News from Israel

“News from Israel” presents a compilation of news stories from major Israeli and other publications. To see the source and to read the full story behind a headline, click the hyperlink in the corresponding news item.

No. 102, July 3, 2019 

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Inside Israel
Dozens of fires are daily nightmare for frustrated Israelis along Gaza borderDozens of fires caused by incendiary balloons have been documented in the Israeli communities bordering the Gaza Strip in recent weeks. The IDF has refrained from responding, and its current policy is to contain the situation. Residents of the area are frustrated, both with the endless firebombs and the lack of a response from Israel. Later in the week an Israeli official confirmed that the country had agreed to a number of economic concessions for the Gaza Strip in exchange for an end to arson attacks and other violence along the border. 

More funds to help Ethiopian Jews integrate. Israel’s Council for Higher Education has approved a $40 million plan to encourage academic excellence and leadership among Ethiopian-Israeli students. The initiative aims to increase the number of Ethiopian-Israeli bachelor’s degree students by some 40 percent in five years.

New Center of Scientific Excellence for Bedouins opened in Negev. The Ministry of Development of the Periphery, Negev and Galilee together with the Negev Development Authority opened a Center of Scientific Excellence near Beer Sheba. The project is aimed at Bedouins who live in the Negev, and currently has over 5,100 children participating in the project, out of which 3,000 are girls.

IDF holds largest drill in years to prepare for future Hezbollah war. Israel wrapped up its largest military drill in years, with thousands of troops from the army, navy and air force simulating a future war with the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group amid fears that Iran would draw its Shiite proxy into the recent growing tensions in the Persian Gulf. It included a large deployment of unmanned aircraft and the first use of the F-35 stealth fighter planes to prepare for scenarios of missile attacks and underground infiltrations from Lebanon.
 
International
White House releases detailed economic plan for Palestinian people. Three days ahead of the Bahrain summit, the White House released the $50 billion financial part of the “Deal of the Century”. Under the title “Peace to Prosperity – the economic plan: A new vision for the Palestinian People,” the Trump administration published a 40-page document that lays out a detailed vision in all aspects of life, from roads and rail to taxes and education. The plan is built upon three pillars: “The people,” “The economy,” and “The government.” The Palestinian Authority rejected the plan even before seeing its details.

Historic trilateral Security Summit held in Jerusalem. A historic meeting held in Jerusalem with leaders from Israel, the United States and Russia focused on bilateral relations and security in the region, with a special emphasis on preventing potentially dangerous situations stemming from Iran and Syria. The meeting “attests to Israel’s standing, to the superpowers’ confidence in it and to the weight it is being given on issues on the regional and global agendas,” National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat stated.

“The Jewish people have a place among us,” Bahrain FM says on Israeli TV. Bahrain’s foreign minister gave an unprecedented interview to an Israeli television channel, calling for open communication with the Jewish state. “Israel is part of this heritage of this whole region, historically. So, the Jewish people have a place amongst us,” he said.

Israeli companies boosted New York economy by $30 Billion in 2018. Israeli-founded companies operating in New York directly contributed $18.6 billion in revenue in 2018, a new study by the New York-Israel Business Alliance has revealed. The economic benefit by 506 Israeli companies surges to $33.8 billion, when including spending on local goods and services. The companies directly employ 24,850 New York residents and indirectly employed a further 27,502 based on additional demand for locally-sourced goods and services.
 
Culture and Lifestyle
Conversations and culture: 6 must-see exhibits in Israel this summer. Israel’s museums – more than 200 of them – offer the best in Israeli culture including in the arts, music, history, and religion, with a new crop of exhibitions every few months. Take a peek at some of the most unique and interesting exhibits this summer.

The 21 top Israeli music albums since the 1980s. From Idan Raichel to Subliminal, Aviv Geffen to Karolina, these are the artists whose discs continue to define the musical tapestry of modern Israel.

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins 2 gold medals at European Games. After winning a silver medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus, Israeli rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram added two gold medals. Here is a video of her beautiful performance.
 
Science and Technology
Ride & Fly: US-Israeli startup to begin testing flying vehicle in 2020. Flying cars may sound like a utopian fantasy or science fiction to some – think “Star Wars” and “Back to the Future” – but to entrepreneurs and husband-and-wife team Guy and Maki Kaplinsky, they may soon be a reality on our roads and in the sky.

Israeli company debuts “world’s first” all-electric plane. The Alice is a small prop plane operating entirely on battery power. According to the company, it is the world’s first all-electric commuter aircraft. It carries nine passengers and two crewmen. Its range is currently limited to around 600 miles. The company hopes it can cut down operating costs to somewhere around one-fifth of current rates.

Successful fertility treatments on the rise in Israel. According to numbers released recently by the national in vitro fertilization (IVF) database, the number of fertility treatments in Israel is on the rise. This is especially true among women over the age of 40, whose chances of getting pregnant are lower than those of younger women. Israel is one of the only countries in the world to provide public funding for fertility treatments up to the age of 45.

In Depth
WATCH: The myth of Israeli apartheid debunked! You may have heard the absurd accusation that Israel is “an apartheid state” just like South Africa used to be. But does this accusation stand up to scrutiny? What do the FACTS show?

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