Good News from Israel #364 – November 16, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

   only Good Newsfrom Israel  

in brief

 

Great news for Mr. Warren Buffet

 

Warren Buffet:”If you go to the Meddle-East looking for oil, you do not need to stop in Israel. But, if you are looking for brains, for energy and for integrity, the only stop you need is in –Israel.”

Shortly after Mr. Buffet invested over $4 billion in Israel,Americangiant “Nobel  Energy“ together with Israeli partners, found the world greatest natural gas and oil bonanza of the century – enough to supply all the energy that Israel needs for 30 years and also export huge quantities.

Curtsey of Eitan Yariv Brig. Gen. (res.)                         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EQliG9Wsdo

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Son of Hamas

 

Mosab Hasan Yousef, son of Sheikh Hassan Yusef one of the founding members of Hamas, author of the book ‘Son of Hamas’:” We have to face reality before it is too late! – Israel is not the problem of the Middle-East – Israel is the solution for the Middle-East”.

: For over 60 years, Arabs seek to destroy the state Israel, NOT to build a Palestinian state. Hamas is a terrorist organization responsible for the great suffering of the Palestinians and for the death of thousands innocent Israelis, Arabs and others. The truth is that there is a religious war between Western civilization and the Barbarians following the hatred and violent behavior of Muhamad. Israel is not seeking revenge. It wants to survive and build, not to destroy others. If Israel fails –The Western civilization fails”.  

Curtsey of Joshua Behar          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLnHzLNuT-M&feature=youtu

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

Procter & Gamble combine with TEVA 

Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer products maker has combined some of its drug units with Jerusalem-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., a move that should help the companies expand in China and other emerging markets. The new unit will have revenue of about $1.3 billion and has the potential to reach $4 billion by the end of the decade.

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New Cancer Vaccine in Clinical Trials in Jerusalem

ImMucin, A synthetic cancer vaccine developed by VAXIL has just started last phase of clinical trials at Hadasa University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The vaccine, produced by Vaxil BioTherapeutics, is being tested against a type of blood cancer known as multiple Myeloma. But if the vaccine works – and so far all the signs are positive – the VaxHit basic technology that supports the vaccine might also be used to fight other forms of the disease

http://www.vaxilbio.com/

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Tourism:                                                                                                      

New Herods hotel on Herzliya beach

 

New $90 million investment by Roni Yitzhaki to build in a Herods hotel on an “island” surrounded by the Mediterranean on 3 sides off the coast of Herzliya.

The 230-room hotel is slated to be complete in 2013.

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Next month, the Leonardo boutique hotel will open in the science park near the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

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  Biking in Tel Aviv

Dozens of stations all over the city ofer thousands of bicycles to be used by anyone who chooses the easy way to commute on Tel Aviv special lanes allocated for cyclists, by-passing the busy roads.      

     One can pick-up a bicycle in one station and return it in any other – any time 24/7.     see this video  at Utube >   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04U7PgQ19R0&feature=youtu.be  

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read all about this wonderful facility at > https://www.tel-o-fun.co.il/en/

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Bruce, Madona, Lady Gaga, Baryshnikov, Red Hot Chili… 

  During the coming summer we shall see Bruce Springsteen, Madona, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Baryshnikov, Anna Laguna…and more – will perform in Israel.

     

Mikhail Baryshnikov: “I admire this wonderful country”

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Stan Fischer sees no recession in US, Europe

Following recent economic developments in the world, Bank of Israel governor Prof Staley Fisher convenes press conference on global economic crisis, says Israel ‘can ride through this period successfully. “The situation in the US is reasonable. It’s not good, but there is growth and no foreseeable danger, at least in the short term, for the US to enter another recession. 2.5% growth in 2012 – that’s not impressive and not close to the potential growth rate, but it’s a relatively good growth rate.The expectation for European growth next year is less than 0.5% – that’s not a recession, but an undesirable situation”. Scenarios and remedies; Full article at > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4148635,00.html

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Water technology sales top $2 billion

Over 100 exhibitors from around the world are participating in the third Watec Conference on Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control in Tel Aviv this weak. Foreign delegations include representatives from South Korean water companies and the first ever delegation from Russia. This year, Israeli water technology companies’ sales will be over $2 billion.

http://www.watec-israel.com/

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South Korea wants Israeli Gas

Natural gas company Tamar led by Delek Group  and Noble Energy Inc are close signing a multibillion dollar 15-year contract with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to build and operate a floating liquefied natural gas terminal, which will enable natural gas exports from the reservoir.

The gas produced from the well will be cooled to minus 160 Centigrade for transport in liquefied gas tankers to South Korea. The price of natural gas in Korean is 2-3 times higher than in Israel. http://www.delek-group.com/

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 New pipeline to connect Jerusalem to desalination plant

Mekorot National Water Company approved the construction of the 5th water line to Jerusalem with the investment of $320 million. The new Water Line to Jerusalem will be open in 2018. It will enable to quadruple the water deliveries to Jerusalem; from 414,000 cubic meters a day to 1.66 million cubic meters a day.

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SOCIETY,culture                                                                                                                

   Useful idiots 

The phrase “useful idiots” was coined by Lenin to describe the revolution’s admirers in the US and Europe who were willfully blind about the Communist Party’s mass murders, deportations, forced starvations and general disregard for any semblance of human rights.

 Pat Condell, British, amazingly clear-headed political analyst, cuts through the liberal rhetoric to define what it means today to support the “Palestinian cause.”

 Listen and be amazed that it’s possible to articulate so truthfully the sorry truth

Curtsey of Dr. Meir Monselise                                         http://youtu.be/LeGYAfh9A1k 

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52 olim arrive from North America

52 North American olim arrived in Israel on Thursday on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight.

29 000 Olim from America came to make Israel their permanent home since this organization was founded in 2002.     

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Environment                                                                                                                                                      

 

 Solution for mercury emission by ‘Dead Sea Bromide’    

Dead Sea Bromide company developed a new bromine-based solution called “Markwell” that neutralizes mercury emissions from coal burned in power stations.  Dead Sea Bromide co is preparing forincreased demand for the new solution in US power stations and other countries around the world, including China.Dead Sea Bromide Company sales in 2010 totaled $1.3 billion. http://www.dsbg.com/brome/files.nsf/lookup/homebrome.htm?OpenDocument

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

 Google sets up incubator in Tel-Aviv

 Google Inc. is preparing to open an incubator in Israel in August 2012. The official announcement was at Google Israel’s annual conference for developers on Monday. The incubator will begin operations when Google Israel enters its new offices in the Electra Tower in Tel Aviv. The company will occupy several floors of the building, one of which will be for the incubator including 20 pre-seed start-ups. ;”The Israeli developers community is innovative and sizzling. It has great potential. The incubator is part of Google’s operations to deepen its ties with the Israeli developers’ community”. Google Israel presented 5 new Android applications this week.

  

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‘Bio Pack’ repels the bugs off supermarket shelves

  

    Bio[pack] preserves food by keeping bugs away from the places where it is handled and from the packages they are stored in – safely and efficiently, based on natural elements. Using advanced technology, Bio[pack] has developed packaging and storage containers (retail and industrial) that keep bugs away using naturally-occurring bug repellents in fruits, vegetables, grains and spices. Bio Pack products are in fact extracts of plants that repel insects from factories and warehouses, as well as from packages on supermarket shelves. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149746     

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Weather                                                                   

Day temperatures around 14 – 20 centigrade.

Timely rain – moderate quantities. More precipitation is expected these days.

   

   

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

Good News from Israel #362 4th November, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar

  onlyGood Newsfrom Israel 

in brief

 

 

5th Medical school opens in Tzfat

 

Israel opened its 5th medical school (in a temporary building) and its first in the Galilee region. To mark the historical event, PM B. Netanyahu held the weekly Cabinet meeting at the new campus in the city of Tzfat.

The curriculum of the new institution includes advanced studies as well as training for physicians in the basic areas of clinical and general medicine.Construction of the campus on a hill overlooking the Kineret (Sea of Galilee) starts at $400-million and is expected to be completed in 2016.  The medical campus will eventually grow to include 1,000 students. The United Israel Appeal of Canada joined forces with the other partners in this project: Bar-Ilan University, the United Jewish Israel Appeal in the United Kingdom, the Rashi Foundation and the Russell Berrie Foundation.

            

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149216

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International legislators advocate for Israel

BUDAPEST – A group of pro- Israel legislators from around the world concluded a two-day political conference in the Hungarian capital by urging their respective countries to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel, and to move their embassies to the city. The move comes as the UN Security Council is expected to take up the Arabs unilateral request for recognition of an independent state with east Jerusalem as their capital. The predominantly non Jewish parliamentarians at the event, who are allied in sister-caucuses with the Kneset’s increasingly influential Christian Allies Caucus, were unequivocal in their support for Israel.“We have to defend Israel not only against terrorist attacks but by way of diplomacy and actions in the international arena,” said Senator Lucio Malan of Italy, one of 24 MP’s from parliaments on 5 continents attending the event.
http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=243910

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare contributing to the world:                                                                              

Israeli breakthrough; Artificial Pancreas trial successful 

For the first time in the world, under the leadership of Schneider Children’s specialists, The Artificial Pancreas Trial Project, aimed at providing a real solution for patients with diabetes, took place outside the hospital building

 

The Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel has developed an artificial pancreas for children with diabetes, and completed a trial of the MD-Logic Artificial Pancreas (MDLAP) at a diabetes camp. This offers a normal life for diabetic children who also use an automatic insulin delivery system during the night. The artificial pancreas trial at the Kibutz MaAle’ Hachamisha Hotel included 18 children aged 12-15. This innovation relieves the patients with diabetes from the daily burden of dealing with their diabetes and has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life of patients with diabetes. Read all about it

 http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/israeli-medicine-breakthrough-artificial-pancreas-trial-project-132606938.html

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Alternative to a tummy-tuck surgery

Instead of surgery, ReFit offers a non-invasive radiofrequency technique that tightens sagging skin in a series of 20-minute sessions.Excess, sagging and loose skin: Anyone who has lost a significant amount of weight knows that after the fat is gone, extra skin remains.VIORA is a manufacturer of advanced radiofrequency, light-based systems for the aesthetic market. Viora offers a wide range of applications including body contouring, cellulite reduction, as well as phototherapy (Intense Pulsed Light) and anti-aging treatments, enabling dermatologists and aesthetic professionals to treat a variety of dermatological conditions such as wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation, acne, hair removal, vascular lesions, active acne, cellulite, hyper pigmentation andsun damages.  http://www.israel21c.org/health/a-20-minute-alternative-to-a-tummy-tuck

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Good News for Paraplegics from Israel   

 

A paraplegic, who suffered spinal-cord injury years ago, demonstrates the ‘ReWalk’ robotic exoskeleton at Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. After years on a chair, ReWalk made by Argo Medical technologies restores basic mobility functions, smoothly raises paralyzed into upright position back on their feet – and walk.

ReWalkdoes far more than restore mobility to people with severe walking impairments. By enabling wheelchair users to stand, walk, and climb stairs, it restores upright mobility, health, inclusion and quality of life.

Curtsey of Doug Ross                    Read this incredible story and see the video at >

http://www.omaha.com/article/20111102/LIVEWELL01/711029922#robotic-exoskeleton-aids-paraplegics

also at Utube >

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQRQs-N-ZIM&feature=player_embedded#at=152

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Agriculture;                                                                                               

Wild barley found in Judean desert

Professor Eviatar Nevo, 80, founder and head of Genetic research lab at Haifa University discovered a mutation of wild barley- a rare plant found in the Judean desert that survived harsh climate conditions thanks to the unique gene in it (Eibi1) that produces a “Cuticula” (= a skin cover) which helps maintain the humidity. This important discovery leads to breeding a resistant type of cereals that can be grown in arid land and increase the food production to feed the world growing population.

Professor Nevo produced 1200 scientific articles and published 24 books on the evolution of plants.  

http://www.hayadan.org.il/haifa-genetic-research-on-wheat-2507119/

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Israelis increase food production in Africa

  

An Israeli company is helping African countries become self-sufficient by teaching them agricultural techniques that can significantly increase food production. Green 2000, the main exporter of seeds and agricultural materials in Israel, is building greenhouses, private and public farms and agricultural education centers across Africa.

The company has set up programs in Nigeria, Chad, Angola, South Sudan, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana.Africa is a very rich continent with extremely poor people and Israel wants to help change it by developing the rural areas at the request of the African countries. http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=243556

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Tourism.  Archeology:                                                                                                      

           Eilat tourism on the rise

Eilat beach will be busy in the coming winter, much more than ever before. In addition to the tourists arriving via Ben-Gurion air-port, the number of charter flights to arrive directly from Europe to Eilat will increase in the coming winter;

– 22 weekly flights already booked; from Holland – 3, Russia – 10, France -3, Finland – 2, Poland-2, Astonia-1 and Ukraine-1. Israel Hayom 27 October 2011

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Sharp rise in tourism at Haifa port  

 40 000 visitors on board 30 ships entered Israel in one month (October) through Haifa sea-port, nearly as many as in entire 2010.  From January to September, 94,332 tourists arrived at the port, marking a growth of 110% compared to the same period last year. The seaport is expected to see bolstered activity in November and December as well.  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4141327,00.html

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Best honeymoon destination

The readers of Recommend magazine, consisting of travel agents and industry professionals, have voted Israel as the most sexy romance/honeymoon destination in Middle East. For the fifth consecutive year, Israel was also chosen the best-selling destination in the region. The vote was part of the magazine’s 15th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards in October. The award presented by Recommend magazine Editorial Director Lorri Robbins.

 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4137157,00.html

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Russians vote Israel as top popular tourist venue

National Geographic readers in Russia voted for Israel as one of the 3 top destinations in the world in the ‘tourism and sightseeing’ category, according to a recent survey by the international magazine; Italy, Israel, Holland.

In 2010, 550,000 tourists from Russia came to Israel. In the first 9 months of 2011 there is a sharp rise in the number of Russian visitors coming to Israel.

Curtsey of Dr. Meir Monselise       video > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csTnFB7IzPs&feature=player_embedded

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         Keep your shoes on at the Airport

IDO Security developed ‘MagShoe’ which eliminates the need for one of the biggest hassles in air travel – “shoe inspection”. Air travel today is a major hassle. But for many people, the worst part is the security check – and especially the mandatory removal of shoesand checking them through a scanner for dangerous materials. Passenger just steps on it for 2 seconds – saves time and the hassle of removal of shoes.

See video demonstration at > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149322

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

Unemployment rate down to 5.6%

 Unemployment rate continues to fall, reaching 5.6%, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today. The unemployment rate was 6.1% in January, and it has fallen continuously since January 2010, when it was 7.1%.

 

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Dov Hoz interchange – what a relief

An efficient solution to the bottle-neck at Dov-Hoz junction was inaugurated after investing Nis 150 million (~$41 million) in this round bridge connecting the Ayalon highway (south) with Holon City. The project consists of 3 lanes in each direction, fully lighted, including the preparation works for the Light Rail to Rishon Le Zion via Holon.

 http://www.danya-cebus.co.il/infrastructures/?id=2

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Texas / Israel joint ventures

San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and BioMed SA President Ann Stevens led a delegation from Texas that signed 2 major collaboration agreements –one in diabetes and the other in water technology.

Castro and Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai also committed to jointly promote economic cooperation and bilateral trade, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy, biotechnology, education and social and cultural affairs.

http://www.israel21c.org/social-action/texas-israel-pursue-joint-ventures

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Technology;                                                                                                                     

UAV ‘Ghost’ 

 

 Israel Airspace Industries (IAI) presented the latest Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) named “Ghost” in the recent exhibition in Washington. Ghost weighs only 4 kilos and operates silently in urban areas to provide intelligence information in real time to the fighting forces. Ghost can also identify mines and traps ahead of the advancing ground forces while hovering at controlled height and distance to accompany the troopers during day and night missions. An efficient tool especially against terrorist activity in populated areas.

 

Curtsey of Miriam Shelef    See video > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISXe18V8ICs&feature=player_embedded

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Lighting the streets with solar energy

   Globe Light and Water Systems (GLW) an Israeli company, has developed a new standalone light fixture that relies solely on solar energy. The lighting units, called Orion, do not require any external connection to an electrical source, but rather incorporate all necessary components required to create light energy: Sunlight, batteries, and LED lamps. Sun’s rays hit the Orion’s photovoltaic panels charging the internal battery and producing enough power to automatically turn on the lamps after sunset. While the system illuminates at 100 % at evening time, it is reduced to 60% at night time and increased again at dawn.       

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Weather                                                                   

Day temperatures are around 20 centigrade. Timely rain is gladly welcome.   

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar

We are not winning….

It pains me to say that we (Jews, Israelis, Zionists, Supporters of them) are not winning in the war against the movement to prove that black is white and white is black.

I refer, of course, to the unreal decision of UNESCO to include “Palestine” (a country which does not yet exist) as a full member.

In it’s stated goals and objectives, which can be seen here http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/about-us/who-we-are/introducing-unesco/, UNESCO states quite clearly that its goals are:

UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:

And on a number of overarching objectives:

Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin, in trying to rationalize UNESCO’s embrace of “Palestine” as a full member, given the incredibly racist, historically inaccurate, anti-Semitic, and just plain provocative statements found in textbooks throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
There are a sufficient number of quotes about these floating around the web, so I won’t waste your time linking them, but let it suffice to say that the things they preach about Jews and Israel, the absolute non-recognition that a state of Israel even exists (much less that it is a Jewish state), the denial or ignoring of the holocaust, all make their educational system highly suspect.
Full membership is a formal approval of the Palestinian’s educational system, which is such a travesty that I really don’t have the words to express my dismay.
On a slightly different note, I have read the sparse media accounts of rockets falling on Israel in the last week and simply had to clench my teeth, as many of them barely noted, even in passing, that almost 1/4 of the Israeli population has been spending days in or near bomb shelters as a result of the dozens of rockets falling on Israeli cities.
The only thing I see in the paper, of course, is that Israel has bombed someone in Gaza, or a couple of “militants” have been killed.  No mention that they were killed while preparing to fire rockets into Israel.
The good news is that Hamas and their friends no longer have Gilad Schalit as a hostage to prevent Israel from flattening large swaths of Gaza if the rockets don’t stop.
I was in Israel when Schalit came home.  It was an emotional week, frankly, even though my head tells me it was not a good deal for Israel.
My sincerest wish would have been, when Schalit was kidnapped, that Israel immediately flatten a square block of Gaza, then politely ask Hamas if they’re ready to return him.  If the answer was “no”, another block would be flattened, and so on until he was released.
Of course, the world will not allow Israel to threaten the poor, poor Gazans in such a manner.  After all, they are totally oppressed by Israel providing them electricity, Fuel, food, and tons and tons of aid supplies week in and week out.  Personally, now that Egypt’s border is more or less open to Gaza, I would seal the borders between Gaza and Israel tighter than a drum.  Nothing and nobody in or out, for any reason.  If someone in Gaza needs to go to the hospital, let them go to Egypt.  If they want to buy food, let them buy it from Egypt.  They are in a declared war with Israel.  Israel left Gaza in 2005 and owes them NOTHING at this point.
Unfortunately, to get back to the initial theme of this post, the world, which has apparently fallen on its head, will not allow that.  The forces of darkness and evil are winning in the war for hearts and minds of the world.  Israel is perceived as an aggressive, oppressive, fascist, repressive regime, while the Arab and Muslim world is somehow seen as a ray of sunshine, dappled with lollipops.
In truth, the Arab Spring, while toppling dictators, has opened the door for a wide variety of Islamist totalitarianism and Shariah law to take power in a number of countries.  That the West isn’t reacting in alarm, and is instead rejoicing, is astounding.  It reminds me of Alice in Wonderland….

Good News from Israel #361 28-October, 2011 – Courtesy of Yosi Behar- No commercial intent

I’ve missed posting a couple of these while I was in Israel – my apologies, but, such is life.  🙂

This is the latest one:

 

  onlyGood Newsfrom Israel 

in brief

 

A superpower in unmanned combat vehicles

  

Israel is a world leader in developing unmanned vehicles for military operations on land, sea and air; examples:

Airborne Ambulance that transmits medical details of the wounded on board, silent hovercraft to assist infantry troops in the battle-field, Fast boat that pinpoints naval mines, patrol vehicle capable to locate and fire at suspects, Long range bomber, reconnaissance drone… all operated by remote control.

 

    

http://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1000690637

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Israeli innovations in Medicine, Healthcare:                                                                              

Good news for MS patients

Positive results in multiple sclerosis study: Brainsway Ltd reported positive results in a safety and efficacy trial of its non-invasive proprietary coil to stimulate the motor cortex for the lower limbs in patients with advanced Multiple Sclerosis – MS. The trial was conducted on 23 patients; those who received the treatment showed a clear statistical improvement. No side effects were recorded.

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

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Good news for Schizophrenia patients  

FDA approved Teva’s generic Zyprexa for the treatment of schizophrenia.  Zyprexa can cost up to $500 a month, the generic version could cut the cost by 80%. Zyprexa is one of a new class of treatments for schizophrenia that effect dopamine levels in the brain to influence behavior, mood and movement. The drugs came into widespread use in the 1990s, replacing earlier treatments because they were less likely to cause muscle tremors, spasms and other side effects.  http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000692031&fid=1725

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Treating and Curing Diabetes

A team led by Dr. Eli Lewis at Ben-Gurion University are on the verge of a breakthrough that is bringing the world closer to finding a cure for diabetes. They’re discovering ways to create minimally invasive treatment options that will have a profound impact on the daily lives of diabetics and their families. The team at Ben-Gurion University is working in conjunction with researchers at Harvard and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center on a new technique that might just become the be-all and the end-all to treatment of and a cure for diabetes.

A lot more information at > http://sdjewishjournal.com/site/2047/an-end-to-an-epidemic/

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Agriculture;                                                                                               

Owls and Kestrels replaced pesticides

         

The eradication of pests by chemical pesticides is dangerous to human and the environment, causing serious diseases. Israelis developed the “quite extermination” – a highly effective natural hunting solution using barn-owls and kestrels. A pair of barn-owls can catch 2000 > 5000 damaging rodents a year improving agricultural yield by 24%.  1640 nesting boxes were built and spread in 7 areas throughout Israel to increase the population of owls and Kestrels. The rats, for example, which nested in the clusters of dates causing big damages – disappeared. Over the past 10 years, Chemical pesticides are no longer used to exterminate rodents in thousands of acers of intensive Israeli agriculture – thanks to the owls at night and the Kestrels at day time”.

Curtsey of Miriam Shelef         see this amazing video at> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaT_XdFWKGI

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Tourism:                                                                                                      

Dead Sea; facts and figures

 

Thelowest place on earth, 423 meters (1388 feet) below sea level.

– The salt & minerals concentration 33.7%,compared with salt concentration in the Mediterranean Sea, which is 3.5%.

– The high salt content makes possible the unique floating experience enjoyed by bathers in the Dead Sea.

– Each spring and autumn some half a billion migratory birds fly over this Valley. Many stay for long periods.

Potassium;extracted from Dead Sea, is the chief fertilizer for agricultural growth in many countries worldwide. 

 – The date palm is one of the oldest crops in the Dead Sea region. The region contains 618 acres of date palms.

– Another Dead Sea region crop is basil, which also finds its way to Italian markets.

– Hundreds of thousands tourists come for therapeutic vacation –all year round. 

– 24 Israeli firms produce cosmetics and health products based on Dead-Sea minerals – Cannot supply the demand.

 

 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4138843,00.html

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Economy & infrastructure;                                                                                                          

China invests big money in Israel

‘ChemChina’ acquired part of Israel’s ‘Agan Machteshim’ Chemicals for $2.4 Billion. Agan is the world’s leader in branded crop protection solutions. With 6 decades of experience and an impeccable reputation for quality, value and environmental responsibility, the company has successfully grown into a global powerhouse offering a complete portfolio of crop protection products. http://www.ma-industries.com/

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IEC to build a $1.3 BN solar energy plant in China

Israel Electric Corporation will build a $1.3 billion project of photovoltaic solar energy in China.

A Chinese manufacturer will supply the PV panels for this 240 mega-watt project. IEC will own 50% of the company in China.IEC to date include a coal-fired power station in South Africa, a wind energy project in Bulgaria and the construction of power stations in Cyprus and Greece. IEC is also in talks on designing power stations in India and Nigeria. http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000689238&fid=1725

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Israel-China link is rapidly growing

A new industrial initiative in Wujin Changzhou established for Israeli companies.

Also a plan to teach Israel studies at Chinese Universities.

Eric Zhao, vice director of the investment bureau, was recently in Tel Aviv wooing a group of those very businessmen; “Israeli businessmen are clever, hardworking and serious — similar to Chinese businessmen, Israeli companies have high knowledge and strong growth potential.

– See the impressive list of Israeli companies successful in China at >

 http://www.israel21c.org/technology/israeli-business-incubator-launches-in-china

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 Chinese to build railway to Eilat

< Transportation minister Israel Katz, visiting in Beijing, signed an agreement to construct a railway along the Negev to Eilat.Katz visit to China led to the advancement of transportation initiatives with China. Israel plans to invest $ 27 billion in roads and trains in the next 5 years, and the Chinese are to have a significant part in the projects. Chinese will also set up the Haifa-Carmiel railway, after the successful construction of the Carmel Tunnels.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4137345,00.html

Shenyangto build copy of Ramat-Gan Diamond Exchange District in its own city

A delegation from the Shenyang, China, visited its Israeli twin city Ramat-Gan recently, and decided to build a similar diamond exchange in China. The Israeli diamond center is the largest in the world –attracting diamond dealers from all over the globe. (The museum of precious stones is an interesting place to visit).

Export of polished diamonds and Jewelry in the 3rd quarter of 2011 totaled $ 5.83 Billion – 37% more than in the third quarter of last year. Export of raw diamonds in the 3rd quarter rose by 31% to $ 2.98 Billion.  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4137348,00.html

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SOCIETY                                                                                                               

  Mayor Bloomberg Dedicated New Magen David Adom Center    

 

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Jerusalem to dedicate the new William H. Bloomberg Magen David Adom (MDA) Center named in memory of his father. The emergency health care facility will serve the area’s 1.2 million residents.The building features pedestrian walkways, access roads and separate parking levels for private cars and MDA Ambulances, significantly improving ‘Magen David Adom’ ability to get on the road to answer urgent calls. In addition to new quarters for crews, a training center and classrooms, offices and meeting rooms, there will be a new dispatch center and a blood bank.

See this video > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfoVy5eEvQg

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Celebrating Centennial of Jewish Federation of Greater LA in Israel      

      October 25 > 31st; 400 Jewish community members from Los Angeles, the sister city of Tel Aviv, are here in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Participants include prominent Jewish community leaders and philanthropists from Los Angeles, as well as congregants of synagogues traveling with their rabbis and spiritual leaders. 

See the itineraries at > http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/149015

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 Technology;                                                                                                                     

              Cornell and the Technion partner in NYC Tech Campus

New York City/Haifa, Israel — Cornell University and The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology announced a new partnership to create a world-class applied science and engineering campus in New York City, as outlined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The NYCTech Campus on Roosevelt Island will combine the full spectrum of their academic strengths, as well as Cornell‘s entrepreneurial culture and deep connection to the city’s emerging tech sector and the Technion‘s global leadership in commercialization and technology transfer. This partnership will transform New York City into a world hub of innovation and technology commercialization.

         Courtesy of Garrick G. Weiss       http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Oct11/NYCpartner.html

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Invitation to ‘Watec 2011’

Following the successful WATEC 2009 event – attended by thousands of visitors from 94 countries – you are cordially invited to participate in – ‘WATEC 2011’ at Tel-Aviv exhibition center 15-17 November 2011.

   http://www.watec-israel.com/index.php?dir=site&page=index&pitem=3001&pitem=3004 .      

  

First “Magic Wand” unit

After the deployment of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has provided southern Israel with limited yet efficient protection from short range missiles Qasam and Grad, IDF establishes the first Magic Wand system, designed to thwart mid and long-rage missiles to central Israel.Magic Wand can operate under all weather conditions, and is capable of changing course in mid-flight. The system is designed against longer-range missiles (over 70 Km) fired from Gaza and Lebanon. The ballistic imaging center can detect the launching of projectiles toward Israel from all fronts and determine which defense system should be activated.

The Iron Dome, Magic Wand and Arrow 3 combine the multilayer defense apparatus.

 See video  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4139576,00.html

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  Perfect  weather  conditions                                                     

Day temperatures around 22 centigrade,

 

   

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar