History of Israel's Good News Oct to Dec 2022


In the 20th Nov 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli studies show exercise can prevent cancer and cure “long” Covid.

·       Great video featuring successful Arab Israelis.

·       Israeli citizens are the 9th happiest people in the world.

·       Israel hosted three top international technology conferences.

·       Israeli technology can store renewable energy underwater.

·       See innovative Israeli EV charging stations at two international airports.

·       A record 14,000 young people are coming to Israel on Masa programs.


·       Click here to see the 13th Nov newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours with another great intro, IsraPundit and United With Israel. Also (TY Sandra) in German here, plus (TY Stuart Palmer) posted 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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Peptides with anti-cancer potential. (TY Ron) Scientists from Israel’s Technion Institute and from Japan have discovered peptides (short proteins) with the potential to destroy cancer cells. The scientists made the discovery while researching the cell-recycling protein ubiquitin, that won two Israeli scientists the Nobel Prize in 2004.




Exercise can stop spread of cancer. Tel Aviv University researchers have found that regular aerobic exercise reduces the risk of metastatic cancer by up to 72%. In data studies of 3,000 humans, plus lab tests, they have shown that exercise increases glucose consumption, thereby reducing the availability of energy to the tumor.


https://english.tau.ac.il/exercise_defeats_cancer_2022  https://europepmc.org/article/med/36084256


Exercise can cure long COVID. Studies by Israeli researchers on patients suffering from post-COVID ailments show that these can be safely relieved by exercise therapy as it stabilizes the autonomic nervous system. Other treatments include nutraceutical supplements, steroids, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).



Gel to help grow bones. Researchers at Tel Aviv University are developing a water-based gel (hydrogel) that will encourage bones to re-grow. It has extensive dental and orthopedic applications (e.g., for implants and repairing bone defects). Following lab tests, clinical (human) trials are now planned.




Longevity center. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center plans to open a Longevity Center by Sept 2023. Patients over 40 will be able to register for around $500 per year and receive tests and consultations with experts in internal medicine, endocrinology, psychogeriatric, gynecology for menopause and brain scientists.



Healthy aging center. Israel’s Technion Institute is establishing the Healthy Aging Center, as part of the Technion Human Health Initiative (THHI). It brings together Technion researchers from medicine, biology, chemistry, biotechnology, food engineering, computer engineering, architecture, and more.




Connecting patients with the same condition. More details of Israeli-founded Alike.Health (see here previously). The app connects people who are suffering from similar conditions and going through the same experiences. Some 100,000 users in the USA have already uploaded their medical data anonymously to the app.




MDA AI dispatch software for New Jersey. Hatzalah emergency service organizations across the US will use the artificial intelligence-powered dispatch software of Israel's national emergency service Magen David Adom (MDA). The AI system instantly locates and dispatches the nearest first responders to a medical emergency.






You don’t have to be Jewish to be successful in Israel. Yoseph Haddad highlights Prof Samer Haj Yahya, Chairman of Leumi Bank; Prof Masad Barhum, Director of the Galilee Medical Center; Supreme Court Justice Khaled Kabub; Julia Zaher, CEO of Al Arez Tehina, plus Arab sporting stars including Israel’s soccer captain.



Prayer rooms at Ben Gurion Airport. At Israel’s international airport, Christian and Moslem air passengers are able to pray in rooms separately designated and designed for their religious requirements. Most other countries require Christians, Moslems and Jews to pray in the same room.



Israel at the Bahrain airshow. (TY JNS) In a historic first, at least four Israeli companies exhibited at the Bahrain International Airshow (Nov 9 - 11). State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) showcased civil aviation products, radars and avionics, air defense systems, coast guard and drone systems.



Israeli Aid Warms Ukrainians. (TY UWI) Israeli humanitarian aid organization SmartAid is providing solar generators, heaters, thermal blankets, and battery packs for Ukrainian shelters, hospitals, and community centers. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are already experiencing freezing nighttime temperatures.




A bridge between Israel and Africa. Israel’s Menomadin Foundation held its first gala event in Tel Aviv. The NGO showcased its work including bringing children from Africa to Israel for heart surgery; housing, food, education, and a community center for children in Angola. It operates 24 initiatives in Africa and Israel.

https://menomadinfoundation.com/haim-taib-at-the-menomadin-foundation-impact-event-there-is-no-greater-privilege-than-tikkun-olam/  https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/362756 https://menomadinfoundation.com/


Global initiatives at COP27. Israelis At the COP27 climate conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Israelis launched Climatech MEA -  a digital platform to pool all climate-related developments. Also, Israel’s DeserTech has partnered with the UN to help African nations build the “Great Green Wall” to counter desertification.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-digital-platform-seeks-to-connect-regions-business-with-climate-opportunities/  https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-desertech-partners-with-un-to-help-african-nations-build-great-green-wall/


Mauritian infant saved. (TY Hazel) Volunteer surgeons from Israeli humanitarian organization "Save a Child's Heart" saved the life of one-year-old Samael from Mauritius by repairing his heart defect. Mauritius is the 65th country that SACH has helped so far. https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/sjtpoemio


Even happier. Israel rose to 9th in the 2022 World Happiness Report, issued by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which measures healthy life-expectancy, income, social support, freedom, and generosity. Israel moved up three places from last year’s 12th position (see here previously). 







PhD program in Artificial Intelligence. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has joined with Meta AI to create a first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence PhD program to drive cutting-edge research. Meta will provide mentors and scholarships and students will have access to Meta’s computational infrastructure and facilities.




Prop-tech conference. PropTech Tel Aviv last week included Israel’s Reichman University, which accepts up to 40 students (from 400 applicants) onto its PropTech Program. The University’s practical course prepares students for the challenges of the real estate world and its technological solutions.



Urban innovation conference. MUNIEXPO - the Local Government Exhibition for Innovation (Dec 6 – 8) in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is one of the largest gatherings for local governments in the region. The 12,000 visitors, including global municipal leaders, will see 130+ Israel startups present cutting-edge and smart city solutions.



Space-tech conference. Tel Aviv’s Ramon Geoint360 conference (Nov 6-7) showcased Israel’s cutting-edge space-tech innovations in earth observation, remote sensing, computer vision & image processing. The use of geo-spatial data, computer vision, precise mapping, and artificial intelligence, all to benefit humankind.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/sjyiztvho  https://www.geoint360.com/about


Anti-radiation vests launched. NASA’s Artemis-1 mission to the Moon finally took off from Cape Canaveral, carrying a manakin named Zohar, wearing AstroRad radiation protection vests made by Israel’s StemRad (see here previously). Zohar even had her very own Israeli passport. Sensors will measure cosmic radiation.



Impossible art in space. A piece of Israeli art can only be assembled in space. It involves water attaching to a metal structure in weightless conditions. This video shows what happened when Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe initiated the assembly process on the Axio-1 mission on the International Space Station.

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/artwork-created-by-tau-scientist-and-artist-is-activated-on-the-international-space-station/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ-0rXYeeiM


Shaping the future of science & society. Ben Gurion University Prof Benyamin Rosental has won a Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2022 Award. He has applied his research into stem cell transplantation to that of coral reefs to allow them to resist changes in temperature. He also has a personal “falling wall” link.

https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/fallingwalls_award.aspx  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnW9jPYwo14



Intel rising star. Israel’s Technion Institute Prof. Eilam Yalon was selected as one of Intel’s 2022 Rising Star Faculty Award (RSA) winners. The award, given to early-career academic researchers who lead ground-breaking technology research, was for his work on nano-scaling electronic devices.



Fast, energy-efficient, computing. Israel’s WEKA.io has developed a low-energy, high performance data platform for artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML). WEKA is used by companies in Life Science, Finance, Media & Entertainment, autonomous vehicles, and more. It just raised another $135 million in funds.

https://www.weka.io/  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/h1tlqcx8o


Hi-tech accommodation for hi-tech students. Holon Institute of Technology has formally inaugurated 428 new modern student dormitories for some 472 students. Built by Israel’s Shikun and Binui for some NIS 200 million, they include apartments for people with disabilities, singles, couples and up to three roommates.



Algae to make bio-friendly dyes and fibers. Traditional dyes are made of coal tar and petroleum in polluting processes. Israel’s Algaeing, however, creates fully bio-degradable formulations for dyeing, using algae, that produce zero waste. Combined with cellulose, or plant fibers, the formulation can create algae-based textiles.




Printing burgers for hi-tech workers. (TY Israel21c) Israel’s SavorEat (see here previously) is partnering with Israeli catering company Yarzin-Sella to install its plant-based meat products robot chefs in a host of hi-tech offices. Yarzin-Sella’s Tel Aviv clients include Ironsource, Meta (Facebook), Google and Playtika.



Instant products at home. Israel’s Capsulab has developed a machine to produce your favorite cosmetic or food product instantly by putting all the ingredients into a single vacuum-sealed capsule. Pop the capsule into the machine, press a button, and the ingredients are mixed on the spot, guaranteeing a fresh, potent product.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDcA7qDVYb8   https://capsulab.com/


Storing energy underwater. Israel’s BaroMar has developed an underwater solution for storing wind and solar power in the form of compressed air at depths of 200 – 700 meters. It claims to be the most sustainable energy storage solution, with a neutral carbon footprint, no hazardous materials, and minimal impact on surroundings.


https://www.baro-mar.com/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibIlp1zaq3M


Breathtaking wind propulsion. (TY ToI) Israel’s NayamWings has created a new wind propulsion system for maritime vessels based on a rigid wing sail. It outperforms all other wing sail systems – 200% better than soft sails. It reduces energy used by existing (retrofitted) ships by up to 25% and new-builds by more than 55%.

https://www.nayamwings.com/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh4HI8XwcGY






Economy in good shape. The S&P rating agency has confirmed the credit rating of the State of Israel at its previous level of AA-. It said Israel manages a solid economy, strong fiscal indicators, strong external accounts, had recovered admirably from the COVID-19 crisis and recorded relatively high 2021 growth of 8.6%.



10 more for launch. Another ten Israeli startups have selected to join Deloitte’s Launchpad accelerator (see here previously).  Only Trusstor (digitizing the construction process) has not been featured before in this newsletter. The 23 previous Launchpad members have already raised a total of $400 million in funds.


https://trusstor.com/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkknDC670Rk


10 more to be ignited. Intel has selected another ten Israeli startups for the seventh cohort of its Ignite startup growth accelerator program in Tel Aviv. They are Dragonfly, Briya, Scala Bio, IOriver, Codium, LayerX, Control Monkey, Sensorz, Utila, and tons.ai.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bkgfn11khi  https://dragonflydb.io  https://briya.com/

https://www.sensorz.io/  https://www.tons.ai/


10 more for growth. Google has selected another ten Israeli startups for the sixth cohort of its Startup Growth Lab. They are Riverside, Masterschool, Theranica, Guardz, Karma, Peech, OneStep, Anchor, Lexense, and Fundit.  Startup Growth Lab graduates have raised a total of $3.7 billion in funds.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/9464c11v4   https://guardz.com/  https://lexense.com/


Distillery uses water from the air. Jerusalem’s Thinkers Distillery generates its water from the air using the technology from Israel’s WaterGen. In the last six months, Thinkers has sold 100,000 bottles of its gin, vodka, and bourbon whisky. It has a $10 million contract with Total Wine & More, the largest wine retailer in the US.




100 construction tech companies. Some 100 Israel companies are active in the construction tech sector. In addition to designing, planning, or building structures or buildings, they also include building information modeling (BIM), augmented reality, and geospatial technologies already in use by smart cities.



Fast EV charging at the airport. Israel’s Zooz Power is piloting its system for fast charging electric vehicles at New York’s La Guardia airport. The 12-month pilot should expand into a full-blown partnership. Zooz ran a pilot with Wien Energy at Vienna’s international airport and is establishing five charging points in Germany.




Checkout.com checks into Israel. Global cloud-based payments service provider Checkout.com has opened an R&D center in Tel Aviv. It plans to recruit 100 employees over the next two years. “The talent in the Israeli market represents some of the brightest minds in technology”, said Checkout.com’s Chief Product Officer.

https://www.checkout.com/newsroom/news/checkout.com-expands-to-israel-launches-a-research-and-development-hub-in-tel-aviv  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/hjhddbwij



Investment in Israeli startups to 20/11/22: WEKA.io raised $135 million; Akeyless raised $65 million; Loops.ai raised $14 million; Clarifruit raised $12 million; beti (construction tech) raised $11 million; theGist raised $7 million;  Palo Alto Networks acquired Israel’s Cider Security for $300 million.





Photo Is:rael. Tel Aviv’s 10th International Photography Festival (23 Nov – 3 Dec) features 70 photography exhibitions, plus dance, performances, video art, music and more. The theme of this year’s festival is “Action”.



Israeli videos at Riga festival. The Waterpieces International video and contemporary art festival, in Riga, Latvia, featured eleven videos focusing on Israel’s culture, nature, science, and identity. They were curated by ​Drorit Gur Arie, director of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art.



The only hotel museum in the world. The Dona Gracia Hotel & Museum in Tiberias is the only hotel museum in the world. It tells the story of the remarkable Dona Gracia (1510-1569), a courageous, politically influential female philanthropist who saved hundreds of secret Jews from the Inquisition and much more.




Thousands of pelicans visit Israel. (TY Jacques) Thousands of white pelicans have arrived in Israel on their annual trek to their winter quarters in Africa. About 50,000 pelicans migrate through Israel from mid-Aug to Nov, before flying into the Sinai desert and further down the Nile to their winter ponds.



Sisterhood on skateboards. When two Israeli friends found that there were so few women represented in the skateboarding world, they decided to do something to change that.  Paola Ruiloba and Maayan Levi founded the Jerusalem Skater Girls (JSG). These Israelis from all backgrounds are now taking the skater world by storm.







The first cooks. Israeli and international researchers have found the earliest evidence of cooking at the Gesher Benot Ya’aqov (GBY) archaeological site in Israel. Remains show that fish were cooked on fire, some 780,000 years ago. Until this discovery, the earliest evidence of cooking dates to approximately 170,000 years ago.

https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/article-722411  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-022-01910-z


14,000 to join Masa Israel programs. In its 19th year, Masa Israel will bring a record 14,000 young people from the Diaspora to Israel on Masa programs. More than 200 will participate in the Masa Doctors program for a training program and integration into the Israeli health system.



First victim of Hamas is now IDF officer. (TY JNS & WIN) Shila Naamat was 20 months old when a rocket fired by Gaza terrorists struck his home in Sderot 20 years ago. He suffered a severe leg wound and today has a metal plate fitted into his leg. He has just completed the IDF officers’ training course.

https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/ryxni4lss  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA-6q02ckPw


Just in time. The nonprofit Am Yisrael Chai (the People of Israel Live) foundation, in cooperation with the Israel Dog Unit, has inaugurated a new center for locating missing persons in the Meron region of Northern Israel. The center then immediately experienced a real live incident, locating a missing person in Kiryat Ata.



Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. During the opening session of the 25th Knesset, Moshe Holtzberg recited Psalm 122 in memory of his parents Rabbi Gavriel Noach and Rivka Holtzberg. At two years of age (see here previously), Moshe was the sole survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Moshe is now nearly 16 years old.







In the 13th Nov 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli nitric oxide device helps hospitalized Covid-19 patients recover.

·       Israeli surgeons repaired the heart of a Syrian baby flown in from Cyprus.

·       Huge number of Israeli climate-tech and food-tech innovations.

·       Record number of tourists return to Israel.

·       Israeli technology powers UK retail giant’s autonomous stores.

·       Israeli runner is NYC Marathon runner-up.


·       Click here to see the 6th Nov newsletter on IsraelSeen, Ruthfully Yours, IsraPundit and United With Israel. Also (TY Sandra) in German here. Also (TY Zachy) in Hebrew 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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Nitric Oxide speeds recovery from Covid-19. The LungFit Nitric Oxide device from Israel’s Beyond Air (see here previously) speeds up the recovery of hospitalized COVID patients. Clinical (human) trials showed they needed less oxygen support and spent less time in the hospital than those who didn’t receive the treatment.



Device avoids need for open-heart surgery. (TY UWI) Israel’s Cuspa Medical is testing the Cusper - a device that takes over the job of a damaged heart valve that can no longer open and close properly to control blood to the heart. The Cusper is inserted using a catheter in a minimally invasive procedure, avoiding major surgery.



