Israel Update: 8.11.2018


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Israel’s Security Agency Director told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee last week that ISA has thwarted 480 Palestinian terror attacks in the last year. He also referred to 590 potential lone wolf attacks that were prevented.



Two Israelis were lightly injured Wednesday from flying glass after a shooting attack on a bus. One of the injured was the bus driver

On Monday, a Palestinian attempted to stab civilians at a junction near Hebron. In response, an IDF officer fired towards the terrorist, shooting him in the leg..

A Palestinian woman was shot in the leg after she attempted to stab Israeli border police officers at a petrol station on Tuesday.



Bardelas is the most recent of four co-ed (mixed gender) combat battalions in the Israel Defence Forces that have formed in the last decade and a half. The commander says that his unit, made up of roughly equal numbers of men and women, can do any of the activities of other combat units



Israel’s Transport and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz arrived in Muscat, Oman, on Sunday to attend an international transport conference and to pitch the Tracks for Regional Peace initiative – a railway project that would link the Gulf to the Mediterranean via Israel.



The Israeli embassy has introduced new technology to Hanoi. The “vertical rice field” was developed by Israel-based Vertical Field that designs and builds modular, lush, green vertical gardens and fields.
An exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vietnam-Israel diplomatic relations featured a vertical rice field covering 100 square meters that combined the deployment of soil-based technology for water conservation and plant nutrition. Also displayed was Israeli technology developed by Watergen that provides a low-cost, abundant and renewable source of fresh and clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere.



Crowds of Palestinians protested along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday but in fewer numbers and with less fury than has been seen for months as Egyptian mediators worked to lower tension. The Israeli military said that while there were disturbances, much of the crowd kept their distance.



An Israeli delegation was scheduled to take part in the World Forum Interfaith Dialogue Ambassadors conference on Nov. 4-8 in Tunisia.
But on 2 Nov, the Tunis-based Court of First Instance ruled to prevent the Israeli delegation from entering the country to attend the event.



Morocco has no official relations with Israel. Data released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics shows $37 million worth of commerce with Morocco in 2017. Israeli agricultural technology giant Netafim set up a $2.9 million subsidiary in Morocco last year. Much business is done indirectly, through companies in France. Commercial links in agriculture, the military and technology have existed for decades. Moroccans are frequent participants at Israeli agricultural high-tech fairs, and thousands of Israeli tourists visit Morocco every year.




Shahd Abboud comes a basketball -playing family and she now has the honour of being the first Arab-Israeli captain of a professional Israeli basketball team, Hapoel Petach Tikva.




CollPlant, an Israeli regenerative medicine company focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, signed a license, development and commercialization agreement with United Therapeutics Corporation of Maryland for 3D bioprinted lung transplants.




Israeli start-up ParaSonic has developed a hand-held device that uses ultrasound technology to kill head lice and their eggs in a treatment that takes minutes. Pesticide shampoos and fine-tooth combs are the only current treatments. The new device sends extremely low-intensity ultrasonic waves through the hair and the company says the ultrasound technology is safe for use with children. It has been approved for use in the U.S. and trials show 95% efficiency.


Aaron David Miller & Hillel Zand: The Arab world’s new openness to Israel is driven in part by increasing impatience and annoyance with the Palestinians. The Saudis and Egyptians are frustrated with a weak Mahmoud Abbas and worried about Hamas. Add to this the Arab states’ fear of Iran and Sunni jihadists, and a desire to please the U.S. – and suddenly it’s obvious that Israel and its neighbours are bound by common interests.

Ellen R Wald: In the last seven years the number of Arab students at Israeli universities has grown by 78.5%, according to Israel’s Council for Higher Education. Today, 16.1% of students at Israeli universities are Arab.


Khaled Abu Toameh: In the past few days, the rival Palestinian parties have again found themselves in agreement over what they perceive as efforts to normalize relations between Israel and some Arab countries. They are opposed to normalization between Israel and the Arab counties because they are afraid that their Arab brothers will forget about the Palestinians and focus on bringing prosperity and stability to the Arab countries. The Palestinians seek to continue holding the Arab world hostage to their own unrealistic demands. They do not want to see the Arab countries move forward and build a better future for their people.

Douglas Feith: Supporters of Zionism should learn their history and reacquaint themselves with the reasons that Zionism became a movement. They should study afresh the case for the Jewish state in the Jewish homeland….

For the 400 years before World War I, Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire, so it was owned by the Turks, not by the Arabs, let alone by the Arabs of Palestine. Palestine is an old but imprecise geographical term. It remained imprecise because there was never a country called Palestine. Even when—long ago— it was under Arab rule, Palestine was never ruled by its own Arab inhabitants.  So it’s not accurate to say that Palestine was a country, nor to say it was Arab land. Neither the Jews nor the British stole it from the Arabs. The original Zionists came to Palestine without the backing of any imperialist or colonialist power. They bought the land on which they settled. And before Britain invaded Palestine in World War I, the Ottoman Turks had joined Germany and attacked Allied forces.

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