“’ I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in their own land never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.” Am. 9:14-15
NETANYAHU REVEALS TRUMP’S MAP OF ISRAEL WITH GOLAN HEIGHTS: PM Benjamin Netanyahu says US President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has gifted him with an official State Department map, updated to incorporate the long-disputed Golan Heights as part of Israel. Speaking at a news conference in Jerusalem on Thurs. 30 May 2019 Netanyahu addressed a nation rattled by the prospect of an unprecedented second election campaign in the same year, after the newly re-elected Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition. In a bid to play down the political unrest Netanyahu revealed Kushner’s map, on which, President Trump had scribbled, “Nice.” “This map had not been updated since the Six-Day War,” said Netanyahu, referring to the 1967 Middle East war, after which Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. “Well, it has been updated. That is to say, there are very important developments here.” He pointed to a note scribbled on the map, which he called President Trump’s personal handiwork. “Here is the signature of Trump, and he writes ‘nice.’ I say, ‘very nice!'” (Ynet)
WHITE HOUSE’S KUSHNER IN JERUSALEM FOR ISRAELI TALKS: US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and aide Jared Kushner was in Jerusalem on Thurs. 30 May 2019 as part of a Middle East trip focused on the White House’s expected plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Kushner met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, but no further details were released regarding his schedule. Kushner, accompanied by Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt and Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, is a key architect of the peace plan which the White House is expected to unveil. But the plan, previously delayed for an Israeli general election in April 2019, could face further postponements due to Israeli politics. Israel is set to hold another general election in Sep. 2019 after Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government, and the plan is widely seen as too sensitive an issue to introduce during a political campaign. The Palestinian leadership has also already rejected the plan, saying that Trump’s moves have shown him to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel. The US is expected to present the economic aspects of the peace plan at a meeting in Bahrain on 25-26 June 2019 but Palestinian leaders say they will not attend. (CNA) In the words of an L.A. Times commentator: “The amount of global resources heaped upon the Palestinians appears wholly disproportionate when contrasted to efforts expended upon other stateless peoples.
IDF REVEALS ‘LONGEST, MOST SIGNIFICANT’ HIZBULLAH TUNNEL ON NORTHERN BORDER: The Israel Defense Forces on Wed. 29 May 2019 revealed a cross-border Hizbullah tunnel discovered running into Israeli territory from Lebanon saying it was “the longest and most significant” subterranean passage found yet. The tunnel was dug to a depth of 80 meters (260 feet), was a kilometer long and penetrated 77 meters (250 feet) into Israeli territory. IDF sources said the tunnel was equipped with infrastructure for electricity, ventilation and communications systems, and that the passage would have taken years to complete. Last month, the commander of the IDF’s Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, said Hizbullah was still planning to carry out a surprise invasion of northern Israel despite the recent anti-tunnel operation. (Times of Israel) Pray for the safety of the Jewish state’s northern communities and military personnel located there.
ISRAEL’S WATERGEN PROVIDES 120 ORPHANS IN UZBEKISTAN WITH FRESH WATER: Watergen, an Israel-based innovative company that creates clean water out of air, is now providing a source of fresh water for over 120 children living in an orphanage in Uzbekistan’s city of Bukhara. The technology comes in the form of an atmospheric water generator known as the GEN-350, which can produce up to 900 liters of water per day. A popular tourist destination but also associated with arid weather conditions, Bukhara has recently been experiencing serious water shortages. With a weight of just 800 kilograms, the GEN-350 is transportable and can be installed easily. Each unit contains an internal water treatment system and needs no infrastructure other than a source of electricity in order to operate. The GEN-350 was installed at the orphanage as part of a test pilot in order to demonstrate the generator’s unique capabilities to produce hundreds of liters of clean, safe drinking water in Bukhara’s arid environment. Watergen’s president, Dr. Michael Mirilashvili, said: “Uzbekistan’s water utility company was thrilled with our water from air solution and requested to run pilots in several other regions of Uzbekistan. Although there is only 20% humidity in the air of Bukhara, the GEN-350 was still able to generate hundreds of liters of high-quality drinking water.” Dr. Mirilashvili is also the visionary behind Watergen’s goal to provide clean, safe drinking water to every human being across the globe. Watergen’s efforts to make fresh, pure water available around the world earned the company its place on the World Economic Forum’s list of the world’s top technology pioneers in 2018. (United With Israel)
EL AL LAUNCHES DIRECT FLIGHTS TO TOKYO: El Al will launch a direct route from Israel to Tokyo, Japan, marking the first-ever direct flights between the two countries. Flights will begin in March 2020, using three of El Al’s new Boeing Dreamliner 787 jets. The direct flights to Japan are part of El Al’s plan to expand its flight routes in accordance with the needs of both Israeli travelers and international travelers arriving in Israel, the numbers of which have grown considerably in recent years. The Tel Aviv-Tokyo flight will take 11 hours and 15 minutes, while the return flight will take approximately 12 and a half hours. Currently, Israelis wishing to fly to Japan need to take two flights, resulting in nearly 24 hours of travel. Michael Strassburger, El Al’s V.P of Commerce & Industry Affairs, said, ” Approximately 40,000 Israelis visited Japan in 2018, while 20,000 Japanese people visited Israel. The movement in recent years has grown at a fast pace and we are sure that opening a direct route between the countries will increase travel and significantly strengthen the economic and diplomatic ties between Israel and Japan. The direct flights to Japan join a list of other new direct routes launched recently by El Al, including to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and they significantly expand the options for tourism, entertainment, and the direct access both business people and tourists have to these destinations.” (Arutz-7)
ISRAEL’S NEW MULTI-USE FLYING/DRIVING ROBOT: The first experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors. The hybrid FSTAR (flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot) was invented by Prof. David Zarrouk and developed by a team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. FSTAR can fly over obstacles or run underneath them. The sprawl, which adjusts from a flat configuration to 55 degrees, allows the robot to transform its movement from a flying quadcopter to a car-like robot. It also adjusts its width to crawl or run on flat surfaces, climb over large obstacles and up closely spaced walls, or squeeze through a tunnel, pipe or narrow gaps. FSTAR can run on the ground at a speed of up to eight feet per second. That ability, combined with low energy consumption, makes FSTAR ideal for a broad range of applications that may require longer work time, said Zarrouk. “We plan to develop larger and smaller versions to expand this family of sprawling robots for different applications, as well as algorithms that will help exploit speed and cost of transport for these flying/driving robots,” he said. Possible commercial uses are package deliveries, search and rescue, agriculture, maintenance, cleaning, filming, entertainment, law enforcement, and homeland security. (Israel 21c)
HUNDREDS OF MULTINATIONALS FROM 35 COUNTRIES INNOVATING IN ISRAEL: Israel is emerging as a leading innovation destination for a growing number of multinational corporations looking to the country’s 6,000 plus startups for new ideas, quick prototyping ability, and infectious entrepreneurial culture, a new report shows. The report, commissioned by tech NGO Start-Up Nation Central maps for the first time the activities of some 539 multinational companies (MNCs) representing 35 countries that are currently active in Israel. It tracks the evolution of their innovation activity, showing that companies tend to increase and diversify their innovation activity with time in the market, for example, going from tech-led R&D centers to operating startup accelerators and engaging in joint ventures. (Forbes)
LOUISIANA PASSES ‘HEARTBEAT’ ABORTION BILL: Louisiana’s legislature passed a bill last week banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat has been detected, joining a growing list of conservative states in a push to tighten restrictions on the procedure in recent weeks. The bill passed the House by a vote of 79-23 with no exceptions for incest or rape. It essentially bans all abortions past six weeks of pregnancy. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said he plans to sign the bill. “As I prepare to sign this bill, I call on the overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators who voted for it to join me in continuing to build a better Louisiana that cares for the least among us and provides more opportunity for everyone,” Edwards said. Louisiana’s new law comes on the heels of a number of other states passing or considering similar laws to limit abortions. Alabama signed the most restrictive yet, a near-total ban on abortions unless the woman’s life is at risk. There are no exceptions for rape or incest. Legislatures in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio passed “heartbeat” bills, banning abortions after eight weeks, earlier this year. (UPI)
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