Good News #357 – 28 September, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

– Good News #357  28 September, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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PM Netanyahu’s Greeting for Rosh Hashana 5772


ISRAEL: The New Golden Country for young and single Jewish


Israel has matured into an economic powerhouse boasting an ever-increasing GDP, strong currency, a low unemployment rate and a rich and diverse culture.Aliyah is increasingly becoming a normative lifestyle choice for recent college graduates and young professionals from western countries; “how we define ourselves as individuals, advance our career and choose where to live”. From recent trends in Aliyah, it emerges that many young singles at this juncture in their lives are realizing that their future is in Israel. Since 2002, over 7,000 students and young professionals have made Aliyah from North America and the UK, bringing with them their skills, idealism and determination to contribute to a society that is at the forefront of global technology.
Read more at >


Spanish FM; Israel is the homeland of the Jewish People


Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez in her speech in the General Assemblydeclared Israel in the United NationsThe embodiment of the project to create a homeland for the Jewish people”.  Israel should remain a “Jewish State,” undermining the Arab world’s attempt to flood Israel with several million foreign Arabs. She rejected the demand by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abas “right of return,”for the mass immigration of Arabs to Israel in a way that would reduce Jews to a minority. >


Canada’s Foreign Minister Supports Israel in UN Speech


Canada‘s Foreign Minister John Baird said in his address to the UN that his country “will not accept or stay silent” while Israel is attacked.Canada will strongly and unequivocally support the state of Israel. John Baird reiterated his country’s position not going along with the unilateral actions of the PA authority. “Our government’s position has been clear—the only solution to this issue is one that is negotiated by the two parties themselves.” “We uphold Israel’s right to defend innocent civilians against acts of terrorism.Canada will not accept or stay silent while the Jewish state is attacked for defending its territory and its citizens,”Canada has been a long-time supporter of Israel and Prime Minister Stephen Harper made it clear last week that his country will staunchly back Israel.



Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              


Promising drug for Hemophilia

‘Factor VIIa’ developed by ‘Prolor Biotech’ proved positive results in a preclinical (animal) trial of its longer-acting version of the hemophilia treatment. Prolors’ Factor VIIa showed a significantly longer half-life and duration of clotting activity compared with the commercial drug. Factor VIIa is used to treat acute bleeding episodes and to prevent bleeding in hemophilia A and hemophilia B patients who have developed inhibitors against treatment with either Factor VIII or Factor IX.  >


Good news for TCC patients

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) is a common form of bladder cancer that has a high rate of recurrence and an extremely high rate of survival when detected as early as possible. RealView Medical is pioneering an exciting new development for on-demand monitoring of the bladder. The RealView miniature imaging capsule provides a non-invasive, long-term monitoring solution for TCC patients. There is no need for the OR. No anesthesia.

RealView procedure saves a significant amount of the physician’s time compared to cystoscopy which is the gold standard today. >


Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

El Al, WestJet sign historic deal       

Canadian Airline WestJet and Israel’s airline El Al announced a joint move where tickets purchased on El Al for Toronto, can now be purchased combining connecting flights to one of WestJet’s 30 Canadian destinations, as well as Florida and the Caribbean.


 Dead Sea scrolls go online  


 The most ancient biblical manuscript gives us a new perspective about ancient time’s society. The greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century, 2000 years after they were written, Google makes it available online with very high resolution – for everyone to explore.Israel‘s national museum is behind the project, which put 5 scrolls online Monday. The scrolls include the biblical Book of Isaiah.

Also in English translation.  See this video>



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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Work Begins on Tel Aviv Light Rail system


Bulldozers began working Wednesday on 3 stations for the new light rail system. The project is planned to include subway tunnels and is scheduled to be completed by 2017 at cost of $3.1 Billion. First 3 underground digs are 23 meters deep in Bney-Brak, Menahem Begin road in Tel-Aviv and Galey-Gil parking lot in Ramat-Gan. The first line (‘red line’) is 22 kilometers long to connect Petach-Tikva, Bnei-Brak, Ramat-Gan and Tel-Aviv with 33 stations, of which 10 are underground. The ‘green line’ is 14 kilometers connecting Rishon via Holon to Tel-Aviv. More lines are in planning stages.


IMF upgrades Israeli growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund predicts that the Israeli economy’s growth rate will reach 4.8% in 2011, compared to a previous forecast of 3.8%. The figures were published in the September edition of the organization’s world outlook ahead of the IMF meeting in Washington. In 2012, inflation is expected to drop to 1.6% – within the government’s target range of 1-3%. Israel’s unemployment rate has already dropped to 5.4% this year, and the average is expected to stand at 5.6%.


SOCIETY,culture, art                                                                                                                  

   Over 8 million live in Israel

 Jewish New Year 5772; The Central Bureau of Statistics reports that Israel’s population has risen by 1.9% over the past year to 7,797,400 -75% Jewish, 20% Arabs and 5% other minorities. In addition, there are 217,000 foreign workers residing in the country, taking the total number of people living in Israel above 8 million.Israeli population is relatively young with 28% of Israelis aged 0-14 compared with 17% in other Western countries. 10% of Israelis are aged over 65 compared with 15% of the population in other western countries.  166 000 babies were born this year compared with 130 000 last year.




Gymnastics; Neta Rivkin wins historic medal 


Rhythmic gymnast Neta Rivkin on Tuesday won a historic medal for Israel at the 2011 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Montpellier, France. 

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  ‘Samsung’ chooses TowerJazz

< Samsung VP Dr. Jae Shin Lee; “TowerJazz is well-known in Korea, especially in the power management market, and we are looking forward to our collaboration on many high volume products”.

 ‘TowerJazz’ technology provides devices that support high voltage range switching and low voltage devices to facilitate the integration required to drive greener AC to DC solutions. TowerJazz will be Samsung‘s preferred supplier for all its products that use the power platform and provide a capacity guarantee. The first products are expected to be in the market in the second half of 2012. >


 Improving wheat yield and drought tolerance


‘Evogene’ has succeeded to develop improved varieties of wheat through the application of advanced breeding techniques. Evogene offers a complete solution for plant trait improvement through combining state-of-the-art biotechnology and advanced breeding methods to address the global and growing demand for food, feed and fuel.

This development is a significant contribution to boost wheat crop worldwide.

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                                   If I were a Jew…

  < Prof. Pat Condell on Antisemitism

;”If I were a Jew, even a non Zionist, I would want to see a strong Israel because when push comes to shove – people simply will not stand up for Jews. We’ve seen it historically”.

: “Islamic mentality views any concessions as sign of weakness to be exploited further.

– “Arabs are less concerned with peace and freedom than with driving the Jews into the sea. Jew hatred is embedded in their culture and is bread right into the children”.

The truth is that Jews have contributed to humanity more than any other group of people. They are at the top of science, medicine and technology. Wherever is progress in this world – you will find some Jew making all the difference. Israel is a world technological leader, alone in the Middle-East –like a diamond in a sea of mud.

– If you really believe that Jews are evil manipulators – don’t tell me, tell it to a doctor – not a Jewish one.”

Curtsey of Kenneth L. Stein    pearls pf wisdom  



Expecting day temperatures around 26 centigrade (~ 80 F) with little rain in the mornings



Shana Tova 5772

Yosi Behar

Why, and How Long, Should Israel Wait for the Palestinians to Talk?

Israel announced this week the impending construction of 1,100 housing units in the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo, located in the Southwest part of Jerusalem, over the “Green Line”, AKA “The 1967 borders” and in reality, the 1949 armistice lines following Israel’s war of independence.

As expected, what seems like the entire world has reacted as if the anticipated building of these units at some still to be determined time in the future is a catastrophe and is the major stumbling block preventing the Israelis and the Palestinians from immediately sitting down and negotiating a peace agreement.

But, if one looks at facts, a question emerges.

Israel has had control of this territory, which is essentially a bedroom suburb of Jerusalem, approximately 5-10 minutes from the city center, since 1967.

Israel has extended the hand of peace many times to the Palestinians, with results varying only in their ferocity.   Israel has suffered thousands of casualties from terror attacks, been vilified in the media of the world, castigated by friend and foe alike, and essentially told that they are the only impediment to peace.  “If only Israel would stop building settlements, there would be negotiations”.  Of course, that is a crock.

When Israel DID stop building for 1o months, President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was nowhere to be found.  After 9.5 months, he came forward, “negotiated” for a few hours, and then demanded that the freeze continue or negotiations were off.  Israel said “no”, and away he went.

Since then, he has added the additional pre-condition that Israel agree in advance of any negotiations to the 1967 “borders”, which are, as I mentioned above, really the 1949 armistice lines and were NEVER intended to be borders.

Since Israel will not agree to final status arrangements outside of negotiations, we sit at a stalemate.

But, let’s examine just a little bit what this really means.

Israel has been waiting 44 years for the Palestinians to be serious about peace.  Israeli government after government has made offers of virtually ALL the West Bank and Gaza, along with huge swaths of Jerusalem and international control of the holy sites.  The Palestinians, under Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, have respectively, declined, starting a terror war (the Intifada); and simply walked away without responding.

Jerusalem, as a relatively modern, growing city, with both Arab and Jewish neighborhoods, has changed dramatically in the last 63 years since the founding of the state of Israel, and drastically since 1967.  Neighborhoods have sprouted in both the Arab areas and the Jewish areas, of which Gilo is one.

This growth is, for the most part, natural and organic, driven by a lack of housing in the city center.  It is moving outward, just like most growing cities in the world.

Until President Obama became president of the US, there were tacit and explicit understandings that Jewish areas would remain part of Israel, and Arab areas would (probably) be part of the new Arab Palestinian state.

President Obama upset and changed that mole-hill by turning it into such a large “mountain” that the Palestinians could not ignore it and have painted themselves into a corner from which they cannot withdraw without losing face.  They almost HAVE to insist that building stop.

And therein lies the rub.  Building CANNOT stop.  People need homes to live in.  Building goes on in BOTH parts of Jerusalem – Arab AND Israeli.  Of course, we never hear about building in the Arab areas being an impediment to peace, but it is equally necessary for THEIR expanding population, and therefore, is almost impossible to stop.

So, here’s the question I mentioned above:

How long must Israel wait for the Palestinians to sit down and negotiate, in good faith, before they provide adequate and sufficient housing for their citizens IN AREAS THAT ARE 100% JEWISH AND HAVE BEEN FOR OVER 40 YEARS?

As I have said many times, the solution (for the Palestinians) can only be found at the negotiating table.  If they want to finalize borders which will define what are “settlements” and what communities are part of Israel, they have only to sit down and work out the borders.

If they truly want peace and a state, they will do that.

One can only conclude that their objectives are NOT peace and a state, and that they have no intention of negotiating.  As long as they can get the world to condemn Israel for building in its own suburbs of Jerusalem, why should they hurry to sit down?

So, WHY should Israel wait for them?  To appease a world rife with anti-Semitism, supportive of the racist, Apartheid policies of the PA and supportive of the insane, horribly lopsided proclamations of the UN against everything Israel says and does?  Why?

The answer is, they shouldn’t wait.  Israel needs to do what Israel needs to do.  If and when the Palestinians decide that peace is something that interests them, they will come along to the party and perhaps end up with a state.  Its boundaries may not look exactly like they hope they will, but nobody has ever claimed that life is fair or that you always get what you want.

Temper tantrums can be costly, and I suspect that the Palestinians are going to learn this the hard way, as the pendulum seems to be swinging against their intransigence.

Response to Congressman Keith Ellison’s Op Ed piece in the New York Times – Sept. 22, 2011

I disagree with much of what Congressman Ellison writes in the linked article.   See the comments below.

 1)  Mr. Ellison starts with “The Palestinian people deserve a state now”.  Why?  What have they done to “deserve” a state?  Demanded that the world take care of them?    Blown up planes and civilians for years?  Taken handouts from the world and put enormous amounts of that money in the private bank accounts of their leaders?   Made peace with their neighbor, Israel?

 I am not arguing whether or not they should have a state, only the word “deserve” is a hot button for me and that the path to get to statehood must involve direct negotiations with Israel on borders, security, etc.  End runs will NOT produce a peaceful or satisfactory (to anyone) result.

 2)  Mr. Ellison concludes that Israel’s path to statehood was similar to what the Palestinians are doing now.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Israel was founded as a result of well documented historical ties to the land over the course of several thousand years, modern treaties in the early 1900’s between most of the nations of the world, a UN mandate, and a UN partition plan.  NONE of those things exist today.  The only relevant agreement, really, is Oslo, which states specifically that neither party will make unilateral decisions to affect final status (such as the declaration of a new state, for example).

 3) Mr. Ellison states “Arab countries that have never recognized Israel would implicitly be doing so when they voted to recognize a Palestinian state that envisioned itself beside Israel in a two-state solution to their conflict.”  —  Huh???  How on Earth he reaches that conclusion, I have no idea.  All that will happen is that the Arab countries will recognize a state of Palestine.  It has absolutely NOTHING to do with recognition of Israel.

The Palestinian’s “vision” of a state as free of Jews, free of homosexuals, based on Islamic Sharia law, and as a springboard to continue their fight against “occupation” of the rest of Israel, certainly does not imply, either explicitly or implicitly, that the Palestinians have any intention of being good neighbors, or that somehow, miraculously, their Arab and Muslim “brethren” will recognize either Israel as the Jewish nation or Israel’s right to exist.    The PLO’s charter, as well as that of Hamas, the rulers of Gaza, are both quite explicit in their goals of “reclaiming” ALL the land held by Israel for the Arab world.  Of course, they make no mention of the land held by Jordan, which was part of the originally designated Jewish homeland, but that’s a different story.

 4)  Mr. Ellison claims that the PA’s request of the UNSC for statehood is, by definition, “multi-lateral” and that negotiations for borders, etc. will still be necessary.  Yet, he ignores that Abbas’ letter to the UNSC demands that the state be recognized in the 1967 “borders” (the 1949 armistice lines which are most definitely NOT borders).  That sets the stage for NO negotiation about borders, which clearly is what Abbas intends.  Mr. Abbas clearly intends for the world to solve his problem of borders.  That the world will force Israel to accept what have been referred to as “Auschwitz borders” without the ability to bilaterally, with the Palestinians, define borders which will ensure Israel’s security (or at least give them the opportunity to defend themselves).

 5)  Mr. Ellison says “Thanks in large part to American assistance, incidents of terrorism in Israel have receded from the extraordinary levels of the first half of the last decade.”   In reality, the reduction in terrorism in Israel is in large part due to construction of the security barrier between Israel and the West Bank, frequently referred to absurdly as “the Apartheid wall”.

 6)  Lastly, Mr. Ellison makes the following two points:  “The Palestinian people are a distinct group that desires, and deserves, to have a homeland that is internationally recognized as a state. The international community has a formal process for recognizing states, and the Palestinian Authority is following that process. “

 The response to the first point is “How are they “distinct”?”  What is the recognized lineage which differentiates them from the Jordanians, Iraqis, or Syrians?  Are they a separate nationality with a long history of independence that was somehow taken away from them?  What is the reality?  Certainly not that they are a unique ethnicity or nationality.  That has NEVER been the case until after 1967.  The Palestinians are indistinguishable from Arabs in the neighboring countries, ethnically, historically, religiously, or in any other way.  That does not mean they should not have a state.  If they feel they have a unique national identity, and want to be free to found a state, more power to them.  BUT, claiming that they are somehow “different” is disingenuous at best.

 The response to the second point is very simply that while requesting UN membership for a state is done by petitioning the UNSC, it is normally done when there already exists an actual state, which is not the case here.  There is, and has never been, an actual state or country of “Palestine”, and frankly, the Oslo accords more or less prohibit the founding of one by unilateral declaration until the details of such a state are worked out between Israel and the Palestinians.  That cannot happen until the Palestinians are ready to sit down and actually talk to Israel.

Mr. Ellison’s logic is flawed, as is his sense of history and justice.

 While I have no objection to the forming of a Palestinian state, I do not believe that it should be on Israel’s back, nor should it be allowed to present a threat to Israel.  Part of its founding MUST include their recognition that Israel is a Jewish nation (just like we will all have to recognize that Palestine is a Muslim nation, with no room or tolerance for other religions).

 In addition, until the West Bank and Gaza resolve their differences, I do not understand how there can be a state that includes both these areas.  They have separate rulers, and one (Gaza) is truly, in every sense of the word, in a state of war with Israel.

In short, Mr. Ellison does his constituents a disservice with his heavily biased, inaccurate op-ed piece.

The Palestinians need a spanking and a time-out

I think it’s time that the Palestinians received a “spanking” and a “time out” for their behavior.

What else can we, as a rational world (sure!) do?

On the one hand, we have this small entity, divided into two, separate, vastly different camps (Gaza and the West Bank, Hamas and Fatah), with different stated objectives, yet claiming they are ready for a state.

Perhaps the West Bank is more or less ready for statehood, although how they’ll support themselves, I have no idea since they depend entirely on the largesse of the rest of the world, so far.  Gaza, though?  And, if a state is declared which includes Gaza and the West Bank, who will govern ALL of it?  They can’t even agree to hold elections, much less govern together.

But, that is not the real issue for today.

We see the Palestinians continually refusing to negotiate until Israel stops all construction in the “settlements” (thank you Mr. Obama, for that) and more recently, until Israel agrees to the 1967 “borders” (the 1949 armistice lines) as borders of a Palestinian state.

Of course, as most who read my articles know, those armistice lines were NEVER intended to be borders.  The UN made that very clear in 1967.  Yet, the Palestinians steadfastly refuse to even negotiate until Israel and the US (and the rest of the world, most of whom have enthusiastically embraced it) cave in and agree to borders without negotiations.

As I’ve said before, what Netanyahu yesterday at the UN called “negotiating about negotiations” is in reality, a form of negotiations.  As such, it requires a response.

The statement by the Quartet yesterday after Abbas’ and Netanyahu’s speeches at the UN provides some context for a response.  Essentially, they said “No.  Grow up and come back to the negotiating table without preconditions.”.  That is the correct response.

Unfortunately, the Palestinians have developed an inflated self-image over the years.  Perhaps it’s due to the way the world supports them financially, or the “darling” status conferred upon them by the entire Arab world publicly (in private, it’s quite another story – most of the Arab world can’t stand them), or perhaps they simply see an opportunity to get rid of Israel once and for all.

Because, make no mistake, that is their ultimate goal.

When Abbas says that Israel has been occupying “their” land for 63 years, he is not talking about the West Bank and Gaza, which only fell into Israeli hands in 1967.  That’s only 44 years, not 63.  And, Gaza has not been “occupied” by Israel since 2005.  Abbas is clearly saying that ALL the land of Israel belongs to the Palestinians.

It is telling that he does NOT claim the land that comprises the state of Jordan.  That would put him in a very precarious position, since Jordan would tell him to drop dead.  And then, they’d probably help that happen.  However, based on decisions made by the League of Nations in the early part of the Twentieth Century, Jordan occupies the lion’s share of what was designated at “Palestine” (and of which most was designated for a “Jewish Homeland”).

Unfortunately for Abbas, all his whining and complaining that the US and Israel (and the Quartet) are not giving him what he demands in his temper tantrums will not change the facts on the ground.

In the final analysis, regardless of the political games Abbas plays at the UN, declarations of a state on the “1967 “Borders””, lawsuits at the ICJ or ICC, or anything else, Israel will do what Israel feels it has to do.

Perhaps Mr. Abbas needs to go sit in the corner for awhile and contemplate what he and the Palestinians will end up with if he continues on the path to abrogate all agreements currently in place with Israel as a result of the Oslo accords.  His actions yesterday clearly negate those accords, leaving the door open for Israel to determine whether or not it wants to annex parts of the West Bank, end commercial and tax agreements with the Palestinians, or simply declare a set of borders and let the Palestinians have their state, on Israel’s terms, and let the PA twist in the wind economically.

In the final analysis, the Palestinians have to learn that there is a cost for their lack of cooperation.  All the money and assistance they receive SHOULD have some “strings” attached to it.

Sit down at the table, negotiate in good faith, with no preconditions, or lose the financial support that is the basis for the PA to function.

If they cannot function without massive assistance, perhaps they’re not really ready for a state……

Time for the spanking….

Good News From Israel – #356 23-September, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

– Good News #356  23 September, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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A short tour in Israel


Surprisingly, even among those who never set foot in Israel before – there is a strong sense of home-coming.  The sites and progress that they find is beyond their wildest dreams. Whatever the purpose of the visit, it is likely that at some point it feels like a pilgrimage – a journey of the heart.


Courtesy of Jay Halpern           FLY with this presentation>


                   Rick Perry supports Israel

Texas governor and republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry; “We send a powerful message to the world that we are going to be there to support Israel and we are going to be there unwavering. To the people of Israel – help is on the way. Jerusalem must be united under Israeli rule.

The Arabs are not interested in ‘a two state solution’; their ultimate ‘solution’ remains the destruction of the Jewish state”. See live video at >



John Boehner – reassure Israel of American solidarity

House Speaker John Boehner reassured Israel of American solidarity in a major address on September 18;           “I have read suggestions by newspaper columnists and observers that events have overtaken Israel … that Israel is ‘isolating itself’ in the Middle East. That view is wrong. Israel is not isolating itself – Israel is leading in the Middle East. Israel does not stand alone – Israel stands above as the one true beacon of freedom and opportunity in the Middle East. We are here to see that Israel continues to thrive – and to make clear it is America’s duty to stand by her side.  Not just as a broker or observer – but as a strong partner and reliable ally”. 

“For this to be a truly transformational time one thing cannot change … and that is America’s commitment to Israel’s future as Israel have always stood by us in the war against terror. For Israel, the enemy is close … and committed. Israel’s neighbor does not even acknowledge its right to exist. Let’s look out for one another and keep at it – never quit”.     Read more at >



Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

                         Mutation causing deafness discovered 

The discovery could help affected families undergo genetic counseling to avoid such a defect in future children.

< ProfessorKaren Avraham of Tel-Aviv Sackler Medical School explained that most cases of early-onset hearing loss are genetic in origin, but there are many different forms, almost a third of which are associated with other clinical problems. The research team screened a total of 246 genes in unrelated individuals known to be responsible for human deafness. All of the individuals were believed to have hereditary deafness.
 Published in BioMed Central’s open-access journal Genome Biology



Lymphoma trial successful

‘CureTech’is a biotechnology company developing immune modulating products for the treatment and control of cancer. CureTech announced successful results of clinical trial of CT-011 stem cell treatment of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. The trial achieved its endpoints of improved progression survival and of overall survival. The trial included patients with aggressive lymphoma at 30 centers in the US, Asia, South America and Israel. In the final results, 71% of the patients had no progression in the disease and 83% of patients were alive at the end of the follow-up period. CT-011 also increased the number of immune cells for creating an immune response memory, which enables long-term protection against lymphoma.

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

New school of medicine opens in Tzfat

Next month, 130 students will start the first year at the new medical faculty in Tzfat city located in the Galil.

Bar-Ilan University, who runs the new faculty in the northern city of Tzfat, allocated 14 scientists including 10 leading professors from prestigious universities worldwide. Israeli Government approved additional $20 million for this purpose, aiming to strengthen the area and facilitate more opportunities for Israelis that will prefer the local academy over foreign Universities abroad.


Citigroup sets-up R&D center in Israel

< Don Callahan, Chief Operations and Technology at US Bank ‘Citigroup’; our new R&D center will start this December in Israel using the Israeli talents and comparative advantage. It will support the bank’s global operations and will add Israel to its portfolio as a center of strategic innovation focusing on development of products and applications for the capital market”. Citigroup has more than 200 million clients worldwide.



France buys Israeli long-range UAV

‘Heron TPmanufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries is the largest Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) and it can launch missiles; Heron TP has wingspan the size of a Boeing 737 – and can fly for up to 45 hours. It can carry 1,000 kg in payloads, making it capable of conducting a wide variety of missions.France announced its decision to purchase the Heron TP. The deal is estimated at $500 million and could lead to additional contracts for Israel Aerospace Industries with Germany and other countries who seek to upgrade their UAV capabilities.


   Scouts girls and boys

The Tzofim is the official “National Youth Movement” in Israel. Founded in 1919, the ‘Tzofim’ was the first Zionist youth movement in Israel.  More than 20 Kibutzim have been established over the years by Nahal Garinim of the Tzofim. Today, there are over 300,000 Tzofim graduates in Israel. Currently, there are over 60,000 Jewish Tzofimand over 25,000 Arab Tzofim.  The number of active Tzofim has grown by over 55% in the last 10 years.

Almost 100% of those active in the Tzofim graduate high school, even in those towns and neighborhoods where the average rate is 55%.The Tzofim is the first and still the only youth movement inIsrael, which actively includes physically and developmentally challenged youth in its activities.   



 Keep the streets free from dog poop 

The municipality of Petach-Tikva to pass a law that would allow testing the DNA of dog feces left in the streets and sidewalks, and send a ticket (~$200) to the owner of the dog matching the DNA of the abandoned excrement. A saliva sample will be collected from all the dogs in the city to create a DNA database.
 Saliva sample could also be collected when dogs are brought in for their yearly rabies shots. Dog owners, knowing they can be traced, will collect their dog’s poop themselves. Petach-Tikva is the third city to implement this rule in Israel.

 see video clip at >


Keeping bugs out of food


Bio(pack) makes a package coating from non toxic plant extracts already programmed by nature to repel insects.

– it can also be sprayed around the perimeter of ware-houses. Bio(pack) discovered a perfectly natural, safe and long lasting compound applied on food packages to keep insects away from food.

Agriculturalists long knew, for example, that spearmint repel ants, coriander repels aphids, horseradish keeps away potato beetles, tomato repels cabbage maggots and potatoes keep Mexican bean beetles at bay. However, Bio(pack) product is the first to combine numerous elements from plants that repel bugs.

and more at >



British TV on Israel’s hi-tech industry


:” Israel is home for thousands of start-ups and many of the web-tools and gadgets that we use every day were born in this tiny state that became the Mecca of the technology. 40% of Israels’ export is hi-tech. Israeli students arrive to universities after 3-4 year of military service – thereof older than in other countries. They don’t accept everything they hear – finding another solution is part of their culture. Israel attracts 20 times more venture capital money than Europe. The country has the highest concentration of scientists and engineers in the world. Google and all other giant firms established their R&D centers here. The combination of advantages that Israel has will not be easy for other countries to emulate.”

Courtesy of Dr M. Monselise


Micro Satellites

Israeli technological breakthroughs have lead to building new “micro” and “nano” satellites that are impervious to weather changes. These satellites are cheap to manufacture and extremely cheap to launch since they weigh less than 22 pounds. The significant development in electro-optic observation and communication technology enables to receive quality pictures and transmit accurate information in any climate. Israel Airspace Industries IAI has a perfect record in this field and every satellite that was launched is operating flawlessly for many years.


New iTunes version from Israel

‘Dotomi’ launched a new streaming service to enable listen to music from any device (PCs, smartphones, tablets and Television sets), anywhere and anytime, without having to download files. Last month, US advertisement Giant ‘ValueClick’ bought ‘Dotomi” for $ 295 million.

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See the energy and joy of life in Tel Aviv beaches


Courtesy of Salomon Susi      >


Weather                                 Rainy weekend                             

First meaningful rain brings the autumn officially. Day temperatures around 25 centigrade,  



Shana Tova 5772

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel – #355 16-September, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

– Good News #355 16 September, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

  onlyGood Newsfrom Israel 

in brief


Susan Rice lashes out at PA appeal to UN

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice; “An Arab attempt to win recognition at the UN “is not going to create a state, not in reality and not even in a theory because the fundamental issues that divide the parties will remain to be resolved. It does not resolve the issues of borders, security…” The United States has stated it will veto any motion in the United Nations Security Council to recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent country within Israel’s borders.


The truth about the Peace Process – historical facts

How to proceed?


No! to the existence of Israel is consistent with Arab policy, education and Media. Thereof, attacking Israel relentlessly * NO peace with Israel! *NO recognition of Israel!. * NO negotiations with Israel.

The PLO was created in 1964 (before 1967 war, when all the west bank and Gaza was in Arab hands) with the sole objective to remove the entire Israel from the map and establish a purely “Palestinian state”.

Fact; Israeli presence in the “west bank” is not the cause of conflict and not the obstacle to peace.

Take 4 moments to look at the historical facts >


Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

 ‘Exalenz’ liver disease device wins FDA fast track approval

 Exalenz Bioscience Ltd. has obtained US FDA Humanitarian Device Exemption for its BreathID non-invasive diagnostic device for acute liver failure.Exalenz demonstrated the efficacy of the BreathID device in diagnosing acute liver failure in a trial on patients at Kings College in London and at Hadasa Medical center in Jerusalem. The early diagnosis provided by the device can save lives and eliminate unnecessary liver transplants.


Israeli Dates are good for your health


Date Palm trees are changed dramatically in Israel. The original palm trees are 15-20 meters high and yield an average of 35 kilos of fruit per season. The Israelis developed the palm trees into 2 – 3 meters high (which facilitates harvest and tending) giving 400 kilos of dates from each tree.

Dates are very healthy food and a prime source of energy, especially for athletes; Dates lower cholesterol level, contain natural sugar, Carbs, reach with; dietary fibers, Protein, Vitamin C, vitamin A, Potassium, Iron, and has very little fat (negligible). Dates are one of the seven species that Israel was blessed with in the Bible.   

Date orchards are blooming in desert climate; need very little water and expanding fast in our country (almost double than 3 years ago). Last year, 10 000 acers yield more than 50 000 tons, most of it exported to Europe.


 Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

  Where history becomes a story


Tel Maresha and Beit Guvrin offer a wonderful peek at life as it really was during Judean Kingdom.

Maresha belonged to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:44). To defend his kingdom, Rehoboam fortified Maresha (2 Chronicles 11:8), and later King Asa won a great victory there against Zerah the Cushite (2 Chronicles 14:9-12). When the Assyrian Sennacherib plowed through Israel in 701 BC, Maresha fell along with most of Judah’s major cities.
more fascinating details at >


Ein Gedi: One of the most beautiful places in the World


Ein Gedi is located on the shores of the Dead Seaand at the foot of the cliffs of the Judean desert. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, Ein Gedi has many advantages: pollution-free air, filtered sunlight and a high concentration of oxygen saturated with bromine.Nature reserves Nahal David, Nahal Arugot, Hot Springs, Spa, botanical gardens, Historic sites (including ancient synagogue from Talmudic period) andFrom between the branches of the palm trees in the guest-house one can stare at the Dead Sea in all its glory and at the magnificent sun-rise behind Edom Mountains.

Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

                    S&P upgrades Israel’s credit rating

Standard & Poor’s has raised Israel‘s long-term foreign currency

credit rating from A to A+.

The ratings agency cited Israel’s prosperous and resilient economy, strong institutions, ongoing fiscal consolidation, and robust external performance“.  S&P also praised the country’s fiscal leadership (Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer)for “careful macroeconomic management”.


Stanley Fisher; No global recession

Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer; “Calm down, a global recession is not on the horizon”.

Stanley Fischer who has helped guide Israel’s phenomenal economic growth and stabilitytold a monetary committee, “There is a slowdown in the global economy, but we’re not seeing a global recession at this stage, and it is possible that a global recession can in the end be avoided.”

Read more and see video clip at >



 IAI exports up 16%

IAI Israel Aerospace Industries revenue rose in the second quarter of 2011 to $938 Million, profit was $35 million in the second quarter, up 8%. $34 million invested in Research & Development in this quarter.IAI orders backlog is $8.9 billion, which is 30 months of work.


Hadasa Hospital‘s ‘Healing Tower’ Almost Ready

Hadasa Ein Kerem Hospital “healing Tower”; theconstruction is basically complete and now gets the final touches.The 19 floor tower will replace the 50 year old “round building” as the new center of patient care. The vacated space in the old building will be used for research and administration. This cutting edge of healthcare and research center will house the most advanced medical technologies and enable our physicians and researchers to expand their trailblazing medical discoveries, while continuing the legacy of compassionate care.

See live construction in action at >



   Japan gets Israeli trauma program to help Tsunami victims


Aunique Israeli trauma program will soon help Japanese children recover from the trauma of the tsunami which struck their country earlier this year.  Hibuki’ (meaning ‘hug’ in Hebrew) is a post-trauma recovery program created by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education – Psychological Counseling Service and the Department of Psychology at Tel Aviv University to help children following the Second Lebanon War in 2006. At its center is a plush cuddly toy dog of the same name that hugs the children and encourages them to talk through their worries.   

More details at >


 The secret weapon


    Back in Germany, a Nazi officer holds a gun to the head of a Jew in the Ghetto; “show me where do you hide your secret weapon!”. The Jew takes him to the synagogue and points at ‘Aron HaKodesh’(The ark of the synagogue) and said; “Here inside, it is all there!”   

Last week, the 200th Tora scroll donated by The National Council of Young Israel and the International Young Israel Movement,was dedicated to Sirkin military base. IDF Chief Rabi Air force pilot Brig. General Rafi Peretz (left picture): ”The Jewish Army travels with its spirit. The Tora scrolls belong to all of us, religious and non religious”.

See this video clip at >           



Park RaAnana   

The Park spreads over 200 Dunams (500 acers) in the RaAnana city which is known for its high quality of life;

A vibrant lake, well groomed gardens, biking and walking paths, sports installations, Kid’s amusement park, animal corner, art corner, coffee shops… A big Amphitheater to host concerts at international scale.



Robotic field porter carries supplies & weaponry into battle


   Rex is a 6 wheeled robotic MULE that autonomously accompanies units of 3-10 soldiers. Rex carries supplies and weaponry to the battlefield relieving the foot troops of heavy burden, enabling them easier mobility and more effective fighting capabilities. Rex weighs only 150 Kg but can carry 250 kilos (~550 pounds) and immediately obeys voice commands. Developed by the robots group at IAI Israel Aerospace Industries and designed to for use of ground forces on operational or logistical missions. Rex can be left at certain point and summoned from hundreds of meters away with a press of a button.


‘Tvinci’ wins “Best Web TV company” award

‘Tvinci’ enables users to receive personal access to TV programs and movies on a range of devices; TV, tablet, PC, Smartphone, internet enabled STB and game console. Tvinci, based in Tel-Aviv, was warded the title of Best Web TV company at the IBC new media conference in Amsterdam.

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Day temperatures around 30 centigrade.


    Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News From Israel #354 – 9 September, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

  onlyGood Newsfrom Israel 

in brief

                ‘Time-To-Know’ successful in U.S.A too.

‘Time-To-Know’ T2K is an Israeli startup developing a digital platform to enhance learning and teaching practice in Education. Pupils and teachers love it – result; a significant jump in achievement scores and higher-order thinking skills.

Last year, thousands of students in 120 classrooms that participated in T2K pilot in Texas and N.Y scored up to an average of 17.2% in Math and 13% in reading – outperforming the other pupils who studied without T2K system.

   Over 90% of T2K students achieved the MET or Commended TAKS levels.          

This year, 4 more schools in Bronx and Manhattan adopted T2K curriculum.

In Israel – 150 classrooms with over 5000 students will benefit from using T2K this year.

See detailed report at>


          U.S. Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee;

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; “In 1989, Yaser Arafat pushed for membership for a “Palestinian state” in UN. The PLO’s strategy looked unstoppable until the George H.W. Bush administration made clear that the U.S. would cut off funding to any UN entity that upgraded the status of the Palestinian observer mission in any way. The UN was forced to choose between isolating Israel and receiving U.S. contributions, and they chose the latter. The PLO’s unilateral campaign was stopped in its tracks. This demonstrates a simple but needed lesson: At the UN, money talks, and smart withholding works.  With Arafat’s successors up to the same tricks today, the U.S. response must be as strong. If Obama administration executive branch will not demonstrate leadership on this issue, Congress must fill the void. 

        Courtesy of Jay Halpern             > The Miami Herald August 27, 2011



Israeli contributions in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              


                  Israelis help Kenya save lives

The Kenyan Ministry of Health adopted the model of the Terem emergency medical centers in Jerusalem, and set up a similar chain of clinics in Kenya. Kenya’s’ ministry director-general with her staff visited here recently and signed an agreement with ‘Terem’ for the establishment of emergency medical centers in Kenya. Kenya ministry of health also purchased several technologies and special software for the emergency centers in Kenya. This important goal of advancing health services in Africa will help save many of the country’s citizens who are currently lacking suitable treatment.


Israeli aid group off to Africa

  An Israeli humanitarian group has sent a delegation to the border of Kenya and Somalia to aid tens of thousands of locals displaced by the worst drought to have hit the Horn of Africa in over 60 years.  




Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

7 new hotels and commercial center to Nazareth


7 hotels are currently being built in Nazareth at an investment of $140 million– an additional 865 rooms, double what it currently has to offer. Applications for the construction of 100 more hotel rooms in Nazareth’s Old City are awaiting authorization, and 10 applications for the establishment of businesses in the tourism industry are pending approval as well. The new commercial complex at cost of $24 million will include a 2-level shopping center, 4 levels of underground parking, and 2 towers, one of which will house a 186-room hotel. A restaurant is to be built atop the hotel, overlooking the Basilica of the Annunciation. 


 Caesarea harbor 2,000 year old – impressively restored.

The Caesarea harbor and the remains of the ancient city which was discovered 2,000 years ago have been impressively restored.  Caesarea, located 40 minutes drive North of Tel-Aviv, is a city which combines spectacular beaches, an ancient harbor and vivid Jewish history from the Roman times; King Herod’s ancient port (located underwater), a pier, an esplanade, a hippodrome, a theater, and much more. Along each path there is signage, explanations, accessibility points for disabled persons, and above all – innovative and technologically up-to-date displays. When visiting Caesarea, one can enter the Time Tower, which overlooks the magical landscape of Caesarea. Through three-dimensional computer animation, visitors can see Herod’s impressive construction in the city, from the establishment of the port to the building of the entire city. >


Martha Stewart in Israel


US lifestyle guru Martha Stewart’s itinerary included trips to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Galilee, Masada, and the Dead Sea. She is supporting the Dead Sea’s candidacy to win in the international New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.
; amazing week in Israel, truly one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes I’ve ever seen. Though it is a desert-like climate, much of the country appears as a garden: lush, colorful, and flower-filled. Plants are in flower year-round. Take a peek at my photo album to see what I was fortunate enough to catch in bloom on my visit, and if you’re hungry for more – go to Israel”.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth ~1400 ft below sea level. The water is heavy with therapeutic minerals enabling you to relax afloat while reading a magazine. Vacationers come from all over the world throughout the year.

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Tamar gas pipeline almost complete 

In July 2011, Netherland Sewell and Associates Inc estimated the average potential of Tamar proved and potential reservoir at 259 billion cubic meters of natural gas, and that the reservoir’s potential revenue is $73 billion.The Tamar production wells are due to be completed during the first quarter of 2012. 80% of it is ready. The upper sections of the 3, 4, 5, and 6 wells have been completed. The Tamar 3 and Tamar 5 wells have been deepened to the final measuring depth.


Housing construction hits 10-year high

75,000 apartments were under construction in the second quarter of 2011, the largest number since 2001, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today. There were 21,980 housing starts in the first half of 2011, 15% more than in the first half of 2010, and 6% more than in the second half.Housing starts were up 55% in the first half of 2011.

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Weill family from NY donates $ 10 million    

Joan and Sandy Weill donated $ 10 million to support the pediatric care at Rambam medical center in Haifa.Sanford Weill is the former chairman of Citigroup. Rambam medical center is expanding its capacity by building a new west campus. The Weill’s gift will help establish the Joan and Sanford Weill Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Department within the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital. The new department will better enable Rambam to fulfill its role as the exclusive provider of treatment in pediatric oncology and blood diseases for some 600,000 children in northern Israel.

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Basketball;  Israel beat Italy and Latvia

This week, our national team beat Italy 96/95 and Latvia 91/88 at Eurobasket championship. 



 Othello; Hostile fire source locator

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unit Elta System unveiled Othello Optical Hostile Fire Source Locator system. Othello precisely locates the sources of hostile fire, including antitank guided missiles, RPGs, canon fire, and gunfire on the battlefield. It can classify the treat and timing of the fire. Othello can be mounted on top of light tactical armored vehicles, infantry fighting vehicles, and airborne platforms. The small 10-kilogram system is operated by a single soldier. It can locate the source of fire and direct counter-fire. >


French Army deploys Israeli UAV over Libya 

The French ministry of defence has confirmed using IAI Israeli Aerospace Industries Harfang medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned air vehicle (MALE UAV) in operations over Libya. The first operational mission took place late in the night of 24 August. France has been operating the Harfang, a derivative of the IAI Heron, since 2006. The system has been deployed to other war zones, including Afghanistan. In July, France selected a larger version, the Heron-TP, to replace the Harfang.

Courtesy of Hedva Behar


 ‘HCL Cleantech’ to build 4 plants in Mississippi

Mississippistate legislature has approved a $100 million bond package for Israel’s HCL Cleantech Inc. from Herzelia to build 4 plants, in areas with plentiful supplies of pine trees, to turn wood chips into cellulosic sugars that can be used in pet foods, cosmetics, lubricants and other products.The first processing plant is due to open in 2012, and 3 larger plants in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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Day temperatures around 28 centigrade with rain drizzling in the mornings.

Weather forecasters tell us that the early blossom of the squill indicates that a rainy winter is coming. Amen!



Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar