Israel Update: 1.11.2018


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After a very difficult week for the Jewish world, this Update begins  with some upbeat & optimistic items:


P.M. Netanyahu met Oman’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, during an official diplomatic visit to Oman on Friday after lengthy contacts between the two countries. The visit was the first official meeting at this level in Oman since 1996.




On Saturday, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the Omani sultanate’s minister for foreign affairs, told a security summit in Bahrain. “Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this,” “The world is also aware of this fact. Maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as others states].”

Israel’s judo team, competing under its national flag for the first time ever in a Gulf State, won three bronze medals in the Abu Dhabi international Grand Slam tournament on Saturday. At the competition last year in Abu Dhabi, organizers banned the display of the Israeli flag or any identifying symbols and refused to play the national anthem for Israelis who received gold medals.

Israel’s national anthem “Hatikvah” was played for the first time in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday after judoka Sagi Muki (from Netanya) won the gold medal in the Judo Grand Competition in Abu Dhabi.

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The spectacle of cabinet minister Miri Regev singing the Israeli national anthem “Hatikva,” which describes the Jewish yearning for a homeland in Zion, was just one in a series of taboo-busting public appearances by Israeli officials in Gulf Arab states that have thrust the once-secret back channels of outreach into public view. In Abu Dhabi, Regev also toured the grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Wearing a loosely wrapped headscarf and the traditional floor-length gown known as an abaya, she was warmly welcomed by local officials.

Peter Paltchik won Israel’s second gold medal at the International Judo Federation Grand Slam in Abu Dhabi on Monday. For the second time this week, Israel’s Hatikva anthem was played in the arena.


Islamic Jihad in Gaza fired 39 rockets at Israel last Friday and Saturday. The attack was “led by the Islamic Jihad with clear guidance from Iran and the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds force in Syria,” the IDF spokesman said Saturday. In response, the IDF struck 87 Hamas targets Friday and an additional eight Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza on Saturday. Earlier Friday, Hamas brought 16,000 people to participate in riots along the Gaza border, where they threw firebombs and grenades at Israeli troops. Five Palestinians were reported killed.


Out of 39 rockets launched into Israel by Gazans on Friday and Saturday, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted 17. Two rockets landed inside Gaza and the rest landed in open areas in Israel.,7340,L-5381098,00.html


In the small farming and industrial community of Kibbutz Kfar Aza, residents wake up to a dark, daily reality. They are typically tired from the night before when rockets launched from Gaza, located only 1 mile west of their community, trigger air raid sirens and send families running to bomb shelters. For seven months, Gazans have violently rioted at the border, launching flaming balloons that burned thousands of acres of farmland and shooting hundreds of rockets into Israel. When Gazans burn tyres to block the view of Israeli soldiers, the acrid black smoke blows into the community


A group of eight teenage Israeli girls from Gaza border communities are sharing their experiences living under fire. In 12 days, their Instagram account – otef.gaza – has gained more than 50,000 followers. “We, children of the Gaza border communities, live a kilometre away from the separation fence,” they wrote. “We decided to open an Instagram account that will reveal the daily war that we feel in our region…Every day we have incendiary kites, exploding balloons, fires, shelling, tear gas we breath in and choke on – and this is just the beginning.”


A kindergarten in southern Israel was evacuated Thursday morning after a teacher spotted a suspicious object in the playground, later found to be an explosive device, flown into Israel from the nearby Gaza Strip. Separately, a security jeep caught fire in Kibbutz Alumim, some four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the Gaza border, because of an airborne incendiary device.


Israel sent a team of volunteers from the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit which arrived in Pittsburgh on Sunday to provide aid to the community and the victims. The team is working in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh to provide psychological and emotional stabilization and treatment to the families of those who were killed and injured as well as anybody in the community who is in need.


Israel sent its air force search and rescue unit to Jordan to assist in rescue operations after a flash flood swept away a children’s school bus last Thursday 26/10 near the Dead Sea. “The troops are assisting the actions to locate the missing and are doing all in their power in spite of the adverse weather conditions in order to assist the children in the flooded area,” the IDF said.


Every day, 8,000 Palestinian workers pass through the upgraded Hashmonaim terminal on their way to work in Israel.They say it takes just a few minutes to get through.


Palestinian incitement against Israel has increased over the last two months, according to a recent report. The Palestinian Authority is consistently voicing its support for terror attacks, while Hamas is calling for a renewal of suicide attacks in the West Bank and for Gaza residents to continue rioting along the border fence. Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs  noted that “the dream of destroying the State of Israel has not been abandoned.”


Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency helped Denmark foil an Iranian plot to assassinate the leader of a dissident group that fights for the rights of Arabs in southwest Iran


Israel reuses more than 90% of its water; next in the world is Spain at 20%. Using drip irrigation, Israel made its desert bloom. More recently, it added desalination of the Mediterranean to the mix. By 2014, Israel was able to export water to neighbouring Jordan and Palestinian territories. Today, Israeli-developed water technology is being used in more than 100 countries. “Sustainable Nation” is a new Israeli documentary that follows three Israeli water-sector innovators who are attempting to bring their expertise to water-starved or water-challenged parts of the world such as South Asia and Africa.


A new plant will be established in Eilat by the Israeli pharmaceutical company Zion Medical to produce the new drug Gammora to treat AIDS.
The new drug eliminates HIV virus-infected cells, as opposed to previous drugs which focused on eliminating the virus itself, and therefore faced the risk of viruses changing and developing resistance. The new drug also appears to be effective in the treatment of cancerous tumours.


Israeli startup 3GSolar Photovoltaics is implanting tiny solar panels on electronic devices that allows the devices to sustainably generate their own power.  Many smart-home devices run on batteries that need replacing every year or so. 3GSolar’s cells would last 10 to 15 years.


Jack Ma Yun, founder and executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba, told the Innovation Summit in Tel Aviv last Thursday: “Most people innovate for success, but Israel innovates for survival.


Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems won a contract worth up to $68 million to supply maritime unmanned aircraft patrol services for the European Maritime Safety Agency to countries in the EU.


Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River state in Nigeria, has signed a pact with the government of Israel to train 1,000 rice farmers in modern farming techniques.

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