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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.



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.


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


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.


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 >

also at Utube >




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.


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.


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


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.,7340,L-4141327,00.html


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.,7340,L-4137157,00.html


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 >



         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 >


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%.



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.


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.



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 >


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

Shabat Shalom

Yosi Behar