Good News From Israel #348 29 July, 2011. Courtesy of Yosi Behar

– Good News #348  29 July, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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               Arrow 3 tested successfully

Last week; Israel has tested the Arrow 3 interceptor, its new anti-ballistic, long-range air defense system. The Arrow 3 shot down a mock enemy ballistic missile in a trial flight. The Arrow 3 is expected to be able to intercept ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction at more than 100 kilometers above the earth’s surface – beyond the boundary between earth’s atmosphere and outer space. Arrow 3 is intended to provide the topmost level of protection in a planned framework for countering various rocket and missile threats to Israel from any direction.  Israel and the U.S. conducted a successful joint test of the Arrow system off of the U.S.’s west coast in February. During the test, the Arrow was launched from an American test site on the West Coast, and the target – which simulates a threat that Israel may have to face in battle – was launched toward the shore from a platform in the heart of the Pacific Ocean

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2011/07/27/Israel-tests-advanced-missile-interceptor/UPI-77001311787293/?spt=hs&or=si

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René Stadtkewitz; IDF protects also our freedom in Germany

;“Israel is in the front line between the free world and Islam. The devotion of the IDF is vital not only to the survival of Israel, but also to our freedom in Germany. I feel thankful to the IDF for that”. “Don’t give them (the Arabs) anything! Because there will never be an end for their demands. Their ultimate goal is to destroy Israel”.
The west bank is indeed the historical Judea and Samaria (and not the “west bank”) and belongs to the Jewish people. Israel presence in this area is with no doubt essential for its ability to secure itself.”


“The missiles are what Israel got as a respond to the peace attempts. The people in Gaza must understand that it doesn’t work like that, but this is the Islamic ideology…”

“ in Europe we share the threat of the Islam; this brings to the conclusion that the freedom of Israel is the freedom of us. Israel and Germany are partners!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVSgEPw-hAs

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Yoram Etinger    former ambassador to the US

Is Israelisolated /boycotted? Is time running out on the Jewish State? On the contrary – time is on Israel’s side: From a $1BN GDP in 1949, Israel surged to a $240BN economy, rated among the top OEDC economies.  The rising economic powers of the globe, China, Brazil and (especially) India, significantly expand trade with Israel; Europe appoints Israelis to head its high-technology commissions; China lobbies to get Israel’s expected export of natural gas; Europe, the former USSR and the Third Word seek cooperation with Israel’s medical, agricultural, scientific and technological sectors; Israel is the 4th largest defense exporter in the world; Israel’s export is increasingly based on unique niches in the vial areas of health, medical devices, pharmaceutics, biomed, telecommunications, energy alternatives, water, agriculture and the Internet; overseas investment in Israel surge, etc. Politically, all major western countries support Israel by-and-large following Israeli clever diplomacy.  

Yoram Etinger at > http://t.co/oVfZE9L

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IAI defense systems protecting Israel

This is real – not a science fiction movie. See and content your heart;

This video clip exposes some of the warfare capabilitiesdeveloped andproduced at the IsraeliAirspace Industries

Courtesy of Livia Trauber           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUol9NQaSew&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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The piece-by-piece process

It is not about land – it is about the very existence of Israel

Israel is a tiny country surrounded by Arab countries 650 times its size.

See this short presentation – it says all about our security >

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheJerusalemCenter?blend=2&ob=5

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

Improving cancer therapy 

Professor Zelig Eshhar and his team at the Weizmann Institute have found a way to make cancer therapy better and less expensive.One of the latest attempts to boost the body’s defenses against cancer is called adoptive cell transfer, in which patients receive a therapeutic injection of their own immune cells. This therapy is currently in early trials for melanoma and neuro-blastoma. Removing immune cells from a patient and growing them outside the body for future re-injection is extremely expensive and not always technically feasible. Weizmann Institute scientists have now tested a new form of adoptive cell transfer which overcomes these limitations while enhancing the tumor-fighting ability of the transferred cells. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/146035

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 Distinguish between bacterial and viral infection

The new discovery of Professor Robert Marks at Ben Gurion University made this important discovery that can prevent the drastic overuse of antibiotics and growing resistance of bacteria to the drugs, which are not effective against viruses. By merely studying the glow produced by a sample of a patient’s blood it is possible to distinguish between viral or bacterial infection. This will enhance better diagnostics in addition to the reduction in improper use of antibiotics. The new test will affect global healthcare and reduce the constant need for developing new antibiotics.

Read all about it at > http://web.bgu.ac.il/Eng/fohs/ResearchCenters/Cemta/aboutUs/thecentermembers/profile_Marks.htm

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New trauma center inaugurated in Kiryat Shmona

 

Community Stress Prevention Center (CSPC) in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona inaugurates its new trauma center built with the support of UJA Federation of New York. The building with facilities to treat children and adults, a library to run seminars and conduct research, space to accommodate training for scholars and practitioners from Israel and abroad has finally come true. This is due first and foremost to the friendship and support of UJA-Federation of New York.”

