History of Israel's Good News Jul to Sep 2022


In the 7th Aug 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli scientists have discovered a molecule that fixes damaged cells.

·       Israeli airlines now have official permission to fly over Saudi Arabia.

·       An Israeli breakthrough uses silicone instead of lithium in batteries.

·       Israeli technology will boost global crop yields.

·       Volkswagen has bought $4 billion of Israeli autonomous car technology.

·       Tel Aviv hosted France’s soccer “Super Cup”.

·       Another Jewish discovery at Shiloh - the site of the Biblical Tabernacle.


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Covid-19 immunity testing. A team of Israeli immunologists, epidemiologists and other researchers have successfully used the levels of antibody markers to predict the risk of Covid-19 infection. IGG antibodies for 608 healthy adults were monitored over 90 days. The 239 subsequent infections were then correlated.



Weakening the virus. Israeli-UK biotech Eleven Therapeutics is developing RNAi therapy that attacks the genetic structure of respiratory viruses such as SARS-COV-2. Eleven has just received a $9 million grant from the Gates Foundation. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/h1ju600ltc  https://www.eleventx.com/


Ultrasound scans on MDA Ambulances. Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedics on Israeli Intensive Care ambulances and helicopters will use ultrasound probes to monitor patients’ hearts and locate IV points in hard-to-detect veins. If an ultrasound detects a heartbeat but no pulse, fluids should be used - not shocks or CPR.



A molecule to repair all cells. (TY WIN) Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered a molecule, 1,8-diaminooctane, that helps cells repair damaged tissue. It could eventually prevent age-related disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and increase life expectancy and wellness.




ECG for the lungs. Israel’s Nanovation-GS (see here previously) is now undergoing clinical trials in Israel and the EU of its SenseGuard first-of-its-kind nano-sensor for monitoring and managing chronic respiratory conditions. It is also working to obtain CE certification, with FDA approval to be sought later.




Chipping away at cancer. Israeli pharmacist Eliana Steinberg realized her medicines were not curing cancer patients and went back to university to get a doctorate. She then developed a transparent chip, which takes a sample of the tumor to test numerous treatments to discover which works best. It was even tested in outer space.




Diagnosing fibromyalgia. The medical condition fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose. Now, researchers at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus and Canada’s McGill University can identify it in blood tests using an algorithm that analyzes the bile acids produced by gut bacteria. The scientists are developing a tool for use in clinics.



Intel & Sheba partner to detect Crohn’s disease. (TY Israel21c) Intel Corporation is working with the ARC Innovation Center at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center to develop an AI-enhanced app to help physicians diagnose Crohn’s disease at an early stage. 12,000 images taken by a “capsule pill” can be analyzed in just two minutes.




Avoiding the need for amniocentesis. Israel’s Identifai Genetics is developing a noninvasive prenatal test for the early detection of severe genetic disorders. A simple blood test of the mother in her first trimester can detect every single-point mutation, insertion-deletion, and structural variation in the entire embryonic genome.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/pfp425ruq   https://identifai-genetics.com/


Improving visual perception for those with autism. Tel Aviv University scientists have developed a new learning method for people with autism that may significantly improve capabilities in terms of visual perception. It uses “memory flashes” to reinforce the duration and repetition of new skills.

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/new-learning-method-from-tau-could-help-people-with-autism-improve-visual-perception-capabilities/   https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(22)00903-4





Program to combat hunger. Israel’s government is partnering the charity Colel Chabad and its Blavatnik Food Bank in a new $44 million program. 50,000 most needy households will receive an extra 500 shekels a month for grocery items. They will also attend courses that will empower them to increase their income.



First female Military Secretary is inaugurated. (TY UWI) Brigadier General Naama Rosen Grimberg has been formally appointed as the first female Military Secretary to the Israeli President (see here previously). For the first time there are now three women serving simultaneously on the IDF General Staff Forum.



All IDF positions open to Haredim. The IDF has opened all roles to ultra-Orthodox recruits who meet the criteria and is providing a package of services to meet the needs of soldiers from this sector. Recruits may postpone their service until they can complete core studies matriculation, to improve their classification.



Joint US-Israel cybersecurity projects. The US-Israel BIRD Foundation, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Israel National Cyber Directorate are awarding $1.5 million grants to joint US-Israeli approved projects that improve cyber protection and resilience of critical infrastructure and economies of both countries.



Israeli innovator in Automotive Hall of Fame. (TY WIN) Mobileye founder and CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua has won the Mobility Innovator Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame. It recognizes “the outstanding work individuals have accomplished introducing new technologies and services that are redefining mobility.”



Special mission aircraft for NATO. Israel Aerospace Industries has won a $200 million contract to provide special mission aircraft to a NATO member country in Europe. The unique aircraft use miniaturized sensors alongside artificial intelligence and machine learning software and algorithms.



El Al gets permission to fly over Saudi Arabia. El Al has received official permission from Saudi Arabia to fly over its territory. Duration of flights to Thailand drops from eleven hours down to eight-and-a-half hours.



Aid to Ukraine. MASHAV - Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation - has sent 25,000 instant meals for residents of Kharkiv, Northeastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, Israeli NGO IsraAID is providing the 475,000 residents of Mykolaiv, South Ukraine, with four reverse-osmosis water filtration systems.







$1m. scholarships to Israeli science students.  Six outstanding Israeli doctoral students in the exact sciences, mathematics and life sciences received awards of NIS 100,000 a year and full exemption from tuition fees. They also received the equivalent of $3,000 a year for active participation in activities overseas.

https://www.jpost.com/science/article-713346   https://adams.academy.ac.il/fellows/2022-2023/


A novel rechargeable silicon battery. (TY JNS) Researchers at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a proof-of-concept, design, and architecture for a novel rechargeable silicon (Si) battery. The breakthrough could lead to cheap, available silicon replacing rare and expensive lithium in Electric Vehicle and other batteries.



Ultra-fast charging stations. Israel’s ZOOZ (formerly Chakratech – see here) and Israel’s Afcon Electric Transportation (see here) are piloting “ultra-fast” electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. They will operate where the electricity infrastructure is unable to provide the typically required high-power capacity.



Safer US roads. Israel’s Autotalks (see here previously) has partnered Atlanta’s Yunex Traffic to deploy V2X (Vehicle to Anything) technology in Florida and Colorado. Yunex’s RSU2X system, with Autotalks’ chipsets, lets a bus or emergency vehicle turn traffic lights to green, increasing safety, punctuality, and lowering CO2.



Turning night into day. True Night Vision from Israel’s visionary.ai (see here previously) transforms low-light photography so that cameras can literally see in the dark. It can even penetrate fog. Its use stretches far beyond amateur photography but to drones (rescues, crops etc.), endoscopes, CCTV cameras, and more.




Good Result! (TY Stuart Palmer) Israel’s Lavie Bio (see here previously) has delivered, to US customers, its total production of Result™ – its sustainable microbial-based inoculant for improving wheat yields. The product will help US farmers increase wheat production – vital, due to the impact of the Ukrainian crisis.



Boosting crop yields. Israel’s ICL together with Israeli startup PlantArcBio (see here) have developed non-GMO RNAi technology that improves crop yields with minimal impact on the environment. Early-stage field trials significantly increased seed weight per hectare for canola crops. Larger-scale trials are planned in 2022. 



The next generation of fresh greens. Israel’s GreenOnyx (see here previously) has developed a technology for growing the next generation of fresh whole and natural green vegetables. They can be eaten with a spoon, directly from the package, without any preparation such as cutting, peeling, or removing inedible parts.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/1zzvop802  https://www.greenonyx.ag/


Proteins from plants with zero waste. Israel’s Gavan Technologies (see here previously) has developed a novel, sustainable method to extract proteins from plants. These are then used to produce natural pigments, gluten substitutes, nutrients, and flavors, using little or no energy and producing no disposable waste.




The world’s strongest organic vanilla flavor. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Vanilla Vida (see here previously) is revolutionizing the vanilla flavor industry. Its business clients say it is the strongest-ever vanilla flavor and end-customers love the taste. It also eliminates the risks of tropical open-air drying in Indonesia or Madagascar.




Cutting out the racing driver. (TY UWI) The Formula race car team from Israel’s Technion Institute has unveiled its first-ever autonomous electric racing car. It will be entered into the Formula Student International Design Competition in Europe next month. The team won the competition in the previous two years.



Bringing World Cup soccer to the deaf. Israel’s Sign Now is to make the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar accessible to the deaf community. Its app provides live video translation services in sign language. It will also help when talking to doctors, banks, or customer services.



AI-generated videos. Israel’s Peech (see here previously) has developed an AI-powered automatic video editing solution which transforms raw video footage into professional branded videos in seconds. It uses natural language processing (NLP) technology to turn in-house media content into high-quality branded videos.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/sj7mwerp9  https://www.peech-ai.com/



We live in the Jetson age. “The Jetsons” was a 1960’s cartoon TV series that “showcased” many Israeli innovations - flying cars, video phones, etc.  “The Jetsons” was first broadcast on July 31, 1962. It was set in 2062 and George Jetson was 40.  So, this clever article figures he would have been born on July 31st, 2022!



Start Brightcoding. A reminder that the free Brightcode 6-months hi-tech training course (see here previously) is available to anyone 18-32 who has been to Israel on a Taglit-Birthright program. It is followed by two-years paid work experience in Israel with a high-tech company. In conjunction with Experis Academy (see here).






Record exports predicted. (TY UWI) Israel’s exports of goods and services in 2022 are already up 15% over the same period last year and are projected to reach record high of $165 billion in 2022.  Exports of services are again expected to exceed that of goods.



Promoting business with Bahrain. (TY UWI & I24 News) Yariv Becher of StartUpNationHQ describes a recent meeting between Israeli startups and the Bahraini Embassy to discuss business opportunities in the key areas of fintech, manufacturing, travel & tourism, logistics, ICT, and healthcare.



300+ desert tech companies. The first report of DeserTech and Start-Up Nation Central highlights Israel’s strength and potential for tackling desert challenges. More than 300 Israeli start-up companies are developing agriculture, energy, water, and infrastructure technologies geared to or adaptable for desert environments.




Growing Israel’s digital health sector. AstraZeneca, Accenture, Amazon Web Services, and Israeli health organization Clalit have together launched a new startup program called BeyondBio SCALE. It aims to help Israeli   startups develop and implement healthcare solutions globally.



3D-Printed Seafood for Singapore. (TY Nevet) Israel’s MeaTech 3D (see here previously) has partnered Singapore’s Umami Meats to develop 3D-printed cultured structured seafood. Meatech believes it will lead to new markets throughout Asia and worldwide while solving the challenge of diminishing ocean food sources.



New e-Passport system for Andorra. Israel’s Pangea-IT (see here previously) has won the Andorran government’s international tender to design the country's new passport system and deliver a complete system for issuing e-Passports for the residents of the European country.



Innoviz’s $4 billion client is Volkswagen. Israel’s Innoviz (see here previously) revealed that Volkswagen is the carmaker that placed a $4 billion order with it. Innoviz will be the direct LiDAR (light detection and ranging) laser sensor supplier for Volkswagen’s autonomous vehicles.



