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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).


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>



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. 


                                 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 >


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.




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 >


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 >

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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.


‘ 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.


‘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.”

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                   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.”,7340,L-4083719,00.html


‘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.  




Summer vacation begins this week



Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar