News from Israel – November 9 ,2016

No. 40,  November 9, 2016

Call for Action
U.C. alumni (or anyone who knows a U.C. Alum). Sign this important Alums for Campus Fairness letter to UC President Napolitano. The letter states: “We are devoted University of California alumni who are deeply concerned about the misuse of UC classrooms by certain faculty and student instructors to indoctrinate students to their anti-Zionist agenda, and to wage a partisan campaign against the Jewish state of Israel…”

Inside Israel
Liberman: Israel doesn’t want a Gaza war but would ‘destroy’ Hamas if attacked. In his first ever interview with Palestinian media Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke of a two state solution and military infrastructure in Hamas. He also promoted his plan for a two-state solution involving swaps of populated lands.

Cabinet authorizes Palestinian building permits in Area C. The go-ahead for the projects comes at a time when Israel is under increasing international pressure to facilitate Palestinian development in Area C, after years in which very few approvals were given for Palestinian projects. The approval of some 10 projects was carried out within the framework of Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s policy, whereby benefits will be given to areas where there is quiet.

Recent terrorist attacks. A terrorist attempts to run over Border Police officers in Gush Etzion and lightly wounds three of them; the attacker is shot dead; stone-throwers nearby attack a car carrying a 5 year old boy, who is lightly wounded. A terrorist attempted to run over and stab soldiers near a checkpoint in the settlement of Ofra near Ramallah. No IDF forces were injured in the attack. A Palestinian Authority Police officer shot and wounded 3 Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint securing the entrance to Ramallah.

Startup Israelis leave home to chase pot o’ gold at end of rainbows abroad. Descendants of immigrants who drained the swamps emigrate to far-off lands in the name of innovation. The Jewish state’s “reverse pioneers” bid farewell to homes, parents and all that’s familiar to conquer foreign markets with their technology.

Israel slips to 52 in ease of doing business index. The World Bank has published its annual Doing Business report, rating 190 countries according to the ease of doing business there. The index is based on a weighting of various criteria, including the time required to open a business, acquisition of building permits, tax payment and protection of minority investors. Israel has not fared well in the rankings.

Palestinians announce year-long campaign against ‘crime’ of Balfour Declaration. Marking centenary of 1917 document that led to revived Jewish state, PLO official says the aim is to ‘remind world to face responsibility’ for the Jewish ‘colonialist project’.

No apartheid in Israel, says South African politician. According to Kenneth Meshoe, chairman of the African Christian Democratic Party faction, any attempt to compare Palestinians’ experience in Israel with the former racist regime is offensive to individuals who suffered under the system of racial separation. Any black South African who claims there is apartheid in Israel is either uninformed or blatantly dishonest, he said.

European Union declares Israel boycott protected as free speech. Palestinians hail Federica Mogherini’s statement, but she stresses that the union ‘rejects the BDS campaign’s attempts to isolate Israel’.

Pope Francis: ‘God promised the land to the people of Israel’. God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome in a speech about migration.

Netanyahu praises Israel’s growing diplomatic ties around the world. Ahead of his visit to Kazakhstan, Singapore, Australia and Azerbaijan in the coming three months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahutouted Israel’s expanding ties with a growing number of nations around the world – some of them Muslim.

Culture and Lifestyle
ISRAEL. Moments of inspiration. Watch this video.

Israel is cooking: Making sabich. Chef Moti David works his magic on a traditional dish that treats the palate to ‘gentle bitterness, calm spiciness and a little sweetness’.

Tel Aviv Piano Festival 2016. The annual Piano Festival is one of Tel Aviv’s most unique annual music events, inviting many of the top bands and artists from around the country to step out of their comfort zones with alternative performances of their material. Whether or not you’re familiar with Israeli music, the Piano Festival is a truly special way to experience one of the most important aspects of Israeli culture.

Israeli wine: Competition keeps prices down. As part of Israel’s culinary revolution, it appears that the startup up nation has also become the wine nation. New boutique wineries are springing up like mushrooms. Improved quality and intense competition may be good for consumers but wineries complain that revenue from wine sales is stagnating

Science and Technology
World Economic Forum says Israel is 2nd best on innovation. The World Economic Forum’s 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report shows that Israel is the second best place for innovation in the world, following Switzerland. The annual report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies.

Super-efficient engine goes head-to-head with electric cars in auto industry revolution. An Israeli firm says a super-efficient engine it has created could drastically reduce fuel consumption and help power an auto industry revolution. According to the firm, the engine can allow cars to travel more than 1,600km (1,000 mi) on a single tank of fuel.

Israeli research successful in identifying possible HIV, AIDS cure. Researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have identified a protein that could practically eliminate the HIV virus.
Israeli hackers show light bulbs can take down the internet. Weizmann Institute researchers use airborne drone to take control of nearby office devices, demonstrate vulnerability of the ‘Internet of Things’.

In Depth
The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism. This book, available on-line, explains how the delegitimization of Israel and anti-Semitism can be fought. The book describes the hateful messages of those who defame Israel and the Jews, details why anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism have the same core motifs, and discusses the main groups of inciters.