Exits, takeovers & mergers. Israel’s Magic Software Enterprises is acquiring Israel’s Appush (formerly Vidstart) for $25 million.


Investment in Israeli startups to 7/8/22: Talon Cyber Security raised $100 million; Eleven Therapeutics raised $22 million; GreenOnyx raised $18 million; Flow Security raised $10 million; Peech raised $8.3 million;





The story of “Hawkeye”.  Fascinating article and autobiography about Israel’s Giora Epstein (Even). He retired from the Israel Air Force at the age of 59 and then worked for 20 years as an El Al pilot. He is officially the world’s most prolific modern fighter pilot and was promoted to Brigadier General at the age of 80.





From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and back. Sharon has been shuttling between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv recently. Her blog includes the Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem’s Food Trucks.



Focus! – a slam dunk. Developed by Israelis, the Hour25 AI app receives advice from former NBA stars, including Eddie Johnson, to help ordinary people to block out distractions and develop the focus of superstar Steph Curry. Hour25 improves focus in real-time by reducing the negative emotions that get in the way.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/270u2ubnf  https://www.hour25.ai/


Turkish Muslim NBA star’s masterclass in Jerusalem. Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom is leading a basketball camp in Jerusalem for 40 Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Druze girls and boys ages 10-15. His help includes Yoseph Haddad’s NGO “Together Vouch For Each Other” and ex-Israeli hoops star Tamir Goodman.




PSG win French Super Cup in Tel Aviv. In front of a capacity crowd of 30,000 at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium, Paris Saint-Germain won the prestigious French Super Cup (Trophée des Champions), beating F.C Nantes 4-0. The match was also broadcast to millions of viewers in 140 countries around the world.







84 South Americans start new lives in Israel. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) brought 84 new South American immigrants to Israel. Originally from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru, their reasons for Aliyah varied, but for most it was to have a better quality of life.



Talmud period storage jars found at Shiloh. Five intact large storage jars have been unearthed at Shiloh in Samaria, under the floor of a building from the Talmudic period (200-400 CE). Previous finds date from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Muslim periods. Shiloh was the site of the Tabernacle c.1250 BCE.



A nation that helps others. (TY IsraelUnwired)  Israel is just a sliver on the map in the Middle East, but has earned a global reputation for effectively and sacrificially helping other nations in times of crisis - even enemy countries like Syria. Judaism emphasises giving help to others, so a Jewish state will always make it a priority.





In the 31st Jul 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Tel Aviv’s new hi-tech Emergency Room is the largest in the world.

·       All 450,000+ Israeli citizens over 75 receive free public transport.

·       Take a ride in Haifa’s new cable car.

·       Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport is solar-powered.

·       Israeli renewable energy company and Saudi company sign agreement.

·       Apple and Yahoo! expand Israeli R&D centers.

·       ATP tennis tournament comes to Israel - 1st for 26 years.


·       Click here to see the 24th July newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours, and United With Israel. Also (TY Sandra) in German here, plus posted by Stuart Palmer here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew here, plus posted by Stuart Palmer here. Please pass on this newsletter to German and Hebrew-speaking contacts. Also (TY Esty) please visit the https://www.facebook.com/verygoodnewsIL Facebook page.


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It started here. (TY Irene) This article gives more details about the fecal microbial transfer (FMT) trial at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in 2020 to treat terminally ill melanoma patients (see here previously). FMT trials are now underway in at least 30 global locations. The “gut feeling” is that one day it could save millions.



Making leukemia cells harmless. (TY UWI) Scientists from Tel Aviv University were key members of a team led by University of Barcelona scientists, that reverted malignant blood cancer cells back into “normal” cells in the laboratory. They used messenger RNA to convert acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells to macrophages.

https://www.jpost.com/science/article-709219   https://www.nature.com/articles/s41375-022-01621-1


Startups partner to detect ALS. Israel’s NeuraLight (see here) and NeuroSense Therapeutics (see here) are partnering to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They will study patients using NeuroSense’s biological markers, together with Neuralight’s digital oculometric biomarkers.



The world’s largest ER facility. Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital has inaugurated the Sylvan Adams Emergency Hospital (see here previously). The 8,000sqm Emergency Room is the largest in the world. Technology includes facial recognition registration, self-triage, alerts for abnormal results, navigation robots and an app.

https://www.jns.org/canadian-philanthropist-sylvan-adams-opens-worlds-largest-emergency-room-at-tel-avivs-ichilov-hospital/  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/357263


The patient revealed. (TY UWI) Israel’s Navina has made great strides since it was reported here in Nov 2020. Its AI technology filters now organizes and presents patient data to 1,500 physicians in the U.S.  The founders’ IDF 8200-unit know-how now helps doctors assess patients more effectively, with less misdiagnoses.




Teenager’s online mental first aid course. When Maayan Cohen finished a regular first aid course she realized there was no psychological component, so she created one. Some 3,000 people are currently taking part in the pilot phase of the free online course. It focuses on detecting distress and taking initial action.



Attracting doctors to the periphery. Israel’s Aliyah and Integration Ministry is to provide a grant package for physicians who emigrated to Israel and live outside of the center of the country. They will be eligible to receive 50,000 shekels per family. Lower value grants are available for other health care and engineering professionals.



Maccabiah athletes register their bone-marrow. Israeli medical charity Ezer Mizion are offering Maccabiah athletes the opportunity to join the world’s largest Jewish bone-marrow donor registry. They volunteer to submit saliva samples which are then checked against the DNA of blood cancer sufferers.






The first female border protection battalion commander. The IDF has appointed the first woman to serve as commanding officer of the Caracal infantry battalion, a part of the Border Protection Corps. Major Or Livni will be promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel.



Free public transport for over-75s. As of Aug 1st, public transportation in Israel, including local and national buses, trains (and new Haifa cable car), will be completely free for people over the age of 75.  With 450,000+ citizens over the age of 75, Israel has one of the world’s highest life expectancies.



Israeli tourists save entertainer in Morocco. (TY WIN & I24 News) A Moroccan man performing in a riding and shooting exhibition was nearly crushed when his horse fell on him. An Israeli tourist in the audience was a doctor and she stabilized the rider, who was taken to hospital as the rest of the audience applauded.



Saudi magazine praises Arabs in IDF. (TY WIN) The cover story in the latest edition of the Saudi magazine Al Majalla, published from London, was a positive feature about Moslem Arab Israelis who serve in the IDF. It quoted one who had the “great honor” to hold both a weapon and the Quran to defend his homeland, Israel.



Colombia celebrates National Day in Tel Aviv. (TY Stuart Palmer) Colombian Ambassador Margarita E. Manjarrez Herrera hosted her country’s National Day reception at the Tel Aviv Hilton. The event included musical presentations and amazing Salsa dancers from the Ensálsate Company.



Make them notice Israel! This article by David Suissa ironically states “Israeli innovators are so busy solving problems, to make the world a better place, that they’re oblivious to the fact that much of the world hasn’t noticed.” This newsletter editor pleads to its readers to “MAKE THEM NOTICE!”



Mental health training for Ukrainian therapists. (TY Hazel) 20 Ukrainian psychologists have spent two weeks in Israel receiving training on how to treat trauma cases. Ukraine cannot cope with the massive numbers of people affected by the conflict with Russia. A key goal of the course was how to help traumatized children.






Cable Express. The city of Haifa has opened its Rakavlit cable car (aerial tramway). The cars transport mostly students 2.7 miles, from the HaMifratz Bus Terminal to the Haifa Technion in 10 minutes, plus another 9 mins to the University of Haifa. A car with 10 passengers departs every 15 seconds. Ride it on the Youtube video!


https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/technology-science/1649675136-israel-s-first-public-transit-cable-car-begins-operations-in-haifa  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY7z3ek43LY


Why corals glow. Tel Aviv University researchers have shown that the reason why some undersea corals glow is to attract prey. Plankton, the food of predatory mesophotic (fluorescent) corals, was significantly more attracted to a fluorescent target than a clear “control” target.




Earthquake prediction is 80% accurate. (TY Hazel) Researchers from Israel’s Ariel University can predict a strong earthquake and its location with at least 80% accuracy some 48 hours ahead. They detect changes in the ionosphere layer caused by both acoustic and gravity waves.



Don’t go vegan but eat less meat. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Mush Foods has developed “hybrid meat” – 50% meat, 50% edible mushroom known as mycelium. 50% less cholesterol but same meaty taste. Mush Foods plan to launch the product in Tel Aviv restaurants during August. https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/article-712793


Preventing beverages from spoiling. Israel’s Gat Foods and Israeli biotech Resorcix have developed a natural botanical ingredient - Flavorwatch that prevents clear, fruit-based beverages spoiling from Thermophillic Acidophilic Bacteria (TAB). Flavorwatch eliminates TAB spore outgrowth by disintegrating the cells.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/resorcix-gat-foods-launch-natural-solution-for-preventing-tab-spoilage-301588969.html  https://gatfoods.com/natural-flavor/   https://www.resorcix.com/


Packaging-free deliveries. (TY Hazel) Israel’s WeFill is helping the environment by delivering groceries in reusable packaging. Subscribers order regularly, receive their shopping delivered in glass jars and canvas bags and return the empties. These are sterilized and used for future shipments. No plastic waste and lower costs.




Walk-in electric van with motorized wheels. Israel’s REE Automotive (see here previously) has unveiled its first UK & US-built production vehicle. The Proxima is a 120kW, 200km urban delivery vehicle for the U.S. market. Its motorized all-wheel drive includes reversing rear wheels for ultimate all-weather maneuverability.



A smart robot packer. Israel’s Pickommerce AI Robotics won Calcalist and Poalim 2022 Hi-Tech’s StartUp+ competition. Its AI robot, called Dumbo, can pick up, hold, analyze, and pack an item efficiently in a box - at a rate of 500 to 600 items per hour. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bjn0occ25  




Rise and shine. A team from Netivot in Southern Israeli won the Unistream “Project of the Year 2022” prize. Their EasyWake smart mattress wakes the sleeper with pleasant sounds and gentle vibration. It interfaces with IoT-enabled devices e.g., window shades, lights, and heaters. The Israeli company Polyron “rose” to take it up.



Multi-diverse Young Entrepreneurs. Over 100 projects were presented at Unistream’s Young Entrepreneur competition from nearly all regions, religions, and sectors across Israel. The runners up included accessible smart closet shelves; a forest fire detection system using sensors; and a sticker that helps prevent dehydration.



Ben Gurion Airport to run on solar power. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport has had an advanced solar energy system installed. The system has a capacity of about four megawatts and includes the innovative technology of Israel’s SolarEdge. The technology was installed by Electra Energy.



How busy is Ben Gurion Airport? (TY Hazel) Frequent traveler Tzahi Zilbershtein has set up a site, which predicts how crowded Ben Gurion airport is likely to be. The site (in Hebrew) assesses the arrivals hall, check-in, and security checks in both Terminal 1 & 3. It has five ratings: deserted, light, medium, heavy, and peak.







The first Israeli-Saudi deal. Israeli-founded SolarEdge has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Ajlan & Bros Holding Group Abilitii. The two companies are to “explore investment in renewable energy,” according to the Saudi ministry. SolarEdge’s $14.7 billion market cap makes it one of Israel’s most valuable companies.



Hotels back to 2019 occupancy levels. The Israel Hotel Association reports June occupancy levels near those of 2019, before the pandemic. In fact, Eilat hotels are even busier than in 2019, as both domestic and foreign tourism are booming. Overall, June 2022 saw 2.1 million hotel overnights, just 5% less than in June 2019.



Air travel takes off. El Al have reintroduced six Boeing 777-200ER planes to meet rising travel demand this summer. It also plans to begin direct flights to Japan and Australia now that Saudi Arabia has opened its airspace to Israeli airlines. Meanwhile, International flights from Eilat’s Ramon Airport will begin in August.





Israel21c visits Legends. (TY UWI) Good to see that Legends - the Israeli distillery producing the unique Slingshot Kentucky whiskey (see here previously) - is getting wider publicity.



Apple’s 3rd Israeli R&D center. (TY JNS) Apple is expanding its Israel operations, with a new development center in Jerusalem. The U.S. technology giant already has 2,000 employees in Herzliya and Haifa. Its new site will reportedly focus on hardware and Mac chip development. Apple’s M1 chip was mostly developed in Israel.



Yahoo! to expand Israeli R&D. (TY JNS) Multinational Yahoo! is expanding its Israel operations and its sales relationships with Israeli advertisers. It is currently recruiting positions both Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv) and Haifa centers. Yahoo! has been operating in Israel for nearly two decades, acquiring several Israeli startups.



ElliQ is launched. (TY Hazel) After five years of development, Israel’s Intuition Robotics officially released the ElliQ system (see here previously) in the US. The AI robotic companion helps the elderly stay active, connected, and engaged. A study showed lonely 60-year-olds to live 3-5 years less than “never lonely” ones.



Zeekr installs Mobileye software. (TY Hazel) Israeli-founded Mobileye has updated tens of thousands of Zeekr electric cars in China with what it calls “one of the world’s most advanced highway assist packages”. It uses Zeekr’s seven cameras to react to sudden braking ahead, a parked car door opening or a pedestrian.



Exits, takeovers & mergers. Israel’s PerimeterX is merging with US HUMAN Security for a combined value of $1.5 billion. Israel’s Tremor International has bought Israeli-founded Amobee from Singapore Telecom for $239 million. Saudi Arabia’s Mithaq Capital now has over 20% of the shares of Israel’s Otonomo Technologies.


Investment in Israeli startups to 31/7/22: Balance (GetBalance.com) raised $56 million; Diagnostic Robotics raised $45 million; Frontegg raised $40 million; Viably raised $21 million; Cisco invested $10 million in Island.io; INCRMNTAL raised $4.1 million;





Uncovering “lost” art. (TY Hazel) Three previously unknown (and unfinished) sketches by celebrated 20th-century artist Amadeo Modigliani were discovered at the University of Haifa’s Hecht Museum, hidden beneath the surface of one of his paintings. His works were X-rayed prior to an upcoming exhibit in Philadelphia.



Israeli Jazz in Barcelona. This year’s JAZZ IM festival in Barcelona was dedicated to Israel. The Israeli embassy supported two Israeli jazz ensembles in the festival - the Tal Gamlieli Trio, and the Guy Mintos Trio. The organizers streamed the shows since all their concerts were sold out.



Israeli culture in Czech Republic. Střelecký Island, in the heart of Prague, recently became an island of Israeli culture in a unique open-air festival organized by the Israeli Embassy. Some 15,000 people enjoyed Israeli bands, soloists, folk-dancing, Krav Maga (self-defense), pita baking, poetry, children’s activities and more.

https://www.jpost.com/365days/article-712084   https://www.izraelnavltave.cz/en


Unique deep-sea wonderland off Tel Aviv. (TY UWI) Just off the coast near Tel Aviv is the Palmahim Slide – a geological phenomenon, home to a biodiversity of unique creatures and other underwater wonders. It is the first Israeli “Hope Spot” - designated by International NGO Mission Blue as critical to the health of the ocean.


https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/ca8f478def7a421fa2ccb0621e1605db  https://mission-blue.org/hope-spots/


Israeli students win UK BAFTA award. Israeli film students Shulamit Lifshitz and Oriel Berkovits from the Ma’aleh School in Jerusalem won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) student award. Their film “Girl No. 60427” features a young girl who discovers her survivor grandmother’s Holocaust diary.



Israel to host ATP Tour 250 tournament. (TY Hazel) Israel is to host an ATP tennis tournament for the first time in 26 years. Starting Sep 25, the Tel Aviv Watergen Open 2022 will take place at the Expo Tel Aviv Complex. Breaking for Rosh Hashana, finals take place on Oct 2nd.   https://www.tawo.co.il/



The Maccabiah was more than medals. (TY UWI & I24 News) A good (JNS) article and an I24 interview that emphasizes that sporting success was only one aspect of the recent Maccabiah Games in Israel.  It was an opportunity for thousands of Jewish athletes to connect and celebrate with their peers from all over the world.




Sports and more on Jerusalem’s streets. (TY Sharon) The recent excitement on Jerusalem’s streets has been mainly because of the Maccabiah Games, the Jerusalem Night Run, the Paul Anka concert, and the Jerusalem Film Festival. Meanwhile preparations are underway for August’s International Jerusalem Puppet festival.






Coin of benevolent Roman Emperor found. (TY UWI) An 1,850-year-old bronze coin depicting the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius has been found in the sea, near Haifa. Antonius repealed the cruel edicts of Emperor Hadrian, which encouraged Jews to return to their homeland and establish post-Temple Judaism.



Restoring the River Jordan. The Israeli government has approved an “historic” plan to develop the southern section of Jordan River. It will increase water levels and eliminate pollution. A new desalination plant will ensure a constant flow of water, turning the area into a diverse biological ecosystem and a tourist destination.



The youngest protected heritage site. The Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center on the campus of Tel Aviv University has been designated a protected historic site by the Council for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel. Built in 1998, the building is currently the “youngest” in the country to hold this status.



From war in Ukraine to home in Jerusalem. (TY UWI) Detailed account of the “miraculous” journey of 100 children and 50 adult carers from Zhytomyr, Ukraine (see here previously) to the beautiful JNF-KKL Ness Harim forest school that is now their home and the help from Israelis everywhere.



Summer camp for bereaved children. The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) took 21 children and siblings of fallen IDF soldiers on its 17th annual Legacy Summer Camp in the USA. They included Arab and Druze participants, all benefiting from the opportunity to feel normalcy among other similarly affected children.





In the 24th Jul 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli trial shows high pressure oxygen treatment can cure “long COVID”.

·       A historic official visit to Morocco by the IDF Chief of Staff.

·       Five more innovative Israeli startups help to prevent food waste.

·       Israel’s flying car gets off the ground.

·       Boeing 737 pilots will soon be wearing Israeli headsets.

·       Israelis won a record 7 gold medals at the World Games.

·       Archaeologists uncover another historical Jewish link to Jerusalem.


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Almost all babies vaccinated against polio. Israel has successfully rolled out its polio vaccine to children between the ages of six weeks and 18 months – the age most at risk of contracting the disease. The vaccination rate was only 81% in March, when the first case of the virus in 34 years was detected. The rate is now 99%.



Protecting the elderly from Coronavirus. A study of some 40,000 elderly Israelis shows that the fourth COVID-19 vaccination reduced coronavirus death rates among the most vulnerable Israelis by 72%. It also slashed infection rates in that population by 60% and hospitalizations by 34%.



HBOT relieves symptoms of long COVID. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) significantly improved the condition of 37 patients suffering from post-COVID-19 cognitive symptoms. The clinical trial was conducted by the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center and Tel Aviv University.




Early detection of Parkinson’s. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have adapted a technique called quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (qMRI) to reveal biological changes in the cellar tissue of the striatum an organ in the brain which is known to deteriorate during the progress of Parkinson's disease.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-lab-says-it-developed-brain-scan-to-make-early-parkinsons-screening-routine/  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/356364


Antibiotic alternative from vegetables. Researchers from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University have discovered that the phytochemical 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM) kills bacteria and heals wounds fast. DIM is derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. The BGU spinoff startup Lifematters is further developing DIM.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-711688  https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4923/14/5/967

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-study-chemical-heals-wounds-twice-as-fast-could-be-antibiotic-alternative/  http://lifematters.co.il/


Pay attention – are you awake? We know that Israelis are always having brainwaves, but now researchers at Tel Aviv University have studied them in detail. They found that alpha-beta waves (10 to 30 Hz) are not emitted during sleep or unconscious states. This can help detect if coma patients are aware of external sounds.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-study-brainwaves-may-be-key-to-gauging-awareness-in-unconscious-people/  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41593-022-01107-4


Diamond drill clears clogged arteries. 71-year-old Natan at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the first person in Israel to have his severe arterial calcification cleared using a tiny crown coated with a diamond chip spinning at 100,000 rpm. Natan’s cancer treatment prevented conventional catheterization and angioplasty.



From fighter jets to the operating theatre. (TY UWI) The surgical headsets from Israel’s Beyeonics (see here previously) began life as headsets for pilots. Beyeonics is a spinoff from Israeli defense contractor Elbit. Its product now has FDA approval for ophthalmic surgeons and there are plans to adapt it for spinal surgery.



An AI baby monitor. Israeli startup LittleOne.Care is developing a wearable artificial intelligence device that monitors a baby’s sounds and movements, alerting the parents to emergencies and developmental problems. It can detect abuse at daycare, if baby is forgotten in a car, or if the device is removed.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/parenting/article-711550  https://www.littleone.care/


A bright Israeli global SPARK. Israeli-born and educated Prof. Daria Mochly-Rosen of Stanford University spoke at a recent Rambam Medical Center international symposium. She has founded 3 startups plus SPARK -an academic-industry partnership that has funded 48 projects and is a global model for translational medicine.




Training North American teens to be lifesavers. 50 members of youth organization NCSY, from different parts of the United States and Canada, have graduated as fully registered emergency medical responders (EMRs). It follows completion of a summer training program with Israeli emergency NGO United Hatzalah.






My brother’s keeper. When MDA EMT Ali came to the aid of a heart-attack patient, his own heart almost stopped.  The patient was his brother Fahed. Ali had to restart Fahed’s heart with a defibrillator several times on the way to the hospital. Thankfully, Fahed made a full recovery, to the relief of his children – Ali’s nephews.

https://www.mdais.org/en/news/080622   https://afmda.org/donate/


Training PA health workers. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has launched a program to train female Palestinian Arab healthcare professionals to use telehealth technologies. Sheba’s OB-GYN Beyond initiative will enable them to remotely monitor pregnant Arab women and their fetuses in the Hebron area.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-hospital-trains-palestinian-health-workers-in-remote-care-for-pregnant-women/   https://cdn.jwplayer.com/previews/1kFMc7dU


Peace tree for Abraham Accords. (TY JNS) Representatives of the Abraham Accords countries Israel, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco planted a “Peace Tree” at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham Alabama.  https://israelinsightmagazine.com/2022/07/14/world-games-birmingham-honors-abraham-accords-with-peace-tree-ceremony-during-world-games/  


History-making in Morocco. (TY WIN) Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi was made very welcome on the first-ever official trip by an IDF Chief of Staff to Morocco. Meanwhile, Israel and Morocco have signed an agreement on intellectual property, to encourage joint innovation and promote cooperation on patents.




Salaam Shalom. When Iraq’s Miss Universe contestant Sarah Idan posed with Miss Israel in 2017, it propelled her on the path of bringing people closer together everywhere. She founded the NGO Humanity Forward to build bridges among Muslims and Jews and promote tolerance, mutual understanding and, of course, peace.



Ex-IDF soldiers renovate Tanzanian schools. Israel’s Rafi Ryker founded the non-profit Afrikan - Working Together. It sends ex-IDF volunteers to renovate schools and build clean water infrastructure. They transformed eight schools and the water system in the village of Malinda, Tanzania, reducing morbidity by 75%.




Strategic partnership with Austria. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer met Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem and signed an agreement that ranges from issues of security and cyber to health and tourism.



Strategic partnership with the US. Israel and the United States have announced a strategic high-level dialogue on technology to enhance their strategic partnership in cutting-edge technologies. It follows US partnerships with the UK, Australia, and Japan and will address pandemic preparedness, climate, AI, and quantum science.



Global summit launches food and energy projects. The leaders of Israel, India, the US, and UAE convened the inaugural I2U2 virtual summit. Among other goals and projects, the UAE is to invest $2 billion in eco-friendly food production parks across India that will use Israeli and US private sector expertise.



Keeping the lights on in Ukraine. The “Light Up Health” campaign of Israeli NGO SmartAID maintains power to Ukraine’s Kyiv Ochmatdyt Children’s Hospital, EmergeNYC Care Unit in Mykolaiv, and Uman General Hospital. SmartAID has supplied emergency generators, spotlights for surgeons, solar power and more.






Preventing food waste. This latest Israel21c article features several Israeli foodtech startups not previously included in this newsletter.  They include Anina (ugly vegetables), Ripe Guard (expiry dates), Varcode (time & temperature tags), Bountica (antifungal peptides), ZOEPAC, and a new video from Yarok Microbio.


https://aninafoodtech.com/  https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/ripe-guard

https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/varcode  http://www.bountica.com/

https://zoepac.com/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kToZ_BMb0YA


Growing “out of the box”. (TY JNS) At the Central Arava R&D (Vidor) Center you can see Golden berries, Gulliver’s spinach, Momordia (bitter melon, with a “natural insulin”), and kiwano (horned African melon). All are grown in saline water and temperatures ranging from 40 degrees Celsius midday to 10 degrees at night.



Ethiopian superfood seeds. (TY UWI) Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers are developing a gluten-free superfood from Ethiopian teff seeds. Full of amino acids, minerals, fiber, and protein, teff can grow in drought conditions. Teff seeds have been planted from the Golan Heights to Yotvata in the Negev desert.



Growing CO2-eating trees in the UK. (TY Hazel) Israeli drip-irrigation specialist Netafim is helping UK’s Carbon Plantations to increase the yield of its 134 hectares of Paulownia trees in Suffolk, England. Paulownia trees consume carbon dioxide seven times faster than other indigenous species.



The eco-friendly IDF. The Israel Defense Forces focuses on protecting the State of Israel, but it is also trying to protect the environment. This involves a 70% recycling target; sensors in garbage containers for efficient collection; converting organic waste into biogas; and a 20% reduction in the use of disposable cutlery.



Sports-tech at the Maccabiah. Several Israeli sports-tech startups showcased at a special Maccabiah Games event at the Silvan Adams National Velodrome in Tel Aviv. They include Pixellot, BlazePod, MindFly, PlayerMaker, and i-BrainTech, New to this newsletter is RSPCT - which provides basketball shot analysis.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/w2ki8jiqk  https://www.rspctbasketball.com/



Streamlining supplies for small businesses. Israel’s Supplyve automates inventory and order management for small retailers, especially independent grocers, and their vendors. Users simply scan product barcodes using a smartphone app. Supplyve is integrated with Square and other point-of-sale systems.

https://www.israel21c.org/a-neat-alternative-to-tracking-retail-inventory-by-hand/  https://www.supplyve.com/


Securing hospital equipment. Israel’s OneLayer is deploying its platform for private 5G cellular networks in the Galilee Medical Center and The Baruch Padeh Medical Center. OneLayer has partnered Nokia and Cellcom to secure hundreds of doctor carts, beds, and medical devices.  https://one-layer.com/



Israelis discover new planets. A team led by Tel Aviv University researchers has discovered, in distant solar systems, two giant planets. It is the first time that the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia space observatory has been used to find new planets. The planets, Gaia-1b and Gaia-2b, orbit their suns in less than four days.





AIR ONE passes first test with flying colors. Israel’s AIR has successfully completed its first hover test of its AIR ONE flying car (see here previously). The full-scale, full-weight, prototype rose above Kibbutz Megiddo in northern Israel, supervised by the Civil Aviation Authority. A full flight test is planned for October.



Another Quantum leap. Israel’s Quantum Machines (see here previously) has developed a quantum operating system (QOP), a language (QUA), and has been selected to establish Israel’s $29 million Quantum Computing Center.  Toyota has partnered Quantum Machines to allow Toyota customers access to quantum technologies.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/toyota-partners-with-israels-quantum-machines-for-quantum-computing-solutions/  https://www.jns.org/quantum-machines-tapped-to-establish-29-million-israeli-quantum-computing-center/


The value of justice. Israel’s Darrow.ai is a platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to bring law breakers to justice. It processes class actions of negligence affecting large numbers of individuals - e.g., privacy breaches, consumer fraud, air pollution, and overcharges, which often are too complex to be progressed manually.

https://nocamels.com/2022/06/darrow-ai-platform-justice/   https://www.darrow.ai/






Out with the old, in with the new. Some interesting facts in the latest IVC Israeli Tech Review report. Investment in established Israeli hi-tech startups was lower in 2022 than record-breaking 2021, but funds for early-stage startups were higher! Also, more Israeli startups launched in 2022 than for the same period in 2021.



$250 million fund for investment. Israel’s F2 Venture Capital has announced its largest-ever seed fund of $150 million for Israeli founders of startups, as well as another $100 million fund to continue backing existing portfolio companies. F2’s areas of focus include Fintech, AI, Big Data, Cloud Ops, and Cyber.



Social & environmental impact investing. Bridges Israel is a Venture Capital fund that invests in Israeli startups that aim to make financial returns alongside significant social and environmental impact. The startups cover technology in areas including agriculture, water, climate, and health. It sees Israel as the Impact Nation.



Israel’s one-millionth tourist. Israel’s Tourism Minister welcomed Belinda Desoyo Lee Marcelo, a resident of the United Arab Emirates - its millionth tourist of 2022, just over four months since pandemic-related travel restrictions were lifted on 1st March. Nearly a quarter of a million tourists arrived in Israel in June.



Building the value of startups. Wendy Blumfield writes how Haifa’s Road2 startup hub (see here previously) helps local entrepreneurs, industry leaders and investors turn their innovative ideas into inspiring businesses.

https://www.jpost.com/jerusalem-report/article-711978  (Premium subscription required for full access)



Clearer vision for Boeing 737 pilots. Israel’s Elbit Systems’ subsidiary Universal Avionics Systems has won a $33 million order for its ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) for Boeing 737NG aircraft. ClearVision features the SkyLens 360-degree field of view Head Wearable Display and EVS-5000 cameras.



Investments, takeovers and mergers to 24/7/22: ForSight Robotics raised $55 million; Dot Compliance raised $23 million; Virility raised $10 million;  Israel’s MedOne (data center hosting) has sold a 49% stake worth around $210 million, to Berkshire Partners.





Who by fire. Jonny Steel, VP Marketing at Israel’s Payoneer, shares insights after reading “Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai” by Matti Friedman. The Canadian Jewish singer / songwriter Leonard Cohen was transformed by his experiences in Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.



Cheers! Recent Israeli events featuring Adam’s Ale include the 7th annual Tekoa beer festival, which attracted nearly 3,000 people. Meanwhile, our local Netanya AACI hosted a lecture and tasting from Israel’s Jem’s Beer Factory based in Petah Tikva. And finally, Israel21c issued a guide to the many Israeli micro-brewing startups.


https://netanyaaaci.org.il/event/beerevening/  https://www.jemsbeer.co.il/



All happening in Jerusalem. Sharon captured the excitement of the Maccabiah Games opening ceremony and the Jerusalem streets in advance of the US President’s visit to Israel.



Israel’s first World Championship marathon medal. Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the bronze medal in the women’s marathon at the World Athletic Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She is only the third Israeli in history to win a medal at the competition.



More medals at World Games. Israeli Jiu-Jitsu athletes won two gold medals, one silver and two bronze at the World Games in Birmingham Alabama. Nimrod Ryeder won the men’s 77kg Ne-Waza. Meshy Rosenfeld won the women’s 57kg. Israel finished 11th overall, with seven gold medals, ahead of the UK and Spain.





Another Tour de France stage win. Israel - Premier Tech cyclist Hugo Houle described his win on Stage 16 of the Tour de France as “unbelievable”. He had previously finished third on Stage 13 and when the pack let him go ahead on the final climb, he said he “just went all in, full gas”.






Historic times. At the Jerusalem meeting of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Agency, Secretary General Josh Schwarcz said we are in historic times. They will bring at least 50,000 new immigrants to Israel this year, because of the war in Ukraine and from Ethiopia and other places - the largest number since the 1990s.



Twins make Aliyah and join elite Navy unit. Ari and Ron, twin 18-year-old brothers from New York, made Aliyah recently with Nefesh B'Nefesh. They applied to join the Navy at the highest possible level and were drafted into the prestigious “Shayetet 13” unit of the Naval Brigade.



One donation deserves another. 13-year-old cancer patient Eyal underwent a successful bone marrow transplant. In gratitude for the donation of stem cells, Eyal donated his Nintendo to another patient, bringing joy to both children. https://www.rambam.org.il/en/rambam_news/moving_moment_a_gift_to_encourage.aspx


Terrorist victim survives to earn degree. Shira Ish-Ran, who was shot by terrorists in 2018, has now obtained the B.Ed degree she was studying for at the time. Although she lost her unborn baby in the attack, she said, “I love the nation of Israel much more than ever, and I want to raise people who appreciate this nation…”



IDF guards world’s largest collection of Torah scrolls. (TY JNS) 400 Torah scrolls are being safeguarded at an IDF military base. Some are 750 years old, written on thicker parchment than today. Many have interesting histories – one is called “The Prisoner”, as it was captured by Egypt in 1973 and “released” in 2000.



Welcome back. Good article containing details of some of the many archaeological discoveries, from just the last 12 months, that confirm the ancient connection of Israel to the Jewish people.  Plus, a 2,000-year-old mikveh (ritual bath) found when installing an elevator for handicap access near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/07/11/new-archaeological-discoveries-confirm-ancient-connection-of-israel-to-the-jewish-people/  https://worldisraelnews.com/second-temple-era-ritual-bath-unearthed-while-building-western-wall-elevator/




In the 17th Jul 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       A new Israeli-developed molecule can help treat chronic diseases.

·       Good news for endangered sea turtles rescued by Israelis.

·       Israelis turn algae into biodegradable plastic, medicine and more.

·       Funding for nine new joint US-Israeli projects.

·       Israeli dancers and gymnasts win World gold medals.

·       The US President visited Israel, accompanied by a remarkable security advisor.


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Chronic disease breakthrough. Researchers from Haifa’s Bnai Zion Medical Center and Israel’s Technion Institute have developed semaphorin 3A - a molecule that maintains the balance of the immune system. It can help treat autoimmune or inflammatory diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, MS, and IBD.




Bionic bacteria. Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have engineered nano-sized hybrid biological components at room temperature. These fast-growing proteins, enzymes, and other biological compounds can be used to develop new, safer medicines and improved fuels that do not exist in nature.




How do the astronauts feel? Another experiment conducted by astronauts on the Axiom One Rakia mission to the International Space Station was the helmet of Israel’s Brain.Space (see here previously). Here is a detailed description of the experiment and the implications for future space travel.




Early warning of patient problems. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center has just completed a clinical study of patients using the wearable vital signs monitor from Israel’s BioBeat (see here previously). It shows that the telehealth device can detect patient deterioration 38 hours before clinical deterioration, in 75% of patients.



An alternative to psychiatric hospitals. An interesting report and separate analysis of the performance of three of Israel’s 13 Soteria Houses for psychiatric patients. Their compassion and supportive environments contrast with alternative psychiatric hospitals that focus on anti-psychotic drugs and more invasive therapies.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychiatry-through-the-looking-glass/202206/alternative-psychiatric-hospitals   https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17522439.2022.2057578


Superfood is even better than mother’s milk. Israel’s Maolac (see here previously) has progressed from just producing an alternative to mother’s milk for babies. It is now using one ingredient for an anti-inflammatory product to help athletes recover after exercise. And another, to make a probiotic that reduces stress in the gut.



The future is in HealthTech. "The Future is in HealthTech” was one of a new series of meetings sponsored by Calcalist and Start-Up Nation Central. It highlighted the pandemic-induced rise of telemedicine, Zoom meetings, and virtual reality. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rjzeu0gj9



More medical innovation partners. RISE is the innovation arm of Assuta – Israel’s leading private chain of hospitals. RISE already partners with 30 Israeli startups and has just added five more. Ibex Medical, Senseera, Theator, Magentiq Eye and MaveriQx – the only startup not previously reported in this newsletter.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/u25zmzuig   https://www.maveriqx.com/


Paralyzed man is now back on his feet. A mystery illness caused 41-year-old Nir’s muscles to deteriorate and eventually Nir collapsed, paralyzed. At Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, Nir was quickly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome. A transfusion and plasma replacement restored Nir’s life.






Building sports facilities in Jerusalem for Arabs & Jews. Construction has begun on eastern Jerusalem’s first-ever public sports and swimming pool complex. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said the center was “only the beginning of the process of closing the gaps between the various parts of the city.”



Vietnamese refugees in Israel. From 1977 to 1979, Israel gave refuge to some 360 of the so-called Vietnamese “boat people,” in the aftermath of the Communist takeover of the Southeast Asian nation. 45 years later, over 150 have remained in Israel, and are grateful for “the opportunity to rebuild our lives here”.



Murder victims warn against violence. Israel’s D-ID (see here previously) has used its avatar technology to support the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. D-ID has brought the victims “back to life” to publicize the dangers of violent husbands and actions women can take to save their lives.

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/i-was-murdered-video-brings-domestic-violence-victims-back-life-warn-others-2021-11-25/  https://nocamels.com/2021/11/israel-domestic-violence-abuse-d-id/


Rescued sea turtles released back into the wild. (TY Hazel) 17 endangered sea turtles (15 loggerheads and two green sea turtles) that were rescued by Israel after suffering major injuries were released last week back into the Mediterranean after months of rehabilitation at Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue Center.



Israel and Brazil. Nice video (TY I24 News) showing the close relationship between Brazil and the Jewish State.  Brazil was instrumental in the UN vote for Partition in 1947 which led to the founding of the modern Jewish State. Israel is known as the Promised Land and Brazil is known as the Land of Promise.



Building hospitals in Morocco. (TY Hazel) The Israeli-founded IMS International Medical Services is to invest $497 million to construct several hospitals in Morocco. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Rabat by IMS co-founder Ms. Yardena Ovadia (also IMS’s President) and Morocco’s Ministry of Health.

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/07/350026/israel-to-invest-497-million-to-build-hospitals-in-morocco   https://ims-cure.com/about/


Medical equipment for Moldovia. (TY Hazel) Israel has donated a consignment of medical equipment worth $700,000 to Moldova It will be delivered to medical institutions for diagnosis and hospital surgery rooms, benefiting both Moldova’s citizens and refugees from the war in adjacent Ukraine.






Engineering courses to fill hi-tech vacancies. Israel’s Afeka College (see here previously) in Tel Aviv has produced some 7,500 hi-tech graduates since 2014 and its 450-strong faculty is currently training 3,300 more. It aims to develop skills in math, physics, engineering, personal skills, English, Hebrew, programming, and ethics.



The world’s most advanced digital mirror. Walmart is acquiring Israeli-founded Memomi, which has developed technology to enhance virtual optical try-on experiences, helping customers virtually “try on” eyewear in real-time. The technology is already used at 2,800 Walmart Vision Centers and 550 Sam’s Clubs.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/hk5n6nic9  https://memorymirror.com/



Eco-friendly light and shade. More about Israel’s Anai Green and her LumiWeave (see here previously) solar powered shade and lighting system. If Tel Aviv trials are successful, it can be rolled out to cafes and swimming pools and more. Besides cost benefits, by focusing the light downwards, it minimizes light pollution in cities.



Biodegradable plastic from waste and algae. (TY UWI & I24 News) Researchers at Tel Aviv University have produced plastic that degrades in nature within six months. They extracted bacteria from algae and fed it sugars from agricultural waste to produce plastics.



The wonders of microalgae. Israel’s BarAlgae in Kibbutz Gan Shmuel near Hadera is the only Israeli company to grow seven species of microalgae. Its corporate clients use this to make into animal (mainly fish) nutrition, cosmetics, and supplements. BarAlgae’s self-built automated production system is amazing.



Supplements from Israeli herbs. On a visit to Israeli startup Bara Herbs in Yoknean, its CEO described the health products produced from Israeli and internationally grown herbs. Also, some great tasty teas, dried fruits, and cosmetics. https://bara.co.il/


“Outside of the box” food tech. See how Israel’s Vertical Farms grows fresh vegetables in a container in a supermarket car park. Also, the CEO of Israeli VC fund Millenium Food-Tech, which invests in innovative Israeli food technology companies. He highlights Israel’s Aleph Farms and its cultured meat technology.



The spirit of innovation. Another recent visit was to Israel’s Legends whiskey distillery (see here previously). Their unique Kentucky whiskey is sourced from corn, wheat, barley, yeast, and limestone-filtered Israeli water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avC2yswhM0A  https://www.legendsdistilleryisrael.com/


Chickpea alternative to dairy barista coffee. Israel’s ChickP (see here previously) has now customized its chickpea plant-based protein as a non-dairy alternative creamer for barista-style coffee drinks. The product has a smooth consistency, naturally foaming, with no bitter taste, no added sugar, or unnecessary added ingredients.



A “Wonderland” of drone navigation. Israel’s Wonder Robotics (see here previously) is to provide its Wonderland precise autonomous landings solution to Spright – the new drone division of US air medical services company Air Methods.  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rymuw00ksc


Teen innovators. Four groups of Israeli high school “teenpreneurs” recently pitched to investors. Their products included Moosh - an AI search engine to find the perfect gift. ALTZ - an app to help dementia patients and families. STARYEAM, a VR driving simulator and Pro-Look - AI to reduce electric scooter accidents.



Israeli innovations are changing our lives. This whistle-stop video of Israeli tech features Mobileye, WaterGen, Israeli desalination, drip irrigation, GreenEye, Autonomous Robots, Tevel Aerobotics, PillCam, Re-Walk, and SniffPhone (all reported here previously), Don’t blink or you will miss something big.






Israeli hi-tech is still booming. Numbers of employees in Israeli growth companies increases by 30% every year and there are now over 33,000 hi-tech job vacancies. Meanwhile, despite the downturn, Israeli startups raised almost $10 billion in the 1st half of 2022.




The world’s leading innovation authority. 3-min video of one of Israel’s most important institutions. The Israel Innovation Authority supports Israeli innovators from least to most experienced. From inception to long-term, high-risk R&D projects. For every shekel it invests, over 5 shekels are returned to the Israeli economy.



Israel reopens economic office in Turkiye. Israel is to reopen its economic office in Istanbul, Turkiye (a.k.a. Turkey), on 1st Aug. It will benefit some 1,540 Israeli companies currently exporting to the Turkish market and help strengthen their business operations. 2021 bi-lateral trade was $7.7 billion, 30% more than in 2020.



An $8 billion market. On-line games have made a significant impact on modern day culture, entertainment, education, rehabilitation training and technological advancement. Israel’s 190 digital games companies employ 14,000 people, earning a total of $8.6 billion in 2021 - 800% more than in 2017, and 5% of the global market.



$7.9 million for 9 joint US projects. The US-Israel BIRD Foundation has approved $7.9 million funding for nine new joint projects. Israeli organizations are Compentex NurseSpace, Extreme Simulations, FlyWorks, Highlander, Overwolf, Innosphere, Sourasky Ichilov hospital, Wavelength (SEQENS), and ZutaCore.



NIS 2 million donation to train entrepreneurs. Israeli serial hi-tech entrepreneur Dr. Ori Allon has donated two million shekels to Tel Aviv University's Entrepreneurship Center. In addition to boosting TAU’s multi-disciplinary courses, it will also fund an annual hackathon challenge and TAU’s entrepreneurship for women.




Advising and investing in Israeli AI. Israel’s Opteamizer has built AI supplication models for several Israeli startups and provided training and consultancy to 90+ Israeli R&D centers. Now it plans to invest in 10 early-stage Israeli startups, join their board and streamline the entire development lifecycle of their AI applications.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rysqhuwsc  https://www.opteamizer.co.il/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waDCLw88pYQ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlZtZWRrPB4


Israeli innovation for Michigan. The Michigan delegation visiting Tel Aviv’s EcoMotion was focused on Israel’s autonomous, electric, shared, and connected technology with startups such as Electreon and ZOOZ Power, but the State wants Israeli solutions for security, consumer goods, water, agriculture, and smart cities.




Takeovers and mergers to 17/7/22. US-based Clearhaven Partners acquired Israel’s SundaySky for $100 million. Israel’s IronSource is merging with Denmark’s Unity Software. Israel’s Optimove has acquired UK’s Graphyte for $40 million.


Investment in Israeli startups to 17/7/22: Cathworks received $75 million from Medtronic; AI21 Labs raised $64 million;  Aurora Labs raised $63 million; Edge raised $30 million; Deci raised $25 million; Uncaged Studios raised $24 million; Gigantic (Clawee) raised $7 million; Wonder Robotics raised $4 million;





More activities for children in Israel. Check out some of the activities for kids in Israel at this site. Make candy, paint pottery, transform tree bark into paper, learn about biblical animals, make bread as they did in Temple times, have fun in Maale Adumim, and more. https://www.loveloveisrael.com/articles


Nefesh b’Nefesh Calendar. Events on the NbN calendar for July include an oasis hike, magic at Center Stage, an Orchestral concert, a guided tour of design art, and a nocturnal hike in the Carmel Forest.





Mental magic. (TY UWI and ILTV). 17-year-old Nevo Abutbul is one of the world’s youngest professional mentalists. He has already performed on US TV. He is about to be drafted into the army as the IDF’s first mentalist. Israel’s enemies should surrender now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjZgIkfWos0   https://www.nevoabutbul.com/


Those Israeli walking seeds. Tour guide Pamela Levene remembers the pranks Israeli children played with the Israeli seeds featured in last week’s newsletter. Placed on the trouser leg, the seed, stimulated by sweat, would then "walk" upwards, causing great discomfort. The victims had to drop their trousers to remove them!



Spanish gold for Israeli dancers. (TY JNS) Israel’s 23-member team “Chopskick” from Modi’in won a gold medal in the 62-nation, 120,000-competitors, Dance World Cup in San Sebastian, Spain. Their performance “Zombieland” won the Hip-hop Commercial Mega Crew category. Israeli teams won 18 medals at the event.



Israeli gold at World Games. 50 Israeli athletes are competing in the World Games in Birmingham Alabama. 16-year-old Daria Atamanov scooped two golds and a silver in the rhythmic gymnastics, as Israel finished top of the table in the event. Meanwhile Israeli kickboxer Shir Cohen is in the final of the under-52kg category.





10,000 compete in Maccabiah Games. The 21st “Jewish Olympics” began with 10,000 athletes from 80 countries who will be competing in 42 events all over Israel. In Netanya we met a team from Chile and a member of the over-55’s US tennis team. US President Joe Biden was a special guest at the opening ceremony.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/356398  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrCGh8y_VMo






Aleppo synagogue reconstructed. An exhibit at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum uses Virtual Reality (VR) to “rebuild” the Aleppo synagogue, destroyed by the Syrians. The exhibit was only possible thanks to the 50 photos smuggled out by Sarah Shammah, a young Syrian Jew, on the last plane to Israel from Beirut in 1947.




Building monumental buildings in Jerusalem. Designing new buildings in Jerusalem is unlike building in any other city in the world. This article describes the new entrance pavilion at the Tower of David Museum, the Davidson Museum at the Western Wall, and the National Memorial Hall for Fallen Soldiers on Mount Herzl.



Delegation of European Muslims visit Israel. A 40-member delegation of young Muslim community leaders from France and Belgium visited Israel recently. They were led by French Imam Hassen Chalghoumi. The participants said they saw real Israelis and not the stereotypes they had been told about back home.



US President’s security advisor. Accompanying US President Biden on his Israel trip is Anne Neuberger. She is an orthodox Jew from Brooklyn New York. Granddaughter of Shoah survivors, she speaks Hebrew, Arabic, and Yiddish (and English!). Her parents were rescued by Israelis at Entebbe in 1976 – the year she was born!

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/356441   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Neuberger

https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/07/12/421816261/at-the-nsa-a-rising-stars-commitment-to-faith-and-public-service   https://www.jpost.com/israeli-news/article-712002


A Nation Reborn. David Harris’s potted history of the Jewish State is simply earth-shattering.



A lasting recipe. When Israel’s Ida Kleinman passed away in 2010, aged 91, she was determined not to take her famous recipe for nut cake to the grave.  She gave instructions to have it engraved on her tombstone. Now visitors to Rehovot Cemetery can view it anytime, or alternatively at these on-line sites.






In the 10th Jul 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       3 examples of Israelis stimulating the immune system to fight diseases.

·       Israeli startups are helping Sardinia eradicate a plague of locusts.

·       An Israeli partnership will electrify two-wheel deliveries.

·       An “extremely” sweet victory for an Israeli-developed sugar replacement.

·       Three Israeli startups that can ease global travel chaos.

·       A member of the Israeli cycling team won the 5th stage of the Tour de France.

·       As one ancient mosaic returns to Israel, archeologists unearth several more.


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Rebooting the immune system. Israel’s NeoTX (see here previously) is now conducting a Phase 2 trial of its naptumomab estafenatox (NAP) bacteria-coated, immunotherapy cancer treatment on 30 patients in the US. It is also enhancing an AstraZeneca checkpoint inhibitor. NeoTX has 3 Nobel prizewinners in its team.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntk8XsxVDi0  https://neotx.com/


How we fight fungal infections. Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have made a vital discovery in how Candida infections are countered in healthy humans. Until the immune system’s TH17 T-Cell lymphocytes turn up, rare lymphoid cells (Aire-ILC3s) spring into action to hold back the potentially dangerous fungal infection.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/355598  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41590-022-01247-6




T-Time. Dr. Elad Jacoby - Head of cell therapy, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center talks at Talpiot xmed 2022 about how they re-educate T-cells in the immune system to destroy cancers that used to take the lives of young children. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4oCvOtTgu4


Bacteria may help cancer patients. Israel’s Biomica (see here previously) has given 12 cancer patients, who had poor responses to immunotherapy, pills containing bacteria missing from their gut microbiome. In 2020, doctors at Sheba hospital used fecal bacteria to shrink the tumors of three cancer patients.



Smart fabric accelerates repair of nerves. Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed an ultra-thin silicon-based membrane that speeds up the repair of damaged nerves. The material is wrapped around the nerve while the wound is open. When the wound is closed, the material is stimulated using near-infrared light.




Diagnosing diseases in space. Scientists at Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Volcani Institute developed the kit that Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe tested on his mission on the International Space Station. It proved that even under zero gravity, diagnosis known as CRISPR-Cas can identify viruses and bacteria infecting crew members.




Warning of patients at risk of hospitalization. Suboptimal polypharmacy is when medication for two or more chromic conditions clash. Israel’s FeelBetter has been deployed by Israel’s Leumit Healthcare and preliminary results show it can identify 70% of elderly patients at risk of hospitalization in the next 3 to 9 months.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tech-works-to-avert-hospitalizations-by-flagging-problems-with-clashing-meds/   https://www.feelbetter.healthcare/


Joint medical research with UAE. Israel's Maccabi Healthcare Services HMO and health organizations in the United Arab Emirates have signed several deals to promote joint medical research and tech innovation. They focus on advancing personalized medicine and includes building a genomic research registry for the UAE.






Rescuing food for the poor. The 4th annual Leket Live 2-day tour of Israel took volunteers to a moshav farm, to prepare food parcels near Haifa, to an IDF training base, to see South Tel Aviv, to pick vegetables in Rishon LeZion, and to pack parcels in Jerusalem, and more. Spaces are available for next year’s Leket Live mission.

https://live.leket.org/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQp55PyzUw8


A special swimmer. Ayelet was among 424 other women from Israel and abroad who took part in the 2km Kinneret swimathon in May to raise funds for the special-needs adult workshop at Gevaot in the Gush. Ayelet herself has Downs Syndrome yet has swum the Kinneret for the past 9 years, holding hands of other swimmers.

https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-710881  https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-707654


Bringing peace to the region. Article about the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation provides information on its collaborative programs between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. They include the Saving Children program, the Training Doctors program, and its mentoring events.




Jews and Arabs bring baby formula to US. Israel’s Jonathan Feldstein personally transported 119 containers of Israeli baby formula to churches in the US for distribution to needy families. He enlisted help from his own Genesis 123 Foundation and the Palestinian Arab branch manager of his local Rami Levy supermarket.



Global training in Agriculture. (TY UWI) The Arava International Center for Agricultural Training (AICAT) trains 1,200 people annually from 16 countries in methods that raise their yield and their income. The students pay tuition fees from the money they earn while gaining practical work experience on local farms.



A solar water pump for Ethiopian farmers. Scientists from Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a unique water pump powered solely by solar energy. It can deliver water from wells to crops, to give farmers a second annual harvest and increased yields in Ethiopia and remote areas across Africa.



Fighting locust infestation in Sardinia. President of Sardinia, Christian Salinas, asked for help to eradicate the locust infestation plaguing his country for the last 3 years. Israeli agro-tech companies in the field were quick to respond with advice. Israel’s last plague of locusts in the Arava region was dealt with in under two weeks.



Still healing Ukrainians. It may no longer be making headlines, but physicians from Hadassah Medical Center are still performing surgery for sick and injured Ukrainians at the Przemysl refugee camp on the Ukraine-Poland border. This article describes one doctor who operated on 10-year-old Alexandra to cure her foot pain.






Israel’s first conference on carbon removal. There are 20+ Israel companies involved in carbon capture and removal. Many of them, and others, presented at Israel’s first conference on carbon sequestration. Projects included deep-sea seaweed to capture CO2 for photosynthesis and converting organic waste into biochar.


https://www.compostor.co.il/en/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKyzowMP26I


Smart Israeli batteries to power smart Israeli scooters. (TY UWI) The light, powerful AI-designed 3D electric batteries from Israel’s Addionics (see here previously) will soon (in 2023) power the smart electric scooters from Israel’s Blitz motors (see here previously). The partnership is a first for both companies.




Computer chips to protect road users. Israel’s autotalks (see here previously) has unveiled 3rd generation chipsets TEKTON3 and SECTON3, designed to support future V2X (vehicle to anything) requirements. They will enable automatic braking to help protect car users, two-wheelers, and pedestrians.




The age of Aquarius. (TY IsraelUnwired) Newsmax video provides an update on the latest progress of Israel’s Aquarius Engines (see here previously) and its replacement for the combustion engine. It weighs 22lb, can run on pollution-free hydrogen and can power a car for 750 miles on a single tank of gas.



Preventing overuse of pesticides. (TY UWI) Article features three Israeli companies developing technology to combat agricultural diseases without harmful pesticides. Ecophage uses harmless bacteriophages; IBI-Ag uses insecticides tailored for a specific insect; and Projini AgChem uses AI to identify molecules that combat pests.

https://www.israel21c.org/smart-solutions-for-the-worlds-serious-pesticide-problem/  https://ecophage.com/

https://www.ibi-ag.com/   https://www.projini.com/


Humidity can heat and cool your house. Israel’s ThermoTerra (see here previously) uses the water vapor in the air to heat and cool.  Humidity power involves using evaporation to cool and condensation to heat, via an absorbent material. It saves energy, money, and the environment.  https://www.thermoterra.com/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ968nrGjrU  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNRwXNLvNyk


AI to prevent falls from scaffolding. Israel’s Pangea IT (see here previously) has developed AI technology to solve the problem of construction workers' falls from scaffolding. Pangea's sensors, AI analytics and computer vision systems send immediate alerts if a dangerous load is detected, or if workers are not tied to the lifeline.

https://www.startuphub.ai/pangea-launches-ai-powered-technology-to-prevent-construction-workers-falls-from-scaffolding/  https://pangea-it.com/in-the-news/


Extreme Tech Challenge winner. (TY WIN) Israel’s “super-sweet” sugar replacement startup Amai Proteins (see here previously) was named overall global winner out of more than 2,000 entrants at the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) awards in Berkley, California. Amai was also judged best in the agtech and food sector.





Faster searches. Many companies use internal search engines as a critical part of their core technology. Israel’s Opster has developed AutoOps to prevent and resolve performance problems and other issues in real-time. It avoids the need for the company to waste time & money on search administration.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rk1rasloc   https://opster.com/



The factory of the future. Israel’s 3D Signals (see here previously) transforms industrial machines into ‘smart’ production facilities, boosting efficiency, cutting costs, and saving energy. IoT sensors are placed on the factory machines, connecting them via the Cloud. Samson AG saw productivity boosted by 30% in 3 months.




Create an app just by describing it. Israel’s Spiritt has launched a platform that allows the development of complex applications such as Tinder, Instagram, or Wolt, by merely describing them. This is achieved through conversation with a chat-bot which mimics a conversation with a professional.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/ryir11twoc   https://spiritt.io/


Mapping the planet. Israel’s 4M Analytics (see here previously) uses remote sensing satellite technology, topographical maps, location data, and more, to map underground infrastructure. Its ability to identify power grids, oil and gas pipelines, and fiber optic cables underground is vital for construction companies.






More and more trade with Arab states. (TY Algemeiner) Israel’s $200+ million trade with the UAE in May represents a 130% increase on May 2021. Trade with Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Bahrain also leaped by huge percentages.  https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/middle-east/economy/1656845340-israel-reaches-record-trade-increase-with-arab-states-under-abraham-accords


Solving the airline chaos. OurCrowd hosted CEOs from Israeli startups SeeTrue, IntellAct, Freightos, and IBM’s digital transformation executive advisor to discuss how technology can improve our jet-lagged transportation networks.  https://events.ourcrowd.com/on-demand/


Jefferies Bank opens Israeli branch. The prestigious American investment bank Jefferies is setting up an Israeli branch due to the recent the sharp rise in local activity – the most since the 1980s. Jefferies is currently working on seven deals and expects, by September, to bring 20 private funds to Israel.



Bayer to open Israeli cybersecurity center. German giant Bayer will open a cybersecurity development center at Bayer Israel’s existing Hod Hasharon offices in Israel, as part of the multinational’s global cybersecurity operation. Its aim is to engage and partner with the cybersecurity sector inside Israel’s tech ecosystem.



Helping Israeli cyber startups launch in US. Merlin (US) helps Israeli startups penetrate the U.S. federal market. Merlin Ventures arranges strategic investments in cybersecurity companies, Merlin Cyber helps with marketing strategies, and Merlin Labs brings the technology together. Merlin opened a Tel Aviv office in 2020.



Alt protein R&D for Tnuva. Following its success with alternative milk products, Israeli-based Tnuva has launched an R&D center for alternative protein products. It is investing NIS 5 million in the facility in Rehovot, which will be the first time Tnuva has dealt with meat, fish, and egg alternatives.



Another carmaker invests in UVeye. General Motors is the fifth multinational car manufacturer to invest in Israel’s UVeye (see here previously). The funds are “to help fund the development and commercialization of the company’s vehicle inspection technology.” The firms will explore using the tech at GM’s 4,000 dealerships.



Vegan on display. Several food businesses received popular acclaim at Tel Aviv’s Vegan Fest earlier in June (see here previously). They include The Dim Sum Shop, Green Roll Vegan Sushi, and EggZit.


https://dimsum.co.il/   https://thegreenroll.co.il/   https://www.facebook.com/eggzitisrael/ 


Investment in Israeli startups to 10/7/22: Voyantis raised $19 million; Phytolon raised $14.5 million; Spiritt raised $5.5 million; Opster raised $5 million; Maolac raised $3.2 million;  IBM has acquired Israel’s DataBand;





Old and new streets of Jerusalem. Avi Abelow gives a 9-minute tour of some of the streets in Jerusalem, from the 18th-19th century to the modern day. https://pulseofisrael.com/2022/06/15/old-new-streets-jerusalem/


Ein Hardalit. (TY OFEK) Ein Hardalit, found in the Western Galilee is a magical water hike which is suitable for the whole family. Ein Hardalit is completely shaded and great for a hot summer’s day. One can sit in the water or on the riverbanks, along the length of this gorgeous flowing stream.

https://trippinginisrael.co/ein-hardalit/  https://www.westgalil.org.il/en/ent/ein-hardalit-he/



Busy Jerusalem. (TY Sharon) Tourists filled Jerusalem’s streets in the past week, at the Machane Yehudah Market and Jerusalem Design Week’s “FOR NOW” event. Business was brisk at the Economic Conference and thousands more are expected at the forthcoming Jazz Festival, Paul Anka concert, and Maccabiah Games.



Israeli TV shows have gone global.              


Here come the Pixies. After their 2020 Tel Aviv concert was cancelled due to Covid-19, veteran American alt rock pioneers the Pixies will finally take the stage at the Tel Aviv Expo on Monday, July 11.  It will be the band’s third visit to Israel, following sold-out shows in 2014 and 2017.



Tour de France stage winner. (TY Hazel) Australia’s Simon Clark, who cycles for Israel-Premier Tech, won the fifth stage of the Tour de France, the first-ever win for the Israeli team at the competition. "Israel is on the map at unbelievable levels today," said team owner and philanthropist Sylvan Adams.






A 3-min tour of the City of David. (TY I24 News & Inside Isael) A short video of the excavations revealing 5,000 years of the Biblical history of Jerusalem.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cmd3i-UtUs


150 more Ethiopians arrive. One hundred and fifty new immigrants from Ethiopia landed in Israel as part of Operation Tzur Israel. One of them said, "This is a very great privilege. We have been waiting for many years to make Aliyah and do not believe that this is happening. The first place I would like to see is Jerusalem."



Ethiopian Book of Psalms rescued. After a separation of over thirty years, an Ethiopian family has finally been reunited with their precious Book of Psalms that they had to abandon when fleeing to Israel in Operation Solomon. The book, written in the ancient Ethiopian language of Ge’ez, is hundreds (if not more) years old.



Wandering Jewish wheat. The normally anti-Israel BBC made this video of Israeli wild wheat seeds.  Just like the Jewish story, the seeds have learned to move to places where they can take root and thrive. The re-discovery of hardy Israeli wild wheat (see here) is now helping breed crops that can grow in harsh conditions.



Indian Jews celebrate Bar Mitzva at Kotel. (TY UWI) At a moving bar mitzvah ceremony at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, dozens of young Indian Jews celebrated their Bnei Mitzvot.  The group was on a trip with Birthright, an organization that brings Jewish youth to Israel to experience their ancestral homeland.



Ukrainian Jewish refugees to marry in Israel. Yakov and Malka, refugees from Ukraine, are to marry on July 10 in Tiberias, a city on the shore of Israel’s Lake Kinneret. Both headed dormitories at a Kyiv yeshiva but only became friends after the Russian invasion. Quiet Yakov transformed into a hero and Malka was smitten.



New mosaic center in Lod. Children from both Arab and Jewish kindergartens and a youth music ensemble of Arabs and Jews joined in the festivities at the dedication of the new Lod Mosaic Center. It houses a magnificent 1,700-year-old Roman-era mosaic that was discovered in Lod in 1996 and has just returned from a world tour.



Mosaics of biblical Deborah & Yael unearthed. Archeologists have unearthed nearly 1,600-year-old mosaics in an ancient Jewish synagogue at Huqoq in Israel’s Lower Galilee. They are the earliest known depictions of the biblical heroines Deborah and Yael as described in the book of Judges.





In the 3rd Jul 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       An Israeli pathway to eradicating all dangerous viruses.

·       Israeli therapy cured a patient with aggressive prostate cancer.

·       The UN elected Israel to help fight discrimination against women.

·       Israel’s mobile tech conference attracted thousands to Tel Aviv.

·       Israeli technology powers safer transportation on land, sea, and in outer space.

·       The UAE’s largest airline has begun scheduled flights to Israel.

·       An Israeli dairy is to produce “no-cow” milk products.

·       An Israeli paramedic delivered a baby in the ambulance donated by his “survivor” grandfather.


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A platform to eliminate all viruses. Hebrew University startup ViroBlock has reported preliminary success of its platform for rapidly generating anti-viral therapies. Its channel blockers inhibit proteins expressed by current and emerging viruses, including COVID-19 and variants, influenza, Zika, West Nile, Hepatitis B and more.



EU funding for cardiac implants. Israel’s Restore Medical (see here previously) been awarded a €2.5 million grant by the European Innovation Council (EIC). Restore Medical is conducting human trials of its ContraBand implant to treat Congestive heart failure. 1,093 global companies applied for EIC funds; only 74 received them.



New skin for old. Scientists at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus and Israel’s Technion Institute reversed the aging of skin cells by grafting aged human skin in lab tests. The skin rejuvenated - even generating new blood vessels and improving age-related biomarkers. It represents a breakthrough for research into aging.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-710319  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CyWiiR6cOc


Wake up and smell the coffee. (TY UWI) After last week’s article about dogs sniffing to detect cancer (see here) this article summarizes many of the Israeli innovations related to scents and odors.



Breakthrough prostate cancer therapy. Israel’s Alpha Tau Medical (see here previously) has successfully treated a patient with aggressive prostate cancer using alpha-radiation - injecting a radioactive isotope into the tumor. Alpha DaRT (Diffusing Alpha-emitters Radiation Therapy) destroys a tumor by breaking its DNA.



Ready for anything. Israeli emergency medical organization Magen David Adom has established a new center at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, designed to simulate real-world emergencies. 23 senior MDA paramedics recently received training there and there are plans to train 100 more over the next few months.



Force for good. (TY UWI & I24 News) In Israeli hospitals, the Israel Outpost of the 501st Legion villains of “Star Wars” are actually a force for good, bringing joy to sick children.  They also perform at events to raise money for sick children. Watch them pay a visit to Safra Children's Hospital in Israel’s Sheba Medical Center.







Empowering female entrepreneurs. Israeli NGO Yozmot Atid empowers women from Israel’s geographical, social, and economic periphery. Its training program helps some 1,000 women each year start businesses and become financially independent. The NGO took dozens of senior Israeli executives on a tour of the businesses.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/s19tsjevu   https://yozmotatid.org.il/en/


No more building of chicken cages. Israel is among the first countries in the world to ban chicken cages for egg-laying hens and to move to non-cage systems. Israel’s new regulations also include providing regular care for chickens and bans on the practice of induced molting and beak trimming.



A school for coexistence. (TY WIN) Jalal Toukhi trained as a lawyer in Tel Aviv municipality and has a Social Studies master’s from Al-Quds University. He is the first Israeli Arab to be principal of an Israeli school. The Ajyal school in Jaffa has 150 teachers from all sectors and religions, and is one of the best in Israel.



Apple for Israelis & PA Arabs. Apple’s R&D centers in Herzliya and Haifa currently employ 2,000 Israeli engineers working on Apple M1 chips and depth sensing camera. Apple also has 60 Palestinian Arab engineers at its Apple hub in the new PA city of Rawabi, run in partnership with PA company, ASAL Technologies.



Muslim EMT rescues Jewish Ukrainian refugees. United Hatzalah’s Khaled Hardan, a Muslim volunteer paramedic from Wadi Ara in northern Israel, flew to Warsaw to help ensure Jewish Ukrainians could undertake the journey to Israel. Khaled said, “I am happy that I was part of the team that was able to bring them to Israel.”



Ending discrimination against women. By a majority of 115, the United Nations General Assembly elected Israel to its Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.  UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan was “proud to see more Israeli women leading & promoting women’s rights across the globe".



Disaster aid for Afghanistan. Israel’s IsraAID is working with local partners to provide humanitarian relief to victims of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Eastern Afghanistan. It plans to provide essential items such as bandages, sterile syringes, gauze, suture kits, tourniquets, pain killers, antibiotics, and basic medication.



IDF warning prevented cyberattack on US power plants. The deputy chief of IDF Unit 8200 said that his intelligence agency warned the United States of attempts to hack the country's power plants in time to thwart the cyberattack. The IDF spotted the attack on the US while they were defending Israel’s water systems






Israel Mobile Summit. After two years of virtual events, 2,000 industry experts returned to Expo Tel Aviv for the Israel Mobile Summit, part of Israel Mobile Week. Some interesting new Israeli apps include Simplify (to overcome the fear of flying) and CR8 (to specify who and where to date).


https://simpliflyapp.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXKhd9bi0c0  https://cr8date.com/


World Bank praises Israel’s fiber rollout. A study by the World Bank praises Israel’s rollout of hi-speed fiber-optic Internet. 60% of Israeli households now have fast Internet access. The Communications Ministry plans to meet again with the World Bank in September to share its deployment model with other countries.



World class nano-scientist. Professor Jacob Sagiv of Israel’s Weizmann Institute is the first Israeli to win the international Kavli award, for astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. Prof. Sagiv shared the Nanoscience prize, with 3 USA colleagues for their pioneering work on self-assembling monolayers on solid substrates.



Solar-powered diamond production. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Lusix (see here previously) has launched “Sun Grown Diamonds” - the world’s first 100% solar powered lab-grown diamonds. Lusix’s whole operation is now fully powered by a dedicated 30-megawatt solar farm situated in southern Israel.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220608006179/en/%C2%A0LUSIX-Unveils-Sun-Grown-DiamondsTM   https://lusix.com/


Atomic clocks for all occasions. Israel’s AccuBeat (see here previously) has been supplying the U.S. Air Force with its atomic clocks for 20 years. It outfits Israeli Air Force jets and Israeli Navy submarines, UAVs and is building the Ultra Stable Oscillator for the European Space Agency’s JUICE mission to Jupiter’s moons.



Safety device for bikes and scooters. Israel’s Autotalks (see here previously) has developed ZooZ2 – a device installed on the handlebar of bikes and scooters. It warns riders of potential collisions with vehicles, plus alerts all V2X (Vehicle to Everything) equipped vehicles about the existence of the rider.




Safer ships. Another Israeli maritime safety startup, Captain’s Eye, has developed an AI-based system that detects unusual events on ships in real-time, such as smoke and leakage, security breaches, unsafe crew behavior, and other anomalies. It can prevent property, physical, and financial damage that might occur at sea.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rkdxrrdq9  https://captain-eye.com/


Eco-friendly power for satellites. Israel’s Space Plasmatics (see here previously) uses solar power to heat up eco-friendly propellant into ionized plasma gas for maneuvering nanosatellites in space. The startup uses patent technology that originated at Israel’s Technion Institute and tested (see here) on Eytan Stibbe’s recent mission.



Turning desert into fertile soil. (TY Stuart Palmer) Isha Foundation’s Sadhguru spoke to 4,500 in Tel Aviv on the 48th day of his 100-day journey to Save Soil. He said, while the rest of the world had witnessed degradation of fertile land, Israel was one nation that had been busy transforming desert into fertile, agricultural fields.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/israel-leading-innovation-in-agri-tech-turning-desert-into-fertile-soil-says-sadhguru-in-tel-aviv-5147107.html   https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-710201


Why food tech in Israel will change our future. Israelis have unlocked the secrets of cellular plant biology, taking active ingredients from plants to develop supplements that the body needs to survive and thrive. Hear from Professor Uri Lesmes at Israel’s Technion Institute, and then from the co-founders of Israel’s Bioharvest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDgPbK7NvAE   https://vinia.co.il/   https://bioharvest.com/


Groundbreaking water recycling. (TY IsraPundit) Israel is to be the first in the world to pipe desalinated water into a natural lake - the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). After much testing, the NIS 900 million, 15km pipe effectively will, by next year, connect the lake to five desalination plants on the Mediterranean coast.  



Life-changing technology. The winner of the 5th annual Women’s Hackathon at the Jerusalem College of Technology was “EasySurf,” a mechanism that enables seniors to have easier access to modern-day technology. Second was a flying defibrillator and third place was a camera that detected babies left in a car.



Never stop developing. Israel’s Wilco has developed an upskilling platform for software developers. Developers join a game-like experience designed to accelerate their professional growth. Engineers go on quests that challenge them to navigate complex life-like scenarios while utilizing real tools and technologies.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/r1vp1jckc  https://www.trywilco.com/





The digital Shekel. The Bank of Israel has published the outline and main insights from its first technological experiment of the digital shekel project.  The BoI reported that it had established distributed ledger technology (DLT) infrastructure on the cloud and applied a Quorum blockchain based on Ethereum open-source platform.



Boosting economic peace. Just over three decades after the Madrid Peace Conference, the city hosted the first Madrid and The New Middle East Business Summit. It comprised some 200 business delegates, who came to promote investment and trade relations between the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and Spain.



$880 million for climate-tech development. The Israeli government has approved the implementation of a NIS 3 billion program to promote innovation in climate-tech. Its 5-year plan aims to double the number of startups in this area to 100 and vastly expand the number of related venture capital funds.



VC fund for Reichman graduates. Reichman University in Herzliya is setting up a venture capital fund that will invest mostly in startups founded by its graduates. Investors have already committed $30 million, to be allocated to pre-Seed and Seed investments in startups founded by students, even during their studies.



Inaugural Emirates airline flight. The UAE’s largest airline Emirates made its first scheduled passenger flight to the Jewish state. 335 passengers flew from Dubai to Tel Aviv on a Boeing 777 “Gamechanger,” which, according to Emirates, features the world’s only fully enclosed first-class private suites with virtual windows.



Women, wine & whiskey. Tal Tauber Gottesdiner is the founder of HaShizra (The Stem), a community that empowers women in the Israeli wine, culinary and spirit industries. Over 260 women joined HaShizra in its first year and it now has over 900 members. HaShizra events are open to both women and men.




Building a safe partnership. Japanese construction and mining giant Komatsu has signed a partnership agreement with Israeli AI construction safety startup INTSITE (see here previously). INTSITE’s technology helps prevent accidents and improves efficiency by identifying anomalies and bottlenecks during mining work.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/ryk3w9w9c  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lTJ0GjXRJo


Making ADAS affordable. Israel’s Hailo (see here previously) is linking up with the R-Car systems-on-chip from Japan’s Renesas to make high performance Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) technology more accessible in all cars. Hailo’s CEO said that its “AI will play a major role in making our roads safer”.



Glamping in Israel. Several companies provide tourists a view of Israel and its landscape outside of hotel rooms. Gag Eden is located on the roof of Jerusalem’s Clal Center. It also has a campsite in Jerusalem’s Peace Forest. Others include Glamping Israel and Glow Camping. Booking.com and Airbnb also provide options.



Israeli dairy to produce no-cow milk products. Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC - a.k.a. “Coca-Cola Israel”) has signed a 10-year agreement with Israel’s leading cultured milk production company Remilk.  CBC subsidiary Tara Dairy will use Remilk’s proteins to manufacture and market no-cow yogurts, cheeses etc.



Investment in Israeli startups to 3/7/22: Gloat raised $90 million; Cyolo raised $60 million; Incredibuild raised $35 million; Konnecto raised $21 million; Cordio Medical raised $18 million; Helios.dev raised $5 million;





White Night is back. After a two-year break due to Covid, Laila Lavan (White Night) returns to Tel Aviv – an all-night celebration from dusk to dawn. It features music concerts on the beach promenade, street theater and dance performances, sidewalk stalls offering street food from burekas to tapas, and all-night shopping.



Samaria Film Festival. (TY JNS) The Samaria Regional Council will host its first film festival beginning July 3. 25 movies will be screened over the course of four days in venues throughout the area. It is financed by the Samaria Cinema Fund, which has supported some 70 movies filmed in Judea and Samaria in the last 3 years.



32 things to do with kids in Israel this summer. You shouldn’t run out of ideas with this Israel21c guide!



Israel reaches European under-19 soccer semifinal. Israel’s youth soccer team made history by qualifying for the semifinal of the UEFA under-19 championships, the furthest an Israeli squad has ever advanced in the contest. They will now participate in the under-20 soccer World Cup, which is to be held next year in Indonesia.



Israel’s unprecedented success in judo. Israel won nothing in its first 10 Olympic games. medal. But at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, judoka Yael Arad won a silver medal and dedicated it to the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in 1972. It inspired Israeli judokas to win six of Israel’s total of 13 Olympic medals.






Christian tours of the Jewish State. Hundreds of young Christian adults are scheduled to arrive in Israel this summer for the largest Passages tour since the start of the pandemic. College and graduate students from across the US come to Israel to connect with their biblical roots and get to know the modern Jewish state.



Conversations on Zionism. Jun 5th's webinar in JNF’s series on Zionism features Fleur Hassan Nahoum - Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem. She speaks about being a woman in power, the Bedouin, Jewish, Arab, and Druze women she works with, and the strong Emirati women in the UAE-Israel Business Council she founded.

https://jnf-usa.force.com/s/lt-event?id=aBH6T0000019iR4WAI  (webinar registration link)

https://www.youtube.com/zionismstudios (previous webinars in the series)


Jewish Studies Zionist Network. The new group “Jewish Studies Zionist Network” comprises scholars and educators in the field of Jewish Studies who “affirm that Zionism is a legitimate movement for the national self-determination of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland.”  I hope they use my newsletter material.





Rabbi and Gabbai of the Year. Israel’s Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics gave its 2022 Rabbi of the Year award to Rabbi Yonah Meshulam HaCohen Fodor of the Beit Yehuda Synagogue in Beit Vagan, Jerusalem. Two Gabayim tied for Gabay of the Year, and Lod’s Ramat Eshkol community won Community of the year.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/355749   https://www.israelrabbis.org/en/


Sderot continues to develop. (TY Sharon) Despite attacks from nearby Gaza, the 30,000 residents of the Israeli city of Sderot are not abandoning their homes. See these photos of parks, lakes, yeshiva, animal therapy center, Founder’s Museum, music center, hi-tech businesses, as well as some brightly decorated bomb shelters.



The miracle of life. Holocaust survivors Shimon and Susanna Lifshitz donated an ambulance to Magen David Adom after making Aliyah. Their grandson Avraham, a senior EMT for MDA, recently delivered a baby girl in the same ambulance. Grandfather Shimon said, “it’s for moments like this that we donated the ambulance”.