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 Agriculture;                                                                                               

Judean Barley mutation may help Solve Food Crisis

The chance discovery of a genetic mutation in wild barely in the Judean Desert has led Haifa University scientists to discover a new gene that played a role in allowing aquatic plants to grow on land and may allow wheat and barley to grow in arid areas.The discovery of the Judean Desert barley mutation was made by a Chinese student, Guoxiong, during his doctoral study conducted under supervision of university Professor Eviatar Nevo at the University of Haifa and has led to an international study published in the prestigious scientific journal PNAS.Genetic enhancement of cultivated plants to make them durable in dry and saline conditions can increase food production around the world,” the researcher concluded. > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/146059

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Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

Travel & Leisure magazine; Jerusalem voted world’s 11th best city

Leading American magazine ‘Travel & Leisure’has been conducting its annual reader survey for the past 16 years, ranking cities, hotels, airlines, spa resorts, islandsetc. It isdistributed in one million copies across the world.76% of the tourists who arrived in Israel in the first half of 2010 visited Jerusalem and the capital’s sites – led by the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem and the Mount of Olives.

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2,000-year-old golden bell found in J’lem

   A tiny golden bell which was lost in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago during the Second Temple period has been found in Jerusalem.This bell, thought to have been adornment which was sewn onto garments of one of high priests during the Second Temple period, uncovered during excavation work on drainage channel in City of David.

 
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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Eilat canal port as alternative to Suez Canal

PM Netanyahu has ordered for constructing a canal port in Eilat. Chinese companies ofer to build the port, planned for the north coast of Eilat. Together with a railway line linked directly to the port, it will form an alternative to the Suez Canal as a trade route. The plan for the canal port was presented to the PM, ministers of finance and transport, the mayor of Eilat, and representatives of the Israel Ports Company.  A deep water canal will be dug at the northern end of Eilat, next to the border with Jordan. The canal port would be able to handle containers that would be transported by rail.  http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000666227&fid=1725

 

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New international airport approved

The Cabinet has approved plans for a new international airport at Timna to replace the current facility in Eilat. Timna, where the airport is to be located, is about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Eilat.At present, the airport is located in Eilat city center. Construction of the new facility, to be named the Ramon Airport, is expected to take three years at a cost of $460 million.  > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/146032

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Unemployment rate at all-time low

The unemploymentrate has been steadily falling since the beginning of the year, from 6.1% in January to 5.7% in May. This means that most of the civilian labor force that wants to work is working.

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SOCIETY,culture                                                                                                                  

 Israeli youth won medals at Physics Olympiad in Bangkok

Israel‘s delegation to the International Physics Olympiad returned home Tuesday, bringing five medals – 2 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze. The gold winners were Asaf Rosen (from Modi’in), Gal Dor (Petach Tikva), while BenFeinstein (Modi’in) and Gur Peri (Mazkeret Batya) won the silver. Aviv Frenkel from Netanya won the bonze medal.  84 countries participated in the event, which is considered the premiere physics competition in the world.  This year’s Olympiad, the 42nd since the competition was first organized in 1967, was held in Bangkok, Thailand (Israel is set to host the competition in 2019.  >   Israel Hayom 18 July page 19.                        

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  Gold and bronze medal in Math Olympiad in Holland  

  Math Olympiad in Holland; Rom Dudkevic from Ramat-Gan Blich high-school won the Gold medal and 4 other Israeli students; guy Ravve’, Yoav Kraus, Tom Prestner and Constantine Zabarani won the bronze. The Israeli students were prepared by the ‘Weizman institute’ for this grand international event. Minister of Education Gideon Saar; “congratulations to our wonderful youth who made us all very proud”.   

Israel Hayom 24 July 2011 page 21      

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Ten US doctors came to make Israel their home

Ten North American doctors arrived in Israel on Monday to live with us; “I believe a Jew’s place is in Israel,” said Dr. Ilana Motz, a radiologist from New-Jersey. “I am leaving a good practice in the United States, but Israel is the home of the Jewish people,”The other doctors include a specialist in emergency treatment, 2 pediatricians, a psychiatrist and 5 dentists. More than 300 physicians have moved to Israel through ‘Nefesh B’Nefesh’ since its inception in 2002.

> http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/146103

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Leahy Behar celebrated the end of the school year with the trophy

 Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News From Israel – #347 22 July, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

– Good News #347  22 July, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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One of the best periods in its history of the Jewish state

The unemployment rate is at a 20-year low. The economy is booming. The number of tourists arriving in Israel is the highest ever and the personal security situation is the best we have seen in the past 30 years or so. Borders are placid.  People no longer fear terrorism as they did in the past and they also do not feel that they are about to lose their jobs.

– Government is stable and immense reforms undertaken in the Transportation, Education, Green energy and in

         the Communication market.

–  Gigantic energy sources of natural gas and oil found.

– Foreign investments at high level and global companies establishing their R&D centers in Israel.

– Thousands of Jews coming from all corners of the world to make Israel their home.

 – Building, hi-tech industry, exports, technology start-ups and scientific innovations are flourishing.  

– The threats we’ve been hearing about the diplomatic tsunami we are about to face are turning out to be almost-psychotic anxieties. All major countries support the Israeli stand against unilateral declaration of PA statehood. 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4095771,00.html

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                  Bolton: PA Statehood Bid Means “Next to Nothing”

Associated Press; Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said the PA statehood bid at the UN in September means “next to nothing” without a peace agreement with Israel. “You don’t want to invest authority and legitimacy in something that doesn’t have authority and legitimacy. The significance of the move, “as a practical matter, is next to nothing,”,” Bolton said.Israel‘s leaders have initiated a diplomatic full-court press to create a “moral minority” of key states to dampen media gains the PA hopes to gain from staging the bid in spite of a prospective US veto. >http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145755

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  6th Dolphin submarine for Israeli Navy

 

Der Spiegel; Germany has granted Israel a sixth Dolphin submarine said to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons with German financing of 135 million euros (one third of the total cost), Dolphin submarines have the longest cruising range of all submarines.Germany provided Israel with the first two at the end of the 1990s in an effort to boost Israel’s strategic abilities. The remaining three were funded by Germany at a third of their cost.Each submarine also carries electronic intelligence equipment and a unit of commando soldiers.http://www.spiegel.de/

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

 Rapid pain reduction and wound healing

Good Energies   developed an efficient instrument for soft laser therapy; this medical device, for the rapid, non-invasive treatment of pain, wounds, burns, sports injuries, inflammation, acne, and skin rejuvenation. It is the first portable soft laser device in the world with the healing power equal to that of full-sized, stationary, expensive soft-laser machines used only in hospitals and prestigious care facilities. Sports teams use it too, and everyone can benefit at home use anytime. 6 minutes twice a day and the pain is gone. Read more at >

Curtsey of Mrs. Hedva Behar                                http://www.gd-energies.com/index.php?page_id=4 

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  Transforming MS disease management

Glycominds blood test contributes additional information in guiding treatment decisions for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Helping physicians improve diagnostic accuracy and to optimize patients’ disease management through personalized therapy.Slowing and ultimately preventing the progression of Multiple Sclerosis and its associated disabilities.Glycominds has obtained marketing approval of its multiple sclerosis blood tests from regulatory authorities in 48 states.

http://www.glycominds.com/

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‘Brainsway’ Parkinson Trial A Success

‘Brainsway’, based in Jerusalem, reports success in a clinical trial of its Deep TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) treatment of Parkinson disease. The two-year trial of patients at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer, showed that magnetic stimulation of prefrontal and motor cortex was safe and effective in significantly improving motor function of Parkinson patients. The company will move quickly to a multi-center study for US FDA certification.

Read more at > http://www.brainsway.com/

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 Energy;                                                                                                 

Cabinet Okays $5 billion in renewable installations

The government approved a set of new measures that will allow for the investment of $5.04 billion in future renewable installations; including a quota of 460 MegaWatts for large solar fields plus 110 MW for small rooftop panels.  Additional 800 MW for wind power and 210 MW for biofuels.  An inter-ministerial task team will make sure to pursue the latest green energy technologies are implemented and remove all statutory barriers that may hinder green energy promotion.

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=229806 

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Bird foundation approved new R&D budget

The BIRD Foundation, whose mission is to promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the United States and Israel, approved an investment in 9 new projects with a total value of $8.1 million. The projects include advanced developments in life sciences, information technology for medical applications, electronics, software and energy.

The Foundation has approved over 820 projects in which BIRD has invested $290 million during 34 years of operation. These projects have produced to date sales of over $8 billion.  >http://www.birdf.com/Index.asp?ArticleID=352&CategoryID=89&Page=1

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TEVA buys Japanese ‘Taiyo’ for $934 million in cash

Taiyo Japan is pharma generics manufacturer with $530 million in sales in 2010. Taiyo brings to Teva a portfolio of over 550 products and a strong presence in all major channels in the Japanese pharmaceutical market. Teva also gains access to Taiyo’s strong R&D team, local regulatory expertise and a state of the art production facility.

Teva expects that the acquisition will boost its sales in Japan to $1 billion.

http://www.tevapharm.com/pr/2011/pr_1025.asp

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                        The Truth about the West Bank

        See a clear and simple presentation of facts on the “occupied territories”.

– In 1967 there was no “Palestinian entity”.

– The Jewish people have already made painful compromises.

– stop using the false terminology and stick to legal and historical facts.

