– Good News #358  7 October, 2011

Private letter from Yosi Behar– No commercial intent

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          Daniel Shechtman wins 2011 Nobel Chemistry Prize

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman, 70, from Haifa Technion won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible. ;“Shechtman’ s discovery fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter- a scientific revolution. It initially faced strong objections from the scientific community, and even got him kicked out of his research group. Contrary to the previous belief that atoms were packed inside crystals in symmetrical patterns, Shechtman showed that the atoms in a crystal could be packed in a pattern that could not be repeated”. The applications can lead to develop strong resilient light weight materials, for example; aviation, car and military industries.

Daniel Shechtman is the 10th Israeli to win the Nobel Prize in recent years.



Celebrating Rosh HaShana 5772

These are festive, beautiful days for the Israelis who are celebrating the end of a very good year and the start of a hopeful better one. According to polls published by Yedioth Ahronot on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the vast majority of Israelis are happy because they are doing well economically. The rate of people satisfied with their lives in Israel is breaking records. Israel is flourishing; economy is stronger, GDP grew more than in all western countries, unemployment is at lowest level ever, Industrial produce and export rose, huge bonanza of natural gas and oil discovered. Israel is attracting Jews from all over the world to make their home here. Politically, we do not feel alone – most Western countries support Israeli statehood. Important reforms implemented in; Education, Public transportation, Telecommunication…

Massive investments in infrastructure; Railways, light train, roads, bridges…  

   The summer was less warm than average, the winter was mild and pleasant, quality of life is better.

Diaspora Jewry’s immeasurable support was/is a major source of power to the state of Israel striving to rebuild the Jewish homeland.  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4131369,00.html


L. Panetta; We shall not let Iran nuke happen

U.S. Secretary of Defense (former head of the CIA) Leon Panetta in Jerusalem on Monday; “Israel is not alone under Iranian threat, we shall work together not to let Iran nuke happen. U.S. is strongly committed to Israel’s security. We have been strong allies, we have been strong partners,” he said. “We have always made a commitment to do everything we can to support the security of Israel and its’ qualitative military edge. As the Secretary of Defense, I intend to continue that commitment. I think it’s important for us to say to this region that when it comes to the difficult issues we face we stand together to try to confront our difficult and common challenges”. Panetta wrote in Yad-Vashem book; “This was a moving experience for me that touched my heart”.

> Israel HaYom 4th  October page 9


 Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

 Jewish Nobel Prize Winners 2011; 2 in Medicine and one in Physics

Ralph Steinman   Bruce Beutler  Saul Perlmutter   

Two out of 3 of the scientists who have won this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries on the immune system are Jews; Ralph Steinman, 68, a scientist at NY’s Rockefeller University. Prof Steinmanhad managed to prolong his own life using a new dendritic cell-based immunotherapy of his own design based on the same research that last year contributed to the launch of the world’s first vaccine to kill tumors. The research is now being used to create avaccine against hepatitis.Bruce Beutler,53, based at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California was the second Jewish scientist to be awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for medicine.

Saul Perlmutter, 52, an astrophysicist at Berkeley University, is this year Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. 7 years ago awarded by Tel-Aviv University.



                        New diagnostic camera pills

‘Given Imaging’ developed ‘PillCam’ video capsule endoscopy – patient-friendly solutions for visualizing and detecting disorders of the small bowel; and Bravo, which became standard method for pH monitoring of gastric reflux.

Thecompany is currently running clinical trials for the next generation of pill to be used in evaluation of the gastro-intestinal tract. 

More info Live on video at > http://www.youtube.com/user/GivenImaging


  Israeli pancreatic cancer drug wins FDA fast-track approval

‘BioCancell’ has obtained US FDA fast track approval for its Pancreatic Cancer treatment BC-819.

BC-819 is a plasmid comprised of the H19 gene regulatory sequences that drive the expression of Diphtheria Toxin A (DTA). The implementation of the Patient-Oriented Targeted Therapy approach using BC-819 means verifying that the patient’s tumors are expressing high levels of H19, and then administering the drug to achieve the targeted destruction of tumor cells without affecting surrounding normaltissue.http://www.biocancell.com/products/bc-819



Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Intel buys ‘Telmap’ for $300m

Intel Corp. has acquired Telmap Ltd an Israeli location-based services company, for $300 million. Telmap will become part of Intel’s consumer services division. Herzliya-based Telmap has 210 employees; it provides mapping, local business listings and other location-based services for applications on mobile instruments.



Export of Medical sector surged up

12.5% rise in exports of medicines and medical equipment in the first half of 2011, compared with the same period last year. Total export was $4.2 billion in 6 months. 70% to the US and Canada, 21% to Europe and the rest went to Asia (22% jump), South America and to Africa.  > Maariv 4th October page 6


Garbage Mountain turned into a blooming Park


Hiriya landfill was the garbage dump of the Dan region (Tel-Aviv and surroundings) for decades. Now it is developed into a 2000 acers oasis named after Ariel Sharon (bigger than NY Central Park). The park spreads between south Tel-Aviv, Holon, Ramat-Gan and Bnei-Brak. Including a 25 acre sprawling observation deck on the mountain’s peak, as well as walking and cycling paths bellows. During Sukot holidays, adults and children will participate in guided bicycle tours and families will enjoy the assortment of quality activities that reflect the values of the Park and preservation of the nature.


See this video at >http://www.youtube.com/user/albatrossvideo#p/u/6/MNeXlz0zSfM 




Sea patrol – unmanned fast boat – made in Israel  


Watch how the Israeli navy copes with terrorists and smugglers at sea.

Silver Marlin developed by ‘Elbit’; an unmanned fast boat guided by control room ashore via satellite and drone.

Courtesy of Miriam Shelef         > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2cMi7DlYns&feature=youtu.be



   Yom Kipur (tomorrow) – Gmar Hatima Tova

Yosi Behar