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. 119, March 04, 2020

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Inside Israel
Rocket attacks from Gaza target Israeli south. On February 23 and 24 some 90 rockets were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip — most of them by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group. In response to the attacks, the Israeli military launched multiple rounds of retaliatory air raids against Islamic Jihad bases in the Gaza Strip and Syria. School was canceled for students in all of the Israeli communities along the border with Gaza, as well as in the city of Sderot, and in the coastal city of Ashkelon. After the assassination of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Qasem Soleimani in January, Tehran instructed the PIJ and other Iranian proxies to increase their terror activity.

Israeli police arrested former Knesset member on Temple Mount for “suspected praying”. Former MK (Member of Knesset) Yehudah Glick was detained on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, apparently over suspicion that he was praying. Jews have been barred from praying there due to a demand imposed by the Waqf Islamic Trust, which administers the site.

Netanyahu “favors Palestinian state, provided it is demilitarized”. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made clear in an interview that he supports establishing a demilitarized Palestinian state. “In the state we’re talking about, we control every meter in terms of security, airspace, entrances, and exits,” Netanyahu explained, “There’ll be nothing more open than that for us.”

Coronavirus in Israel. The potential for the spread of the coronavirus in Israel grew substantially, Director General of the Ministry of Health said. The comment was made after it was revealed that a group of South Koreans on a pilgrimage to Israel had been infected with the virus and had come in contact with thousands of Israelis. The group of 39 pilgrims from South Korea visited Israel February 8-15th. It was reported that nine of them were infected with the coronavirus.

International
Israel-assisted Tanzania Trauma Center has saved 2,000 lives since 2018. The Trauma and Intensive Care Unit at Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in Tanzania has saved the lives of more than 2,000 people since it opened in 2018, assisted by the government of Israel. Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Tanzania Eyal David said doctors from Israel would continue offering training to their counterparts at the Trauma Unit.

First Israeli rabbi received as a guest of Saudi king at the royal palace. A rabbi named David Rosen became the first Jewish clergyman from Israel to be hosted by the king of Saudi Arabia in his Riyadh royal palace. The meeting happened as part of a gathering held by the King Abdullah International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID). Rosen is a member of KAICIID’s board of directors.

US Jewish groups react with outrage to Bernie Sanders’ “offensive” attack on AIPAC. Mainstream US Jewish groups reacted with outrage to what they saw as 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “offensive” attack on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Sanders tweeted that he would not attend AIPAC’s upcoming annual conference in Washington, DC, because he was “concerned about the platform AIPAC provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”

Revolutionary Guard Commander: Iran’s goal is to annihilate Israel. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander-in-Chief Gen. Hossein Salami told Hizbullah-affiliated Mayadeen TV: Our “goals revolve around the collapse of the Zionist entity and the annihilation of its existence in this region. This regime constitutes the center of evil right now.”

Palestinian majority rejects two-state solutionNew survey data shows that most Palestinian respondents now say they prefer “regaining all of historical Palestine” over permanent peace with Israel. Nevertheless, as a practical matter, one-third of West Bank respondents say “it would be better for us if we were part of Israel rather than in PA or Hamas ruled lands.” Among Gazans, that proportion rises to a remarkable 40%.

Culture and Lifestyle
9 of the best modern dance companies from Israel. In a society that values the arts, Israel’s best dance companies put creative minds to good use through the mode of interpretive modern dance. The dancers act out stories and explore ideas through the art of non-traditional choreography. Read and watch here.

How Israeli wine took the world by storm. While Jews have been making wine in the Land of Israel for thousands of years, the rest of the world is finally discovering wine from the Holy Land. At the International Kosher Wine Festival in Tel Aviv last week, Israeli vintners and their fans enjoyed a truly awe-inspiring display of wines, from high-end pours made from grapes grown in Samaria to delicious white varieties from the Golan Heights. Watch here.

Accelerator catering to Bedouin entrepreneurs. Startup Negev, a new tech accelerator catering to Israel’s Bedouin minority, has launched its first cohort of 25 entrepreneurs. Each participating project will receive a grant of between NIS 30,000 and NIS 50,000. It is supported by Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture, Sapir College and Israel Chemicals.

Science and Technology
Israeli scientists claim coronavirus vaccine three months away. The research team from the Galilee Research Institute which has developed a vaccine for a virus in poultry, claims it could be modified for use in humans within 3 months because of similar DNA structure to the one affecting humans.

Israel’s “Flying Cars” will revolutionize military rescue missions. The Israeli company Tactical Robotics is partnering with US aerospace giant Boeing to develop “flying cars” using “ducted fan propulsion” technology, called “fancraft,” for piloted and autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air-crafts.

Female Israeli entrepreneur wins a UN Climate Action Award. Tel Aviv-based Eco Wave Power was one of four companies that received a United Nations Climate Action Award in the category of Women for Results. Founded in 2011, Eco Wave Power has developed a patented, smart and cost-efficient technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity.

In Depth
Israelophobia and the West. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs published a book of essays called “Israelophobia and the West: The Hijacking of Civil Discourse on Israel and How to Rescue It”. The book provides a thoughtful analysis of the nexus between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, where legitimate criticism of Israel stops and demonization starts. Download and read the report here.

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