                               Please take 4 minutes – A must see >

          > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGYxLWUKwWo&feature=player_embedded

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SOCIETY                                                                                                                  

     We stand united for Israel

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent Isaiah 62/1

 We believe that the Jewish people have a right to live in their ancient land of Israel, and that the modern State of Israel is the fulfillment of this historic right.

We maintain that there is no excuse for acts of terrorism against Israel and that Israel has the same right as every other nation to defend her citizens from such violent attacks.

We pledge to stand with our brothers and sisters in Israel and to speak out on their behalf whenever and wherever necessary until the attacks stop and they are finally living in peace and security with their neighbors.

Curtsey ofMrs. Helen Ross               read about this big American org. > http://www.cufi.org/site/PageServer

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Former Sports Star became Goodwill Ambassador

Tal Brody, 68, former captain of Macabi basketball team (European champions 1977) is now official Goodwill Ambassador traveling to US campuses advocating for Israel. Brody makes monthly trips to the US to speak at schools, universities, synagogues and public institutions to provide Americans with some of the feel-good stories from Israel that get lost in the din of the violent headlines. Brody, who served in both the Israeli and American armies, is a long time resident and devotes his time serving the Ministry of Foreign affairs oversees speaking to Israeli schools & promoting Investments, Technology transfer and joint ventures with new Israeli companies.

   Read this interesting interview at >

 http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=229463   

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 Technology;                                                                                                                     

 Mobile life-saving networks

Now Force developed cellular control system for security and rescueoperations

The system connects /coordinates rescue teams during emergency events and locates the relevant and appropriate means to operate at a given situation. US state Maryland / Montgomery County just installed the Israeli system following several countries in Europe, India, Australia and New-Zealand.  

http://www.nowforce.com/ 

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         ‘China Telecom’ buys Israeli fiber-optic processor

    ‘BroadLight’ fiber grade architecture powers equipment serving broadband telecommunication operators’ fiber access networks and connected digital homes worldwide. ‘BroadLight’, based in Herzeliya, announced today the deployment of its Helios embedded processors with ‘China Telecom’ carrier’s High Quality and Bandwidth Fiber Access Services.   > http://www.broadlight.com/209619   

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Third summer flight of Aliya landed

Seven more flights from LA, NY and Toronto are scheduled to arrive this summer with olim.

http://www.nbn.org.il/index.php

  

 

‘NefeshB’Nefesh’ provides Olim with financial assistance, employment, social services…

For Benefits, arrangements, housing, employment, flights, healthcare, finances…see > http://www.nbn.org.il/index.php

Welcome home brothers and sisters

 

    Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel – Courtesy of Yosi Behar – #346 15 July, 2011

– Good News #346 15 July, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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; “IDF is the most considerate army in the history of warfare” 

 British Colonel Richard Kemp (senior adviser to the British government and member of its intelligence committee) at the UN and on BBC TV; “Based on my knowledge and experience, The IDF did  to safeguard the rights of civilians in a combat zone more than any other army in the history of warfare. Israel did so while facing Hamas deliberately hiding behind civilian population using them as a human shield. The IDF took extraordinary measures to save Arab civilians. Many missions that could take out Hamas capabilities were aborted in order to prevent civilian casualties. During the conflict, the IDF delivered huge amounts of humanitarian aid to the enemy – which to any military tactician is unthinkable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE47Cj-4tII

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WssrKJ3Iqcwandhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGm53tZxjzk

Curtsey of Mr. Kenneth L. Stein 

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US Congress Opposes PA Statehood Bid

The resolution comes a week after the US Senate unanimously approved a similar resolution. The US House of Representatives voted 407-6 to pass a non-binding resolution backing the suspension of funds to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority should it pursue its bid for a unilateral declaration of statehood by the United Nations in September. Republicans and Democrats signaled their strong support for “”the long-term viability of the Jewish democratic state,” many question the viability of a PA state when the organization, riddled with corruption, cannot make ends meet and survives solely at the charitable largesse of donor nations. The US will exercise its security council veto at the UN should the matter be brought to a vote.

Curtsey of Mr. Douglas Ross                                    >http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145541

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

Cancer cell breakthrough reported by Hebrew U.

Important discovery; The molecular basis for the breakage of DNA – the hallmark of cancer cells –has been identified by Profesor Batsheva Karen at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The DNA encodes all the genetic information needed to build the cell’s proteins. Thus, breaks in the DNA disrupt the proteins and lead to changes in cell function. These changes can lead to defects in the control of cellular proliferation, which results in the development of cancer. This is a breakthrough in our understanding of the effect of the DNA sequence and structure on its replication and stability. These findings could lead to the development of new therapuitic approaches to restrain and/or treat cancer.

Read more at > http://www.jpost.com/HealthAndSci-Tech/Health/Article.aspx?id=228363

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    Advance Cord-Stem-Cell study     

A joint venture by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Gamida Cell for a new cord blood stem cell product StemEx® for leukemia and lymphoma patients has approved for further study by the independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC). Following the successful results of previous tests with 70 patients, DMC recommended to enroll more patients.  StemEx provides a good solution for treatment of adolescents and adults with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, who cannot find a family related matched bone marrow donor.

 A first market launch is planned for 2013. > http://www.gamida-cell.com/

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  Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

Home from Biblical Kingdom of Israel discovered on Haifa Coast    

 A well-preserved, 3,000-year-old 4-room house very well preserved from the Biblical Kingdom of Israel has been discovered by University of Haifa archaeologists in Shikmona Nature Reserve site on Haifa’s southern coast.  Other findings from that period give evidence of expansive trade with Middle Eastern neighbors. These include relics imported from Cyprus and the coast of Lebanon, which arrived in fine, delicate vessels of high-quality ceramic. Also exposed were remains of purple-colored pitcher shardshttp://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145369
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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

New towers to make Kiryat Atidim Israel’s biggest business park

Kiryat Atidim hi-tech Park located north-east Tel-Aviv is spread over 22 acres and is owned by the Tel Aviv Municipality and Tel Aviv University (50-50%). New towers are in construction at an investment of $ 120 million which will add 110 000 sq/mtrs to the compound, Plus 52 000 sq/mtrs of underground parking lot and 1,000 stores.

http://www.kiryat-atidim.com/

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China buys Israeli potash worth $235 million

Israel Chemical ICL is one of the largest producers of fertilizers in the world. Israel Chemicals Ltd will sell potash to China at $470 a ton, $70 a ton higher than during the first half of 2011. Under the terms of the current contract, 500,000 tons will be delivered in the second half of 2011 for $235 million.

http://www.icl-group.com/Pages/newhomepage.aspx

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  Newport Corp. invests $230m in Israel

Ophir Optronics acquired by Newport Corp from California for $230 million in cash. Ophir Optronics, based in Jerusalem, is a global leader in precision IR optics, laser measurement instrumentation and 3D non-contact measurement equipment for the defense and civilian markets. Ophir has 650 employees, plants in Israel and the US, and sales offices in the US, Japan, and Europe.

http://www.ophiropt.com/

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Environment                                                                                                                                                      

15th Cleantech exhibition – 30 July in Tel-Aviv     

 Israel Cleantech exhibition is considered to be an international breakthrough in the fields of renewable energy, conservation and energy efficiency, water shortage, recycling processes and green building.

The world faces two serious crises; 1) the increasing problem of water shortage, which could lead to conflicts between states.  2; Global warming, already caused many natural disasters and could lead to ecological disaster if changes are not made.  Developing the clean-tech industries will solve these two serious crises and in addition will bring economic growth to the world.  Israel runs the program Israel NewTech – a national program for promoting the water and energy technology industries and which aims at making Israel a world leader in these fields.

Read more at >

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110630005654/en/15th-CleanTech-Exhibition-Salutes-New-Era-Clean-Tech-Industries

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             “Doing more with less – Israel is a global lab for eco-innovations” 

Jan Kubis, executive secretary of the UN economics commission; “Israel is a ‘laboratory’ for eco-innovation, doing more with less and can serve as a training center for larger countries looking to harness sustainable technology. The experiences gained here could help other countries”. 

   > http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=229096

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

Microsoft  expands partnership with Israeli ‘AudioCodes’ 

AudioCodes was selected by Microsoft Voice Specialized Partners for Lync Connectivity. AudioCodes, based in Lod, is a provider of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies – today announced it has expanded its global ecosystem of partners with leading Microsoft Voice Specialized Partners (VSPs). Addressing large enterprises, the partnerships enable delivery of products and services on a global basis for gradual migration and rapid adoption of Microsoft Lync.  > http://www.audiocodes.com/

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 Special thanks to Ronen and to Josh for installing new capabilities

in our computer system Enabling enhanced search & edit facilities.

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    Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel – #345, 8-July, 2011 (Courtesy of Yosi Behar)

– Good News #345  8 July, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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Air-Force flying course 162 graduated

After 3 years of intensive training; proud families, friends and dignitaries attended Israeli Air Force cadet course graduation ceremonyon Tuesday. These young pilots came from families with deep values, parents that raised their children to excellence and Zionism. This new generation of pilots will fit well within the power of the IAF and its traditions, and thanks to this defense force we would be able to fulfill our desire to live peacefully.

