– Good News #356  23 September, 2011

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A short tour in Israel

See http://player.vimeo.com/video/9775046?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0

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> http://player.vimeo.com/video/9775046?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0


                   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 > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/148100



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. http://www.curetechbio.com/

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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. http://www.bizportal.co.il/shukhahon/biznews02.shtml?mid=286125



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. http://www.iai.co.il/22031-en/Homepage.aspx


   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 > http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=237934


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       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv-0SZIJSqU&feature=player_embedded


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. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/148078


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. http://www.newsgeek.co.il/dotomi-sells-to-valueclick/

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See the energy and joy of life in Tel Aviv beaches



Courtesy of Salomon Susi      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SeUkRXKODU


Weather                                 Rainy weekend                             

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



Shana Tova 5772

Yosi Behar