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Israel Update 24.4.19

 

Chag Pesach Sameach to my readers. HRG

 

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE INSTALLS ISRAELI INVENTION

 

Israeli firm Elbit Systems’ Emergency Personal Locator Beacon (EPLB), the first to be accredited on life jackets for unassisted operation in water, has made its inaugural operational flight on the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft.
In the event of an accident or aircrew ejection, the EPLB delivers emergency alerts to the international search and rescue (SAR) satellite constellation as well as homing signals to local SAR teams, enabling quick and effective rescue of stranded aircrew, significantly increasing survival probability. The EPLB operates efficiently in all weather conditions and temperatures, for a minimum of 24 hours, across land and sea. It activates automatically upon ejection, meaning that even an unconscious pilot can be detected.

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RAMADAN

 

Israel is making a number of holiday gestures to the Palestinian community for the month of Ramadan, which begins on May 6.Palestinians living in the West Bank will be permitted to visit family in Israel between Sunday and Thursday and on Eid al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan. Operating hours at the crossings will be extended. Entry for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount will be permitted, as will travel abroad through Ben-Gurion Airport. Relatives living in Arab countries should likewise be able to coordinate visiting family members in the West Bank.

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GAZA

 

In response to shooting attacks towards Israeli soldiers at the Gaza border on Friday, Israeli aircraft and a tank attacked two Hamas targets in Gaza.

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A rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel on Saturday afternoon fell short within the Gaza Strip,

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IDF soldiers arrested two Gazans armed with knives who had crossed into Israel on Sunday.  Read more here

 

WEST BANK

 

The wait time for Palestinians crossing into Israel from Bethlehem has been reduced from up to 2.5 hours to six minutes, following checkpoint renovations.

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Israeli border police thwarted a stabbing attack at a junction on Saturday. A Palestinian Arab arrived at a checkpoint with a knife and attempted to open the door of a police car and stab the driver, who opened fire and wounded the terrorist.

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COUNTER TERRORISM

 

In a covert operation on 18 April, the detectives of the Israel Police Central Unit, together with IDF fighters, prevented the smuggling of weapons from Jordan to Israel. Four individuals were arrested.

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MEDICAL NEWS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for naloxone spray from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals.The first generic nasal spray version of Narcan reverses opioid overdoses. An FDA spokesman said:  “In the wake of the opioid crisis, a number of efforts are underway to make this emergency overdose reversal treatment more readily available and more accessible,”

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Israeli researchers have started pre-clinical studies to examine the impact of medical cannabis in the treatment of endometriosis, a medical problem that affects one in ten women of childbearing age.

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FOOD TECHNOLOGY

 

Israeli startup Yarok Microbio says it has developed a way to identify life-threatening bacteria in as little as under an hour, before the food products they could be lurking in are sold.

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An Israeli device can test pesticide residues on food in real time. Inspecto’s system for food manufacturers detects specific chemical contaminants in real time, in the field or indoors along the production line.

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TECHNOLOGY

 

American technology giant Intel Corp launched its “most powerful generation” of laptop processors to date on Tuesday, designed by its Haifa-based development centre. The 9th Gen Intel Core mobile H-series processors are aimed at gamers and video graphics creators, boasting up to 33% better overall performance compared with a three-year old PC.

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Israel-based Electreon Wireless has been chosen by the Swedish Transport Administration to build a dynamic electric road that charges vehicles as they drive along it.The road on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland will charge electric trucks and buses while in motion.Sweden plans to implement 2,000 km. of electric highway to enable the dynamic charging of electric vehicles.

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AN UNUSUAL IDF SOLDIER

21-year-old Staff Sergeant A., a career soldier, was born to Muslim parents who relocated from the Gaza Strip to Israel some 30 years ago. He converted to Judaism and in two week’s time, on Independence Day,  will receive a special citation of excellence from the head of his division. Ironically, the family lives in Sderot, a city that has for years been suffering from rocket attacks fired by Gaza terrorists.

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FAKE NEWS

 

British Labour MP Grahame Morris on Monday accused Israeli troops of beating Palestinian children, by tweeting a four-year-old footage of Guatemalan soldiers violently assaulting unarmed teenagers. The IDF demanded an apology. Read more here

 

ARAB OPINION

 

Ahmad Al-Tawwab wrote in the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram on March 25: “We must reassess the bizarre belief that has prevailed for many years among many Arab politicians and intellectuals, especially Palestinian ones, that time necessarily works in our favour…and that Israel’s demise is a forgone conclusion….This outlook isone of the reasons that the Palestinians have repeatedly missed opportunities [to resolve the conflict].”

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COMMENT & OPINION

 

Aaron Kliegman: The BDS campaign is nothing less than a form of economic warfare against Israel meant to destroy the Jewish state. Its proponents, who do not believe in Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, seek to undermine Israel to the point that it effectively ceases to survive.
Criticizing the Israeli government and even boycotting Israel to make a political stand are perfectly legitimate, albeit deeply misguided, actions. But the BDS movement is something different, something much darker.

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Yossi Kuperwasser: The “PLO Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society” recently published a detailed, 37-page position paper in Hebrew explaining its positions regarding relations with Israel…The paper completely ignores Palestinian terrorism as the main factor preventing the implementation of the Oslo Accords. It also makes no mention of the Palestinian obstinacy and intransigence that led to the rejection of all American and Israeli initiatives…The Palestinian narrative is the primary obstacle to peace and is the source of ongoing terrorism. It proclaims that there is no Jewish people and states that the Jews do not have a history of sovereignty in the Land of Israel… The paper states that the allowances paid by the Palestinian Authority to the families of Palestinian casualties and prisoners are not support for terrorism. It claims that these casualties and prisoners did not commit acts of terror, but rather they are “freedom fighters.” Thus, they admit that these payments are not “welfare support,” but rather an expression of esteem for the attacks that these people carried out. It promises these payments to any terrorist in advance and thereby encourages terrorism.  The Palestinian position paper once again details the reasons for there being no Palestinian partner for peace.

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Daniel Gordis: There is no “deal” now or in the foreseeable future primarily because the Palestinians have still not made peace with the idea that a Jewish state is here to stay. When Hamas, which controls Gaza, started its “March of Return” last year, it promised that the march would mark the beginning of the “liberation of all of Palestine, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.” The march, in other words, was simply the latest chapter in Hamas’ drive to destroy the Jewish state. Israelis take Hamas seriously…Similarly, when Palestinian President Abbas warned U.S. President Trump that any peace plan that does not establish a Palestinian state along the 1967 border would be unacceptable, Israelis took him seriously, too. Those borders, they know, are essentially indefensible; what Abbas is thus seeking is not a state, they believe, but the gradual destruction of Israel.

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