  

Curtsey of Shai Behar             see video and picture gallery at > http://www.pbase.com/xnir/israel_air_force   

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Weizmann rated best academic workplace outside US

  

Weizman institute in Rehovot is one of the worlds’ leading multidisciplinary research institutes with 5 faculties; Mathematics, Computer sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology – divided into 17 scientific departments. The 150,000-sq/mtr leafy, landscaped campus of the Weizmann compound has again been named in ‘The Scientist magazine’ annual survey as the “best place to work in academia” outside the US.
The institute consistently appears among the top 5 international institutions, and has been ranked first several times
. The institute, which consists of 100 buildings, has received increasing support from Israeli and European Union funding sources. > http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Home.aspx

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US Congress Resolution 268

   

Douglas Ross; Yosi, The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly today in favor of House Resolution 268.  It is heartening to see such strong bipartisan support in Congress for Israel. AIPAC does great work and I am very proud of my involvement”.

– Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced House Resolution 268, which calls on the Obama administration to lead opposition to Arab efforts seeking U.N. recognition of a state.  It endorses direct bilateral negotiations as the best hope for a meaningful and lasting peace agreement.  The Cantor/Hoyer resolution also warns of repercussions for U.S. relations with the Palestinians, including suspension of aid, if an unreformed Hamas is included in a new Palestinian government.

See resolution 268 at >

http://www.mmsend69.com/link.cfm?r=230836288&sid=14431457&m=1436796&u=aipac_pol2&j=6071933&s=http://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/aipac_pol2/attach/HR268.pdf

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

 

 ‘InsuPatch’ for adult type 1 diabetes patients.

  Insuline’ technology was tested in more than 100 clinical tests and was found to be effective and safe.InsuLine Medical Ltd. has completed a first stage clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of its InsuPatch for adult type 1 diabetes patients. ‘InsuPatch’ improvesclinical effectiveness for diabetes enabling a faster insulin action Achieving normal physiology.  http://www.insuline-medical.com/technology.html

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New medical device prevents stroke from heart surgery

 

Dr. Dov Shimon developed a simple filter that prevents calcified pieces of artery from migrating to the brain.This filter could cut the high risk of stroke during a new minimally invasive operation to repair heart valves.

 A revolutionary, minimally invasive heart repair procedure now being performed could save the lives of older people who might not be able to withstand open-heart surgery to repair their heart valves. However, up to 15% of all patients undergoing this procedure — called TAVI, for trans-catheter aortic valve implantation — suffer a stroke on the operating table. Cardiologist Dr. Dov Shimon invented a novel way to prevent stroke, which happens when hardened bits of calcium come dislodged during the TAVI procedure, passing through the heart and going into the brain. More info at >http://www.smtmed.com/

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Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

City of David comes alive this summer

New selection of innovative tours highlighting recent archeological discoveries;

– Emek Tzurim National Park: exploration of the Temple Mount‘s glorious past.

– Biblical City of David; impressive underground world in Warren’s Shaft, the city’s ancient water system, as well as an illuminated walk in the waters of the Gihon Spring.

 – Second Temple Period; recent archeological discoveries as well as the Shiloah Pool and the Herodian Road.

Nighttime Experience at the City of David: including innovative light show projected onto various antiquities.

Twilight at the City of David; including David’s Palace and Hezekiah Tunnel.

 – Hashmonean Aqueduct Tour: two 2,000-year-old aqueducts constructed to bring water from the

                                    Pools of Solomon to the Temple Mount and Upper City.

– Kidron Monuments Tour; massive, elaborate monuments in the Kidron Valley around the Old City’s original

                        municipal border between the City of David and the Mount of Olives.

 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4089748,00.html

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All time high number of tourists

 A new all-time high in May with the arrival of 268,000 international tourists, 5% more compared to May 2010.

 Also, approximately 1,168,000 tourists arrived in Israel between January and May 2011 – 4% more than the same period last year.This is in addition to 50,000 Cruise traveltourists docking in our port cities.

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

 Morgan Stanley raises Israel growth forecast

US investment bank Morgan Stanley raised its growth forecast for Israel to 4.8%. A report entitled “Israel: Macro Smile – Say Cheese” began “Without doubt the Israeli economy remains one of the robust and well managed among both the developed and the emerging market economies.” The report continued, “Having shown an excellent track record in weathering the most recent crisis via timely monetary and fiscal policy responses, the country earned well deserved respect and confidence among global investors.”  http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000659845&fid=1725

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Foreign investments in May up 57%

The Bank of Israel today reported that foreign residents’ net investment in May in Israeli shares traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) was $418 million, 57% higher than the $266 million invested in April and more than double the $190 million average monthly investment since the beginning of the year.

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China and Singapore government funds bought Israeli government bonds for $400 million.

http://www.bankisrael.gov.il/firsteng.htm

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Israeli real estate taxes among world’s lowest

Israeli real-estate market is a paradise for investors; accounting firm Baker Tilly reports that Israelis pay fewer taxes on real estate deals compared with other countries.The taxes examined are purchase tax paid on purchase of a property, tax on rental (by maximum tax bracket), and capital gains tax on the sale of a property. Israel was compared with Canada, Australia, Spain, Russia, the US, France and Japan.

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000660582&fid=1724

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Jerusalem street-train to begin service next month

The Jerusalem Light Rail will begin running on August 19.

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sport                                                                                                                                      

Swimming; Romy at the top  

  

We have a winner; Romy Behar won the first place in girls swimming backstroke style, 25 meters.

Romy made it in 23.41 seconds, way ahead of the second place at 24.22.    

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

  Demand for high-tech workers UP sharply

The demand for high-tech workers increased by 25% in the first half of 2011, in comparison with the first half of 2010. Companies give to their employees a bonus up to $2000 for finding new employees. There is an increase of 31% in the demand for electrical engineers, increase of 25% in the number of jobs in the IT sector and 10% more demand for workers in the software and Internet sectors.  http://www.jobinfo.co.il/

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                                        ‘Calanit’ shell wins Israel Defense Prize

Accurate targeting is the proper response against the Arab antitank units hiding in urban locations; the Calanit fly over the heads of antitank units in hiding and explodes shrapnel directly above them. The shell’s advanced capabilities allow minimizing the chances for human error. The crew only has to mark its target and let the Calanit do the work. This new shell is able to receive information about the target automatically, without human intervention, and allow the tank to continue moving while the Calanit is ready for any scenario. The tank crew is also able to change the requested target at will, even after the shell has been loaded. > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4092140,00.html

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Weather                                                                                                                                               

Day temperatures around 29 centigrade

 

  

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel – #344 – 1-July-2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar


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                   More – 6.5 trillion Cubic Feet of natural gas

The Myra and Sarah fields have potential reserves of 6.5 trillion C/F of natural gas, according to an analysis by Netherland Sewell & Associates Ltd. The discovery is the third largest gas discovery offshore from Israel, after the 8.6 trillion C/F at Tamar and 16 trillion c/f at Leviathan. Myra and Sarah are located northwest of Netanya, and southeast of Leviathan, and are part of the Levant Basin, which the US Geological Survey estimates has 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gasThere is also an 18% chance that the 2 fields near Netanya contain more than 150 million barrels of oil.    

http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000659317&fid=1725

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Michelle Bachmann on Israel

 

Michele Bachmann is a member of the United
States House of Representatives. She is
leading in the recent poll as the Republican candidate to the presidential elections; “Our alliance with Israel is critical for both Nations –America and Israel. Our Christianity faith is rooted in Judaism –light to the nations. We must stand with Israel and ensure that Israel gets stronger. I stand with Israel!. Michele spent a summer working on Kibutz Be’eri near Beer Sheva in 1974; “I was delighted to go back as a Member of Congress To see how Israel has developed – it is nothing short of a miracle!”.   Listen to her live at >  

Curtsey of Doug Ross esquire   > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7cMxE1oFf0&feature=player_embedded

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NYC salutes Birthright Israel

Mayor Bloomberg highlights 11 years of sending nearly 300,000 Jewish young adults to Israel on 10-day trips to Israel. Birthright Israel Month was launched with a Mega Event in New York City with over 1,000 alumni and 200 officials and guests. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; “thanks to Birthright Israel, thousands of New Yorkers every year travel to Israel to reconnect with their heritage. That is why New York City is proud to join this exemplary organization and the many young Jewish adults who have benefited from its generosity “.

Some 200 events in communities and synagogues across North America throughout the month of May marked Birthright Israel Month. New goal: Sending 51,000 participants annually by 2013. http://www.jewishjournal.com/nation/article/bloomberg_declares_may_birthright_israel_month_in_ny_20110504/

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S. Carolina Unanimously Endorses United Israel’

The South Carolina state legislature has unanimously passed a bill calling on the state of Israel to retain control over the West Bank and highlighting what it terms the “cordial and mutually beneficial relations” enjoyed by Israel and South Carolina since 1948. All 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives supported the resolution; many chose to cosponsor the bill, which passed unanimously.Alan Clemmons: ”the State of South Carolina and the nation of Israel have enjoyed cordial and mutually beneficial relations since 1948, a friendship that continues to strengthen with each passing year.”http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/145184

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

New medication to treat diabetic foot ulcers or burns

A low cost, nanometer-sized drug to treat chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers or burns, has been developed by a group of scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 Find more information at >

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25451173@N08/5450878478/

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Human growth hormone in children

European Medicines Pediatric Committee has accepted Prolor‘s plan for a clinical trial of its long-acting human growth hormone in children in Europe.

Nes-Ziona, Israel– June 20, 2011 – PROLOR Biotech pediatric investigation plan for clinical development of its long-acting human growth hormone (hGH-CTP) has been accepted for review by the Pediatric Committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Following promising efficacy and safety interim results in its ongoing Phase II trial of hGH-CTP in growth hormone-deficient adults, PROLOR is now actively pursuing development of hGH-CTP for the treatment of growth hormone-deficient children.

http /://www.prolor-biotech.com

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 Help the blind navigate

Dr. Amir Amedi of Jerusalem Hebrew University developed the ‘virtual cane’ which uses sonar sensors that enables the blind to navigate. The inexpensive device (~$100) emits a focused beam at objects around the user and transmits the visual information to him via a gentle vibration. There are 200 million visually impaired people globally and most face multiple difficulties in orientation and navigation.
This device, the size of a cellphone estimates the distance between the user and the object it is pointed at, enables the blind person to assess the height and distance of various objects, reconstruct an accurate image of the surroundings and navigate safely. The “virtual cane” is easy to carry and accurate and can function for up to 12 hours between charges.

                                                                http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/06/21/5587232.htm

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  Good news for uveitis (eye disease) patients

Can-Fite developed an anti-inflammatory drug CF101 for the treatment of uveitis, an eye disease that can cause blindness. Can-Fite’s ophthalmology activity is based on one molecule – CF101 – which is undergoing three clinical trials: a Phase III trial for dry-eye syndrome, a Phase II trial for glaucoma and it is about to begin a Phase II trial for uveitis. > http://www.canfite.com/

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 Energy;                                                                                                 

40new solar plants to connect the grid this summer.

 Arava solar power is building 40 new plants, which will begin providing electricity to some 1,000 residents this summer.  Israel is pushing to become a world leader in alternative energy, with the government backing cutting-edge technologies and setting a goal to have 10% of its electricity generated by alternative means by 2020. More > http://www.aravapower.com/?langid=2

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Unemployment down to 5.8% – an all-time low

 Unemployment rate has reached an all-time low, standing at only 5.8% in April. Labor market data indicate a continued expansionary trend in employment and a drop in unemployment, with a moderate increase in wages.

Economy Expanding 

The Israeli economy is continuing to expand steadily. Tax revenues in January–May were 7.4 percent higher, in real terms, than the corresponding period last year. 

 The Bank of Israel revised its growth forecast for 2011 upwards, to 5.2 % (compared with 4.5 % in the previous forecast). The Central Bureau of Statistics trends survey reflects positive expectations of activity in the principal industries in the next few months. Consumer confidence indices are still at a high level, expressing an optimistic view of economic activity. http://www.cbs.gov.il/reader/?MIval=cw_usr_view_Folder&ID=141

 

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             Incentives for housing in the periphery

The government approved a new plan meant to increase available housing units and alleviate the shortage in apartments, which has become the plight of young couples in Israel over the past few years. The plan will offer contractors incentives to building apartment buildings, and will offer young couples choosing to reside in the periphery additional Nis 100 000 (~ $28 000) grant in cash to the incentives offered today. A list of 27 cities was published from Nahariya in the North to Dimona in the South. http://www.calcalist.co.il/real_estate/articles/0,7340,L-3522194,00.html

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Work to begin on Acre-Carmiel railway

Trains will travel at speed of 160 kilometers / hour. The Acre-Carmiel railway is one of three railway lines scheduled for electrification. The others are the Jezreel Valley line and the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line. The Acre-Carmiel railway calls for a double track along its 23-kilometer route paralleling Road 85 between the towns, at a total cost of NIS 2.8 billion.Terre Armee Ltd. has won the first tender in the Acre-Carmiel railway project. http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000658969&fid=1725

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

 4 Israeli start-ups in ‘Red Herring Top 100’

Four Israeli start-ups made the Red Herring Top 100 North America list for 2011; text mining solutions developer Digital Trowel Inc., automated fiber optic management solution developer Fiberzone Networks Inc., disk-based data protection solutions developer Sepaton Inc., and video conferencing solutions developer Vidyo Inc. 

 http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000657690&fid=1725

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  ‘S1’ corp. invests $700 million in Israeli Fundtech’

Financial services provider S1 Corp. agreed to buy ‘Fundtech’ based in Tel-Aviv for $700 million.

S1, which is present in Latin America and Africa, will tap ‘Fundtech’ presence in India and Western Europe to expand in those areas.‘S1’ and ‘Fundtech’ cater to big names in the banking industry including JPMorgan Chase, Citi, UBS and Barclays.   http://www.fundtech.com/#

  

Turning wastewater into energy

 GE is making its first non-US and first water-related investment by providing capital to Emefcy, an Israeli company that can turn wastewater treatment from a huge energy drain to an electricity generator.The utilization of waste dissolved in water as a source of energy revolutionizes the field of wastewater treatment as well as that of power generation.Emefcy’ eliminates the energy consumption for wastewater treatment, by applying the principle of microbial fuel cells (MFC) for the direct production of electricity or hydrogen from wastewater. 

http://www.emefcy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54:ge-invests-in-emefcy&catid=2:newsflash&Itemid=32

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Weather                                                                                                                                               

Day temperatures around 22 centigrade

 

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar