– Good News #346 15 July, 2011

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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.



Curtsey of Mr. Kenneth L. Stein 


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


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


    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/


  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.



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.



  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.




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 >



             “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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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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    Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar