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Large Desalination Plant Approved to Bring Gazans Clean Water

10 hours 18 min ago
From VirtualJerusalem, Courtesy of DEBKA


The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.  


Israel’s defense ministry has approved the delivery of equipment to the Gaza Strip for completing a large desalination plant and eight large water reservoirs.

The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.

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Liberman warns Assad planning to rebuild large Syrian army after civil war

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By JACOB MAGID for The Times of Israel


Defense minister also praises Trump's reimposition of Iran sanctions, saying Tehran was using relief provided by nuke deal not to support its economy but rather to fund terror


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad “is not satisfied” with regaining control of southern Syria and plans to rebuild the Syrian military into an even larger force than it was on the eve of the civil war.


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How Israel Became a Television Powerhouse

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
By HANNAH BROWN for Commentary


The unlikely rise of a pop-culture leader


You don’t often see perfectly chilled martinis served at conferences in Israel, but the TLV Formats Conference was an event that was out of the ordinary. It was held for the second time in September 2017, and hundreds of buyers from television networks around the world came to Tel Aviv to snatch up new Israeli shows—scrambling to get ahead of the huge international TV convention called MIPCOM the following month in Cannes. Over the past decade, Israel has become one of the world’s most prolific exporters of “formats”—industry jargon for concepts and programs. 

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Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Daniel Gordis for Bloomberg.com


Is this the sort of nation Israelis want?


Almost a decade ago, shortly before their wedding, my daughter and her fiancé decided that the ceremony would not be performed by a rabbi associated with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Both religiously observant, they found the Chief Rabbinate’s attitude to women and to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism reprehensible; they were determined to use the occasion of their wedding, at which numerous politically and socially prominent Israelis would be present, to make that point.

They asked me to perform the wedding. As a Conservative rabbi ordained in the U.S. (and thus not recognized by the Israeli Rabbinate), I technically violated Israel’s 1953 Marriage and Divorce Law. This can be punished with a two-year prison sentence. We made the occasional quip about my getting arrested for performing my own daughter’s wedding, but we were never worried. Many rabbis had done this before, and none had ever been arrested.

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Hello or shalom? Half of Israeli kids grow up bilingual

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israel is possibly the world’s best ‘lab’ for researching the little-understood phenomenon of being raised with two or more spoken languages.

 



“Anna,” a preschooler in the Israeli city of Bat Yam, was thought to be cognitively impaired because testing her in Hebrew showed her cognitive skills lagging behind her classmates. But when retested in her home language, Russian, she was found to be normal.


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WATCH: Israeli youngsters aid Syrian refugee children

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 12:00am
From worldisraelnews.com


Wednesday was the last day of a weeklong project throughout Israeli communities on the Golan Heights in which youngsters sent humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees, mainly to children.

 

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Tunnel-detection tech offers safer, cheaper colonoscopies

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israeli invention for remote imaging of smuggling tunnels leads to spin-off product for more comfortable, less expensive lower bowel imaging.


A promising new technology for improving colonoscopies got its start as a way to remotely explore smuggling tunnels.


When a tunnel is discovered, homeland security or military personnel need to quickly and safely determine what’s inside. Beersheva-based startup IBEX Technologies developed a thin inflatable “sleeve” that can be robotically piloted into a dark tunnel. A camera attached to the front end of the sleeve transmits real-time live video and high-resolution images.

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The Hebrew Bible’s Christian Students

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Sara Toth Stub for Tablet Magazine


In Israel, non-Jews take a growing interest in studying Tanakh—with Jewish teachers


When Knesset member Yehuda Glick founded the Lobby for Encouraging the Study of the Bible, his aim was to build support for expanding the Jewish public’s study of this book. But the organization recently found itself co-sponsoring a joint Christian-Jewish Bible study session in the Knesset in honor of Yom Yerushalayim—Jerusalem Day, the day marking Israel’s victory and its subsequent taking over all of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.

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