History of Israel's Good News Apr to Jun 2021


In the 2nd May 21 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·         Israel’s Covid infection levels are the lowest for over a year.

·         An Israeli treatment uses a patient’s cells to bypass blocked arteries.

·         Israeli humanitarian aid is on its way to four stricken countries.

·         More Israeli vegan meat and milk products.

·         Israeli technology will help expand space exploration.

·         Israeli startups in Europe provide tens of thousands of local jobs.

·         An Israeli basketball team has won the FIBA Europe Cup.

·         Free Birthright tours to Israel resume.


·         Click here to see the 25th Apr newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours (with yet another great intro), San Diego Jewish World, IsraPundit and United With Israel.  Also (TY Sandra) in German here and here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here and here. Please pass on the following links to German and Hebrew-reading contacts. Also (TY Esty) please visit the https://www.facebook.com/verygoodnewsIL Facebook page.  Also. many thanks to Myer for placing an advert for the newsletter in the May issue of Charlotte Jewish News (see page 9).


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Panic over. Israel is recording less than 100 new Covid-19 cases a day, with under 1,600 total infections. Swimming pools, gyms and dining at restaurants are to be opened even to the unvaccinated. And a new Israeli report shows that any country can control Covid-19 if more than 50% of the over-60s are vaccinated.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/scientists-israel-proves-every-developed-country-can-subdue-covid-with-vaccines/ https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-sees-just-38-new-covid-cases-the-lowest-daily-tally-in-a-year/



Masks cut asthma and allergies. A study by Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has concluded that the wearing of facemasks protected many citizens not only from Covid-19 but also from asthma and allergies. Urgent visits to Sheba’s emergency unit during the pandemic by asthma patients dropped by 49% and hospitalizations by 65%.




Nose spray blocks Covid variants. In recent trials at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, the Taffix nose spray from Israel’s Nasus (see here previously) blocked 100 percent” of the British and South African variants of SARS-CoV-2 virus.  https://nocamels.com/2021/04/israeli-nasus-nasal-spray-taffix-covid-variants/



Poised to transform brain surgery. Israel’s Tamar Robotics (see here previously) is developing a surgical robot to revolutionize brain surgery. It will give doctors a minimally invasive tool to remove tumors and blood clots and treat other brain conditions that now require major surgery. See video of founder Professor Shohan.




Proteins that cause intestinal disease. Researchers from Tel Aviv University have developed an Artificial Intelligence platform that can identify the specific proteins that allow bacteria to infect the intestines. It should lead to new therapeutics that can neutralize the proteins and prevent disease, eliminating the use of antibiotics.




Opening the arteries. MultiGeneAngio from Israel’s VESSL Therapeutics is in human trials for treating peripheral and coronary artery disease. The patient’s cells are extracted, enhanced with genes and re-implanted, to increase blood flow to oxygen-starved muscles. And VESSL’s MultiGeneGraft treats end-stage renal disease.

https://jewishbusinessnews.com/2021/04/25/vessl-therapeutics-is-a-medtech-startup-offering-new-cardiovascular-treatments/  http://vessltherapy.com/


Repairing bones. Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have new technology for bone and soft tissue repair. Instead of grafting bone from elsewhere in the body, they used stem cells from the soft tissue inside discarded teeth. They then combined this with other cells to repair spinal cord in laboratory tests.

https://jewishbusinessnews.com/2021/04/27/technion-scientists-develop-new-technology-for-bone-and-soft-tissue-repair/   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adfm.202008687


European approval for smart IVF treatment. Israel’s AIVF (see here previously) has received the CE Mark for its unique AI IVF analysis platform that avoids risky biopsies. AIVF’s system improves the success of IVF treatment – a costly and invasive process. US approval is now also being sought.






Arab woman is Vice President of Hebrew U. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has elected Professor Mona Khoury-Kassbari Vice President of Strategy and Diversity.  She will be responsible for broadening the mix of faculty members and students from Orthodox Jews, Arabs, Ethiopians and those with disabilities.



Saving life in Jerusalem. Khaled is one of nearly 700 Muslim paramedics in United Hatzalah – Israel’s emergency medical organization. During Ramadan, Khaled fasts during the day but still responds to all calls and treats patients of all religions equally.



Making every drop of water count. (TY UWI) Great video of Israel’s globally enhancing water technologies. A single drop of saltwater taken from the Mediterranean, travels from an Israeli desalination plant to a domestic tap, is drunk, re-cycled, and piped across Israel to water crops via Israeli drip irrigation. Hardly a drop is lost.



La Parisien promotes post-Covid Israel. (TY JNS) Israel’s success in beating coronavirus attracts much attention in the international media. French magazine Le Parisien devoted a cover story to Israel as an example of “life after Covid”. It describes a busy Tel Aviv and Israel's unprecedented national vaccination operation.



Israeli and UAE jets in exercise together. Israeli Air Force planes flew alongside Emirati aircraft week as part of the Iniohos international aerial exercise hosted by Greece. The other countries involved were Cyprus, France, the US, Spain and Canada. The UAE and Israel flew together also in 2017 and 2019 (see here previously).




Another agreement signed with UAE. (TY JNS) Israel and the UAE signed a bilateral accord to tackle pandemics, cybersecurity and data protection. The agreement will also see the enactment of large-scale joint economic and health-related projects. Minister Yuli Edelstein said it would "bolster Israel's healthcare system".



AI for social good. (TY JNS) Google has partnered Tel Aviv University to launch a new program to promote AI-related multidisciplinary research for the benefit of society. AI for Social Good selected 10 researchers who are using Artificial Intelligence to advance humanity by addressing major global social issues.



Aid to Uruguay, Ethiopia, India & Caribbean. Doctors from Israel’s Sheba Medical Center are heading to Uruguay to help it tackle coronavirus. Also, from Assuta Ashdod Hospital to Ethiopia and equipment from Israel’s SmartAID to India. And IsraAID responders go to the Caribbean following a major volcanic eruption.









Intel to build “chips of the future” in Haifa. Tech giant Intel is to set up a new $200 million campus in Haifa to develop the “chips of the future.” It intends to recruit 1,000 Israeli employees plus 400 more for its Habana labs subsidiary. Competition will be fierce as Microsoft, Facebook and Nvidia all have Israeli expansion plans.




Amazon partners Israeli quantum research. Amazon Web Services’ Center for Quantum Computing is funding research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to advance the understanding of quantum gates – the basic building blocks of quantum computers. It will help develop a scalable, universal quantum computer.

https://campaign.huji.ac.il/news/hebrew-university-and-amazon-web-services-establish-quantum-computing-research  https://www.jns.org/hebrew-university-teams-up-with-amazon-on-quantum-computing-research/


Tech research institute. NGO Start-Up Nation Central connects international business and government leaders with Israeli technology. Founded by US philanthropist Paul Singer, it is now setting up a new economic research and policy institute in Israel that will help continue the growth of Israel’s tech sector and economy.



An ocean of innovation. Start-Up Nation Central has also partnered Israel’s Arieli Capital in launching OceanTech, a new seas and oceans innovation community. It aims to promote and recruit technologies and startups from Israel that work with the waters across the world and help protect this precious global asset.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3906217,00.html  https://www.startupnationcentral.org/


US Act to fund joint Israeli cybersecurity projects. A bipartisan group of US senators have introduced the US-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act. It assigns $6 million annually in funding for five years to support joint cybersecurity Research and Development, plus develop cybersecurity technologies.



Fraud protection for a billion users. Israel’s Forter (see here previously) has just joined the Adobe Exchange Partner Program to help Adobe Magento e-commerce clients block fraud, reduce false declines and increase business. Forter’s ecosystem processes $200+ billion in online transactions and protects nearly a billion users.



Alt Meat from fermented plants. Israel’s Chunk Foods uses proprietary fermentation technology to make healthy, realistic, beef alternatives from plants. It uses non-GMO ingredients to produce whole muscle cuts of beef such as sirloin, chuck or ribs.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3906413,00.html  https://chunkfoods.com/


More milk that never saw a cow. Israel’s BioMilk develops lab-cultured cow milk (see here for others) from mammary cells. It has a similar composition to commercial cow milk but with less hormones and antibiotics. It is also free of synthetic or plant additives. BioMilk has just opened trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

https://nocamels.com/2021/04/israel-biomilk-cultured-public-ipo/  https://www.biomilk.com/


3D-printed vegan burger is too perfect. CTech was invited to Israel’s SavorEat (see here previously) to eat a freshly 3D-printed, auto-cooked plant-based burger. The verdict – great taste and technically perfect but lacking the personal touch of a “messy” hand-cooked burger.  Some things can be too good!



Hi-tech, low-sugar chocolate spreads. Israel’s DouxMatok (see here previously) has unveiled its first food products made with its revolutionary low-calorie Incredo Sugar. Its Hazelnut Cocoa and Dark Cocoa Salted Caramel are organic, gluten-free, non-GMP, and free of palm oil and artificial flavors, colors and preservatives.




Garden furniture from recycled plastic. (TY Hazel) Israel’s UBQ (see here previously) is partnering Israel’s Keter to incorporate UBQ’s recycled thermoplastic into multiple product lines for garden furniture. They want to set an industry example of sustainable manufacturing as a simple, cost-effective, and necessary choice.

https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/israeli-plastic-giant-thermoplastic-firm-to-make-eco-friendly-products-665618  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905332,00.html


See with sound. Professor Amir Amedi of the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, has developed technology, an algorithm and training that enables people to see through sound.




Smart warehouses. (TY UWI) eGold’s fulfillment center in Ashdod is operated almost entirely using machine learning and an algorithm that manages the work of scores of individual robots. Other similar Israeli facilities use robotic technology from Israel’s Caja Robotics (see here) and Fabric (see here).

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905975,00.html   https://egold.co.il/?lang=en


Extracting oxygen from the Moon. (TY UWI) Israel’s Helios has developed technology to produce oxygen from the lunar soil. It will be tested in two future missions as a possible basis for sustainable lunar colonies, or at least, the ability to provide fuel for the return leg of a lunar mission. Lunar soil contains about 42% oxygen.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/305019   https://project-helios.space/


Decoding whale talk. Five Israeli scientists have joined Project CETI - Cetacean Translation Initiative, an international project aimed at listening into and understanding the language of sperm whales. They are using AI to determine the meaning of the clicking sounds at different frequencies that whales make when they meet.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/deep-thought-in-deep-blue-5-israelis-in-pioneering-project-to-decode-whale-talk/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLyldhjjAWs&t=56s





Top 20 for GDP per capita. (TY UWI) For the first time in its history, International Monetary Fund data ranks Israel among the top 20 economies for GDP per capita (economic output per person) - a key measure of a nation’s prosperity. Israel’s $43,689 is the 19th highest, above Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.



Israeli startups give jobs to thousands of Europeans. On the 25th anniversary of EU-Israel business relations data shows that 912 Israeli startups in the EU and UK employ 24,223 local workers. More than a third work in information and software technology, plus others in internet, telecommunications, biomedical, and cleantech.



Israeli startups hit the roof again. (TY UWI) More than 200 Israeli entrepreneurs, investors, and bankers held a “Tech on the Roof” event on a rooftop in Jaffa. They celebrated the end of Covid and the return to a sense of normalcy. Also see this link to Jon Medved’s OurCrowd presentation on Israel’s recent record tech investment.



Job opportunities in hi-tech. Israel's tech industry currently numbers 334,000 employees, constituting nearly 10% of all Israeli employees. Although the number of computer science graduates has increased nearly 50% since 2019, there are still currently 13,000 vacant tech positions in Israel.



Blackstone arrives in Israel. (TY NoCamels) Blackstone Group is one of the world’s largest investment companies. Its recent decision to open an Israeli office has huge positive implications for Israeli startups. Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, will become chairman of Blackstone Israel.




From New York to Israel. Israeli-founded Cherre launched its real estate data management and analytics platform in New York in 2016. Due to a huge exodus of hi-tech developers from New York, Cherre is now opening an R&D center in Israel, using part of a recent $50 million investment to hire 20 Israeli developers.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905855,00.html   https://cherre.com/




A digital wallet for Bitcoin. Israel’s ZenGo has developed a mobile wallet for retail investors to store and process cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. Its keyless wallet uses advanced cryptography and supports both Android and iOS smartphones. ZenGo processed transactions worth $100 million in the first 3 months of 2021.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3906409,00.html  https://www.zengo.com/


Israel’s 10th Unicorn of 2021. Israel’s Deel offers a global payroll solution to help 500 companies hire anyone, in over 150 countries, compliantly and in minutes. Its latest $156 million funding raised Deel’s market valuation to $1.25 billion, making it Israel’s 10th new financial Unicorn this year. https://www.letsdeel.com/



Investment in Israeli startups: Deel raised $156 million; Deep Instinct raised $100 million; Guesty raised $50 million; Placer.ai raised $50 million; BigID raised $30 million; Zengo raised $20 million; VESSL Therapeutics raised $16 million; Riverside.fm raised $9.5 million; AirEye raised $8 million; Materials Zone raised $6 million; Loris.ai raised $5.1 million; Chunk Foods raised $2 million;





Praise for Israel in new book. The book “Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth” by Israeli actress, writer, producer and activist Noa Tishby explains Israel’s complicated history. Noa both sings Israel’s praises and addresses the myths promoted by those who want to destroy the Jewish state.




