are a more likely partner for Israel, even though since they tell vastly different stories in English and Arabic, the likelihood of reaching an actual long term peace agreement is distant.

My feeling is that in the longer term, a new state of Palestine, even if declared and including both the West Bank and Gaza, will end up as two separate entities.  A state of Palestine in the West Bank, and a state of Gaza.

Ideally, it would make sense for Egypt to absorb Gaza into Egypt, since they are very similar in culture, and now that the Muslim Brotherhood is rising in prominence in Egypt following the ouster of Mubarak, they are light years closer in ideology as well.

Bottom line, I believe that in September, the PA will declare a state on the 1949 armistice lines, and Israel will respond by annexing all (or most) of Jerusalem, all the major Jewish towns (settlements) along and near the “Green Line”, will draw a border they can live with, and will simply tell the PA “tough”.

At that point, Israel SHOULD withdraw from whatever settlements are beyond the new border, since it will be impossible to defend those settlements from the new, Judenrein (Apartheid) state of Palestine, and should tell the Palestinians to have a great life, but if even one rocket or mortar flies over the border, there will be massive retaliation.

And, the first time it happens, as it inevitably will, they should retaliate.  Not wait years as was done with Gaza.

Good News From Israel #339 27-May, 2011 – From Yosi Behar

– Good News #339  27 May, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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B. Netanyahu gets standing ovations 47 times

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives particularly warm welcome in the joint meeting of US Congress in a historic speech; “Israel has no better friend than America and America has no better friend than Israel.  Israel is not a colonial power. The Jewish people are not foreign occupiers. This is the land of our forefathers…no distortion of history will deny the 4,000 year-old bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish land.”

Israel is not what is wrong in the Middle- East, Israel is what is right in the Middle-East – The only anchor of stability.

You do not need to send American troops to fight for us, we defend ourselves – Thank you for giving us the tools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXVjd-3Rfgw

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part 2        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLpYQZOn8KM

part 3    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56RPPmgqqro

part 4      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP_reb0ZUAk

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Why Americans support Israel

I stand with Israel because I know the Israeli heart, and it is the same as mine. I choose life over death and compassion over evil. We know who our enemy is and who is our ally.

Those who denounce Israel and support the Arabs are ignorant and their acts are shameful.

Here is how he demonstrates the difference between Israel and the Arabs. 

Please take 3 minutes and listen to this >

Curtsey of Kenneth L. Stein                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YBgUCX9gEs&sns=em

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Revolutionary reform in high school education system

The agreement was signed today between the Ministries of Education, Teachers Organization and Finance ministry. Teachers in high schools will work additional 16 hours per week and will get 50% raise in salary.

In addition, teachers will get a special bonus for excellent results and principles of schools got the authority to dismiss incompetent teachers.  

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000611974

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4th desalination plant on the way

The new desalination plant at Sorek got yesterday the full funding and will be operative in 2013.

 It is one of the biggest in the world. Capacity of 150 million cubic meters, which is 20% of the quantity for Israeli home users (or 10% of all national consumption of fresh water) at cost of $ 0.57 per cubic meter.

Erection started several months ago with the intention to start partial supply at the end of 2012.

Israel Hayom 24 may page # 21

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Israeli innovations inMedicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

                                  New drug forlymphoma  

CureTech reported success in a Phase II clinical trial for CT-011, an investigational anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody. CT-011 met the primary endpoint of improved progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) following autologous stem cell transplantation. Statistically significant results have also been achieved in the secondary endpoint of Overall Survival (OS).  Final results are expected within three months.

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                           Reducingfat and sugar in our body 

Researchers team at Hebrew University led by Dr. Yaakov Nahmiashave developed dietary supplement of naringeninwithin a ring of sugar called cyclodextrin.This complex increased the absorption of naringenin by 11 times rendering it effective treatment of diabetes, arteriosclerosis and hyper-metabolism. This nano-complex pill taken before meals can result in a substantial reduction of fat and sugar absorption in the body.  http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/05/23/pre.meal.dietary.supplement.developed.hebrew.university.can.overcome.fat.and.sugar.problems

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                            New thrombosis treatment

US FDA approvedthe new treatment for thrombosis developed byMCS based in Or Akiva. ActiveCare’ is a non-invasive device for treating deep vein thrombosis and preventing embolisms. ActiveCare system can more quickly identify the development of deep vein thrombosis early in post-operative care and verify the presence of blood clots. Early diagnosis should greatly reduce severe complications, such as potentially lethal pulmonary embolisms.

http://www.mcsmed.com/home.html  

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

OECD lifts growth forecast on Israel

The OECD expects Israel’s economy to grow 5.4 percent in 2011. The report also said fiscal goals would probably be achieved.http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4073849,00.html

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New Jewish neighborhood on the Mount of Olives

New Jewish 100 family neighborhood is inaugurated in MaAleh Hazeitim yesterday. ;”Israel without Jerusalem or Zionism without Zion are like a body without a soul”.  ;”Jews bought land here 120 years ago and the Turks and English prevented them form building here. Thank God that we have been able to settle Jews here.”

America has Washington DC and we have Jerusalem DC (David City).

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144481

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New growth fund for Jerusalem

Government allocated ~$105 million with a special plan to reinforce Jerusalem; to further develop traditional sites, encourage building of new hotels and enhance tourism. Additional $ 20 million will be invested to develop the industrial park of bio-technologies in the capital. First year tuition free for soldiers after military service that prefer academic studies in Jerusalem.  Israel Hayom 27 may page 19 

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SOCIETY,culture, art                                                                                                                  

   The 13th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition
Held every three years, the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition is considered one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world of classical music. 173 competitors, age 18 to 32 from around the world are here to compete for prizes total $65,000.Named in honor of Arthur Rubenstein, the competition is an opportunity to be inspired by young and gifted musicians from all over the world. Recitals of all 6 finalists given on TV Chanel 1 – a real treat. …and the winner is Danil Traponov from Russia.

                  Read all about it at > http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Music/Article.aspx?id=219407&R=R77

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

 Casino chain Harrah’s buys Israeli ‘Playtika’

Israeli game developer Playtika has been partially purchased by hotel and casino chain Harrah’s of the Caesars Entertainment Corporation for $85 million. The online gaming startup has raised only $1.5 million in funding from investors. Slotomania, is Playtika most popular game, simulates a slot machine. Users cannot bet on money, they receive points for each win. The game itself is free.Caesars intends to work with Palytika’s “strong, experienced team” in developing free-to-play social games globally.

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US ‘Jive’ buys Israeli ‘OffiSync’   

  Jive Software Inc. of the US has acquired toolbar developer OffiSync Ltd for $30 million. OffiSync was founded in 2008 raised just $1 million.  The company develops toolbars for synchronizing documents on Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Google Apps environments. > http://www.offisync.com/

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  ‘Marvell’ to invest $200 million a year

   Marvell is one of the biggest investors in Israeli high-tech. Sehat Sutardja, the CEO, chairman, and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group, arrived in Israeland declared ongoing commitment to invest $200 million a year in the  two research and development centers in Israel with 1200 employees (in Yokneam and Petah Tikva) and their plans to expand R&D activities here. ‘Marvell Israel’ will ofer 150 new jobs each year.  http://www.techtime.co.il/        

  

 Microsoft Israel promotes Windows Phone apps

The Microsoft Israel R&D Center is working with Nokia to develop applications for Nokia’s mobile platform.The objective is to offer a large number of applications concurrent with the launch of devices in late 2011 or early 2012.http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000648399&fid=1725

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Military and aviation exhibition

The conference for developing military capabilities, will host this year dozens of leading companies in the military and aviation sectors, along with a wide range of technologies and strategies, Lectures, latest projects of the industry. Also presenting a variety of new products and technologies at aviation and military fields.

 

The convention will be held at airport city starting 31 may 2011

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Israeli High-Tech Makes the United States Stronger

Israel hi-tech is in every U.S. fighter jet and helps America fight its war on terror, says Lt. Col. Chris Sheppard, the American F-16 mission commander. Israeli medical innovations are in every medic-kit in the US Army.

See this video clip at >http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/144482

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Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar