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No. 112, November 20, 2019
Culture and Lifestyle
Science and Technology
Hundreds of rockets are fired toward Israel. Islamic Jihad said that the Damascus home of one of its top officials was attacked by Israel early morning, November 12. The bombing came minutes after Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was assassinated by Israel in Gaza in a targeted killing operation carried out jointly by the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). The terrorist organization retaliated by firing over 450 rockets toward Israeli civilians targeting, among others, the cities of Netivot, Ashkelon and Sderot. Israel responded with airstrikes, artillery and tank fire along the Gaza border. Schools as far as Tel-Aviv were closed due to the attacks. Here is a video from the location. Ceasefire was supposed to take effect on Thursday, November 14. However, it was immediately violated by Islamic Jihad
Reporter in Gaza: Amnesty International lied about Israeli missile strike. Amnesty International “lied” when it accused Israel of bombing the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights building in Gaza and thus violating international law, Im Tirtzu, a pro-Israel watchdog, reported. Im Tirtzu quoted Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst, reporting from Gaza, who said the building was hit by a rocket that misfired from Gaza and that he witnessed the event.
Recent poll. A poll conducted for Istael’s Channel 12’s shows that most Israelis want Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz to succeed in forming a government. When asked which government they wanted Gantz to form, the votes were split among the many options. A full 29% – the highest figure – support a government with the Likud, headed by Netanyahu and including the haredim. When asked about the Israeli-Palestinian Authority conflict, 61% said they were in favor of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. However, when asked whether they support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel, a majority was opposed – 48.7% versus 43.8%.
Gantz’s party ready to annex Jordan Valley, agrees with Likud, report says. With little progress otherwise reported toward forming a new Israeli government, one point of agreement which is said to exist between Likud and Blue and White is over Israel’s right to claim sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area. The Jordan Valley is considered a less controversial issue within a broad range of the Israeli political spectrum, even among many who support the establishment of a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, because it represents an eastern security border.
Israel invests less in healthcare than most OECD countries. Challenges in Israel’s healthcare system and its infrastructure have continuously been reported in recent months, and the OECD report reiterated that the lack of public money invested in the system continues to limit expansion. Jewish state shows shortage of healthcare providers, and aging medical personnel. The good news is that life expectancy in Israel, which stands at 82.6 years, is higher than the average in the OECD countries.
IDF chief says all fronts “fragile,” could deteriorate into a war. Israel is currently dealing with multiple arenas and enemies at the same time, with the northern front United Arab Emirates shatters Mideast taboo, welcomes Israeli tourists. Israeli passport holders will finally be able to freely visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as of October 2020. This historic development is further proof of the warming relations between Israel and the Gulf States.
Iran failing to cooperate with IAEA over radioactive samples discovered at the site identified by Israel. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s top inspector, Massimo Aparo, told diplomats in a closed-door meeting in Vienna that Iran is evading attempts to discover the source of uranium particles detected at a warehouse in Tehran earlier this year at a site identified by Israel. The findings threaten to open a new front in the confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program.
Prominent Jewish groups slam European Court’s ruling mandating the labeling of Israeli settlement goods. Major Jewish organizations responded with outrage over the decision by the European Court of Justice to mandate the labeling of goods produced in Israeli settlements. Critics of the ruling noted that despite the more than 200 disputed regions throughout the world, ECJ has not rendered a single ruling related to the labeling of products originating from those regions, indicating a double standard that, according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, which the EU adopted in in 2017, constitutes antisemitism
Culture and Lifestyle
In Israel, academia is a woman’s game, until it comes to STEM. New data shows that 60% of Israeli students are women, but less than 35% of engineering and computer science students are female. One possible explanation for the drop in male students in Israel has to do with two of the country’s minority groups whose relative size within the relevant age group is on a continuous rise—ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) Jews and Arabs. In both populations, significantly more women than men are enrolled in academic studies.
Jerusalem Biennale 2019 – For Heaven’s Sake! The Jerusalem Biennale 2019, titled “For Heaven’s Sake!” presents 500 pieces of art, by 200 artists in 13 locations. Here are some of the 17 murals painted by international street artists. Unlike other exhibitions, the art will be permanently displayed, leaving a lasting impression on the city.
Don’t stop the weddings. Israel couples in Southern Israel continued with their weddings, despite rocket fire from Gaza terrorists. One even took place in a bomb shelter. And when Eurovision 2018 winner Netta Barzelai saw on TV that Efrat and Eliran were downsizing their Beersheba wedding, she rushed over to entertain them.
Science and Technology
Israelis develop “hummus milk” as space-age source of protein. InnovoPro emerged as one of Israel’s most innovative food tech startups, pioneering a method to extract 70 percent of the protein from chickpeas. With the dairy-free milk market booming due to demand from those who are lactose intolerant or prefer an animal product-free vegan diet, InnovoPro believes that its high-protein, creamy, tasteful chickpea milk will be a hit.
Innovative ways to improve diabetes management and treatment. Diabetes is a major public health crisis that is approaching epidemic proportions around the globe and growing at an alarming rate. This article takes a closer look at Israel’s role in advancing diabetes research and treatment as well as some of the companies with cutting-edge technology that stand out in the field.
Israeli-made electric planes set to revolutionize air travel. Alice is the name given to the all-electric nine-seat aircraft that Israel startup Aviation Aircraft created early this year. The electric plane will reduce direct operating costs by up to 70 percent, which would make the running costs come out to be about $200 per flight hour versus $1,000 for a turboprop. Alice hasn’t even taken off yet, and already over 150 orders have been placed for her