Post Dec. 3rd 2018
- Today is the 1st day of Hanukah. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash . Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the holiday. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.
- Raheel Raza uncovers the part of Islam that no one speaks about the problems of the Islamist ideology something that is a sickness with a cure? Raheel Raza thinks so. She grew up in a pluralistic Islamic society in Pakistan. She believes that the trends of the last few decades can indeed be reversed. Is she right? I hope so, but I doubt it. If one looks at the Muslim population today in the Middle East and Western Europe, there is much room for concern. Things are not going in the right direction as far as radical ideology. The Holy War of ISIS inspires millions of young people and moves things in the wrong direction. The influx of non-refugees to Europe as if they were refugees is actually an invasion of radical Islamic ideology into the Western midst. It doesn’t matter if the non-refugees intend or don’t intend to take over Western Europe. That is what is going on. However, there is a reason to believe that things could perhaps change. First off, we can look at the recent past. Just a few decades ago, Lebanon, Pakistan, and even Iran were basically Westernized countries that were on a clear path of non-radicalization. They were not necessarily fully democratic or even liberal. However, they still were places that were not dominated by radical clergy. Then, the revolutions took place in each of their countries and changed everything. In addition, the Nazi movement in Germany became a fringe group soon after World War II in Germany. They still exist today and need to be contained. However, they certainly do not dominate. What brought them down was the overwhelming victory by the Allied Forces. If we can defeat the Islamic threat in an overwhelming manner, and strengthen the forces of open-mindedness in radical Islamic countries like Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, and others, we may be able to see a reformed Islamic religion take root in the future decades. It’s a long-shot, but it’s worth a try.
- Comparison between the growths of the salaries in the world to Israel, as published by the UN, is showing the following: In 2013 the growth of the salaries in Israel was 1.4%. In the world, the salaries grew by 2.7%. But as from 2014 the trend of the world's wage growth more than in Israel was reversed and is here before you: in 2014: Israel-2.7%. World: 2.2%. In 2015: Israel-2.6% and the world-2.2%. In 2016: Israel-2.9%. The world-2.4%. In 2017: Israel-3.0%. The world-1.8%. The wage growth is export related and the export is price and product's quality-related and also the availability of products that can compete with other suppliers. It also related the power of the boycotters of Israel. The bottom line is that tiny Israel with its 9 million citizens is better than many countries in the world. The world makes itself stupid, but it is not. The world surrender to the 3 billion Muslim boycotters but, under the table the world fully trust/believe in Israel, its way and its technologies/ products and buy from Israel, through overt and covert sources of supply. This is the real strength of Israel, not fighting in endless stupid wars like the Muslims do among themselves and in the entire of the world.
- The UN General Assembly convened on Thursday, marking the 71st anniversary of the historic vote on November 29, 1947, to recognize a Jewish state in the ancient Jewish homeland. Under discussion was a series of resolutions against Israel as part of a Palestinian initiative. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon emphasized the process that Israel and the Palestinians have undergone since November 29. “Seventy years have passed since the UN vote and the Palestinians are still in the same place, wasting decades spreading hate and financing terror, and choosing to remain in the past. Israel knows how to transform nothing into something miraculous, into a country in which freedom makes it possible to develop great ideas that spread across the world,” he said. The ambassador turned to the Palestinians and set out three conditions that would lead to a new era in the region: “Recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people; stop the terrorist payments and incitements and choose a leadership that is committed to the Palestinian people. Only when these conditions materialize can we continue forward in the region.” “If the international community does not condemn Hamas, it will actually encourage the terrorist organization responsible for the kidnapping of the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin,” he said, referring to the IDF soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and whose remains Hamas is refusing to return to Israel. On the General Assembly stage, Danon donned a skullcap and blessed the people of Israel with a chapter from Psalms
- The Quakers in Britain became the first church in the UK to announce a boycott of the State of Israel. During its Britain Yearly Meeting last month, the national representative body of Quakers announced that the church will not invest any of its centrally held funds in “companies profiting from the occupation of Palestine.” In a statement, Quakers UK said that the church’s trustees’ decision “fits into a long Quaker history of pursuing ethical investments. It follows decisions not to invest funds in . . . the fossil fuel industry, arms companies, Apartheid South Africa, and – going even further back – the transatlantic slave trade.” The British Jews Board of Deputies condemned the decision, with President Marie van der Zyl stating that “the appalling decision of the Friends House [Quakers] hierarchy to divest from just one country in the world – the only Jewish state – despite everything else going on around the globe, shows the dangers of the obsessive and tunnel-visioned approach that a narrow clique of church officials has taken in recent years.” “There was no particular trigger incident for this decision, just the ongoing insistence of certain Quaker bureaucrats of feeding a diet of one-sided propaganda to those unfortunate enough to rely on them for information,” van der Zyl charged. “While other churches have reached out to the Jewish community at this time of rising anti-Semitism and polarization to work together to tackle prejudice and promote peace in the region, the Quaker leadership has chosen to import a divisive conflict into our country, rather than export the peace that we all want to see,” she added. “Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy and most thriving economy, will be untroubled by this biased and petulant act, but the Quakers, who have for so long been at the forefront of peace activism, have now marginalized themselves from being a credible voice on the issue,” the British Jewish leader declared. She called on the Quakers to reverse the decision, “to stop promoting division,” and “to join those of us looking to build bridges instead.” The Quakers have set a dangerous precedent. We must not remain silent in the face of such blatant anti-Israel discrimination and hatred. Tell the Quakers in the UK – it’s not too late to repent. Reverse this historic mistake and adhere to your own teachings of love, not hate.
- Within days after Airbnb singled out Jewish owned homes in Judea and Samaria as the only homes in the world, it refuses to list, Hershy Landau of Brooklyn and Tzvi Arnstein of Ramat Beit Shemesh stared bigotry in the face and changed the landscape for kosher travelers for good. Koshnb.com – a portal of kosher-friendly guest rentals around the globe – is now up and running. “It’s been a week since we launched and hundreds of people have already signed up, with rental listings spanning the US, Israel, Canada, Europe, South Africa and beyond. Additional listings are being added daily” says Landau, who, as a world-traveling businessman, had used Airbnb frequently. In an interview on Israel’s Channel 10, Arnstein highlighted the tremendous relief Koshnb has brought to Jewish hosts in Judea and Samaria whose rental units were deleted from Airbnb. “Today its Airbnb, tomorrow it can be HomeAway or Bookings.com, it’s untenable that we allow these large business moguls to dictate where Jews should or shouldn’t live,” Arnstein said. “Waking up one morning to find out that your source of income was just pulled out from under your feet is very upsetting. As a matter of fact, it has also angered Jewish hosts all over the world who are contacting us that they are closing their Airbnb accounts and coming over to Koshnb,” he commented on the morning show. Landau stressed the importance of Jews uniting behind this endeavor. “We need to all boycott the boycott and together show the world that the BDS movement will not succeed,” he stated.
- The Simon Wiesenthal Center is calling on Citibank to withdraw its sponsorship of pro-BDS activist and musician Roger Waters’ tour in Mexico this week. “In 2018, Jews in the Americas and Europe have to deal with surging and even deadly anti-Semitism,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the organization’s associate dean and head of global social action. “Against this backdrop, it is inconceivable that a global corporate giant would be a financial enabler of a musician whose concerts’ trademark is a giant floating pig with a star of David and who daily demeans the largest Jewish community in the world: the Jewish State of Israel.” “We expect Citibank to be responsive to our community’s justified concerns and fears,” he added. “At the minimum, Citibank should suspend all future sponsorship of this bigot.” Like SWC, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations also wrote to the sponsors of Waters’ tour, calling on them to revoke their backing due to the musician’s BDS support. “In the aftermath of the events in Pittsburgh and with the rise of anti-Semitism globally it is essential that we speak up clearly and demand zero tolerance of intolerance, no excuses, and no exceptions,” said the organization’s chairman, Arthur Stark, and executive vice chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein. “Those who purchase tickets should know the nature of the person they are supporting.” “And we believe the vast majority would not want to do so. Mr. Waters has not only espoused his views, but he has pushed other entertainers to boycott Israel, often using extreme methods and pressure,” they added. “His comments are not based on a criticism of a particular policy, but of Israel’s right to exist.” Earlier this month, SWC contacted sponsors of the former Pink Floyd member’s Latin America tour to follow the lead of American Express last month in withdrawing backing, addressed to Grupo Aval, Cencosud, Entel, Bac Credomatic and Citibanamex. “We urge you to demonstrate your disgust for the abuse of music to spread bigotry across Latin America,” said Shimon Samuels and Ariel Gelblung, director for international relations and Latin American representative, respectively. “Withdraw your support and sponsorship of Roger Waters in order not be associated with financiers of hate and potential violence.” A spokesperson for Citi told JNS that it is not a sponsor of Roger Waters’ current tour. Rather, the company clarified, “Citibanamex offered a limited-time cardmember ticket pre-sale for four shows in Mexico, as we do for thousands of concerts by various artists around the world every year. The pre-sale has ended.” Earlier this month, Argentinian Jews protested Waters’ Latin America tour. Along with SWC, the Argentina Zionist Organization joined the calls and labeled Waters “one of the great anti-Semites of our time” in an online campaign
Israel's response: Boycott the boycotters.
In friendship, for the next 3 weeks.
Post Dec. 2nd 2018
- A famous Arab Israeli Muslim journalist was interviewing an Arab Author, Muhammad Abu Taha. They were friends and spoke like friends. The question of the interviewer was "Why the Israeli Jews publish and read many books and we, the Arabs don't?" The Author answered the following: 1.1: The Arabs were not educated to read books. 1.2: Their mothers don't expose young children to any kind of books and stories. 1.3: He, the author tried to sell his books but his success was very limited. 1.4: Once he visited Taba which is in the Sinai desert. He met their Muslim students. They were reading books. When he approached them to see which books they read, he realized that they were reading Italian books. He asked them why they read Italian books not Arab ones. The answer was because the Arab stories are not interesting as they are written in a very poor language and the stories/content is very boring. This is to tell you: the Arab language has 2 different versions: a speaking/verbal language and literary language. The one is just for talking. The other one is aimed at educated people that know/can read. They match each other in some points, but the spoken language has no letters to be written, and the poor people, the farmers, the not educated people don't read as they didn't study at school. Yes, this is the story of the Arab nations. This is just one of them. There are many more about their education and their mentality. Lets keep it for another time.
- On 29th November, or as it is quirkily called in Hebrew “kaf tet be'November” (using the Hebrew numerical value of the calendar date), was the 71st anniversary of the fateful UN Resolution 181 which aimed to partition Palestine and created a Jewish area and an Arab area. As we all know, the resolution was rejected by the Arabs who never fulfilled any of its provisions or conditions, while it was accepted in full by the Jews. No sooner had the vote passed in the UN than 5 Arab armies invaded the newborn Jewish state with the overt intent of destroying it before it was born. They lost the war and the rest is history.
- CNN announced Thursday that it had fired commentator Marc Lamont Hill after he gave a speech at the United Nations in which he used language critics describe as a dog whistle advocating the elimination of Israel. “Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a spokesperson for the cable network told Fox News. Hill had come under criticism for his remarks during a Wednesday meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He accused the Israeli government of “normalizing settler colonialism” and called for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” a remark that got applause from participating diplomats. At one point, Hill poured himself some water and told participants that he just got off a flight from “Palestine” and that “I was boycotting the Israeli water so I was unable to quench my thirst.” “If we are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself,” Hill said during a portion of his speech comparing the Palestinian movement with the American civil rights movement. ” We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it.” On Thursday morning, Hill attempted to defend his remarks on Twitter. He wrote: “In my speech, I talked about the need to return to the pre-1967 borders, to give full rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel, and to allow the right of return. No part of this is a call to destroy Israel. It’s absurd on its face.” But others noted that the phrase “from the river to the sea” is used regularly by numerous anti-Israel groups, including the terror group Hamas. Hill responded by claiming that the phrase “precedes Hamas by more than 50 years” and “has a variety of meanings.” Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and president of Human Rights Voices, told Fox News that Hill’s speech was an “especially obscene U.N. moment that reveals the true nature of the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish animus of the modern United Nations.” “Hill’s call at the United Nations for the destruction of the Jewish state was not some accident,” Bayefsky added. “He didn’t misspeak. He was an invited guest. He was the only person invited to speak as ‘the’ representative of ‘civil society.’ When he ended his extraordinary tirade with ‘Give us a free Palestine from the river to the sea’ his words were met by a round of applause. The only applause for any speaker.” Hill is also a professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University in Philadelphia and previously taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta and Columbia University in New York. In a statement, Temple spokesman Brandon Lausch said Hill “does not represent Temple University and his views are his own. However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen.”
- The IDF spokesperson’s Unit is checking reports of a projectile falling in Israel’s Golan Heights after the Syrian regime said it downed “hostile targets” over the southern part of the country on Thursday night. “Air defense intercepts hostile targets over al-Kiswah and downed them,” a military source was quoted as saying by SANA. According to local reports, the downed targets were Israeli missiles which were targeting positions of Iranian proxy militias in southern Syria. Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing Iranian presence on its borders and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah from Tehran to Lebanon via Syria, stressing that both are red-lines for the Jewish State. With the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces, Israel’s northern front has become the IDF’s number one priority. Working to prevent the entrenchment of Iranian forces and the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the Israel Air Force has admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrike in Syria. While Russia has recently provided the S-300 advanced anti-aircraft missile batteries to the Syrian regime, Israel has said that it will continue to operate in the war-torn country as long as Iran remains. A reminder: In May Israeli airstrikes targeted Iranian targets belonging to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force and included intelligence sites, logistics headquarters, a military compound and logistics complex in Kiswah, weapons storage sites belonging at Damascus International Airport, intelligence systems and installations, as well as observation, military posts and military hardware in the buffer zone. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 11 Iranians were among the 46 killed in Israel’s strikes which were in retaliation after 20 rockets were fired towards Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights by the Quds Force. In a report published on The American Interest news site, one of the targets struck included the “Glasshouse” facility at the Damascus International Airport was used by the IRGC as its headquarters under the command of General Hussein Kaani to supervise operations closer to the border with Israel.
- This is unconscionable. Any lovers of freedom who still live in the Detroit area should patronize the 1917 American Bistro as frequently as they possibly can. Don Studvent is simply a businessman. Period. He wasn’t making a political statement by catering the Trump event. He was just plying his trade and earning a living. But the totalitarian left wants to crush all dissent, and destroy anyone and everyone who dares even to show any humanity toward those whom it hates. And so Studvent’s business is being boycotted. Boycotters “are saying that because of Trump’s rocky relationship with the Black community, no Black-owned business should do business with him or his family members.” What rocky relationship? Black unemployment is at record lows. But the facts don’t matter to the left. “Black-Owned Restaurant Facing Boycott After Catering a Trump Event,” Chef Don Studvent, a Black business owner in Detroit, Michigan, is under fire for catering an event for Donald Trump’s son. His 7-year old restaurant, the 1917 American Bistro, serves well-prepared dishes ranging from grilled shrimp, salmon and chicken to blackened or deep-fried catfish. But they are facing a potential boycott by other African Americans and other protestors against Donald Trump’s presidency…. People began accusing him of “selling out” and postings on Facebook started to appear calling for people to boycott his restaurant and catering service. Studvent believes that “business is business” and has nothing to do with politics, but the public has turned the event into a political issue. They are saying that because of Trump’s rocky relationship with the Black community, and his good relations with Israel, no Black-owned business should do business with him or his family members…. The bad publicity has left Studvent’s restaurant almost empty lately. He is hoping that it all blows over soon, and that he gets his former customers back. He says that the whole thing is unfair, and very hurtful to his company and his employees. “I don’t deserve this crap,” said Studvent
- At a “Workshop for Palestine” held by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) at the Islamic Center of Union County, NJ (ICUCNJ) on November 17, 2018, New Jersey-based AMP activist Muhammad Habba said that he believes Israel will cease to exist in the next 50 years, and went on to praise members of the Democratic Party for supporting boycotts and sanctions against Israel. Muslim Center Of Middlesex County, NJ Hosts Pro-BDS Event, Speakers Encourage Boycotting J Street, American Companies: ‘If You Look At The Whole History, They Did Not Spend More Than… 200 Years [In Palestine],’ ‘Most Of The Jews Today Are Not The Children Of Israel… They Are Not Even Jews’. Waseem Qana’a, another AMP activist, said that AMP’s focus is cutting U.S. funding for Israeli state-sponsored terrorism. One of the audience members said that peaceful measures are not enough and that the” military option” should not be taken off the table. Qana’a answered that BDS is “the biggest threat to Zionist supremacy.” Another audience member said that the Palestinian issue should be fought for by all possible means, and that the Palestinian cause is “100% Islamic and 0% humanitarian.” ICUCNJ imam Sa’id Elkasaby responded that even though he agreed that the Palestinian cause is an Islamic cause, it must be marketed as humanitarian so that Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims will support it as well. This is just a sample/example of the Arab/Muslim politics. They behave in such a way because they were grown up/educated/ instructed to behave so.
I am leaving you for o 3 weeks' vacation in which I will not bother you with the complicated Middle Eastern politics. I just go to breathe clean/pure/ fresh air not the emission of the Arabs/Muslim. So, we will meet after my return
Has a good time without me
Post-Nov. 30th 2018
- The founder and chief investment officer of a $500-million Denver-based investment fund believe that Israel is just at the beginning of its technology boom, with a vast amount of untapped opportunities awaiting insightful investors. “There is a huge opportunity in Israel,” said Justin Borus, the 41-year-old founder and chief investment officer of Ibex Investors, a fund that in February made an 8,600% return on an investment in an exchange-traded instrument, according to a Bloomberg report. “People are going to be blown away in the next five years with how many billion-dollar-plus exits you’re going to see coming from Israel,” Borus said in a phone interview from Denver with The Times of Israel. With the highest concentration of startups outside of Silicon Valley, and the highest number of startups per capita in the world, Israel has become a hot spot for international investors and corporations, who are flocking to its shores to study the ecosystem, invest in its companies to keep abreast of the latest technologies, and also set up local R&D centers. According to a recent report released by IVC Research Center, corporate investments in Israel surged 30% in the first three quarters of the year, accounting for some $807 million, compared with the annual figures for 2013-2014. Total investments in Israeli tech firms totaled $4.5 billion for the period. In 2017, total investment in Israeli tech firms reached a record $5.5 billion, as the nation’s high-tech exit activity soared to $23 billion in 112 deals that year. “Israel is just getting started,” Borus said, with an “incredible” pipeline of very “creative companies” that are “solving major problems” globally. This opportunity is still widely untapped, he said. “In 15-20 years, people will look back at Israel and ask themselves, ‘How did I miss this opportunity?'” Whereas there are just some 20-25 venture capital funds operating in Israel that have enough money to invest in a “proper series A funding round,” this is very little, relative to the scope of investment opportunities in Israel and the amount of VC firms operating in Silicon Valley. “There should be 200-300 VCs” in Israel, he said. Ibex has created a $300-million fund that focuses only on Israeli investments, in both privately held firms — startups that have raised series A funding rounds through later stage rounds, which make up some 35% of its investments; and publicly listed shares, which make up some 65% of its Israeli portfolio. These investments include a wide variety of industries, including enterprise software, cyber security, media, medical devices, agriculture and water technologies, and consumer products, according to its website. The fund is open-ended, meaning new money is raised from investors on a regular basis, with the fund adding some $50-$100 million a year for new investments. Since its inception in 2012, the Israeli fund has provided a compounded annual return of some 20% to its investors, Borus said. In 2017, some 700 new startups were set up in Israel, and there are 6,000 active startups operating in the nation, with some 320 multinationals like Google, Apple, Deutsche Telecom and Bosch setting up research centers locally, according to data compiled by Start-Up Nation Central, a nonprofit that tracks the industry. All of this activity is evidence of Israel’s booming tech ecosystem. But it is also generating an acute shortage of talent, due to the increased competition for workers. This is also causing salaries to soar and endangering the local tech ecosystem, which has been a key growth engine for Israel’s economy. Even if the nation is facing a shortage of talent, Borus said, competition in Israel for workers is not as high as in the US, and Israeli startups are still very conscious of how much money they go through a month. “Any time you have innovation, there is going to be competition for talent,” continued Borus. But the competition is not “nearly as profound” as the lack of skilled engineers and programmers the US is witnessing. “Israel does have competition, but relative to the number of talented people graduating from the military and the university, we still think there is a huge run rate of growth ahead” for the nation, he said. The international multinationals that are flocking to the country to tap into Israeli technologies are “an opportunity” for Ibex, he added, because “these are companies that could end up acquiring the companies we’ve invested in.” So, albeit there is indeed a lot of activity in Israel, continued Borus, it “pales in comparison” to the opportunity available. The Ibex Israel fund is generally “very selective” in its investment process; it invests in only two to three new private companies per year. In the public markets, the fund is generally very long-term focused and has a low level of turnover in its portfolio. In any given time, the fund has approximately 15-20 public companies in its portfolio. In mid-2018, the fund set up a Tel Aviv office, led by Elan Zivotofsky, a partner of the Israeli fund, who will be vetting the Israeli companies on the ground. The vetting process takes months, said Zivotofsky, but once an investment is made, the firm works closely with the companies to help them reach their full potential. “Writing a check is actually the easy part, ” Zivotofsky claimed. “The most challenging part, the real work, comes after that — working with the companies.” Since setting up the Israel fund in 2012, Ibex’s investments in private Israeli firms include Dome9, recently acquired by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.; Glassbox, Nexar, Zimperium, Innovid, Kaminario; Gauzy and Cynet. The fact that Israeli entrepreneurs make sure that even small investments go a long way is also an important factor for investors, Borus said. It is not unusual to see Israeli startups with “12 programmers inside an office space the size of a tiny conference room, whereas in Silicon Valley you have to have your foosball table, your ping-pong table, your coffee machine,” explained Borus. “In Israel, $500,000 can go a long way.” And, with startups, “having a long runway is really the difference between success and failure.” The majority of the investors in the $300-million Ibex Israel fund are non-Jewish investors who believe in the potential of Israel’s tech scene, Borus said. They are family offices and high net worth individuals and a few institutions. Besides its Israel activities, Ibex uses behavioral finance strategies, based on data-driven, rules-based techniques to measure and profit from emotions in the market. Its strategy assesses crowd behavior and then invests in equities, exchange-traded funds and volatility linked instruments to make money on market anomalies caused by fear, panic or complacency, the website says. The fund also invests in the technology for driverless cars and in small US firms that are traded on the stock market. There are, however, challenges with investing in Israeli startups, Borus continued: one of them is pinpointing the best investments when there are so many good technologies being developed. The other is cultural: “Negotiating with Israelis is tough. What in America might be a 10-minute negotiation over a cup of coffee, in Israel, could be a six-month negotiation, where both parties walk away twice, yelling and screaming at each other. So that’s definitely a challenge.”
- Foreign investors have piled investments into Israeli high-tech firms, injecting some 77 percent of the total amount of money raised by Israeli startups in the past two years, the largest share since 2013, a new report shows. US investors are the dominant players in the local market, capturing a massive 35% of capital raised by Israeli companies, according to a November 2018 report by IVC Research Center, which tracks the industry. Chinese, British, Japanese and German investors accounted for around 3% of investments each. Some 368 foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) are active today in Israel, with most of them starting their operations locally after acquiring a startup, leading to a growth of their activity in subsequent years. The presence of large multinationals in Israel “is a major foundation stone” of the local industry, the report said, as they have become “knowledge hubs” that have helped inspire many new Israeli firms. Notable are the semiconductor sector, widely influenced by the presence of Intel — and the networking systems sector, influenced by companies like Cisco. Among the MNCs that are operating in Israel is Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, a relative newcomer onto the scene; Google, Bosch, AOL, Qualcomm, Facebook, Merck, IBM, Sony. In the first three-quarters of the year, five new R&D MNC centers were set up, after 12 started operating in 2017. Of the 368 multinationals operating in Israel, 105 of these hire more than 100 employees. Intel Israel, a unit of Intel Corp. the US tech firm, is the largest MNC, with some 11,000 employees in Israel. The majority of these corporations — 132 — operate in the IT and enterprise software fields, followed by communications — 64 firms — life-sciences — 47 — and internet, 43. In the past five years, foreign buyers have accounted for 451 acquisition deals, out of a total of 608 merger and acquisition transactions. Of these deals, 53% of the buyers were from the US, 6% from the UK and 3% from China and Germany, IVC said
- The Israel Antiquities Authority on Wednesday unveiled what it said was a rare 9,000-year-old stone mask linked to the beginnings of agricultural society. It is one of only 15 in the world. The IAA said the pink and yellow sandstone object was discovered in a field near Pnei Hever, a West Bank settlement east of Hebron, and handed into authorities in early 2018. The rare mask may have been worn by people as part of rituals surrounding ancestor worship, according to IAA archaeologist Ronit Lupu. “Discovering a mask made of stone, at such a high level of finish, is very exciting. The stone has been completely smoothed over and the features are perfect and symmetrical, even delineating cheekbones. It has an impressive nose and a mouth with distinct teeth,” Archaeologists believe it was meant to be worn or attached to an artifact for display because it has four holes drilled into its edges to enable it to be tied. Its smooth finish was achieved by painstaking work with the stone tools of the Neolithic or “new stone” age. Only 15 such masks have ever been found anywhere in the world, and just two have a usable provenance — that is, archaeologists know where they were found and can, therefore, place them with relative confidence in the context of a period and place. The remaining 13 “are in private collections throughout the world, which makes it more difficult to study them,” the IAA announcement said. The mask will shed new light on a time of profound transformation, as humans were moving from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to permanent settlement and systematic agriculture, a shift that led to the rise of the first cities and, eventually, the first complex states and writing. “Stone masks are linked to the agricultural revolution,” according to Omry Barzilai, head of the IAA Archaeological Research Department. “The transition from an economy based on hunting and gathering to ancient agriculture and domestication of plants and animals was accompanied by a change in social structure and a sharp increase in ritual-religious activities. Ritual findings from that period include human-shaped figurines, plastered skulls, and stone masks.” This was a time of ancestor worship, and of an artistic culture that seemed focused on human faces. “It was part of the ritual and retention of family heritage that was accepted at the time. For example, we find skulls buried under the floors of domestic houses, as well as various methods of shaping and caring for the skulls of the dead. This led to plastering skulls, shaping facial features, and even inserting shells for eyes. Stone masks, such as the one from Pnei Hever, are similar in size to the human face, which is why scholars tend to connect them with such worship.” Lupu explained that not only the mask’s discovery, but also knowledge of its provenance, made it a rare find. “The mask is a unique finding in the archaeological world. It is even more unusual that we know which site it came from. The fact that we have information regarding the specific place in which it was discovered makes this mask more important than most other masks from this period that we currently know of,” Lupu said. The southern Hebron Hills area has been the source of other masks dated to the same time, known to specialists as the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B period. Its discovery thus bolsters the prevailing belief among archaeologists that this area served as a key center for the production of such masks, “and most likely also for ritual activities” associated with them, the statement said.
Yes, my friends. I brought this piece in order to say that Israel is not looking for war. Israel is looking for peace. In Israel, we have also culture, not just technologies. Israel invests a lot of efforts to expose the history of the Middle East. We would be much happier if we could convert the Israeli war means into peace tools.
Have a nice weekend
Post Nov. 29th 2018
- The 3,903 NP (None Palestinians, just Arabs) killed in Syria in the past seven years are of no interest to the Western correspondents and their editors. The Western media's obsession with Israel has created the impression that the only Palestinians living on this planet are those who are residing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This impression does injustice to the Palestinians who are facing horrendous conditions, torture, and death in the Arab countries, especially Syria. Who cares about the suffering of these Palestinians? No one. Every week, scores of foreign journalists travel to the Israel-Gaza border to report on clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian rioters. Have any of these journalists thought of traveling to Syria or Lebanon to report about the atrocities that are being committed against the Palestinians there? Of course not. Why should they do so when the story lacks an anti-Israel angle? The number of Palestinians killed in Syria will soon reach 4,000. Perhaps then, with that gruesome milestone reached, will Western correspondents in the Middle East wake up to the enormity of the crimes that are really being perpetrated against Palestinians.
- In March I was sued for libel by the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti Semitism (CAA), Gideon Falter, for suggesting that ‘Antisemitism is a business plan.’ As CAA has explained its objective, the lawsuit was intended both to silence me and to wreck my career. Campaign Against Anti Semitism’s website states that renowned media lawyer Mark Lewis “devised a strategy for bringing libel actions which he and Campaign Against Antisemitism have begun to use to force antisemites into either apologizing in court or paying substantial damages.” And as CAA boasts in its promotional video, “We ensure antisemites face criminal, professional and reputational consequences.”
And of course, the libel suit didn’t manage to silence me. I am at least as prolific and focused as I was before the lawsuit. I am still performing and giving talks around the world, I still publish my writings on a daily basis. In fact, Mark Lewis, the man who ‘devised the strategy’ intended to silence me, is now defending himself in the disciplinary tribunal for solicitors ………..for sending “offensive and profane communications.” Instead of managing to obliterate my career, Mark Lewis has left his law firm (Seddons) and is moving to Israel.
Defending myself against the libel charge has been time to consume and extraordinarily expensive; the costs of defending a libel suit in Britain are insanely extortionate. Last March I was left with no option other than asking for your financial support. I was astounded and deeply touched by your quick and generous response. This allowed me to respond to the claim and confirmed to me that fatigue with the strategies used by organizations like CAA is solid and global. I was reassured that I wasn’t alone.
The case has now settled but I am left with a huge hole in my pocket. Although I am selling some of my musical instruments and have made other arrangements to try to raise the necessary funds, I remain short about £40.000. Unfortunately, I need additional support. Asking you for money is very upsetting for me but this is an important battle for all of us.
I am grateful for any help you can provide, it is heartening to know that you stand with me in support of free speech and that you will help me manage the consequences of exercising our most important right. Question: Well Mr. Gilead. Why you apply to us, for assistance, not to your employers-the Arabs that you work for and hate Israel like you do? If they don't support you, why should we, Jews living in Israel? All you want, you cruel Jew, is to ruin Israel. No, it won't work. You and your employers will pass away and Israel will flourish. Please don't help him. Let him struggle to pay for his hatred to his people.
- The BDS and other anti-Israeli groups, its brothers/sisters to the hate to Israel are making noise, but the Israeli business is not suffering/carry on. One of the top Asian countries is S. Korea. There is no doubt about it. So, this county signed an agreement, with the Israeli company IAI, for the supply of a kind, the best currently available in the world, of Israeli designed and manufactured radar. Well, the price is really neglected, $300 million, but the fact that the Israeli technologies won, in the tender against all others, is the most important point. Tiny Israel is leading the world's technology.
- The Israeli supreme court, after 22 years of discussing the case: "The land in dispute belongs to the Israeli company, UJA, United Jewish Appeal, that bought it from the Christian family, Morcos that immigrated to S. America in 1944. The documents that the UJA submitted to the court were original while the Palestinians (Which actually are none Palestinians, but the call them "Palesti8nians") were fake. This verdict is following last year's one that said the same about another piece of land. The total area was 1400 Dunam which is 311 hectares. Nice piece of ground that added to tiny Israel.
- A street poll that was done by the CNN said that The Jews are leading the world. Too many of them are standing in front of the economy and other key positions. This is a fact. The question is why other people don't position these places. I am afraid that I have the answer: Because, maybe, have the talent and the ability to run these places better than the others. This situation creates a lot of anti-Semitism. The haters of Israel are happy with the results of this poll. But there are also people that see it from the positive point of view. People that see where Israel stands compare to other states. What is the Israeli, gross/net income? They see the potential of Israel, the potential, of cooperating with Israel. there are many countries that have successful/advanced business and other relations under the radar. Among these clever ones is Chad, that its president visited Israel 2 days ago and was very surprised to see the Israeli success and he wants to have a share in this success, They will. The Pres. Of the Czech Republic was very friendly to Israel as this country is cooperating with Israel for many years and get a lot of benefits from this cooperation. Now, the one that is really fighting the Arab and other anti-Semitism is Hungary. They too have very good relations with Israel and they see the advantages of joining Israel, so, the Hungarian parliament issue a law against anti-Semitism. They will invest Euro 1.5 million to implement it. The Hungarian's decision shows that there are still human/sensible people/states/bodies in the world that see life, not through the war and destruction. Hungary is one in a long list of countries that wakes up from the dream that the Arabs/Muslims sell to the world that the wars in the world were a result of the Israeli-NP conflict. Now everybody realizes that the fight/disputes between/among the Arabs/Muslims, even citizens of the same state, like Syria, give more troubles than the Israeli conflict. The Arabs are d initiating the fight because they must obey the Quran of conquering the world.
- Gaza. In this city live 2 million innocent people under the rule of 30000 gunman terrorists. This is the biggest prison in the world. The Gazans, when they demonstrate on the fence, they don't say that they want to improve their lives, as they are afraid to say it. They say that they want the have Israeli cities. They want to inherit Israel. They want us to be in the sea, This will never happen and as long as the Arabs don't change their disquiet, they will be prisoners of the Hamas. This must be taken into the consideration of the Gazan citizens and the Hamas. They can get peace or war. We, Israel, prefer peace. If they want war-they will get it. But then they must remember that the results will be very bad for them.
- "Shariah is the crucial fault line of Islam’s internecine struggle. On one side of the divide are Muslim reformers and authentic moderates – figures like Abdurrahman Wahid, the late president of Indonesia and leader of the world’s largest libertarian Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama – whose members espouse the Enlightenment’s embrace of reason and, in particular, its separation of the spiritual and secular realms. On this side of the divide, shariah is a reference point for a Muslim’s personal conduct, not a corpus to be imposed on the life of a pluralistic society." "By contrast, the other side of the divide is dominated by Muslim supremacists, often called Islamists. Like erstwhile proponents of Communism and Nazism, these supremacists – some terrorists, others employing stealthier means – seek to impose a totalitarian regime: a global totalitarian system cloaked as an Islamic State and called a caliphate. On that side of the divide, which is the focus of the present study, shariah is an immutable, compulsory system that Muslims are obliged to install and the world required to adopt, the failure to do so is deemed a damnable offense against Allah. For these ideologues, shariah is not a private matter. Adherents see the West as an obstacle to be overcome, not a culture and civilization to be embraced, or at least tolerated. It is impossible, they maintain, for alternative legal systems and forms of governments peacefully to coexist with the end-state they seek." "Shariah is Anti-constitutional" "If we are to face down shariah, we must understand what we are up against, not simply hope that dialogue and "engagement” will make the challenge go away. Those who today support shariah and the establishment of a global Islamic state (caliphate) are perforce supporting objectives that are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, the civil rights the Constitution guarantees and the representative, the accountable government it authorizes. In fact, shariah’s pursuit in the United States is tantamount to sedition." "Whether pursued through the violent form of jihad (holy war) or stealthier practices that shariah Islamists often refer to as “dawa” (the “call to Islam”), shariah rejects fundamental premises of American society and values: a. the bedrock proposition that the governed have a right to make law for themselves; b. the republican democracy governed by the Constitution; c. freedom of conscience; individual liberty (including in matters of personal privacy and sexual preference); d. freedom of expression (including the liberty to analyze and criticize shariah); e. economic liberty (including private property); f. equal treatment under the law (including that of men and women, and of Muslims and non-Muslims); g. freedom from cruel and unusual punishments; an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism (i.e., one that is based on a common sense meaning of the term and does not rationalize barbarity as legitimate “resistance”); and h. an abiding commitment to deflate and resolve political controversies by the ordinary mechanisms of federalism and democracy, not wanton violence." "The subversion campaign known as Civilization Jihad must not be confused with or tolerated as a constitutionally protected form of religious practice. Its ambitions transcend what American law recognizes as the sacrosanct realm of private conscience and belief. It seeks to supplant our Constitution with its own totalitarian framework. In fact, we get this concept of “civilization jihad” from, among other sources, a document that was entered into evidence in the 2008 United States v Holy Land Foundation terrorist finance trial titled the An Explanatory Memorandum.
I hope that this clarifies the Muslim's way/ideology
Post-Nov. 28th 2018
- The history of 232 Year of fights between the U.S and Islam When Thomas Jefferson saw there was no negotiating with Muslims, he formed what is now the Marines (seagoing soldiers). These Marines were attached to U. S. Merchant vessels. When the Muslims attacked U.S. merchant vessels they were repulsed by armed soldiers, but there is more.
The Marines followed the Muslims back to their villages and killed every man, woman, and child in the village.
It didn't take long for the Muslims to leave U.S. Merchant vessels alone.
English and French merchant vessels started running up our flag when entering the Mediterranean to secure safe travel.
Why the Marine Hymn contains the verse, "To the Shores of Tripoli ". This is very interesting and a must-read piece of our history. It points out where we may be heading.
- Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led the charge!
At the height of the 18th century, Muslim pirates (the "Barbary Pirates") were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic.
They attacked every ship in sight and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart-breaking letters home, begging their governments and families to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
These extortionists of the high seas represented the North African Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers –
collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France.
However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets.
Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.
In 1784, 17 years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States rather than engaging them in war.
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli's ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked
American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.
The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran that all nations who would not acknowledge their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."
Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the u\American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages.
The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over 20 percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.
Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.
That changed everything.
Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.
Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force
for anything beyond coastal defense, but, having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that it was finally time to meet force with force.
He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to "cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify".
When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the right to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli.
The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as "leathernecks" for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by
the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.
America had a tradition of religious tolerance. In fact, Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.
A religion based on supremacy, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers, was unacceptable to him.
His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.
This should concern every American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming times in America at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged; Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities; ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah; public schools are pulling pork from their menus; on and on and on and on..
It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife and helping to further the Islamists' agenda.
- Sadly, it appears that today America's leaders would rather be politically correct than victorious!
IF YOU DO NOT REMEMBER THE PAST, YOU ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT IT. This is a piece of history, but not just history. This is the present and the future. The Muslims are saying, very openly, that this is what they plane: to convert the world to Islam.
- Moreover: they, the Muslims have a very funny habit: to murder their own people. Is it coming from their education book or this is the moral that they were educated according. In any rate: An Muslim Hamas soldier tried to kill 3 I Israeli soldiers, by car. The 3 were wounded. He was killed. In the very same time, a 12 years old schoolgirl was murdered by her stepfather, a refugee from Eritrea. In P parallel the body of another Muslim girl, at this case 16 years old, was found cut into pieces (I am sorry to describe it, but it is most necessary in order to let the reader understand the mentality of the Muslims) thrown, paced in plastic bags, in the garbage, So, what else than disgusting/shacking/terrible we can say about the behavior of the Muslims. Well, I know that not all Muslims are like these. I am sure that there are Muslims of completely different type/behavior/style. But, these people are leading the street and are pulling the good ones to their side-to the extremism.
- I know that everybody, in the Arab/Muslim states, is blaming Israel for the situation in Gaza, it's poverty and suffering. Now, please allow me to elaborate the real situation, why it happens and why it stands still. Qatar is the locomotive (The Hebrew word for the locomotive is Qatar. Funny). Qatar is a very rich state. They decided to help the Gazans to get their heads out of the mud. So, Qatar will transfer to Gaza $90 million in 6 portions and an extra $10 million for the oil Israel supply Gaza for their power plants. (OK. It is not exactly power plants. It is more junkyard, but this is what they, the Gazans, prefer). In the last months, there was a bad change in the power supply in Gaza. So, they decided to operate whatever power production means (small Generators) that they have. But their power supply system is very old and improperly maintained, so, in order to have more power they stopped the operation of the sewage treatment/purifying sites. The outcome is that one that walks in Gaza sees and smells the sewage. This is OK as long as people do not care about the smell, but the problems are the diseases that it can create. Diseases are a completely different story. This can influence Israel too. They, the Gazans don't care about their health,. They want/desire Israelis to be sick. Because this is what they are learned in school in the Muslim education system. In addition, flowing water is coming to the tapes just once/one day in a week. So, the Gazans had to fill up reservoirs. This means that their small homes were full with water containers, for a week, for an average family of 6 people. Can you imagine it? The international health agency called to change this reality sac it can create very serious/severe diseases. But who cares there? Qatar's money and the Israeli supply of oil \made a slight change in the situation: Now they have water once in 2c days. This is a substantial, advance. Israel helped them by allowing the import of different vaccines, of winter diseases, just for Gaza. Now, if they, Gaza were not that fanatic they could have the best life, have work, have health aid, power, water and live like a human being. But they prefer to live in the S—t. If somebody thinks that he can help these poor people, please do something to change their lives.
- Two presidents, at a time/simultaneously, are visiting Israel. One is the president of Chad and the other is the president of the Czech Republic. Well, Chad has no contacts/relations with Israel so this is a good opportunity to show this honorable president what Israel can offer his country in order to help them to overcome their problems. In the 2nd case, the Czech president, he is a long time very good friend of Israel. He appreciates the assistance that Israel submitted them after they got released from the communist bear hug. The Czech's president said that they will be the 2nd country to move its embassy to Jerusalem. He said that his best friends are the Israelis. He said, also, that he is Jewish. Yes, this clever man thinks positively. He knows in which basket to put the eggs. This is to differ from the NP (None Palestinians) that are not looking to improve their lives and prefer to keep and flag their poverty.
- The 3,903 Palestinians killed in Syria in the past seven years are of no interest to the Western correspondents and their editors. The Western media's obsession with Israel has created the impression that the only Palestinians living on this planet are those who are residing in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This impression does injustice to the Palestinians who are facing horrendous conditions, torture, and death in the Arab countries, especially Syria. Who cares about the suffering of these Palestinians? No one. Every week, scores of foreign journalists travel to the Israel-Gaza border to report on clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian rioters. Have any of these journalists thought of traveling to Syria or Lebanon to report about the atrocities that are being committed against the Palestinians there? Of course not. Why should they do so when the story lacks an anti-Israel angle? The number of Palestinians killed in Syria will soon reach 4,000. Perhaps then, with that gruesome milestone reached, will Western correspondents in the Middle East wake up to the enormity of the crimes that are really being perpetrated against Palestinians.
Post-Nov. 27th 2018
- An Israeli startup hopes to disrupt the vegan food market by developing 3D printing technology that will be able to produce meat substitutes using plant-based formulations, saying the final product very closely resembles the experience of consuming natural meat. Its founder says it has “replicated… the complex matrix that is meat.” Jet Eat, which was established in early 2018 by Eshchar Ben Shitrit, aims for its products to hit the markets by 2020. Ben Shitrit, according to the Israeli tech site NoCamels, was an avid meat consumer before he set his mind on a substitute using natural, healthy ingredients, without compromising on flavor or consistency. “Meat is characterized by four components: the muscle, the fat within it, myoglobin and a connective tissue” Shitrit explained. “We replicated, with our 3D printer and precise formulations, the complex matrix that is meat.” “Israel is the birthplace of innovation in 3D printing and digital printing and is a true expert in using technology to address the problems of conventional markets,” Ben Shitrit told NoCamels. “Nowadays, digital printing is being utilized in areas ranging from organs to dentistry and I believe that, in an increasingly digitalized world, it can be applied to food as well.” Based in Ness Ziona, Jet Eat currently has five employees and has already raised funding from angel investors. The startup is currently working on raising money from seed investors. Jet Eat is developing its products in collaboration with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and is using the institution’s labs for experiments, NoCamels reported. The startup had earlier this year taken part in a four-month accelerator program launched by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food Accelerator Network at the Technion. It was selected as a finalist to compete at the program’s Food Venture Summit for an equity-free cash prize of $68,000, according to NoCamels. The winners of the competition will be announced in Paris next week. Israel, and particularly Tel Aviv, has seen a significant rise in people who identify as vegan, and plant-based substitutions for meat will no doubt attract many members of the community. Such substitutions could also revolutionize how the world at large eats, striking a major blow against environmental degradation, animal suffering, and global health pandemics. Last year, researchers at the Yissum Research Development Company, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said they have created a 3D printing technology that will be able to produce nutritious meals, for use in homes, restaurants, and institutions, using nano-cellulose, a natural and edible calorie-free fiber. They have so far used their technology to “print” dough, but not a full meal.
- Greece, Italy, and Cyprus have reached an agreement with Israel to lay a pipeline connecting the Jewish state’s gas reserves to the three countries, in a major project estimated at costing over $7 billion that will supply gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, as the continent seeks to diversify its energy supply. The European Union agreed to invest $100 million in a feasibility study for the project before the agreement was reached over the laying of the longest and deepest underwater gas pipeline in the world. As part of the agreement, Israel and Cyprus will be granted preference over other countries in exporting gas to the European market, according to the report. The EastMed Pipeline Project is to start about 170 kilometers (105 miles) off Cyprus’s southern coast and stretch for 2,200 kilometers (1,350 miles) to reach Otranto, Italy, via Crete and the Greek mainland. The pipeline will have the capacity to carry up to 20 billion cubic meters (706 billion cubic feet) of gas yearly. Europe’s gas import needs are projected to increase by 100 billion cubic meters (3.5 billion cubic feet) annually by 2030. Work on the project is expected to begin within a few months, and to conclude within five years. This deal could temper Arab influence in Europe. For decades, we have complained about the Arab influence in Europe due to oil and gas. The export of gas to Europe will moderate this influence to a certain extent and be a counterweight to Arab power. Last December, a study on the project showed that the link is feasible, even though it presents technical challenges due to the depths involved and has an estimated cost of 6.2 billion euro ($7.36 billion). Once frosty, Israel’s ties with Greece and Cyprus have markedly improved in recent years, coinciding with a spat between Israel and regional rival Turkey. The three countries now hold frequent joint military and civil protection exercises, including a planned joint air force drill that will include Cyprus, Israel, Egypt, and other European countries as part of efforts to bolster stability in the eastern Mediterranean. In May, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the growing ties between the three countries as building “an alliance for good” through joint trade, tourism, and health endeavors. The partners are building a great alliance, an alliance for good among the three democracies, almost inconceivable that these countries did not have this warm, intimate, and direct contact” in past years. Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called the project “emblematic” of the cooperation between the three countries. Comment: This cooperation will succeed very much. How do I know? It is the nature of joint ventures. If all parties are interested in the success of the partnership, everybody will be committed to the project and then it will succeed. All parties, in this case, are going to benefit and then everyone will put his portion/effort to make it win.
- Peace is waged by making love. Love is never mentioned in any translation of Islam's holy books. So, how do the Muslims get to peace? Big/hard question. The Quran must be replaced by love a book.
- The slightest bit of kindness, the smallest gesture of humanity, is ruthlessly suppressed. The “Palestinians” routinely exhort their people to hatred and genocide of the Jews on “Palestinian” TV. Even children’s shows inculcate this hatred, rage, and violence. And so Colonel Ahmad Abu al-Rub, in performing a simple act of kindness for Israeli soldiers, has to be punished. The entire “Palestinian” culture is built on this hatred and rage and will collapse if “Palestinians” are allowed to begin to see Jews as human beings. Here yet again we see the truth of the adage: in any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. “Palestinian police chief is suspended for helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank,” Associated Press, November 15, 2018: A Palestinian police chief has been suspended after he was photographed helping Israeli soldiers fix a flat tire in the West Bank. Colonel Ahmad Abu al-Rub was referred to an ‘investigative committee’ after an image of him kneeling down in front of an Israeli soldier caused outrage online. Al-Rub was accused of assisting the Israeli ‘occupation’ by helping the soldiers. It is not clear exactly when the incident took place, though images began circulating on social media earlier this week. Al-Rub, the Hebron district chief, had seen the vehicle blocking a road and went to order the soldiers to move it. When he got there he discovered the jeep was stuck after bursting a tire, and offered to help get it out of the way.
- Four Israeli border guards were injured near Jerusalem after a knifeman made his way into a police base. The assailant was seriously wounded as he was overpowered by officers during the rare attack inside a security force base late on Wednesday. The attacker, who was not immediately identified, had scaled a fence around the base between the Palestinian neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar and the settler district of Armon Hanatziv before being spotted. A wave of stabbing attacks against Israelis by lone-wolf Palestinian assailants erupted in 2015 but has since become sporadic….
- "This UN Migration Compact is an attempt to make hijra (Islamic migration) a human right, while at the same time undermining a nation’s sovereignty. All Western nations should withdraw unless their goal is to establish Sharia. If not resisted by legal means, it is the way to gradually annihilate the non-Islamic host culture and replace it with an Islamic civilization. The seeds of this UN Compact were planted back in the 70’s when the Economic European Community (which later became the European Union) and the Arab League established their vision for “Eurabia”. Please read this short one-page explanation of the United Nations Human Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Compact for Migration, written by my research team, CSPI International." Countries refusing to sign the UN Global Migration Compact, so far: United States, Poland, Israel, Estonia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria. Italy is likely to join this group. The "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration" is set to be formally adopted at the UN Conference in Morocco on 10-11 December 2018. The Marrakech declaration, as its called, would block any criticism of mass migration, ban political parties opposing it and make migration a human right so no country could ever oppose it.
- Global Compact on Migration creates favourable routes for Islamic migration. Thus, it is essential to know the Islamic political principle of hijra (Islamic migration). Hijra follows the example set by Mohammed and referred to in the Koran. Hijra is socially and economically beneficial to Islam. If not resisted by legal means, it is the way to gradually annihilate the non-Islamic host culture and replace it with an Islamic civilisation. Koran 2:218: "Indeed, those who have believed and those who have emigrated and fought in the cause of Allah – those expect the mercy of Allah. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful." (see also Koran 8:72, 9:20) In 1973, Economic European Community and the Arab League established the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD). Under the name of dialogue, they created a political and legal superstructure that encompasses the entire Euro-Arab relationship. Among other agreements, migration was addressed as an important component of the relationships, and it was demanded by the Arab Association: ’The association requires European governments to arrange legal provisions concerning the free movement… and respect for the fundamental rights of immigrant workers in Europe: these rights must be equivalent to those of national citizens.’ The overall goal is to establish regular migration. “Regular Migration” is mentioned 25 times in the Pact. The summary of the objectives and actions identify a migrant as not a subject to European Law, European Law has to change to simplify the process of arrival and settlement of migrants according to their culture.
Post –Nov. 26th 2018
1.The increased digitization of global commerce and banking globally — with the expansion of cross-border e-commerce and the adoption mobile banking in the past decade — presents a juicy target for organized criminal groups who only need an Internet connection to make easy money. Financial fraud prevention is a big business, with the market expected to grow 20 percent per year to reach $42.6 billion in size by 2023, according to global consultancy KBV Research. Meanwhile, police and other public authorities have failed to fashion a response. The reason is simple: the average fraudulent online purchase lies somewhere around $1,000, while the cost of catching what is usually transnational crime networks would be much higher. This has left retailers and financial institutions to foot an annual bill in the billions every year for money and goods lost to fraud. To add to the pain, these companies lose even more money due to transactions blocked by outdated fraud prevention systems that incorrectly identify suspicious transactions. Within this environment, Israel-based or Israeli-founded companies have quietly built a large and growing presence in the anti-fraud market, with at least 35 companies active in the field, ranging from early-stage startups to post-exit companies that have become divisions in larger multinational corporations. To date, the 35 Israeli-founded anti-fraud companies have raised over half a billion dollars in venture capital investment and generated $1.5 billion in successful exits, according to data compiled from Crunchbase. “There are a few markets starting to emerge in Israel right now, and fraud prevention is definitely one of them,” says Mickey Boodaei, an Israeli serial entrepreneur and angel investor and current CEO of Transmit Security, which helps financial institutions to authenticate the identity of employees and customers. So what are the advantages that Israeli entrepreneurs bring to this field? To answer the question, The Times of Israel interviewed eight Israeli co-founders and senior executives from companies in the sector, to find out what experiences they share. The respondents, by and large, agreed that Israeli culture, the early success of several Israeli companies in the field and the direction of technological developments have all contributed to the proliferation of Israeli entrepreneurs focused on anti-fraud technologies. In contrast to the thesis advanced in the book Start-up Nation, which documents the rise of the Israeli tech ecosystem, most of the executives interviewed said that their army experience actually played a minor role in how they got into fraud prevention. More importantly, everyone interviewed said that their company’s technology had nothing to do with the technology they used in the Israel Defense Forces. Last but not least, only six of the 35 companies had founders from the fabled Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent of the NSA. Of those six companies founded by Unit 8200 alumni, only two were established within the past decade. It’s thinking like a fraudster, not the army service All the co-founders interviewed agreed that the key to building technology to locate and deter fraudsters is the ability to think like them and predict the ways they are likely to try to exploit payment systems. Playing this cat-and-mouse game requires a certain adversarial and improvisational style of thinking that appeals to many Israelis. “As a kid in Israel, there are no boundaries – you can do what you want”. “Israel is organized chaos, so the culture raises people to think outside the box.” The Israelis who founded anti-fraud companies were involved in areas that involved cat-and-mouse type thinking. Fraud prevention fits very well with the way Israelis think in terms of culture and personality. The Israelis are of this type that if you present a fraud problem to any Israeli, even if they’re not from high tech, they will have an opinion on it and give you advice on what you can do to address it. It’s a culture where you focus on today’s biggest problems and the rest, ‘we’ll deal with this tomorrow.’ A culture that is used to long-term planning and building things that last 100 years would not be well-suited to dealing with fraud.” Cybersecurity’s expansion into fraud The reason online fraud began as a problem was because of the inability of cybersecurity solutions to protect or verify users’ identities. This creates an issue of how do you prevent fraud from occurring when you already know that people who shouldn’t have access to certain services or products can get to them without permission. For decades, the business world addressed this problem separately from network security with different people and tools used to handle fraudsters. Within cybersecurity itself, there were traditionally three major areas of specialization: gateway security, endpoint security, and identity management. Gateway security means securing the communications hub owned and operated by the company from outside attack. Endpoint security means securing the remote devices used by the company’s end-users from outside attacks. Identity management refers to the protecting the credentials different users utilize to access a company’s We can see that the person using an account is not a good guy even though they haven’t tried to transfer money yet,” says Shulkind. “This is what is referred to as cybersecurity since there is no actionable item to do right now, but we do see a crime ring that is starting to form and that will probably try to cash out accounts later on.” Seven Israeli anti-fraud companies have already had exits, all via acquisitions by larger corporations with a combined payout of over $1.5 billion, based on figures from Crunchbase. However, 22 of the 35 Israeli companies in the field were founded in just the last six years, affirming Israel’s reputation and a center for continual innovation in the anti-fraud industry.
- The president of the African large Muslim state, Chad, that cut their diplomatic relations with Israel 46 years ago, is visiting Israel. Now, only now, after that many years of disconnection, after they realized that many other African countries are getting instant/important/necessary assistance from Israel and that they, Chad, get "zero" assistance from the rich Muslim countries, they decided that it is enough and that they want to get Israeli assistance as well. So, this is the 1st step of the renewal of the relations. Chad is not afraid, anymore, of its Muslim neighbors and other Muslim countries threats. So, welcome Chad to be among the friends of Israel and we hope that you will know how to use the Israeli assistance for the benefit of your people.
- There are more Muslim countries, like Sudan, Bahrain and more African countries that are listed to renew their diplomatic relations with Israel, after many years of not having formal relations, but a lot of contacts under the table. All of them needed Israeli support/ technologies like water, communication, agriculture, and security. Now, after they learned that their relations only with the Arabs did not create any good, they decided to open their hearts and to reveal their old contacts with Israel and establish/ improve new ones.
- Lebanon is celebrating its 75 anniversary of independence. The Israeli blessing for this occasion was as follows: "Happy independent day for the citizens of Lebanon our neighbors from the north. We hope and wish you that very shortly you will free of the Iranian imperialism and the terror of the Hezbollah ".
- The Israeli Knesset chairman in a conference of freedom in Rome, Italy: "Israel does not have a border with Iran. But Iran is looking to establish a common border with Israel. Therefore they get settled in Syria, Lebanon and in Gaza. They want to attack Israel from all 3 sides. It won't work."
- The Beverly Hills City Council has unanimously passed a resolution condemning Airbnb’s decision to remove listings of rentals in Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and is encouraging a boycott of the web service, the city announced in a statement on Wednesday. “We find the actions of Airbnb deplorable,” said Mayor Julian Gold. “On behalf of our residents, this unanimous resolution reflects the City Council’s ongoing commitment to Israel and to exposing hatred anywhere it exists.” The Israeli-Jewish Congress and human rights leaders have also publicly opposed the company’s actions, the statement noted. “Airbnb is not welcome in Beverly Hills as long as its policies are based on anti-Jewish double standards,” added Vice Mayor Jon Mirisch. “Jew hatred is a disease. We can try to inoculate others against this malady, but we also must protect ourselves against its effects.” Titled “Resolution of the Council of the City of Beverly Hills opposing anti-Semitism by Airbnb,” the resolution states that “Airbnb’s actions are antithetical to the values we hold dear in Beverly Hills… “Prejudice and discrimination based on religion have no place in our community, country, and the world.” According to the resolution, “the City of Beverly Hills calls upon Airbnb to correct this act of disrespect to the land of Israel and restore its original services immediately. “In the event that Airbnb does not stop, we call upon all civilized people across the globe to boycott Airbnb until such time as they desist from these despicable anti-Semitic actions,” the resolution concludes
- Arabs kill Arabs. A gas station worker was stabbed and murdered by his friend. The reason, most probably, is the relations between the murdered and the murderer's wife. This is the way how these people live/behave, following the Quran's guides.