NOTE: There will be no Israel Update next week and hopefully it will resume on 6thSeptember.
Israel Update: 23.8.2018
ISRAELI AID FOR KERALA
Israeli humanitarian NGO IsraAID sent a response team to the south Indian state of Kerala on Tuesday following the deaths of at least 220 people due to floods. Some 725,000 people have fled their homes and currently reside in relief camps.IsraAID currently operates humanitarian programmes in 17 countries and responded to crises in 47 locations.
Israel’s exports to Gulf Arab states were worth nearly $1 billion in 2016, a new analysis of trade data suggests, despite their refusal to recognize Israel or have diplomatic relations with it.
Israel’s NUFiltration (NUF) will provide its unique water filtration systems to thousands of people in the African country of Cameroon who currently have no access to clean water and face a cholera epidemic… The device uses disinfected, recycled, high-standard dialysis filters to purify water. The filters do not require electricity and have a minimum lifespan of three years.
As the Assad regime completes its takeover of southern Syria, Israel is winding down it humanitarian and medical operation that saved thousands of Syrian lives throughout the civil war. Israeli hospitals have treated 4,800 Syrian civilians since 2011, half of them children. A separate field clinic in the Golan Heights treated 6,000 Syrian civilians since last year
Thousands of Gazans gathered and rioted near the border with Israel last Friday. A number of firebombs and IEDs were thrown toward the security fence and incendiary balloons were launched at Israel. Two Gazans were reported killed in the clashes.Despite attempts to broker a cease-fire, Hamas sources said Friday it would continue to engage in weekly riots, which have taken place every Friday since March 30.
An Israeli Arab tried to stab an Israeli policeman in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. The assailant was shot and killed by police. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5330624,00.html
ARSON TERRORISM CONTINUES
Hundreds of acres of security tree plantings carried out since the 1950s around 11 Israeli communities in the Western Negev, to provide a natural protective screen between them and Gaza, have now gone up in smoke due to incessant Palestinian incendiary kite and balloon attacks.
The trees conceal local communities and roads and make it hard for the terrorists to hit them directly. The camouflage they provide protects farmers from sharpshooters, and the army uses them for cover when necessary, too. What’s more, a missile fired at the area has a very good chance of hitting the trees first.
The US Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to US marketing of a noninvasive medical device developed by Jerusalem-based Brainsway Ltd. to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-ocd-treatment-gets-fda-green-light-for-us-marketing/
Pepsi announced Monday that it would take over SodaStream, the Israeli company that sells do-it-yourself seltzer makers, in a deal worth $3.2 billion.The move will boost Pepsi’s efforts to shift from its traditional soft drinks to offering healthier options. SodaStream’s products are marketed as a healthy alternative to sugary sodas.
The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems a $20 million contract to supply the British army with six drone interception systems to protect sensitive facilities and sites at which British forces are deployed.The Drone Dome provides 360-degree protection against drones at ranges of 3-5 km. using an advanced electro-optical sensor that cuts communications between the drone and its operator.The system then intercepts drones using laser beams that burn it in flight in a few seconds.
The Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and the Australian company Varley signed an agreement Wednesday to establish joint production lines in Australia for Rafael’s Spike anti-tank missiles. Other Rafael products will also be produced in Australia for use by the Australian army.
The Greek warship HS Prometheus docked in Haifa Port on Tuesday and will take part in joint exercises with the Israel Navy in attack-and-react drills. Israel and Greece share economic interests, such as the ambitious project to build an undersea gas pipeline from Israel to Cyprus to Crete to mainland Greece.
P.M. Netanyahu on Monday evening posted a video blessing the Muslim and Druze communities as they began celebrating the Eid al-Adha festival. He said:“I’m proud for the fact that in Israel we have freedom of worship for all: Muslims, Druze, Christians, Baha’is, Jews — everyone. And I would like to wish you and your families a happy holiday. Bless you,”
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram, 19, on Saturday broke the world record in the clubs-handling round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Minsk, and went on to win the gold medal in the all-round phase of the competition.
She went on to win a second gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics .
COMMENT & OPINION
Smadar Bat Adam: Israel’s non-Jewish citizens have experienced unprecedented advancements in their quality of life…Due to Israeli government decisions to approve massive investment in the Arab sector, the high school matriculation rate has increased to 66% in 2017, while the Druze sector now has the highest matriculation rate in Israel. A decade ago, there were very few community centres in Arab communities; now, there are dozens.Israel is in the midst of a sweeping and natural process of integrating young Arabs into Israeli society; in hospitals and pharmacies, the information technology sector, academia and in our courts and government offices.
Matthew Continetti: The nation-state law contains no additional rights for Jews; nor does it promulgate fewer rights for Arabs…The truth is that democracy is thriving in Israel. Last I checked, Israel is the one country in the Middle East where you can attend an LGBT Pride parade. The proportion of women serving in the Knesset is higher than in the U.S. Congress or average EU parliament. Minority citizens are guaranteed the same rights as Jewish ones. And it is precisely these achievements that are sustained by Israel’s Jewish character and traditions.
EYE WITNESS ACCOUNT OF LIFE UNDER FIRE IN SDEROT
On Wednesday night, Aug. 8, many residents in the Gaza periphery were up all night due to a constant barrage of rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza. The rocket fire was meant to kill them, their children and their families. 15 people were injured and dozens more suffered from shock and distress. United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Yaakov Bar Yochai in Sderot wrote:Just after 7:30 p.m. the red alert siren sounds and I don’t have time to make it to a protective shelter when a massive explosion erupts from somewhere behind me on the next street. I rush over on my ambucycle, and see a man bleeding from cuts in his arm when pieces of shrapnel from the rocket struck him. When I finish treating him, I see that a number of people are suffering from emotional shock and I begin treating and stabilizing them. From there I am dispatched to another location in the next neighbourhood where another rocket exploded after striking a direct hit in the courtyard of a house. I treat more people suffering from shock.