How Israel saves the world

Israeli technology, feeding the world: Fishing is central to the food security of 200 million people worldwide, But according to UN, over 80 percent of the world’s fish species are either fully or over exploited, or depleted.The alternative to overfishing has been the development of “fish farms” usually set up near water sources and coast. They have been around for years. but these farms also have limitations. While they enhance the conservation of fish in the sea, fish farms are environmental hazards because of the waste generated by the fish, such as nitrogen, which is then dumped into the sea. Israeli company GFA offers a solution to the geographical and environmental constraints of fish farms: They created a way to run fish farms anywhere, even in extreme conditions like the desert, with no damage to the environment. GFA has developed an on-land environment where fish can be raised, without having to exchange water or treat it chemically. The system can be set up to raise salt-water fish anywhere in the world – even in the desert, thousands of miles from the ocean,” he said. ‪#‎israel‬ ‪#‎aquaculture‬ ‪#‎feedtheworld‬

Israeli startup freezes breast tumors

New Closed-System Plant Protein Will Ensure Supply Stability and Safety, Firm Says

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A new plant-protein source is coming to market, and it is grown using a closed-system technique that its supplier says ensures purity and the absence of pesticides and contaminants. Hinoman (Tel Aviv, Israel) will unveil the new plant protein, called mankhai, at next month’s Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting & Food Expo.
Mankhai is part of the Lemnaceae (duckweed) vegetable family, a wetland plant found floating on water surfaces. Hinoman will produce mankhai using hydroponic technology that uses water, not soil, to grow. This patent-pending process not only eliminates contamination from pesticides and other residues, but it also enables continuous, year-round growing in controlled conditions, with minimal water, arable land, and energy use, the company says.
“Since Mankhai does not sprout from seeds, it grows quickly and there is no germination-failure risk,” the company adds on its website. “Hinoman’s proprietary, eco-friendly cultivation system utilizes closed-environment, yet economically competitive, advanced hydroponics technology to completely control and optimize the plants’ growth.”
As a protein source, mankhai is protein rich, Hinoman says. The whole-leaf vegetable protein has a superior nutritional profile to superfoods like kale, spinach, and spirulina, the company asserts, including all nine essential amino acids, iron and zinc, fatty acids, and vitamins A, B12, and E. “The plant comprises a complete protein, a mighty 45%+ on a dry-weight basis,” Hinoman’s website says. Plus, the company points out, it has a neutral taste—unlike algae—that makes its inclusion in whole-food supplements or foods easier, including in protein shakes, sports nutrition products, and nutrition bars.
Udi Alroy, Hinoman’s vice president of business development, says the eco-friendly cultivation process can be scaled to industrial levels. The technology can also be used to grow other vegetable ingredients, he adds, declining to provide more specifics at this time.
“Upon being harvested 100% of the leaf is used, which eliminates waste,” Hinoman says. “Labor costs are also kept to a minimum with the automated state-of-the-art agro technology.”
“We hope our high-tech technology can contribute not just to reducing global malnutrition challenges, but also toward how people will eat healthy, sustainable food in the future,” said Hinoman CEO Ron Salpeter in a press release.
The company says mankhai “checks all the boxes” for important attributes, including: good taste, health benefits, scalable volume, continuity of supply, price stability, food safety, and sustainability.

Can Israel rescue California?

Megascale Desalination - MIT Technology Review
Feb 18, 2015 ... The world's largest and cheapest reverse-osmosis desalination plant is up and running inIsrael.Availability: 

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Six decades of providing water in a country that’s 60 percent desert have made Israel a technological leader in the field, a model that points the way for drought-stricken California.
Desalination of sea water, reuse of treated sewage for agriculture, software creating an early-warning system for leaks, computerized drip irrigation and careful accounting of every drop have become the norm in Israel, the world’s 40th biggest economy. Officials in California, which would be the 10th largest if it were a nation, are paying attention.
North of San Diego, Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd. is helping to build what it says will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The facility, when finished in 2016, will be able to provide 50 million gallons of potable water a day. Three smaller plants already operate in California, and 15 more have been proposed.
“This is the one supply that San Diego County is investing in that is truly drought-proof,” said Peter MacLaggan, senior vice president of privately held Poseidon Resources Corp., which is developing the $922 million plant with IDE. “It does cost more, but it has some reliability benefits that are very important to the regional economy.”

‘Exceptional’ Drought

About two-thirds of California, home to 38 million people, is gripped by “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, the most severe conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal website. Ten percent of the state -- all in the San Joaquin Valley -- is considered exceptionally dry, according to the website, which was updated Feb. 4, before light to moderate rains fell on much of California. It’s the state’s most severe drought since at least 1977, according to Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, which serves 19 million residents of southern California.
Israel has been dealing with such conditions throughout its history. Last month was the driest January on record in a large part of the Jewish state. The climate has forced the country to go to unusual lengths to lower consumption and raise supply, methods it now uses as a matter of routine.
In Israel, desalination now provides about one-quarter of the country’s water supply. Each of IDE’s three plants in Israel provides roughly double the output anticipated from the facility in Carlsbad, California, MacLaggan said by telephone.

Gap Closing

“We don’t have enough water from nature,” says Avraham Tenne, head of the Desalination Division at Israel’s Water Authority, based in Tel Aviv. “But we are now able to close the gap between the water that nature has given us, and the demand for water. With a touch of a button, we can produce 600 million cubic meters of water.”


Report: Apple buys Israeli firm LinX for $20m

LinX - known for developing high resolution miniature cameras - could help Apple improve iPhone and iPad cameras.

The Israeli company also builds such cameras for tablets and ultra-books, so it is likely the technology will also be implanted in the iPad and Mac Books.

"LinX cameras are significantly smaller than any camera on the market today, leading the way to DSLR performance in slim handsets," the company said on its website in a refrence to reflex camera.

"The LinX cameras not only capture 2D images but also acquire very accurate depth information of the complete scene."

Last year Apple bought Israel-based PrimeSense Ltd, a developer of chips that enable three-dimensional machine vision in a move that
signaled gesture-controlled technologies in new devices from the maker of iPhones and iPads.

he worst form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is considered largely incurable by doctors. Victims generally die within a year and a half of being diagnosed with the tumors. It’s such a devastating disease that the National Academy of Sciences calls it “the Terminator.” But an innovative nanotech-based “end-run” around cancer cells by Tel Aviv University researchers could provide doctors with a new way to treat – or even cure – GBM and other malignant killer cancers

Read more: Nano-bullet tech shoots down brain cancer in Tel Aviv U study | The Times of Israel
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Every major technology company in the world has an R&D center in Israel! Representatives of seven R&D centers in leading multinational companies, including Motorola, Microsoft, Marvell Technology Group, Deutsche Telekom, Citibank, Kodak, and GE will convene this week to cooperate in the development of new products, as part of the third Weekathon in three years in Israel. The Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), the forum of multinationals high tech and biomedical development centers in Israel, is organizing the event. Developers and engineers at the companies will work together in joint teams to develop innovative ideas that are likely to result in future cooperative efforts between them. Read more here:…/article-7-israeli-rd-centers-of-m… ‪#‎israel‬ ‪#‎startupnation‬ ‪#‎hightech‬

Israeli Wine Industry Leaving France and Italy in the Dust

Jerusalem Wine Club CEO Eli Poch says Israel has advantages that are allowing for unparalleled growth.
First Publish: 3/15/2015, 12:30 PM

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In 1987, the Golan Heights Winery won Israeli wines their first major international award in competition with the 1986 Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 at the International Wines & Spirits Competition in London. Eli Poch, the Founder and CEO of the Jerusalem Wine Club and proprietor of the Club's full-service wine shop in Efrat, says the industry has never looked back.
In the nearly 30 years since the industry was revitalized by that one award, the number of wineries has gone from a handful to between 250 and 400. Mr. Poch said he could not give an exact number because new wineries on preparing to open their doors all the time.

Mr. Poch got involved in wines at a young age in Toronto, pairing up with a local wine shop as part of a pre-Passover fundraiser when he was in 9th grade. He later got a warehouse job with that business and then took his enthusiasm further when he started exploring the emerging industry in Israel.

“There is even an International Ambassador for Israeli Wines. There is also the consortium in Israel with Machon HaYayin whose entire focus is to specifically to aid in export capabilities and monitor levels of pH and alcohol levels in product.”

Tasting Adir Cabernet Sauvignon with Adi Bar Golan - Head of Adir Vistors Center Eli Poch

“Israel’s reputation has become much more world-renown. There is a focus on rebranding Israeli wines and pulling them out of the ‘kosher section’ and making sure they are mentioned with the likes of the Spanish, the French and Italians.”

As far as concerns about international boycotts, Poch says he has not heard anything about the idea in the wine circles he frequents, even in France or Spain.

But why has the industry expanded so rapidly? Poch notes that unlike other rapid expansions that might sacrifice production quality, it is the quality itself of Israel's wines that have made expansion possible in the first place. As a result, traditional centers of the global wine industry like France, Spain and Italy are actually seeing Israel begin to corner elements of the market.

Blended wines are just one segment of that international market that Israel tackles better than other industrial centers. Given the example Bordeaux blends, which require a mix of five different types of grapes, Israel consistently uses high quality versions of each grape that challenge countries that might excel in one breed of vine but not the others.

The main reason is scientific. No country on the Mediterranean coast or in the northern regions of Europe has the diverse climate that Israel does contained in a single area.

“We're very, very much different in the capabilities of what’s in our soil and how that produces more varieties, duplicates them or does both those things together.”

Discussing wines with Gidi Sayada of Lueria Winery Eli Poch
Within a small space, the Golan Heights contrast with the beaches of Eilat, the sea-level regions along the coast are complemented by the Judean Hills and Jerusalem's valleys, and so forth. Even the composition of soil is extremely different place to place, including volcanic soil in the Golan, limestone, Terra Rosa (clay), basalt and sandy regions in the Negev.

“I can literally go to Kadesh Barnea and the sand will fall through fingers as if I were standing on the beach. We grow grapes in this! Each soil has different combinations of minerals that give different flavors to Israeli grapes.”

The soil variations themselves are enough to make the same breed of grape taste different depending on the ground in which it grows.

That variation is behind the idea of the Jerusalem Wine Club. Paid membership gets members between two and four bottles of wine per month - including from boutique wineries - that they might not otherwise have had the chance to taste with the popularity of the bigger wineries' products.

Israel's other advantages rest in its particular cultural and religiousbackground. Israel's gathering of Jewish exiles from France, Italy, Spain, the United States, South Africa, Australia and other locations means that winemakers trained and experienced in very different wine-growing climates can consult with each other. Asked why this was a challenge for say, French and Italians, he said that each industry can isolate themselves.

"It's a matter of ego sometimes. In Israel, because the high-quality version of the industry is so young, people realize they will either sink or sail together in the same boat."

Israel's climate is also consistent. While rain might vary during the winter, the rain in the actual growth season from March through Rosh Hashanah is actually consistently nothing. As a result, Israel's drip irrigation is the only water source for the vineyards, giving Israeli winemakers the counterintuitive advantage of being able to control exactly how much water will be used for their vineyards.

At a wine tasting with Romi Saslove of Saslove winery Eli Poch

"With too much rain you might end up with grapes that are over-diluted, which waters down the taste. If it is too sunny, there might be extra sugar and high alcohol content. Zero rainfall during the growth season and drip irrigation allow growers to monitor the exact amount of water going into the vines."

He says that the reliance on technology has been a blessing in disguise. It is at the point that the Golan Heights Winery has machinery that will monitor the amount of evaporation off of any leaf on any vine in any of its vineyards. It is a scientific precision that other wine-growing centers are nowhere near matching.

What Poch felt was of note was along the lines of the oft-cited idea that Israel's greening reflects the Biblical prophecies that foresee a country that experiences its own rebirth when the Jews of the world return. He says that one section of the Torah implicates the wine industry is an even better indicator of this:

"If you look at Yaakov Avinu's brachah to Yehudah in Genesis 49:11-12, he blesses him with so much wine that 'he will wash his clothes in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes; red-eyed from wine and white-toothed by milk.' Yehudah's descendants will prosper by the vine. We are seeing that in the richness of Israel's wine industry. It is a literal blessing


What do Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helu, Mark Cuban, Donald Trump, and Warren Buffet all have in common?

Of course, they’re all multi-billionaires. But there’s something lesser known about these four: They stand amongst an ever-growing number of people that have or are currently investing millions of dollars in the Israeli tech industry. More specifically, Israeli tech startups.
The next question is, why? What makes the Israeli tech industry so unique that these well-known billionaires are readily investing in meaningful amounts?
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Bill Gates attributes it to the people. The unique experiences and skillsets in Israel set it apart from similar types of companies in Silicon Valley. He has been quoted as saying, “While startups in Israel are similar to those in Silicon Valley, there are specialists in Israel in fields like information security who get much of their experience from their service in the army. The science and technology curriculum in Israeli universities is also of a very high standard,” he continues, “The level of technological integration in the country is evident. The use of fast speed internet, lap tops and cell phones is advanced here and puts Israel at cutting edge of world technology.”
Warren Buffet, on the other hand, attributes it to the Israeli government. In an interview with an Israeli paper, Buffet commented on the positive climate for investors provided by the Israeli government. He said that Israel is “a nation of entrepreneurs with fantastic capabilities. You [Israel] need to continue providing the best and most comfortable conditions for investors. This is the responsibility of the government, which ensures a positive climate for investors.”
Carlos Slim Helu, however, invests because he views Israel as a pioneering leader in the tech industry. He was quoted saying, “We like to have our finger on the pulse of everything regarding new technologies and I know that in this Israel is a world leader, so we are interested in Israeli developments.”
Ready to play in the big leagues? Regardless of your reason why,  the tricky question is: how? For the everyday investor, getting access to profitable, potential investment opportunities can be quite daunting, especially from oversees.
To combat this, a number of investment-based companies have sprung up to help international investors benefit for Israel’s famous ‘tech boom’. Until now there have been only two options for this.
Firstly, an individual could join a venture capital fund and leave to the digression of the fund managers to choose the companies in which to invest your capital. In addition to handing over control of the portfolio, the major drawback is that only ultra-wealthy and well-connected investors have access to these types of opportunities.
Alternatively, you can go the route of the angel investor and hand-select in which companies you invest. The main downside to this is that in order to access early stage startup investments, you need a broad network of contacts within the startup ecosystem.
These are the challenges that lead to the vision behind OurCrowd, using an equity-based crowdfunding model for startup investing. This allows any accredited investor to access exciting startup investment opportunities and take part in the “Startup Nation.”
Regardless of whether or not one chooses to dive in and invest in Israeli startups via any of the available channels, it’s worth keeping an eye on the developments in Israel’s startup scene. After all, that’s what the most successful investors in the world are doing.

Lawrence Solomon: Western press hasn’t noticed Israel’s rapidly growing clout around the world

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In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv.
AP Photo/Oded BaliltyIn this Wednesday, March 18, 2015 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv.
“Two years from now, Obama will be gone, to be remembered as the worst president in American memory”
Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s triumph in Israel’s election this week, so shocking and appalling to the Western press, is many other things, too.
It is a recognition by Israelis of Netanyahu as the Churchill of our times, a statesman who stands apart from virtually all other Western leaders who, whether out of cravenness or wilful blindedness, downplay the gathering storm from Iran.
It is a repudiation by Israelis of those same Western leaders, who funded the “anyone-but-Netanyahu” campaign that tried to install in his place a compliant Jew to endorse their policies of appeasement.
And it is a back of the hand to monopolies and other special interests that oppose Netanyahu’s march to freer markets. At root, Israelis understand that they’re better off with Bibi.
Israel under the rule of socialist parties, which dominated the country’s first half century of existence, was a country of heavy handed state control and of Big Labour — the Histradrut labour federation represented 85 percent of all wage earners in the 1980s. Under Netanyahu’s influence, starting in the late 1990s with his first term as prime minister, Israel systematically began dismantling the welfare state, tackling both the social safety net and the vested corporate interests.
He sold off Israel’s interests in state enterprises, abolished foreign exchange controls and otherwise liberalized the economy, attracting foreign capital and turning Israel into an entrepreneurial marvel that, according to The Economist, has the world’s highest density of startups and, next to Silicon Valley, the largest number of startups. High tech companies now beat a path to this Start-Up Nation’s door — an astonishing 250 from the U.S. alone have made Israel home to their R&D centres.
2014 set records for Israeli high-tech and biotech startups — 52 Israeli startups sold to the tune of some $15-billion plus 18 IPOs worth another $10-billion — according to end-of-year reports by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ethosia Human Resources, who expect 2015 to be even bigger. This January alone saw foreign giants such as Microsoft and Amazon shell out $900-million for companies rich in Israel’s only abundant renewable resource: ingenuity.
The Western press, operating as it does from its echo chamber, likes to describe Israel as increasingly isolated in the world due to its supposed failure to make peace with the Palestinians. Israel has never been less isolated, never been more embraced. In its immediate neighbourhood, Israel for the first time has de facto allies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the leaders of the Arab Sunni world.
In black Africa, Israel now is tight with countries such as Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda. In Asia, Israel is becoming tight with India, the world’s largest democracy, and with China, the world’s second largest economy, both of which are establishing free trade deals with Israel. Israel has been expanding trade with Japan, the world’s third largest economy. And Israel has close relations with countries of the former East Bloc, including Russia, once a Cold War adversary, now a partner in countering Islamic terrorism.
The watchful Arab press knows exactly why Israel has become so welcome around the world, even if the blinkered Western press doesn’t. As explained earlier this year in Al-Araby al-Jadid, a London-based Qatari daily, “Israel’s advanced technology developments have become its most prominent soft power tool for boosting diplomatic ties and improving its position in the world, enhancing its own security in the process.”
Because of Israel’s prowess in both military and civilian fields, it explained, China is cozying up to Israel, India is relying on Israeli instead of U.S. weaponry, and African countries are supporting Israel at the United Nations. Also because of this prowess, Al-Araby al-Jadid expects to see countries that once diplomatically sided with the Palestinians to flip and take pro-Israeli positions.

U.S.-Israel relations unlikely to improve after Netanyahu re-election

The re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu means the United States and Israel are now diametrically opposed on two vital international security issues, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday
Israel’s technological prowess, and thus the welcome mat it now enjoys in ever-growing regions of the world, comes as a byproduct of Netanyahu’s dismantling of the welfare state. That dismantling may now accelerate because in this week’s election another dismantler shone — Moshe Kahlon, the Kulanu party leader who ran on an unabashedly pro-business, pro-competition “economic freedom” platform predicated on downsizing government while breaking up Israel’s remaining public monopolies and private oligopolies. The Western press may be surprised to learn that Kahlon, who is widely expected to become Netanyahu’s next finance minister, is considered centrist in Israeli politics.
Israel, once the darling of the Socialist Internationale, is fast becoming the darling of all but Socialist-leaning Europe, Iran and the ISIS wannabe set. Australia is stalwartly in Israel’s corner; Canada’s commitment to Israel is at an all-time high; America’s remains as strong as ever, President Obama and the American left notwithstanding.
Two years from now, Obama will be gone, to be remembered as the worst American president in memory. Prime Minister Netanyahu will remain in power and on the world stage, to be seen as one of Israel’s greatest prime ministers and one of the world’s few true statesmen.
Lawrence Solomon is a policy analyst with Probe International and a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Jewish

Israeli Inventor Unveils New Printing System - David Shamah
Benny Landa has a new technology he believes will become the next industry standard. At this week's Drupa international trade show in Dusseldorf, the world's largest printing equipment exhibition, Landa displayed his latest innovation - a nanotechnology-based print system, which he says provides cheaper, higher quality, more efficient, and more environmentally-friendly printing.
    Digital printing is seen as a great way to produce short-run jobs. But for larger print jobs, offset printing is considered the cheapest method of producing 5,000 or more copies. The new system reduces the cost per page of digital printed matter to meet or beat the price of offset printing, Landa said.
    Digital printing - directly from a computer file - was an Israeli invention. The first digital printer was designed and built by Landa at Indigo, which was bought by HP in 2000. As an HP unit, Indigo went on to dominate the world market; three out of four commercial digital printing presses sold today are made by HP.
    At the heart of the process is a new ink invented by Landa, comprised of pigment particles only tens of nanometers in size. This enables images that are ultra-sharp, very glossy, more colorful, and longer-lasting than can be attained with other printing processes. (Times of Israel)


Chicago Tribune has 3 pages today, including front page, devoted to how Israel has been asked by U of Chicago for help in saving the world with their water technology. "All who are thirsty, come and drink" Isaiah 55 BDSers-you can boycott Israel in the future then by stop drinking water

Israeli High Tech Adjusts to Asian Challenge (AP)

The list of Israeli achievements is surprising for a country of just 7.6 million. The country helped give the world instant messaging, voicemail, and Internet telephony. Its nanotechnology has enabled great advances in medicine.
It boasts more companies on the technology-focused Nasdaq exchange than any place outside North America, and houses research and development centers for multinational giants like Microsoft and Intel.
Technology now accounts for an eighth of Israel's economy and has pushed the per capita output up to a respectable $30,000 - more than many countries in Europe.
Israeli entrepreneurs seem confident that they will maintain an edge in the ability to innovate - a quality Israelis ascribe to a combination of circumstances, including the need to develop military technology and a societal bent to break the rules and challenge the established order.

Rogue state good
Israel Is a Lovable Rogue -
Kevin Myers

Canadian Gabriel Latner, 19, presented the most brilliantly audacious defense of Israel since Moses parted the Red Sea at a Cambridge Union debate. Gabriel proposed the motion in the CU that Israel is a rogue state. His first argument was statistical. There are 195 countries in the world; Christian, Muslim, secular. But Israel is the only country in the world that is Jewish. His next argument came from its treatment of Darfurian refugees who are scorned throughout the Middle East, and even shot on sight in Egypt. But they are welcomed in Israel. Israel has a better human rights record than any of its neighbors. Quite so.
As Gabriel himself said, there has never been a liberal democratic state in the Middle East - except for Israel. And of all the countries in the region, Israel is the only one where lesbians, gays and bisexuals enjoy equality. In Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, homosexuals are put to death. Yet again, Israel is the rogue. Gabriel then added another argument - that Israel willfully disregards international law. Look how in 1981 the Zionists destroyed Saddam Hussein's nuclear bomb plant. The rogues! (Independent-Ireland)

Israeli Know-How Helping to Combat Hunger in Africa - Danielle Nierenberg and Janeen Madan (Jerusalem Post)
Israel has been a leader in developing innovative drip-irrigation systems that reduce the amount of water needed for farming.
The Family Drip Irrigation System (FDIS) was developed by the International Program for Arid Land Crops at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in partnership with the Israeli irrigation company Netafim.
The Israel Foreign Ministry is partnering with local government agencies and NGOs to introduce FDIS in countries across Africa.

How to boycott Israel? If you really want to stop Israel, please follow these simple instructions -In your office or home, do not use any computers, as Israel developed the Intel Pentium chip, Windows MP, XP and Vista as well as Microsoft Office and AOL IM instant messaging. Also remove your firewalls, as these were developed in Israel.

In your home and car, do not use cellphones that were developed in Israel by Motorola, as was voice mail and camera phones. Quickly destroy your TV remote control, as this also was developed in Israel.

Now for your health: Do not under any circumstances let your gastroenterologist use the camera pill you swallow that photographs your esophagus, colon, etc. Just let him ram his scope up your backside. That will show those Zionists who's in charge. Don't use
Copaxone for MS.

If you have a heart attack, do not let the surgeon put in a stent, which was developed in Israel, or use a defibrillator on you. Also decline the new Israeli medication for Parkinson's or Ex Ablate 2000 if you have fibroid tumors

Nanoparticles Resembling Star of David Discovered by Israeli Researchers

By Alisa Odenheimer - Sep 19, 2010 7:00 PM GMT+0200

The newly discovered nanoparticles, some 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, resemble the six-pointed Star of David. Source: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem via Bloomberg

A new type of nanoparticle that resembles the six-pointed Star of David, a Jewish symbol which appears on the flag of Israel, has been discovered by researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The Hebrew University team, headed by researcher Uri Banin, said the star-shaped nanoparticles have a unique, cage-like structure. The discovery is described in an article in the October 2010 issue of the journal Nature Materials.
The particles, which are some 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, may prove useful in applications ranging from the development of new ways to sense glucose in diagnosing diabetes to serving as photo-catalysts for turning solar energy into clean fuel, the university said.
“Exploration into the possible applications for the nano Stars of David has just begun, and already they have shown that they are not just beautiful; the composition and the unique cage shape makes them useful,” the university said in an e-mailed statement.
The Hebrew University team has been working on developing new nanoparticles made of two kinds of materials joined together.
Until now, scientists had only been aware of nanoparticles in which one material encapsulates the other, resembling an egg and a yolk, or where an island of one material forms on the other, much like the head of the match on a matchstick, the university said in the statement.
The Star of Davids are “nano-cages,” with hexagonal crystals, each with a tiny metal frame wrapping around them and “encasing them like a bird cage, but 100 million times smaller,” according to the statement. The cage structure has never been observed in hybrid nanoparticles before.
To contact the reporter on this story: Alisa Odenheimer in Jerusalem at

New Israeli Treatment Kills HIV Cells
Israeli researchers have developed a new treatment that destroys HIV-infected human cells without damaging healthy ones, Israel 21c reported. The new treatment fights HIV by causing infected cells to self-destruct. When it was applied to human cell cultures, the infected human cells disappeared in two weeks, and did not reappear up to two weeks later. Researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences and the Institute of Chemistry published their findings last month in the scientific Journal AIDS Research and Therapy. An estimated 33.4 million people worldwide are carriers of HIV, while in the United States alone, it is estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV, and another half a million have died of AIDS. In Israel in 2008, 390 new cases were reported, the highest figure in a decade.

It is the Arabs who persecute their citizens , have horrible living standards, practice apartheid etc



By Ben-Dror Yemini
July 2, 2010

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Additional humanitarian aid flotillas from Lebanon, Iran and the West are en route to the Gaza Strip. But the plight of the Turks, Iranians and the Palestinians in Lebanon is worse. Even in Stockholm and Glasgow amidst the festivities. Here are the facts.

Turkey was the most prominent country in the recent flotilla. From there came the Mavi Marmara with members from an organization (IHH) affiliated with Global Jihad. Lebanon is dispatching a ship that is due to arrive, perhaps in the coming days. Even Iran, that bastion of humanitarian justice on Earth, is joining the party. Thus, it would be worthwhile to check what is happening in these compassionate and strong countries, which are showing such noteworthy generosity in dispatching humanitarian aid to a weaker and depressed population. A representative has even arrived from Sweden, Gil Feiler, a former Israeli. Thus, we will also deal with Sweden.

Dead in Turkey; alive in Gaza

Infant mortality is one of the most important indicators in checking the humanitarian situation. It is clear that the situation in Turkey is worse than it is in the Gaza Strip. Infant mortality in Gaza is 17.71 per thousand; in Turkey it is 24.84. The Gaza Strip is in a much better situation than the global average, which is 44 infants per 1,000 births. It is also better than most of the Arab countries and several South American countries, and is certainly better than Africa.

Life expectancy is another important indicator. And here, life expectancy in Turkey is 72.23, whereas in the Gaza Strip it is 73.68, much higher than the global average of 66.12. In comparison, life expectancy is 63.36 in Yemen, 52.52 in Sudan and 50 in Somalia. These countries are crying out for international attention, for aid, for any rescue ship. But none come.

Regarding population growth, the Gaza Strip is ranked 6th, with a growth rate of 3.29% per annum. This may not be an indicator for quality of life but it seems that the high rate of growth, along with the high life expectancy, and the low infant mortality rate, attests to one thing. There is no hunger, no humanitarian crisis and tales of 1,001 nights from 1,001 human rights organizations. Most of the world's inhabitants are – according to objective data – in a worse situation than the residents of the Gaza Strip. This includes those who live in Turkey under Erdogan's rule.

Even by other indicators, such as personal computer use, or Internet access, the situation of the residents of the Gaza Strip is much better than that of most of the world's inhabitants. In order to complete the picture, let us point out that two years ago, a British politician claimed that life expectancy in Glasgow East was much lower than that in the Gaza Strip. The claim caused an uproar. Britain's Channel 4 carried out a scrupulous check and issued its "verdict": Indeed, life expectancy in Glasgow is lower than that in the Gaza Strip.

Thus, it is a little strange that humanitarian aid comes from people whose situation is much worse, and goes to people whose situation is much better. It could be that there is a need for additional ships. But the direction should be reversed. It is Turkey that needs the help. It is the Gaza Strip which should join the aid delegation for the benefit of the poor Turks.

Lebanese apartheid

One of the bans imposed by Israel deals with building materials. Experience has shown that materials that reach the Gaza Strip do not serve the residents but Hamas's military goals. Thus, no sane country, and let us hope that Israel is one of them, would supply an enemy organization with materials from which the bunkers for the struggle against it would be built.

Here as well, a reminder is needed. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians live in a neighboring country, Lebanon. They are located in refugee camps and live under many and various restrictions, that should be dealt with separately, in a chapter on Arab apartheid against the Palestinians. In our matter, one of the most severe restrictions is a ban on construction. Simply put, it is forbidden to build. Not a home, nor a room, nor any permanent structure. Even in the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, which was bombed by the Lebanese (The story is well-known: A radical Islamist takeover, which led to savage bombing that turned the camp into ruins). The extensive damage caused 27,000 of the camp's 30,000 inhabitants to become refugees again. They paid a heavy price for the fact that a mere 450 men were members of a rebel group Fatah Al-Islam. The struggle against radical Islam, which tried to establish itself in the camp, was used as a pretext for the vast devastation that was caused. It is interesting to ask why the world encouraged Lebanon to be heavy-handed, while Israel is asked to knuckle under. There are donations for reconstruction, there is also agreement for this, but the Lebanese government is creating difficulties. Thus is done to people whose plight and refugee status the Arab world wishes to make permanent.

Iranian humanitarianism

Let us not forget Iran. According to every possible indicator, the situation there is worse. Infant mortality, for example, is 34.66 per 1,000 births, double (!) that of the Gaza Strip. Life expectancy is 71.43, less than the Gaza Strip and less than Turkey. With the imposition of Sharia law in the Hamas Strip, as in Iran, and when stoning women becomes the norm, one may assume that the residents of the Strip will deteriorate to Iranian levels. It was only this week that news came from Iran of a 43-year-old woman, Sakineh Mohamamadi e Ashtiani, is in danger of being stoned, following a trial for adultery. But in the meantime, only in the meantime, it is preferable for aid to go from Gaza to Iran. Let us hope that Egypt will allow passage through the Suez Canal.

Intifada in Sweden

And what about Sweden? Indeed, there is no occupation there. There are no well-financed agencies from the industry of lies to disseminate around the world the news of Swedish "apartheid" against Muslims. They were welcomed with open arms. The first and second generations live there. But last month riots broke out there. The rioters burned a school in "Little Mogadishu", the name of the quarter in which they live, in Stockholm. Police and firefighters who arrived to deal with the fire were met by a hail of stones. They did not succeed in reaching the blaze. Not that the Swedes abused them. On the contrary. But in the eyes of the Muslim youths, the Swedes, apparently, are a band of white racists who repress them relentlessly. The riots began because some youths were not admitted to a school dance. Not that there was a racist background to this "discrimination" but the response was stormy. A mini-intifada. This story garnered no headlines around the world. The riots lasted a few days. In the end, a school was burned to the ground, cars and buses were set alight. All in all, a localized clash. True, this occurred in other cities in Sweden. And it has occurred in other cities in Europe. But it has not happened in Gaza, or Jaffa, or Jerusalem. Thus there is nothing to get excited over. There is no need for any number of television stations to say that Sweden is a repressive state. There is no need to deny Sweden's right to exist.

It might be necessary – who knows – to send humanitarian aid to this repressed area in Stockholm, and maybe a mobile school. Details about the next flotilla to Stockholm will be published soon on human rights websites.

An un-humanitarian obsession

Most inhabitants of the world are worse off than the residents of the Gaza Strip. American aid per capita to the Gaza Strip is 7.5 times higher than aid per capita to Haiti. It is unnecessary to note that by any possible indicator, economic or medical, the residents of the Gaza Strip are incomparably better off than the residents of Haiti. The residents of the Gaza Strip are also better off, by every possible indicator, than the Palestinians in Lebanese refugee camps. But we have not seen demonstrations in solidarity with those suffering in Lebanon; and no aid flotillas either. It is not even enough to be a Palestinian. One must be a Palestinian who can say, "It is all Israel's fault." What is true is that it is thanks to Israel that the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are better off than most of their brethren in the neighboring countries. Because of the "brutal" occupation, life expectancy in the Gaza Strip rose from 48 in 1967 to 66 in 1993 and, as we have shown, life expectancy is continuing to rise. By the way, this is an astounding increase, higher than in the neighboring countries. But please, let us not confuse a "human rights activist" on the aid flotilla with the facts. They do not send aid flotillas to Iran, Lebanon or Turkey, and certainly not to Darfur in the Sudan. The humanitarian distress does not interest them. It is the anti-Israel obsession that interests them. This is not to say that they cannot be presented with the facts. They want to embarrass Israel. But the basic facts, and this is the truth, are likely to embarrass them.

None of the foregoing is to say that there is no true distress in Gaza. There certainly is, even if according to objective data, it is worse in Turkey, Iran and Lebanon. Israel has an interest for it to be better in Gaza, that the standard of living should rise, that the economy should flourish. Israel disengaged in order to disengage, so that Gazans might develop an independent life. But the Hamas takeover has led to a situation in which instead of developing and producing, the only development is the Kassam rocket. The blockade was imposed because the regime in Hamas refuses to recognize previous agreements, refuses to recognize Israel and refuses to enter into the path of peace and reconciliation. The regime in Gaza chose incitement and joining Iran and Global Jihad. And despite this, everything could change in a day. If Hamas would only decide to accept the Quartet's conditions, not Israel's. The keys are in Hamas's hands.

Israel's secret new weapon?

Israeli company uses nanotechnology to develop paint that makes planes disappear off radar

Ofer Petersburg Published: 07.13.10, 14:29 / Israel News

Imagine for a moment what the battlefield will look like in the future. Unmanned planes flying through the air; robots fighting on the ground; smart missiles hunting down targets. Now imagine that none of this can be detected on radar screens.

It may sound fictional, but it's happening. An Israeli company called Nanoflight is currently developing a special paint that makes drones, missiles, or war craft simply disappear. Or, to be more precise, they become very difficult to detect.


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The critical stage in developing the paint, which was developed in a nanotechnology lab, has recently concluded, and a successful test run was conducted this week. For the test run, a thin layer of the material was painted on dummy missiles, and radar waves aimed at them had a difficult time registering them.

The paint particles don't make the missile's detection on the radar disappear completely, but make it exceedingly difficult to positively identify the object as a missile. In the future, this development will allow any missile or jet significantly decreased radar detection.

Even though they may not entirely disappear from radar screens, this technology is a considerably more cost-effective method to evade radar detection than purchasing an American stealth plane for $5 billion.

How does it work? In order to locate objects, the radar transmitter sends out electromagnetic waves. When these waves hit an object, they are scattered in all directions, with some of them being bounced back to the radar itself. Regular signal reception indicates the existence of an object.

The nanotechnology developed envelopes the object, absorbs the radio waves emitted by the radar, and releases them as heat energy scattered in space. In doing so, the material disguises the object, making it difficult to identify by radar.

"We are only at the beginning and are discovering new worlds everyday," said Eli Shaldag, a former senior Israel Air Force official who worked on the Arrow missile project. He currently is part of the military applications department of Nanoflight.

"This is a breakthrough with the potential to change the rules of the game in the battlefield," Shaldag said.

When will the material be ready for use on war craft?

"We have already completed the main development stage. We conducted a number of tests and discovered that the particles in their nanotechnology composition do significantly neutralize the ability to detect objects that have been painted with the material. We are entering the second stage, after which we will already be able to produce the material in larger quantities."

Will this material be applicable for additional uses in the future?

"Absolutely yes. Discovery of nanotechnology materials is still in its infancy, and we are decoding the secret of this technology's power every day. We are currently working on developing an application of the material that will work with infrared so that soldiers won't be detected on night-vision goggles."

According to company officials, the material can also be used for civilian purposes.

"Just like the nanotechnology material can prevent a radar from detecting a missile, it can also prevent radiation emitted by electrical transformers from reaching nursery schools," said Nanoflight CEO Ricardo Burstein.

Burstein also noted that the material can prevent pollution through its absorption and transformation properties.

"In the future, it could be painted on sidewalks and roads in order to decrease air pollution. We are currently conducting an experiment with the City of Ramat Gan in which we are painting guardrails with the material in order to purify pollution from cars," Burstein explained.

Jerusalem chosen Africa/Mideast’s best city; Tel Aviv No. 3
July 11, 2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Jerusalem was voted the No. 1 Best City in Africa and the Middle East and Tel Aviv No. 3 by the readers of Travel+ Leisure magazine.

Jerusalem reached the top spot for the first time since 2000. Tel Aviv, which was behind Cape Town, South Africa, made it to the top 3 for the first time.

The results are published annually in the magazine's August issue.

"We are thrilled by this result because it underscores the growing realization by sophisticated travelers that our two main cities are unique and extraordinary places to visit," said Arie Sommer, Israel's tourism commissioner for North and South America.

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An Israeli company—IDE Technologies—is making seawater drinkable for millions of people around the world, Israel 21c reported. IDE has constructed 400 desalination plants in 40 countries and recently opened its third facility in Israel. The new plant—located in Hadera—will convert salt water from the Mediterranean Sea into 127 million cubic meters of clean drinking water each year. "The success of the mega-desalination plant concept has ushered in a whole new era of plentiful, affordable water for a world facing severe water challenges," said IDE's CEO Avshalom Felber. IDE plants worldwide generate 2,000,000 cubic meters of potable water per day.

Israeli Professor Creates a Birth Control Pill for Men - Karin Kloosterman (Israel21C)
An Israeli professor has created a new pill that could finally place the responsibility of birth control with men.
Prof. Haim Breitbart of Israel's Bar-Ilan University has developed a number of novel compounds that have no affect on male sex drive, but succeed in impairing the reproductive ability of the sperm.
A new male birth control pill could be on the market within the next five years, he says.

Israel to build massive desalination plant
(AFP) – 9 hours ago
JERUSALEM — The Israeli government on Sunday approved the construction of a massive new water desalination plant to help the arid country deal with a severe shortage.
The construction of the Sorek plant, named after the area south of Tel Aviv where it would be built, is part of an ambitious multi-year plan aimed at using sea water to supply a substantial share of the Jewish state's drinking water.
"In recent years, the Israeli water economy has become caught in a deep crisis," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting, where the plant was approved.
"Sorek will supply 150 million cubic metres annually. That's about a quarter of the shortfall of water in the state of Israel each year," he said, adding that the plant would cost some 2 billion shekels (530 million dollars).
Media reports said the plant's capacity would eventually be increased to 300 million cubic metres, making it one of the biggest in the world.
Uri Shor, a spokesman for the Israeli water authority, said Israel consumes some 700 million cubic metres a year of drinking water, while agriculture uses 450 million and industry uses 100 million cubic metres.
Israel already has three smaller desalination plants that produce a combined total of 292 million cubic metres of drinking water a year.
Another plant in the southern city of Ashdod is still awaiting final clearance from the government following consultations with environmental and public health groups.
The desalination projects are aimed at lessening the country's dependence on the vastly-depleted Jordan river and the Sea of Galilee, as well as underground aquifers.
"This is an infrastructure project of the highest national importance. Solving the water problem is an integral part of creating the state of Israel's infrastructure base for the 21st century," Netanyahu said.

U.S., Israeli Pain Relief Scientists Win Top Spanish Prize
Two U.S. biochemists and an Israeli colleague leading research into pain relief were awarded Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias prize for scientific and technical research on Wednesday, Agence France Presse reported. David Julius and Linda Watkins from the United States and Baruch Minke from Israel were praised for in uncovering "the causes and mechanisms via which pain is produced and perceived, as well as other sensations such as cold, heat and taste," according the jury. "The findings of these scientists open up new and hopeful avenues for the rational design of specific therapies and drugs for the selective treatment of the different types of pain, one of the great medical challenges of all times." Minke said he was "deeply honored and grateful" to receive the award along with his two colleagues.

Israel Discovers Major Natural Gas Field off Haifa
The Leviathan natural-gas site off the Haifa shore could position Israel as a gas exporter in coming years, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday. "I am thrilled that today's announcement substantiates the potential of a new and significant energy basin in the eastern Mediterranean, which, if successful, could position Israel as a potential energy exporter in future years," said Noble Energy chairman and CEO Charles Davidson. "I would like to congratulate the State of Israel on the discoveries of the last year and a half, which have the potential to strengthen the economy and security of Israel." Noble Energy's discoveries could provide about 35 years of Israel's natural-gas needs at projected 2012 demand rates.

Israel Opens Largest Desalination Plant of Its Kind - Ari Rabinovitch
Israel unveiled the world's largest reverse osmosis desalination plant on Sunday in Hadera, which will supply 127 million cubic meters of desalinated water a year, or about 20% of the yearly household consumption in Israel. It is the third in a series of five desalination plants being built that will eventually supply Israel with about 750 million cubic meters annually. Bigger desalination plants can be found in Saudi Arabia that use a thermal-based technology to desalinate sea water, but reverse osmosis requires less energy and is friendlier to the environment, said IDE Technologies CEO Avshalom Felber. Shmulik Shai, CEO of H2ID, said the plant will supply water at the cost of $0.57 per cubic meter. IDE, or Israel Desalination Enterprises Technologies, has operations in 40 countries. (Reuters)

Israeli Team Makes Breakthrough in Stem Cell Research
Jerusalem's Hadassah University Medical Center has announced a breakthrough in methods for cultivating embryonic stem cells, Israel 21c reported. The breakthrough takes stem cell researchers closer to realizing their dream of manufacturing stem cell treatments for disorders such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes and age-related macular degeneration. Within the next year or two, companies in the United States and Hadassah's technology company in Israel will start clinical trials on humans. The center's advance—a novel technique that allows researchers to grow and cultivate embryonic cells in suspension—paves the way for making this therapy available to everyone, not just the rich. "There is an application to the FDA for a trial [in the United States] to transplant stem cells into patients with spinal cord injury and they hope this clinical trial will start within the next year or two," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff.

Israeli, American Doctors Make Genetic Discovery
Israeli and American researchers have discovered how a gene "sculpts" neurons into a menorah-like shape in the nervous system, a find that could eventually have far-reaching implications for the rehabilitation of people with central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) damage, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday. It was important to find these genes, the team said, because with their help, it would be possible to find, even in humans, the genes responsible for building neurons in the human brain. This, they concluded, would lead to being able to repair damage to people's brains and spinal cord. The scientists' work on the formation and maintenance of tree-like nerve cell structures could also have applications in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as the repair of damaged vital nerves.

Google's First Israeli Acquisition No Surprise to Investors
By Brian Blum

Google's announcement last week that it was acquiring Tel Aviv-based LabPixies for a rumored $25 million caught some Israeli analysts by surprise. That's a tidy sum for a small startup with just 12 employees that has raised less than $2 million over its four years of operation.

Yaron Carni, LabPixies' lead investor wasn't caught out, however. "I immediately loved the company's products, their vitality and, of course, the team," he tells ISRAEL21c. Speaking on behalf of a handpicked group of angels including Auren Hoffman and Fabrice Grinda, Carni says, "we were all deeply impressed with the character, commitment, talent and forthrightness of the founders."

LabPixies was particularly attractive to Google due to the company's role in developing some of the first and subsequently leading 'gadgets' for the iGoogle platform, Google's alternative interactive home page. LabPixies products have garnered as many as one billion impressions a month while signing up 40 million users. One of its most popular products is 'Flood-It,' a game that involves dragging colored balls around the screen. "It's very addictive," says Carni.

LabPixies also builds translating programs, news and weather reports, calculators and calendars that run on other social network services including Facebook, Hi5, Yahoo and MySpace, as well as Google's own Android mobile operating system.

Israel Lends Agricultural Expertise to Africa
Israel is currently training farmers in the West African nation of Senegal, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported. "Israel is the only country in the world that has been able to conquer the desert," said Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon. "This is our strength—this we would like to bring here." Senegal's volatile harvests create tremendous food needs for the country's 11 million citizens. Over 80 percent of their food is imported from abroad. "Senegal's traditional agriculture is one crop a year. We know how to do three and four crops a year. We can teach that." Israel was among the first countries to recognize Senegal's independence and the two nations have had diplomatic relations for nearly 50 years.

Modern Israel at 62: Tiny Country and Huge Success

by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
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Modern Israel, only 62 years old Monday night, is a world leader in society, technology medicine and dozens of other fields. National-religious Rabbi Shlomo Aviner says, “TImagine what we could do if the world were not against us.”

Israel as a country dates back to the time of King Saul, although the Jewish tribes settled there in the days of Joshua, Moses' successor. Its ancient success is recorded in the Bible with the compilation of the Book of Psalms by his successor King David, whose son King Solomon built the First Temple.

Following the Destruction of the Second Temple and the subsequent end of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel for 2000 years, the modern State of Israel has astonished the world with its achievements since it was established in 1948.

Israel, only a fraction of one percent of the Middle East land mass and 2 percent of its population, Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world. The country, by a large margin, produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world and has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world.

With those achievements, it is not surprising that Israel has the highest number of PhD's and the highest number of physicians per capita in the world.

Israel also is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.

Taking care of Jews around the world, the nation is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on Earth while respecting other religions. It is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years and is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote.

Despite all its success, Israel also leads the country in United Nations Security Council resolutions against the Jewish State. Of the 175 U.N. Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 U.N. General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

Nevertheless, Israel is undeterred. Critics of anti-Israeli boycotts often point out that those supporting sanctions of Israeli products and inventions would have to live without cellular phones, which were developed in Israel, and would gave to forego many life-saving drugs that were discovered and made in Israel.

Anti-Zionists also would have to do without anti-virus program for their computers because there were first developed in Israel, as was voice technology and instant messaging. In the early 1980's, IBM chose an Israeli-designed computer chip as the brains for its first personal computers.

In the field of economics, Israel hosts the world's largest wholesale diamond center and is responsible for most of the cut and polished diamonds in the world. It also has the largest number of companies on the NASDAQ stock exchange, outside of the United States and Canada.

Another modern marvel is the revival of the Hebrew language, the only dead language that ever was revived.

The revival of Torah learning is no less marvelous after the Holocaust, and the number of yeshivas, Torah scholars and Torah publications is astounding.

The ”People of the Book,” as Jews are known, publishes in Israel more books per capita than any other country and has the most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East. (

7 reasons to support Israel as Jewish state
1. Archeological evidence proves it has been Jewish 4000 years
2. Historical evidence proves it has been Jewish 4000 years-no Palestinan people other than Jews, it was desolate until Jews rebuilt from Turks
3. Practical value of Israelis being there-makes a desert an orchid
4. Humanitarian concerns-6 million Jews slaughtered because Jews had no place to go
5. Strategic ally of US-deterrent to enemies of Democracy-we can depend on them. 911 the “other Middle East allies were cheering. Saves US lives
6. Road block to terrorism. Have shown world how to fight.
7. God said so. Read the Bible. Genesis 13:14-17 the whole Bible is a Zionist document

Israeli economic growth and innovation
Where Tech Keeps Booming

In Israel, a clustering of talent, research universities and venture capital..
'There are more new innovative ideas . . . coming out of Israel than there are out in [Silicon] Valley right now. And it doesn't slow during economic downturns." The authors of "Start-Up Nation," Dan Senor and Saul Singer, are quoting an executive at British Telecom, but they could just as easily be quoting an executive at Intel, which last year opened a $3.5 billion factory in Kiryat Gat, an hour south of Tel Aviv, to make sophisticated 45-nanometer chips; or Warren Buffett, who in 2006 paid $4 billion for four-fifths of an Israeli firm that makes high-tech cutting tools for cars and planes; or John Chambers, Cisco's chief executive, who has bought nine Israeli start-ups; or Steve Ballmer, who calls Microsoft "as much an Israeli company as an American company" because of the importance of its Israeli technologists. "Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, eBay . . . ," says one of eBay's executives. "The best-kept secret is that we all live and die by the work of our Israeli teams."

Israel is the world's techno-nation. Civilian research-and-development expenditures run 4.5% of the gross domestic product—half-again the level of the U.S., Germany or South Korea—and venture-capital investment per capita is 2½ times that of the U.S. and six times that of the United Kingdom. Even in absolute terms, Israel has only the U.S.—with more than 40 times the population—as a challenger.

As Messrs. Senor and Singer write: "Israel—a country of just 7.1 million people—attracted close to $2 billion in venture capital [in 2008], as much as flowed to the U.K.'s 61 million citizens or the 145 million people living in Germany and France combined." At the start of 2009, some 63 Israeli companies were listed on the Nasdaq, more than those of any other foreign country. Among the Israeli firms: Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world's largest generic drug maker, with a market cap of $48 billion; and Check Point Software Technologies, with a market cap of $7 billion.

Such economic dynamism has occurred in the face of war, internal strife and rising animosity from other nations. During the six years following the bursting of the tech bubble in 2000, Israel suffered one of its worst periods of terrorist attacks and fought a second Lebanese war; and yet, as the authors note, its "share of the global venture capital market did not drop—it doubled, from 15 percent to 31 percent."

Israel world leader in green
Israel was named by the UN as the world's leader in water recycling. Israel recycles about 70% of its waste water and is also a world leader in
desalination. By the end of next year, more than half of Israel's drinking
water will be provided through desalination. In the past ten years,
recycling in Israel has risen from a negligible 3% to 21% and continues to
rise at a rapid rate due to increasing public awareness. Israel has a 50%
target rate for 2020. Israeli solar energy research has made solar energy
cost competitive with fossil fuels. Over 90% of Israeli homes are equipped
with solar water heaters. Israel is a leader in drip irrigation technology
and agricultural r&d. Israel provides foreign aid to over 60 developingAsian, Latin American and African countries in the areas of land settlement, water and land conservation, alternative energy, sustainable agriculture,
medicine, etc. The Arava Project of the Arava Institute for Enviromental
Studies (led by Prof. Alon Tal of the Masorti-Conservative Movement) trains
participants from around the developing world in agricultural techniques.
And let us not forget the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid Israid and the Jewish National Fund websites
will provide you with more PC-green-liberal-treehugging hasbara then you
will ever need.

From drip irrigation to natural pesticides, Israeli innovations are helping to fill hungry bellies everywhere, but particularly in the developing world.

Food security is a major concern for our rapidly growing planet. As resources dwindle and the population rises, smart solutions for better agriculture and safer food storage are essential.
No other single country – certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel – has contributed more breakthroughs in this area than Israel.
Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide through channels including MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ISRAEL21c has highlighted dozens of food-related advances pioneered by Israelis. Here are 12 major ways Israel helps feed the world.
1. Drip irrigation
Probably no other advancement has been quite as significant. While the concept of drip irrigation existed well before Israeli statehood, it was revolutionized by Israeli water engineer Simcha Blass, who serendipitously discovered that a slow and balanced drip led to remarkable growth. He created tubing that slowly released water where it was most effective, and in 1965 Kibbutz Hatzerim built a whole new industry, Netafim, based on his invention. 
Israeli drip and micro-irrigation solutions rapidly spread worldwide. The newest models are self-cleaning and maintain uniform flow rate regardless of water quality and pressure.
Just one recent example of how this method has impacted food supply in foreign countries isTipa, literally “Drop,” an Israeli-developed kit that has allowed 700 farming families in Senegal to reap crops three times a year instead of just once, even on infertile land.
Tipa is “a simple drip irrigation system that uses gravity when there is no water supply or water pressure coming to rural areas,” MASHAV’s Ilan Fluss told ISRAEL21c. The organization has similar activities in Kenya, South Africa, Benin and Niger.
Senegalese farmers learning how to install the Tipa irrigation kit.
Senegalese farmers learning how to install the Tipa irrigation kit.
2. Grain cocoons
Israeli-designed GrainPro Cocoons provide a surprisingly simple and cheap way for African and Asian farmers to keep their grain market-fresh.
The huge bags, invented by international food technology consultant Prof. Shlomo Navarro, keep both water and air out. They’re used all over the developed world, including Africa and the Far East, and even in countries that have no diplomatic ties to Israel, such as Pakistan.
As much as 50 percent of every grain harvest and 100% of every pulse harvest is lost to pests and mold, Navarro told ISRAEL21c. Subsistence farmers in developing countries tend to store their crops in primitive baskets or bags, which are not effective in keeping hungry bugs and micro-contaminants out. The Cocoon solves that problem, even in extreme heat and humidity.
The Cocoon stores crops safely.
The Cocoon stores crops safely.
3. Biological pest control
On Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, a company called Bio-Bee breeds beneficial insects and mites for biological pest control and bumblebees for natural pollination in greenhouses and open fields. Subsidiary Bio-Fly sells sterile Mediterranean fruit flies to control this major pest in fruit trees.
R&D manager Dr. Shimon Steinberg told ISRAEL21c the company’s top seller worldwide is two-millimeter-long, pear-shaped orange spider that is a highly efficient enemy of the spider mite, a devastating agricultural pest.
“Sixty percent of California strawberries since 1990 are treated with this predatory mite from the Holy Land,” he reported. In Israel, Bio-Bee products have enabled sweet-pepper farmers to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 75 percent.
Bio-Bee exports eight different species of biological control agents, plus pollinating bumblebees, to 32 nations from Japan to Chile. Bio-Fly collaborates with Jordanian and West Bank Palestinian Authority agricultural experts.

4. Dairy farming
Hof Hasharon Dairy Farm, SAE Afikim and SCR Precise Dairy Farming all makeadvanced systems for herd management, monitoring and feeding used on dairy farms worldwide.
SAE Afikim is one of 10 Israeli companies involved in a five-year project in Vietnam to implement every aspect of a vast $500 million dairy farm project. It’s the largest project of its kind in the world.
The operation will encompass 30,000 cows at 12 state-of-the-art mega-dairies and a milk processing plant supplying 300 million liters per year. By the end of 2012, 500,000 liters are expected to be produced daily.
In the meantime, China is sending groups of dairy farm manager trainees to Israel to learn how to boost milk production there as well.
The Chinese are using Israeli systems to set up their dairy industry.
The Chinese are using Israeli systems to set up their dairy industry.
5. Tailor-made farm solutions
Kibbutz-based Agricultural Knowledge On-Line (AKOL) makes unique software to help producers grow fruits and vegetables, raise poultry and dairy cows, manage vineyards and make olive oil.
Hosted in IBM’s “cloud,” AKOL’s latest project gives farmers anywhere in the world access to information from Israeli experts. Hundreds of thousands of farmers can obtain tailor-made solutions, arrange group purchases of supplies and communicate with colleagues.
CEO Ron Shani told ISRAEL21c that AKOL applications advise farmers on when to plant, irrigate and harvest; how to cope with drought; how to choose the crops best for their area; how to implement ideal storage and temperature control procedures based on climate; and how to track the growth of chickens, livestock and fruit, among other ideas for running a modern, professional farm.
From left, AKOL CEO Ron Shani, Agriculture Minister Orit Noked, and Michael Oren of IBM's Global Tech Unit.
From left, AKOL CEO Ron Shani, Agriculture Minister Orit Noked, and Michael Oren of IBM’s Global Tech Unit.
6. A better potato
It took nearly 30 years of research, but Hebrew University’s Prof. David Levy developedstrains of potatoes that thrive in hot, dry climates, and can be irrigated by saltwater.
Potatoes are one of the top sources of nutrition in the world, but they never before grew well in hot, desert regions like the Middle East. Now farmers in these regions can grow potatoes as a cash crop.
Levy told ISRAEL21c that he also intended his research to enhance understanding between Israel and its neighbors, as scientists and officials from Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco meet with Israeli scientists to share knowledge and build bridges of information and technology.

7. Squeezing every drop of water from the air
Tal-Ya Water Technologies developed reusable plastic trays to collect dew from the air, reducing the water needed by crops or trees by up to 50 percent.
The square serrated trays, made from non-PET recycled and recyclable plastic with UV filters and a limestone additive, surround each plant or tree. With overnight temperature change, dew forms on both surfaces of the Tal-Ya tray, which funnels the dew and condensation straight to the roots. If it rains, the trays heighten the effect of each millimeter of water 27 times over.
Inventor and CEO Avraham Tamir told ISRAEL21c that the trays also block the sun so weeds can’t take root, and protect the plants from extreme temperature shifts. “Farmers need to use much less water, and in turn much less fertilizer on the crop,” which translates to less groundwater contamination.
Tal-Ya’s trays catch every drop of dew.
Tal-Ya’s trays catch every drop of dew.
8. Unparalleled crop protection
Two years ago, Hebrew University’s tech-transfer company teamed with Makhteshim Agan, aworld leader in crop protection products, to develop and commercialize slow-release herbicides and a targeted insecticide that doesn’t harm beneficial insects.
The total worldwide herbicide market is valued at more than $15 billion, of which approximately a quarter is dedicated to soil-applied herbicides and other pesticides. The Israeli approach incorporates herbicides into micelles or vesicles, which are absorbed onto negatively charged clay minerals to enable a slow and controlled release, reducing leaching to deeper soil layers. This enhances efficiency and reduces the required doses.
The novel insecticide kills caterpillars of night-flying moths – a common scourge for farmers worldwide – but unlike common commercial preparations, has minimal or no effect on any other creature. High levels of control can be achieved with much less product, greatly minimizing environmental impact.
9. Fishing in the desert
Overfishing is a serious threat to the food supply, a grave situation since fish is the main source of protein for hundreds of millions of people. But what if fish could be raised virtually anywhere, even in the desert? That is just what the Israel’s GFA (Grow Fish Anywhere) Advanced Systems has made possible.
The Israeli “zero-discharge” system eliminates the environmental problems in conventional fish farming, and doesn’t depend on electricity or proximity to a body of water. Specially developed microbes purify fish waste byproducts right in the tank, with no need for spillage and refilling.
The largest facility using GFA technology, in New York, produced about 100 tons of sea bream, bass and tilapia in 2010.

10. Food from greenhouse gas
Israel’s Seambiotic clean-tech company recently launched a commercial algae farm in China and does business in the United States and Italy as well.
People don’t eat algae, but algae ponds nourished by power-plant effluent conserve farmed produce for human consumption because they generate 30 times more feedstock for biofuel than do land-based crop alternatives.
Plus, the tiny plants, which thrive on carbon dioxide and sunlight, produce a valuable nutraceutical food additive that is especially popular in the Far East.
Algae ponds generate neutraceuticals.
Algae ponds generate neutraceuticals.
11. Reintroducing carp to Africa
Half a century ago, Lake Victoria carp was a significant part of the diet of the nearby Ugandan villagers. But when Nile perch was introduced to the lake, it decimated most of the smaller fish including the carp. Villagers had neither the equipment nor the expertise necessary to start fishing the huge perch, and symptoms of protein deficiency started becoming apparent in their children.
Prof. Berta Sivan of Hebrew University came to the rescue with a multiyear project near to help these African families. Her team was able to apply techniques developed over many years for Israeli fish farmers.
The Israeli project not only successfully spawned carp on Ugandan fish farms, but also provided training on how to dig and fill ponds and raise the small fish. Now local children have an abundant supply of protein to eat with their fruit and vegetables.

12. Hardier seeds for better crops
Hebrew University agricultural scientists Ilan Sela and Haim D. Rabinowitch developed TraitUP, a trademarked technology that enables the introduction of genetic materials into seeds without modifying their DNA. This method immediately and efficiently improves plants before they’re even sowed.
The university’s Yissum Research Development technology transfer company licensed the seed treatment technology to Morflora Israel for curing fruit-tree diseases in orchards and groves, and for seedling treatment in the nursery.
“The new ability to deliver traits within days instead of years, and to offer a treatment with results similar to breeding to all current species, answers a long and unmet need that will revolutionize modern agriculture and significantly impact the vegetable and commodity crop markets,” said Dotan Peleg, CEO of Morflora.

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