Israel Update: 16.8.2018
ISRAEL –THE START-UP NATION
According to the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystem Report, Tel Aviv has the highest number of startups per capita in the world, and the highest investment of GDP in research and development (R&D). It’s also one of the top-performing cities for global connections and global market reach, and has been highlighted by Compass and Fortune magazine as one of the best places in the world to start a business.
MassChallenge Israel this week selected the most outstanding Israeli startup initiatives from among 525 candidates. Winners in the medical sector include Air Doctor, which connects tourists who became ill or injured abroad with recommended and accessible doctors in the country where they are travelling…MonitHer has developed a home device for early diagnosis of breast cancer through monthly ultrasound monitoring.
Israeli startup Timeless Foods makes disposable plastic containers for vacuum packaging of delicate foods, significantly prolonging their shelf life without requiring freezing or even refrigeration.”Our first packaging was developed for pizza and can keep it fresh for eight weeks,” said Timeless Foods founder and chairman Michel Habib.
After repeated attempts to fix the worn-down cartilage in her knee failed to bring relief, a 30-year old woman in Jerusalem earlier this month received an implant made of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonite, which, if all goes well, will help regenerate her cartilage and bone over time. The implant was developed by the Israeli startup Cartiheal Ltd which is conducting a global clinical trial of its technology. The goal is to commercialize a product that could bring relief to millions of sufferers of cartilage knee pain within a few years.
Tel Aviv-listed IceCure Medical Ltd., a company developing a minimally invasive medical device for treating tumours, will start offering its technology in Israel in upcoming weeks. The device is approved in the U.S. and the European Union.
This week Jeremy Corbyn stated that, when attending a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014, he had honoured the memory of those killed in an Israeli airstrike on PLO HQ in Tunis in 1985 which he said (in a Channel 4 interview) was “unprovoked”. Corbyn is wrong. The I.A.F. attacked the PLO HQ (Operation Wooden Leg) on October 1 1985 less than a week after three Israelis were murdered in cold blood on 25 September (Yom Kippur) while on a yacht in Larnaca, Cyprus by PLO terrorists. The raid was intended to demonstrate to the PLO that they would be held accountable for their actions.
LAST WEEK’S GAZA VIOLENCE
Last Thursday 9/8 a Grad rocket fired from Gaza struck just outside Beersheba which is located 25 miles away. The rocket launch had come three hours after Hamas declared the current round of violence to be over. Subsequently the Israeli Air Force destroyed a Hamas headquarters in Gaza. Video footage from the scene indicated that the Israeli military used its “roof-knocking” technique, in which planes first drop a low-powered bomb on a building as a warning to those nearby of an impending strike. So far, the IDF has focused on targeting Hamas infrastructure while largely avoiding casualties in an effort to prevent a further escalation.
SOME INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS TO GAZA VIOLENCE
The EU foreign affairs spokesperson said Friday: “The rocket fire from Gaza towards communities in southern Israel as well as other violent actions and provocations against Israel by Hamas and other Palestinian militants are totally unacceptable.”
The Argentine Foreign Ministry issued a statement Friday expressing its “deep concern” over the violence in Gaza which it said was “caused by the launch of rockets towards Israel.”
ARSON TERRORISM CONTINUES (a few examples)
A 4-metre (13-foot) arson kite launched from Gaza landed on high-voltage power lines near Kibbutz Sufa on Friday, causing a power outage at the kibbutz and in the surrounding area. In another community near Gaza, an arson balloon landed next to a communal dining room. Incendiary devices from Gaza sparked nine fires in Israel on Friday
Five fires broke out on Saturday in the Gaza border region as a result of incendiary balloons flown into Israel.
Four incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip landed outside a community in southern Israel on Tuesday
Israeli troops arrested 21 Palestinian suspects and closed an illegal weapons manufacturing workshop in a series of raids across the West Bank on Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Those arrested were suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, rock-throwing and taking part in violent riots against Israeli security forces.
Israeli troops arrested three Palestinians armed with four pipe bombs outside an Israeli community in the West Bank on Tuesday. In a separate incident two pipe bombs were thrown at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem but failed to explode
Security forces in Jerusalem’s Old City last week arrested an Arab from Hebron who was planning to carry out a stabbing attack
On August 9, 2001, a suicide bomber entered the Sbarro pizza shop in downtown Jerusalem, detonated his suicide vest and murdered 15 people including 7 children. 130 people were injured. The suicide bomber’s family has received $50,124 from the PA as a reward. The terrorist who planned the attack and brought the bomber to Sbarro, Ahlam Tamimi, has received $52,681. The suicide belt was built by Hamas bombmaker Abdallah Barghouti, who has received $191,526 from the PA.
Last December, a 17-year-old Palestinian woman assaulted an IDF soldier and was arrested and sentenced to eight months in prison. After her release, she addressed the issue of how young Palestinians detained by Israel are treated in an interview on Al-Jazeera.. Each day, she recalled, began with all the prisoners in her wing congregating in the yard to enjoy a potluck picnic. Then, mornings were spent studying for her high school diploma. Lunches were again a communal affair, followed by “having parties, sitting around together, singing, dancing, just passing the time, watching TV, jumping around from room to room, going wild.” (embedded video)
Even though Israel has been banned from the Asian Games since 1981, an Israeli transit app will help teams and fans get to their sports destinations on time, using public transportation. The public transportation app Moovit, created by an Israeli startup of the same name, has been chosen as the official mobility app for the Asian Games, also known as Asiad, to be held August 18-September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Moovit was the official transit app for the city of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-moovit-chosen-as-official-transit-app-for-asian-games-in-indonesia/
COMMENT & OPINION
Mark Werner: What did I think about in the bomb shelter while we waited to hear whether a missile would explode nearby? My first thought was a feeling of anger, directed at the Palestinians who were firing missiles at us. I knew that, if we were in a bomb shelter, so were tens of thousands of Israeli civilians who lived between our base and Gaza. I was angry that mothers and fathers had to scoop up their terrified children and hide in bomb shelters because the Palestinians seek to terrorize the Israeli population…. I knew that Israel’s response, unlike the Palestinians who target Israeli civilians, would be directed towards military targets and would strive to minimize civilian casualties. Certainly, if North Korea fired missiles at the U.S., the U.S. response would be massive, not proportionate. And no one would expect less. There are no pacifists in a bomb shelter. The urge to strike back at your attacker is instinctive. No one should have to live like that. And so peace can only be possible once the Palestinians cease their violence towards Israel. No one should expect more of a people forced to live in bomb shelters