Israel Update: 30 November 2017

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Israel will join the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Power Africa programme, connecting millions of people to electricity with renewable energy projects. Israeli companies will be able to negotiate contracts in countries where there is no official Israeli presence, advancing major clean-energy projects and counterbalancing Chinese solar companies. Two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack reliable electricity.
While P.M. Netanyahu was in Kenya for meetings with a dozen African heads of state, Israel announced the opening of a new embassy in Kigali, Rwanda,
A delegation of over 35 British investors, led by the deputy chairman of the Bank of England, made a three-day visit to Israel. It was the largest delegation to date organized by the chamber of commerce UK Israel Business (UKIB), which aims to connect businesses in the two nations.
Britain is buying Israel’s Iron Dome short range missile defence system to protect the Falkland Islands The system is produced by  Rafael Advanced Defence Systems using software developed by Israeli startup mPrest. A British Defence Ministry spokesman said, “Following an open competition we selected Rafael for a £78 million contract to provide the main computer system and boost our defence of the Falkland Islands.
60 members of the European Parliament called on EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini to stop EU funding and isolate the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Among the signatories were representatives from Romania, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic & Spain.
The EU Foreign Policy Chief announced Tuesday that she has invited Israel’s PM
to address EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Dec. 11. A senior diplomatic official said Netanyahu will tell European leaders that their obsessive focus on the settlements is “ridiculous,” remind them that the Arab-Israeli conflict predated the settlements by 50 years, and say that 85% of the settlements are in settlement blocs that “everyone knows will be part of Israel.”In addition, Netanyahu will point out that “we in Israel are the future, we will bring you water, technology and security against terrorists – we have blocked 30 to 40 major attacks in Europe
Israel, reportedly has assisted Egypt throughout its fight against the Islamic State insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, including intelligence sharing and even allegedly carrying out drone strikes against the terrorists. More publicly, since 2013, Israel has also allowed additional Egyptian forces into the peninsula, beyond the level permitted under the 1979 peace accord between the two countries. Heavy weapons, like tanks, artillery and attack helicopters, have been brought into Sinai to fight the Islamists, a sign that Jerusalem is not concerned that the weaponry could be turned against it.
The Egyptian flag lit up the facade of the Tel Aviv municipality building Friday evening, hours after terrorists attacked a crowded mosque in the Sinai Peninsula, killing over 300 people.
Israeli officials briefed a number of ambassadors from states contributing to UNIFIL on Monday before a discussion on UNIFIL in the Security Council. Israel does not expect UNIFIL to confront Hizbullah militarily, but it wants there to be a better record of violations. Jerusalem has complained in recent months that it has provided information to UNIFIL about Hizbullah establishing outposts along the border with Israel, but that these complaints were dismissed without serious investigation or inspection.
At least 10 mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at nearby Israeli troops, and in response Israeli tanks and aircraft targeted two Hamas and two Islamic Jihad positions on Thursday. The exchange came exactly one month after Israeli forces destroyed an Islamic Jihad cross-border attack tunnel. At least 14 terrorists were killed, including two top commanders.
MedyMatch Technology, an Israeli startup that has developed an artificial intelligence based software to help clinicians assess head trauma or stroke, has entered a partnership with GE Healthcare to integrate its products with the US conglomerate’s imaging solutions.
Israeli startup Raziel Therapeutics has developed a medical treatment that melts away fat cells upon delivery of a new synthetic small chemical molecule via subcutaneous injection. Clinical trials conducted on 24 patients in the US showed a 30 to 50 percent reduction in fat around the site of a single, subcutaneous injection.
A virtual reality camera, produced by Human Eyes, an Israel-based company, has
been sent into space to take part in a National Geographic documentary.
Twice a year, for the past five years, doctors from Haifa’s Rambam Medical Centre have travelled to Tbilisi to perform operations on local youngsters with serious congenital defects. The delegation consists of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and intensive care specialists.
The IDF last Thursday arrested five members of a terror group who threw a number of bombs at Israeli traffic on the tunnel road leading to Jerusalem from Gush Etzion. When questioned, the five admitted to the incidents.
NOVEMBER 30th has been dedicated by the government of Israel as a day marking those “Jews who were forced to flee Arab countries”.
Tzahi Gavrieli: Seventy years after the United Nations established a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran are living in Israel… But they decided to build again, to give up their refugee narrative, to understand that the years following World War II created a new reality for not only themselves, but tens of millions of others as well. On the other hand, the preservation of the seven decade old narrative of Palestinian refugees is still in full force. It continues to serve political goals and is used as a tool to delegitimize Israel and not recognize it as the homeland of the Jewish people. The call for the return of millions of Palestinian refugees to Israel is just another means in the quest to destroy the Jewish state.
Haisam Hassanein:  It came as a shock when during my first visit to Israel in 2014, I met a man who spoke to me in perfect Iraqi Arabic. For more than a thousand years, Mizrahi Jews from eastern lands lived and thrived from Morocco to India and Central Asia. This story came to a crushing end for most Jews in 1948, when Arab states responded to the creation of Israel by forcing out their Jewish populations. Today, as Israeli society becomes more inclusive, eastern Jewish culture is honoured…As a Muslim, I am acutely aware of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who have been left to languish in camps for decades, unwelcome in the lands of their Arab and Muslim neighbours. The successful absorption of Jews from eastern countries in Israel is a modern-day success story that deserves to be remembered, celebrated and emulated.
In a tweet on Friday, Hamza al-Salem, assistant professor at the College of Business Administration at Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said, “I expect that if peace were made with Israel and the visa and entering and exiting process were made easy, it [Israel] would become the top tourist destination for Saudis. It is one of God’s most beautiful countries in terms of its nature and development. It has combined the spirit of the beauty of the east and west, old and new civilizations. When we have made peace with Israel, exploitation of it will become nonexistent. The government will not accept inciting against it.” Saud Fozan, a journalist for, tweeted in October, “I am not here to defend the Jews, i.e., the Israelis, but truth be told…show me one Israeli who killed a single Saudi, and in return I can list 1,000 Saudis who murdered their own kin with explosive belts by joining al-Qaeda and ISIS