A taste of Tunisia and Morocco. Chen Koren’s store “A Box From the Shuk,” in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market allows people to get a taste of the history and culture of Tunisia and Morocco.



Jerusalem sounds of music. (TY Sharon) Sharon joined a music-accompanied tour of Jerusalem with Tour de Sound. It was led by tour guide and cellist Daniel Schwartz together with his brother Yedidia – a professional violinist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Another great way to enjoy Jerusalem’s streets.

http://rjstreets.com/2021/04/25/jerusalem-sounds-of-music/   http://rjstreets.com/jerusalem-photo-walks/



1600-year-old mosaic unearthed. An impressive 1,600-year-old mosaic, found during excavations in Israel’s southern city of Yavne, is to be placed on public display at the city’s cultural center. It is in excellent condition and the first time that such a pavement has been uncovered in Yavne.



Israel in Minecraft. Two Israelis have launched an ambitious campaign to build a 1:1 scale map of Israel, as accurately as possible, in the popular Minecraft video game.



FIBA cup winners. (TY JNS) Israel’s Ironi Ness Ziona beat Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski of Poland 82-74 to become the first Israeli team to win FIBA’s prestigious International Basketball Federation Europe Cup.






Birthright to resume free trips to Israel. Birthright Israel is resuming free trips to Israel in May for all eligible adults from the United States who are vaccinated or fully recovered from the coronavirus. Dozens of trips are expected in May and June with more than 400 tour groups planned for July, August and October.



Israel welcomes 104 new immigrants. 104 Olim (new immigrants) from North America arrived this week at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport, aged from four months to 98 years. 35 had joined the KKL-Nefesh B’Nefesh “Go Beyond” program, providing enhanced packages to those moving to Israel’s periphery and Jerusalem.



Free guesthouse for survivors. Dr. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum, has opened a $3 million guesthouse in Jerusalem. It is intended for survivors of the Shoah to stay at, free of charge, when celebrating their long overdue Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem. 300 survivors have already registered.




Solomon’s silver traced to Spain. A British archaeologist claims that “Solomon’s Hill” in Rio Tinto, Spain is where gold and silver were mined on King Solomon’s behalf. Isotope analysis shows ancient silver hoards found in Israel originated in Spain. There is also evidence that nearby Huelva is the biblical capital of Tarshish.





In the 25th Apr 21 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·         Over 80% of Israeli adults have now been vaccinated against Covid-19.

·         Israeli optical breakthrough allows for early detection of skin cancer.

·         Israel marks Earth Day with national clean-up and new sustainability center.

·         New Israeli-developed microchips are the fastest ever.

·         Israel signs hi-tech agreement with one of the world’s largest carmakers.

·         Discovery in Israel of the oldest example of alphabetic writing.


·         Click here to see the 18th Apr newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours (with yet another great intro), San Diego Jewish World, IsraPundit and United With Israel with extra feature on Medical.  Also (TY Sandra) in German here and here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here and here. Please pass on the following links to German and Hebrew-reading contacts. Also (TY Esty) please visit the https://www.facebook.com/verygoodnewsIL Facebook page.  Many thanks to Myer for placing an advert for the newsletter in the April issue of Charlotte Jewish News (see page 10).


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Vaccination good news. 5 million Israelis have now received two Covid vaccinations – 80% of the adult population. And a new study shows that vaccinations have saved some 6,000 Israeli lives. Finally, Israel’s Beilinson hospital has discharged all its 257 mothers, infected while pregnant, now with their healthy babies.






More openings. New Israeli Covid-19 cases have dropped to under 200 a day, allowing the re-opening of all schools, bars, restaurants and indoor gatherings. Israelis no longer need wear masks outdoors in the open air. And UK Minister Michael Gove arrived to explore opening a “green corridor” between the UK and Israel.




Israel was a perfect vaccination model. It was the diversity of Israel’s citizens that clinched the Start-up Nation as Pfizer’s preferred choice for the first rollout of its vaccine. Israel’s population includes immigrants from over 100 different countries. Any rare vaccine side effects would soon show up in Israel’s ethnic mix.



The origin of cytokine storms. Researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University have identified the molecular mechanisms responsible for the deadly cytokine storms in Covid-19 patients. The source are long non-coding RNA molecules (lncRNAs) which in the past were thought part of “junk” DNA – having no function!



Probiotic yoghurt molecules treat Covid. Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University have identified new candidate treatments for Covid and inflammatory bowel disease based on molecules isolated from fermented probiotic yogurt. These have anti-inflammatory properties that can heal cytokine storms caused by Covid-19.




Reprogramming the immune system to fight cancer. (TY Nevet) Scientists at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and Hadassah-University Medical Center, have developed a treatment for multiple myeloma. The patient’s T-cells are combined with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) molecule. In Phase 1 human trials at Hadassah.



Early detection of skin cancer. Scientists at Tel Aviv University have developed new optical technology that will enable an immediate, non-invasive diagnosis of melanoma, a form of skin cancer. Special optical fibers can distinguish between benign and malignant lesions on the skin, potentially saving many patients’ lives.




Complex surgery saves Gaza boy. (TY UWI) Doctors at Haifa’s Rambam hospital performed three almost simultaneous operations to save Madchat Tapash - a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. They reconstructed his bladder, transferred a kidney donated by his mother and connected it all together in an 11-hour operation.



Medics save Arab toddler after heart stopped. A two-year-old Arab boy with chronic heart problems, fell unconscious at his home in Deir el-Asad, northern Israel. Four EMTs (Muslims and Jews) from Israel’s United Hatzalah managed to get his pulse back and transported him and his mother to Haifa’s Rambam hospital.






Druze excel in Israeli medicine. (TY Jacques) One of Israel’s smallest minorities, Israel’s Druze community, has made a big impact in the Israeli health sector. They include the Director of the Ziv Medical Center in Tzfat and the founder of Vocalis Health (see here previously). Also, Sgayar Shannan of the Galilee Medical Center.



Arabic – an official Israeli language. Great new video showing how Israel provides its Arab citizens with facilities in Arabic. Street signs, bank ATMs, museums, cultural events, music, parliament, phone systems and government downloads. And since the Abraham Accords, Jewish Israelis are rushing to learn it too.  Yalla!



Air filters for 10 African ambassadors. (TY Jacques) Israel’s Aura Smart Air (see here previously) presented ten African ambassadors to Israel with its cutting-edge air purifying system. Aura Air’s CEO said he hoped to bring Israeli technology to Africa to help fight Covid-19 and other diseases associated with polluted air.



The first physical post-Covid diplomatic event. Over 60 vaccinated global diplomats participated in Tel Aviv in the largest non-virtual international reception since the Covid-19 crisis began. They were hosted, without social distancing, by Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, in honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day.



Earth Day clean up. Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority has launched the 1-Million Clean campaign to mark International Earth Day on 22 Apr. Tens of thousands of volunteers signed up to help hundreds of (previously unemployed) paid workers in a nationwide clean up. Hundreds of thousands more were expected to join them.



Academic center for sustainability. As the world commemorates Earth Day 2021, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) has announced its new Center for Sustainability.  The Center is being established to increase environmental research and teaching within the University and to promote sustainability projects across Israel. 

https://campaign.huji.ac.il/news/going-green-world-celebrates-earth-day-hebrew-u-launches-new-academic-center  https://www.jpost.com/health-science/earth-day-hebrew-university-opens-academic-center-for-sustainability-666110


Returning the sea turtles to the sea. (TY WIN) Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center has cleaned and given new life to several sea turtles that had been covered in oil spilled from a Syrian tanker several months ago. Also, on Earth Day, Israel publicized many of its technologies, startups and activities to solve environmental problems.





Cousins meet up. Israeli and Emirati social media influencers met physically for the first time in history at a conference in the Dubai Youth Hub. They included United With Israel’s David Aghiarian, who had a personal conversation with His Excellency Mr. Saaeed Al Nazari - the UAE’s Deputy Minister in Charge of Youth.



Israel-UAE innovation task force. The UAE Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed al Khaja, visited Start-Up Nation Central Headquarters in Tel Aviv to launch an official partnership for innovation and entrepreneurship between the two nations. A joint task-force will share ideas and generate economic value for both countries.



The world’s oldest living journalist. Israel’s Walter Bingham, 97, was inducted into the Guinness World Records for being the oldest living journalist. He hosts the weekly “Walter’s World” on Israel National Radio and “The Walter Bingham File” on Israel Newstalk Radio. In 2018 he was awarded France’s Legion of Honor.






Lowering air pollution. Israel’s Ministry of Energy has published a new plan designed to significantly reduce air pollution in the energy market. Its aims include reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in the electricity sector by between 75 - 85% by 2050; reduction in energy consumption and priorities for solar energy and hydrogen.



Intel’s fastest server chip. Intel has unveiled its highest performing data-center processor, optimized for the cloud and high-end computing. It promises performance 46% higher than the previous generation of products. The processor’s core, Ice Lake Server, was developed in Haifa and produced at Intel Israel’s Kiryat Gat plant.



Nvidia’s Israeli next gen chip. Israel’s Mellanox (see here previously), which was acquired by Nvidia in 2019, has just launched the BlueField-3 DPU next-generation processor. It delivers powerful software-defined networking with accelerated cybersecurity capabilities for data centers.



ECOncrete wins ecology award. Israel’s ECOncrete (see here previously) has won one of Bloomberg’s 2021 NEF Pioneer Award for game-changing companies leading to a low-carbon economy. ECOncrete manufactures sustainable fish and environment-friendly concrete for building coastal and marine infrastructure projects.



Keeping your sales team on the right track. To be compliant with regulations, financial companies must prevent their marketing employees from being too eager to sell the company’s products and services. Israel’s Sealed.ai provides technology to monitor outgoing sales calls to ensure that customers are not being mis-sold.

https://www.israel21c.org/how-to-keep-sales-calls-from-misleading-customers/   https://www.sealed.ai/


Security for open-source code. Israel’s WhiteSource helps hi-tech developers build secure apps while using the IT industry’s freely available software, known as “open-source”. WhiteSource provides real-time alerts on vulnerable and problematic components, customized reports, automatically enforces policies and more.


https://www.whitesourcesoftware.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BYiiNpqy6I


A train on wheels. The first Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) train-on-wheels system outside China will carry up to 500 passengers from Tel Aviv to the heart of Samaria. The ART follows a virtual track on a normal road, powered by advanced fast-recharged batteries. The driver just controls braking and accelerating.



Say goodbye to car keys. Israel’s Cobra (see here previously) has launched its Mobile-Key technology It enables car doors to be opened and closed and the engine to be turned on and off, all controlled from a smartphone app. It is installed at a customer’s home and works with both new and many older vehicles.




Communicate with your grandchildren. Israel’s Zoog allows anyone to create content that their young grandkids would enjoy. Users record themselves reciting a story directly in the app and then send it to the mobile device of anyone in their phonebook. It is then delivered via an SMS or message link.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905111,00.html  https://www.getzoog.com/


Bedouin startup connects devices to the cloud. Israel’s Siraj Technologies, led by two Israeli-Bedouin entrepreneurs, streamlines the connection of Internet of Things (IoT) edge devices to cloud platforms. Using Siraj’s AI and deep learning algorithms, what used to take weeks can now be done in minutes.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905210,00.html  https://sirajtechnologies.com/





Welcoming more flights from the Gulf. (TY JNS) The first flight from Abu Dhabi to Israel brought the UAE ambassador and the CEO of Etihad Airways, who said he has never received a warmer welcome anywhere in the world. Meanwhile, Gulf Air is starting direct flights from Bahrain to Israel on June 3.

https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/04/06/israel-welcomes-inaugural-abu-dhabi-tel-aviv-flight-in-official-ceremony/   https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/304594


The next to be ignited. 10 more Israeli companies have started Intel’s Ignite accelerator in Tel Aviv from 392 applicants. The previous 28 graduates (see here previously) have since raised more than $200 million of funds. The success of the Tel Aviv accelerator has encouraged Intel to expand the program to Munich, Germany.



$100 million takeover to prevent phishing. (TY TOI) US cybersecurity giant Cofense is acquiring Israel-based startup Cyberfish, which uses computer vision and machine learning technology to prevent phishing attacks. Following the acquisition, Cyberfish in Beersheba will become Cofense’s first R&D center in Israel.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3903382,00.html   https://cyberfish.io/


Expanding software testing to medical systems. Israeli-based Qualitest (see here previously) has acquired Israel’s Comply, which provides software testing services to the digital health sector. Qualitest’s customers will now include Teva, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, GE Medical and AbbVie.



Smart mobility for top vehicles. The Italian unit of automaker Stellantis has signed an agreement with Israel’s Innovation Authority to develop identify and develop smart-mobility systems. Stellantis’s vehicles include Maserati, Alpha Romeo, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Fiat, Chrysler, Opel, Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen,




The business of intelligent information. Israel’s Affogata offers businesses a customer intelligence platform. It collects, analyses, and sorts data from the web, review sites, social channels, niche forums, community and customer conversation platforms. It then provides actionable reports to help businesses grow.




Simplifying tax audit compliance. The increasing burden of tax audits requires companies to deploy advanced technology to ensure compliance across multiple jurisdictions. Israel’s Blue dot digitizes the complex, costly and risky process. Blue dot has offices in Israel, the US, UK, France and Germany.




Giving your business a competitive advantage. Israel’s DataRails has developed a financial planning and analysis (FP&A) system for enterprise companies. It allows the financial department to transform its Excel spreadsheets into a smart and powerful system that integrates with the organization’s data infrastructure.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3905532,00.html  https://www.datarails.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxq0Th5Qqns  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laM-bwKJUAg


10 million green dots. X5 Retail Group, Russia’s largest food retailer, is now rolling out the Green Dot labelling system (see here previously) for monitoring product freshness. Ten million labels will be placed on items from the X5 Smart Kitchen assortment of ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook foods.



Already 9 Unicorns in 2021. The Startup Nation may soon be known as the Unicorn nation. A Unicorn is a startup, which is still a privately held company, that has already reached a billion-dollar plus valuation. Israel has had nine startups hit Unicorn status so far this year. The rare, mythical Unicorn is not rare in Israel.



Investment in Israeli startups: Innoviz raised $371 million; Redis Labs raised $310 million; TipRanks raised $77 million; WhiteSource raised $75 million; RapidAPI raised $60 million; Nucleix raised $55 million; Blue Dot raised $32 million; Perception Point raised $28 million; Breezometer raised $25 million; DataRails raised $18.5 million; DoControl raised $13.35 million; Affogata raised $5.5 million; Jeeng raised $5 million; TransAlgae raised $2.5 million;





Building bridges with music. With family hailing from Algeria and Tunisia, Israeli Riff Cohen is a one-of-a-kind musician, whose eclectic tunes are connecting people all through the Middle East. She has performed in Jordan and Turkey. She was even hailed in Paris by Moroccans who called out “Hey Riff Cohen!”




Rare historical videos released. (TY JNS) The Jerusalem Cinematheque has released rare historical videos, documenting Israel's visual history in newsreels, home movies, and rare films from the late 19th century till the present day. The new free website includes 7,000 topics and is accessible in both Hebrew and English



The first baby langur at Biblical zoo. Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo has just celebrated the birth of its first baby langur monkey. It hasn’t been named yet because its mother is being very protective, and zookeepers still do not know its gender. The zoo’s collection includes most of the 130 animals mentioned in the Bible.



Jerusalem celebrates back to normal. (TY Sharon) What a difference Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day) was in Jerusalem this year compared to last year! Israel 73 was a time for celebration after a year of lockdowns and isolation.  http://rjstreets.com/2021/04/18/jerusalem-celebrating-back-to-normal/


Judoka medals at Euro Championships. (TY WIN) At the European Judoka Championships in Portugal, Israel’s Tohar Butbul won the silver medal in the men’s under-73kg event, while Israel’s world champion Sagi Muki won bronze in the under-81kg. Israel’s Gefen Primo won bronze in the women’s under-52kg.







Zionism month. We Believe in Israel (WBII) and the Zionist Federation (ZF) are promoting Zionism month from Apr 19 – May 14. Its aim is to give a simple core understanding of Zionism to audiences outside the Jewish Community who have only heard the word Zionism used negatively by Israel’s enemies.



A country of contrasts. (TY WIN) Heavy rain and low temperatures on the weekend of 10-11 April resulted in 15-20 cm of snow on Mount Hermon. Then on 19th Apr temperatures in the center of the country exceeded 40 degrees centigrade. Israel’s facemask regulations were relaxed just in time for citizens to catch their breath!




The oldest pottery inscription. Archaeologists have discovered a 3,500-year-old inscription on a pottery sherd at the ancient town of Tel Lachish, about 40km from Jerusalem. It has been described as the “missing link” of early writing in the Southern Levant, which most, if not all, alphabetic scripts can be traced back to.



World Bible Quiz winner. Gilad Avrahamoff, of the Yeshivat Bnei Akiva, Netanya won the World Bible Quiz for Youth 2021 in Jerusalem. He received his award from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education.




Grandson follows survivor into the IDF. Chaim Luviner, escaped the Nazis and eventually arrived in Israel, where he served in the Israel Defense Forces’ Armored 7th Corps. Today, his 22-year-old grandson, Lt. Ran Shaked, serves as a team commander in the elite reconnaissance unit of the IDF’s 401st Armored Brigade.





In the 18th Apr 21 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·         3 Israeli research breakthroughs into cancer, aging and obesity.

·         NASA names two asteroids after their Israeli-Arab student discoverer.

·         Japan praises Israel for its help on the 10th anniversary of the tsunami.

·         A hi-tech Israeli competitor to zoom.

·         Investment in Israeli startups breaks three all-time records.

·         Israelis once again were able to properly celebrate the nation’s birthday.


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Vaccine even protects the unvaccinated. Unvaccinated children of Covid-19 vaccinated parents are far less likely to contract the virus. Researchers at Israel’s Technion and health company Maccabi used data from 223 Israeli communities to show each 20% increase in parental vaccination halves the incidence of child infection.




How to control aging. Ben Gurion University scientist Dr Debra Toiber and her team have identified several genes involved in the aging process. Whereas SIRT6 helps repair DNA to promote healthy aging, other genes cause damage. Longevity can be extended, and damage reversed with targeted gene therapy and interventions.

https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/genes_aging.aspx  https://www.aging-us.com/article/202755


The hunger switch. Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with UK colleagues, have found that melanocortin 4 (MC4) receptor is the master switch for hunger in the brain. It is normally “on” (“I feel full”) until energy levels drop. Its discovery can help develop anti-obesity medications.



Brain cancer treatment breakthrough. Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a potential treatment for the aggressive brain cancer Glioblastoma. Over-secretion of the protein P-Selectin (SELP) boosts tumor growth. Inhibiting SELP slowed growth and stopped cancer cells migrating to the brain.




The impact of the microbiome on cancer. Israel’s MyBiotics (see here previously) is to partner Hadasit - the technology transfer arm of Hadassah Medical Center, to identify gut microbiome-based cancer therapies. They will study up to 100 melanoma patients treated with PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapies.



Breakthrough cancer treatment device. Israel’s IceCure already has US FDA approval for its cryogenic (freezing) treatment of cancer (reported here previously). The latest FDA Breakthrough Device designation, however, will speed up procedures regarding permits for IceCure’s Prosense device to treat cancer patients.



Home telemedicine system approved. Israel’s MyHomeDoc has received US FDA approval to add to its EU and Israeli certifications. The device has 4 embedded sensors to analyze and report lung, heart, and bowel sounds, otoscopy for the ear, oximeter for pulse rate and saturation, thermometer, throat and skin camera test.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3903190,00.html  https://www.my-homedoc.com/


Speech therapy for special needs. Israel’s Ampliospeech has developed a digital intervention platform for special education students. Originally addressing dyslexics, Amplio uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to improve the speech-language capabilities of all children with special needs.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3903092,00.html  https://www.ampliospeech.com/


Heart surgery for Iraqi baby. Volunteers at the Shevet Achim aid organization brought baby Hena from the minority Yazidis of Iraq, for life-saving heart treatment at Israel’s Sheba hospital. From a refugee camp in Iraq, Hena’s father said, “We are grateful to the State of Israel for helping us in these difficult circumstances.”



Muslims and Jews save disabled woman. When a disabled woman suffered a heart attack at a care facility, three EMTs from United Hatzalah’s Mevaseret region worked together to save her life. They included Murad Barhom - a Muslim Arab who has had a home in the Jewish Kibbutz of Kiryat Anavim for nearly 40 years.



World’s kindest kidney donors. (TY UWI) Israeli charity Matnat Chaim (Gift of Life) has facilitated 1,003 live kidney transplants since 2009 from altruistic donors - people who are not related to their recipients. Israel has the highest per capita rate of people donating kidneys to strangers. (See also here for previous news.)






Israeli in IBM’s top women in AI list. For the first time, IBM’s annual World’s 40 leading women in artificial intelligence includes an Israeli. Hagit Tzafrir, head of the Health Division at Harel Group. Hagit’s project “Ella the Digital Assistant” provides digital customer service on Harel’s website and WhatsApp.



Starting up together – round 3. Israel-founded initiative Starting Up Together (reported here previously) is an online pre-accelerator program that trains entrepreneurs locally and across the Middle East region. Its Israeli track, for Arab and Jewish Israelis over 18, is now in its 3rd session. There are 60 participants in the two tracks.



Proud female Muslim Arab IDF officer. Captain Ella Waweya, from the Israeli Arab town of Qalansawe, is an officer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Office. She is proud to say, “The Israeli flag gives me a feeling of excitement, belonging and love.” In 2015 she won the President’s medal of Excellence (see here).



Israeli-Arab student discovers two asteroids. (TY UWI) Aseel Namamade, a student at Israel’s Technion Institute, discovered two asteroids when attending the NASA-affiliated International Astronomical Search Collaboration.  NASA has named them ANI1801 and ANI2001 after Aseel’s initials and Israel.



Ramadan greetings. (TY UWI) Israeli leaders sent out greetings for a “Ramadan Kareem” to the country’s Muslim citizens and others around the world on the first day of the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. This year it coincided with Yom HaZikaron, the Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and terror victims.



One million masks for LA kids. Israeli non-profit SmartAID is supplying one million children’s masks and 600,000 bottles of hand sanitizer in Los Angeles County. They are intended to protect children in disadvantaged areas from catching the coronavirus. SmartAID previously distributed masks in Washington state (see here).



The green pass – UK looks to Israel. UK newspaper article highlighting Israel’s strategy for opening-up the country post-Covid.  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/03/time-discussion-covid-certification/


“We will never forget Israel’s help.” (TY JNS) As Japan marks the 10th anniversary of its devastating tsunami, Israel's medical teams are praised as heroes for coming to the rescue. The IDF was the first foreign relief delegation to arrive – the only country that could bring its own equipment at such short notice.



Saving lives in the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health has successfully trialed the EVA cervical cancer screening system from Israel’s MobileODT (see here previously) on 9,000 of its citizens. The program has now been expanded to cover another 50,000 women over the next six months.






10 of top 100 AI companies are Israeli. CB Insights 2021 “AI 100: The Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries” includes 7 Israeli startups with Headquarters in Israel and 3 more with R&D in Israel.




Europe approves Israeli 20-sec Covid-19 test. (TY UWI & I24 News) The SpectraLIT developed by Israel’s Virusight Diagnostic (reported here Oct 2020) has now been given CE certification.  It can now be implemented throughout Europe, especially at airports.   




Truly green building material. Israel’s Kenaf Ventures has developed sustainable and eco-friendly raw materials for the construction industry from the kenaf plant. The plant absorbs carbon and pollutants as it grows. When harvested, its fibers and core are made into insulation products, plastic alternatives and more.




Support for grieving relatives. Israeli startup Empathy has launched an app to guide US families through the logistical and emotional complexities experienced with loss. It provides expert advice, real-time assistance, helps locate and store important paperwork and helps relatives navigate the traumatic process.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3903218,00.html  https://www.empathy.com/


Low-carb food for diabetics. Israel’s EatSane is developing low-carbohydrate vegan food products without artificial sweeteners or preservatives. EatSane’s high-fiber bread is made from nut flour and contains just 2.6 grams of carbohydrate instead of the usual 15 grams. Available in Israel and in the United States.

https://eatsane.co.il/en/  https://www.israel21c.org/global-baking-firm-grupo-bimbo-invests-in-israeli-startup/



Smart coffee. Israeli-Colombian startup Demetria uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to select the perfect coffee beans. Demetria’s small, handheld spectrometer gadget measures bean size, weight, humidity and more. It then relays the information to a mobile app, saving time and money for coffee growers, traders, buyers and baristas.

https://www.israel21c.org/an-ai-revolution-is-about-to-transform-your-cup-of-coffee/   https://demetria.ag/



Bringing podcasts to any app. Israel’s Audioburst (reported here Feb 2016) has now launched its Platform for Apps – marketed as the world’s first podcast feed for mobile apps. The service offers consumers personalized, up-to-the-minute audio content within their favorite apps, while providing recurring revenue for app developers.



Zoom competitor means business. Israel’s VidiPlus has released its video conferencing software for sales and marketing professionals. Its “in-person” features include 3-D visuals, branding, slideshows, web browsers, and videos that appear in real-time next to the presenter in the same frame for a full “show-and-tell” experience.


https://vidiplus.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dcu4TIPVQ





Investment breaks all records. Israeli tech companies raised $5.3 billion in the first three months of 2021 - half the total for the whole of 2020; $1.5 billion was just by cyber companies. Israeli startups raised $2.8 billion in March, double the previous monthly record. And on 7th April, $1 billion was raised on a single day!





Strategic accord with Morocco. Three Israeli trade organizations have signed an agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises. It promotes trade and technology cooperation, including food, agriculture, vehicles, chemicals, equipment, renewable energy, water and health.



Opening soon for tourists. The prospects for the resumption of tourism to Israel are good. Non-Israeli family members can now visit first-degree relatives in Israel. Then on May 23rd, foreign tour groups will be admitted. And soon thereafter the skies should open to allow individual tourists to visit. Bookings are now flooding in.





Helping US small businesses survive. Israeli companies Tailor Brands and Melio have kept many US small businesses alive during the pandemic. Tailor Brands provides branding services online, and initially free, to 30 million customers. Melio (see here) provides a platform for transferring digital payments between businesses.


https://www.tailorbrands.com/   https://www.meliopayments.com/


Vegan formula for US babies. Following its launch in Canada and India, the plant-based toddler formula from Israel’s Else Nutrition (reported here previously) is on its way to 30,000 retail stores across the USA.  The kosher, organic, gluten & soy-free, FDA-approved formula is made from almonds, tapioca and buckwheat.



Applitools exits for $250 million. U.S.-based investment firm Thoma Bravo is acquiring Israeli-founded Applitools (see here) for a reported $250 million. Applitools provides software engineers with AI-based and cloud-powered solutions to help automate functional and visual testing for their apps.




Israel’s largest ever seed funding. Israel’s Talon Cyber Security has just raised $26 million in what is believed to be Israel’s largest ever initial funding of a startup. Talon says it is developing a first-of-its-kind technology that offers cyber protection from the unique threats emerging in today’s era of distributed work.



Investment in Israeli startups: Trax raised $640 million; Memic raised $96 million; Capitolis raised $90 million; ClimaCell (now Tomorrow.io) raised $77 million; Zoomin Software raised $52 million; Augmedics raised $36 million; Fyllo raised $30 million; AmplioSpeech raised $27 million; Talon Cyber Security raised $26 million; Rivery raised $16 million; Empathy raised $13 million;





Museum of the Jewish People upgraded. Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish People (formerly Diaspora Museum) has just completed a $100m makeover. Artifacts range from a 15th century Book of Esther to Leonard Cohen’s guitar, making the rebranded ANU (“We”) the world’s comprehensive Jewish museum.



Iranian artists at Haifa exhibition. The fourth Mediterranean Biennale in Haifa exhibited works by 60 artists and art collectives from 17 countries - including Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and Bahrain. This year’s theme was “Living Together – Crossing Borders.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CopPGqMi_-E



HBO buys “On the Spectrum”. HBO has bought the adaptation and syndication rights to Israeli TV show “On the Spectrum” featuring the lives of adults on the autistic spectrum. It will air both dubbed and subbed. Amazon studios has also purchased the series, to remake an English language version (reported here previously).



Amazon studios partners Israeli director. (TY JNS) Alma Har’el, the award-winning Israeli director behind Shia LaBeouf’s 2019 drama “Honey Boy,” has formed a new production company “Zusa”.  She will work with Amazon Studios to develop and create a new TV series exclusively for Amazon Prime Video.






Muslim driver decorates bus for Passover. Muslim bus driver Ihab transformed his number 77 Jerusalem bus into a “Passover bus” for his ultra-Orthodox passengers, with aluminum foil, flowers, and a miniature Seder table. One of the passengers even found the Afikoman, receiving dinner for two as a prize.



It’s all happening in Jerusalem. (TY Sharon) Recent Jerusalem rollercoaster activity included 24th Knesset swearing-in, Yom Ha’Atzmaut flyover rehearsals, Yom HaShoah, spring weather and busy parks and markets.



Survivor celebrates Bar Mitzvah 75 years late. Just before Israel marked Yom HaShoah, 87-year-old Holocaust survivor Nissim Semu held his Bar Mitzvah ceremony in front of his children, grandchildren and friends in the Israeli city of Yehud. His 13th birthday had been disrupted, as Israel fought for Independence.



Independence Day. Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Independence Day) with enthusiasm this year thanks to the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. Israel’s Air Force flew over Israeli cities in a “Salute” to all Israeli citizens. Fireworks, public events and private parties were held throughout the country. TY Jacob for hot sites.




Why I am a Zionist. Great new 5-minute video commemorating the 20th anniversary of the publication of Professor Gil Troy’s essay “Why I am a Zionist.” Each year on Israel’s Independence Day, we celebrate Zionism and the light and tremendous blessing that Israel shines on everyone.  



Told you so!  A new video summarizing 10 miracles of Israel, foretold in the Bible. The ingathering; Barren to others; Blossoming with the return; Renewal of spoken Hebrew; Revival of Torah; Economic success; Flowing milk & honey; Rebuilding Jerusalem; Blessings to the world and Diplomatic recognition.





In the 11th Apr 21 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·         Israeli scientists have found that bacteria can help fight cancer.

·         Local and international students are returning to Israeli colleges.

·         New Israeli visual technology can see both under the skin and from high in the air.

·         Microsoft plans to invest over $1 billion in Israel.

·         Israel has upgraded its plans for this year’s Independence Day celebrations.


·         Click here to see the 30th Mar newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours (with another great intro), IsraPundit, San Diego Jewish World (welcome back editor Don Harrison) and United With Israel.  Also (TY Sandra) in German here and (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here. Please pass on the following links to German and Hebrew-reading contacts.  Wishing Stuart Palmer a speedy recovery.  Also (TY Esty) please visit the www.facebook.com/VerygoodnewsIL Facebook page.  Many thanks again to Myer for placing another advert for the newsletter in the Apr 2021 issue of Charlotte Jewish News (see page 10).


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Bacteria can help anti-cancer immune response.  There is a complex relationship between bacteria and cancer (reported here previously). Now, scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have discovered that bacteria inside cancer cells can provoke an immune reaction against the tumor, which chemotherapy can further exploit.




Jumpstarting the brain to treat “Covid depression”. Israel’s BrainsWay (reported here previously) is now using its transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology to treat patients suffering with depression due to Covid. It is focusing on those struggling with recovery, who have lost loved ones, in financial difficulties etc.



Background radiation and cancer. (TY UWI) Ben Gurion University scientists studying naturally occurring ionizing radiation in the US, discovered that, contrary to expectations, higher levels of radiation lead to lower levels of many solid cancers. Levels of other cancers were not influenced by background radiation levels.







Partnering NASA to benefit global food security. Israel’s CropX (reported here previously) has partnered NASA Harvest (NASA’s Food Security and Agriculture Program) to provide NASA with soil insights for its global agricultural monitoring efforts. NASA is testing CropX across Arizona farms to fine-tune its algorithms.



US teens return to study in Israel. As Covid-19 infection rates fall, JNF-USA has launched Operation Zion to bring global students to Israel. They will study at JNF-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon, and travel around Israel. 240 teens, mainly from the US have just arrived and more are on their way.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/jewish-national-fund-usa-first-to-bring-american-teens-back-to-israel-301264042.html   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYdUHghrIPU





Back on campus. Israeli students at Israeli institutes of higher education have returned to study physically at their colleges following the end of the Passover holiday. Those not fully vaccinated continue to study virtually.


https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/coronavirus-updates.aspx  https://international.huji.ac.il/  

https://english.tau.ac.il/covid19center  https://www.biu.ac.il/en/news/8947


Powering the Israeli nanosatellites. The high-functioning LEON processors of Israel’s Ramon.Space (reported here previously) powered the three Technion nanosatellites launched into orbit in March. Having powered missions from many countries, CEO Avi Shabtai was proud to be a key part of an Israeli one.



Helping the US re-open after Covid. Felicity Kay, from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), speaks at Atlantic City Airport about IAI’s Tamar COVID detection technology designed to keep airline passengers safe. She also describes IAI’s Grenada Covid-19 disinfecting UV flashlight (see here). See other IAI Covid innovations here.



All-seeing. Israel-based Nanomotion has developed precision motion technology that could revolutionize vision technology. It has potential benefits from complex surgery to emergency rescue drones. Miniature motors use ultrasonic standing wave piezoelectric technology, to form the basis of tiny, powerful high-resolution cameras.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3900535,00.html   https://www.nanomotion.com/


Cyber security for ships. Maritime vessels, e.g. tankers, have no IT experts on board, slow Internet access, and spend weeks at sea. Israel’s Cydome Security provides a niche cyber solution to safeguard ships, including command and control, communications, guidance, sensors, and links to coastal infrastructures.



Teaching English to Israeli techies. Israeli online business school Jolt (reported here previously) is partnering  TALMA, the Israel Program for Excellence in English (reported here previously), to help raise the standard of English speaking, writing, and reading, required for employment in the high-tech industry.






IMF raises growth forecast for Israel. The latest International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Global Economic Report has revised Israel's growth forecast for 2021 upwards from 4.1% to 5% due to the successful rollout of the country's vaccination drive.



Water deal with Bahrain. Israel’s state-owned water company Mekorot has signed a $3 million deal to provide Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) with consulting services on a number of water projects. It is the first major agreement between the two countries since the signing of the Abraham Accords.



Developing employees at UAE bank. Israel’s Gloat (reported here previously) has deployed its smart recruitment system to its first Arab bank. The UAE’s largest bank - First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) – has partnered with Gloat to launch its internal “Talent Marketplace” and enhance its career development program.



Microsoft to invest $1 billion in Israel. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has given details of his company's planned new investments in Israel to the Israeli PM. They should total between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.



Security partnership with Microsoft. Israel’s Voyager Labs (reported here previously) has announced that its suite of AI cloud-based security solutions is now also available on Microsoft Azure. Also, the Microsoft One Commercial Partner program gives Voyager Labs the facility to sell to Microsoft customers in 170 countries.



E-vehicle batteries for India. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Phinergy (reported here previously) is partnering Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to make Aluminum-Air battery systems. India’s Prime Minister Modi wants electricity to “de-carbonize mobility”, to recycle used Aluminum and increase made-in-India products.



Helping UK freelancers to get paid. The app from Israel’s Osu helps UK freelancers, sole traders and self-employed accept and manage payments. It has no transaction fees and allows its users to capture 100% of each sale. Osu has already collected hundreds of thousands of pounds of payments for 1,000 UK professionals.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3901346,00.html  https://payosu.com/


Yum! acquires Israeli hi-tech platform. (TY JBN) Yum! Brands – owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and more, has taken over Israel’s Tictuk. It gives Yum! customers the ability to order fast food via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, SMS, QR codes, and email, via Tictuk’s omnichannel ordering and marketing platform.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210324005416/en/Yum%21-Brands-to-Acquire-Leading-Omnichannel-Ordering-and-Marketing-Platform-Company   https://www.tictuk.com/


Smarter than Amazon. Updated news on Israel’s SuperSmart (reported here previously). Its supermarket shopping scanning system has now expanded to Germany, Brazil, and the U.S. and the startup has just raised $10 million of funds. At the same time, Amazon Go has shrunk from a target of 3,000 stores to just 25.



Motorcycle headset communications. Israel’s Cardo Systems has developed a next-generation headset intercom that allows motorcycle riders to communicate without distractions. Cardo has just been acquired by European private equity fund EMK Capital for $150 million.  https://www.cardosystems.com/



Investment in Israeli startups: Next Insurance raised $250 million; Morphisec raised $31 million; Upsolver raised $25 million; Aporia raised $5 million; Osu raised $3.2 million;





Artists for co-existence. Keter Group and the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation have opened a new exhibition titled “The New Shape of co-Existence. It comprises 30 artworks, chosen from some 400 submitted on the theme of peace, co-existence, innovation, and the connections between them.






Rare 2,000-year-old shekel discovered in Jerusalem. As part of Jerusalem’s Tower of David conservation work, archaeologists found an ultra-rare high-quality silver “Tyrian shekel”. It was changed into local currency and used to pay the half-shekel donation before Temple offerings could be accepted. Three great new videos.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/rare-coin-rediscovered-during-conservation-project-of-jerusalem-museum-tower/  https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-israelis-discover-rare-2000-year-old-shekel-in-jerusalem/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiAq4GtEGOc  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkvDbLThRDU



Grandmother protects Mount Carmel. Israeli Ruth Shefer is known as the “Grandmother of Mount Carmel.” Every morning, for the last 20 years, Ruth picks up garbage left by thoughtless visitors, taking environmental protection into her own hands. She is a beacon of inspiration to all Israeli nature lovers.



Israel’s Memorial Day and 73rd birthday. Join the Technion UK to remember its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day on Weds 14th April at 9am UK time. Then celebrate Israel’s 73rd Independence Day on Thurs 15th April at 8pm UK time, through film clips, live interviews and rare video footage.  Free registration at the links below.

https://technionuk.org/event/yom-hazikaron/  https://technionuk.org/event/yom-haatzmaut/


Dazzling aerial show for Independence Day. TY UWI) In 2020 Israelis observed Yom Ha’atzmaut Independence Day in lockdown. This year, proper celebrations return and the traditional flyover will reach more towns and cities than usual as a tribute to the Jewish State’s resilience.