Preventing secondary cancer. It’s early days, but Tel Aviv University scientists have managed in lab tests to reduce the incidence of breast cancer relapse by 88%. They used two chemotherapies – doxorubicin and cisplatin together, which reduced the spread of cancer cells (metastasis) that occurred using just one therapy.





Preventing hair loss from chemo. Decursin is a substance that promotes hair growth, especially in chemotherapy patients. Decursin is normally extracted from a rare seasonal flower in an expensive process, but students at Israel’s Technion Institute have just won awards by synthesizing it using enzymes from bacteria.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/technion-undergrads-wow-paris-meet-with-plan-to-reduce-chemo-induced-hair-loss/   https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-720574


Medical research to use real-world data. Israel’s Ministry of Health is partnering with Israel’s Lynx MD (see here previously) to make patient data from 49 Israeli medical centers available for research. Lynx MD’s medical intelligence platform anonymously secures the data before releasing it to researchers.



Medicine and Peace conference. (TY Hazel) The 3-day medical conference “Tomorrow’s Medicine as a Bridge for Peace” in Morocco brought together 60 cancer specialists from Morocco, Israel, and France. It was organized by Pax Medicalis, a France-based nonprofit known in English as the Peace Medical Association.



On the spot. Israel is a small country, and paramedic training is a priority.  A volunteer EMT from NGO United Hatzalah was walking on the same Netivot street as a man who had a heart attack. The EMT began CPR and was soon joined by another EMT with a defibrillator. Shortly afterwards, the man regained consciousness.






Six new foreign Ambassadors. Israeli President Isaac Herzog received the credentials of the new ambassadors of Moldova, Ghana, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mongolia, and for the first time, Palau, in a series of official ceremonies at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/361995


IDF allows Lebanese to harvest Israeli olives. For over a decade, the IDF has coordinated with UNIFI to allow Lebanese farmers, from villages close to the Israeli border, to cross the blue line into Israel. They are then able to harvest olives from trees growing near Israel’s security fence. It provides vital income to those farmers.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/362599  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp6sRupfRso


Sick Syrian baby flown from Cyprus. I seem to report these events almost every two years (see here previously). A baby from Syrian refugees living in Cyprus was flown to Israel for emergency heart surgery. One of premature triplets, the baby was treated at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva.



Advising the UK ombudsman. Israel’s State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman recently visited England to carry out a complimentary inspection of one of Britain’s equivalent watchdog apparatuses. UK Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Rob Behrens sought his advice on how to initiate wide-ranging investigations.




Protecting the UAE. The United Arab Emirates has deployed Israeli air defenses south of Abu Dhabi to protect against (Iranian) missiles and drones. Satellite images show that two Israeli Barak 8 launchers and an Israeli Aerospace Industries Elta ELM 2084 radar system have been deployed at the Al Dhafra Air Base.




Jumping for joy. (TY Hazel) A delegation of Israeli paratroopers held a joint jump over Bahrain alongside soldiers from the Gulf nation, the UAE, and the United States, to mark two years since the signing of the Abraham Accords. See embedded video on full screen.



Israeli green hydrogen in Morocco. During the COP27 climate conference in Egypt, Israel’s H2Pro (see here previously) signed a strategic agreement with Moroccan renewable energy developer Gaia Energy. Its aim was to assess the feasibility of producing H2Pro’s E-TAC hydrogen electrolyzers in the North African country.



Healing migrating birds. (TY Hazel) Countless wounded birds of prey make their way each year to Israel during the fall migration, most of them shot on the Lebanese side of the border. This article focuses on a lesser spotted eagle suffering a gunshot wound, that was treated at Israel’s Hula Valley wildlife rehabilitation center.



Israeli nurse helps victims of global disasters. (TY UWI) Odeda Benin-Goren is the only female Israeli member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination. The Israeli nurse has traveled the world for the past 30 years to help people in areas that are devastated by floods, earthquakes, fires and wars.






Climate-tech prize winners. Here are two Israeli startups that won a share of Startup Nation’s $2 million Climate Solutions Prize fund to encourage innovation (see here previously). Marine Edge optimizes fuel consumption and carbon emissions for ships, and SolOr develops solar energy-absorbing paint.

https://nocamels.com/2022/10/climate-tech-startups-win-2m-prizes/  https://www.marine-edge.com/   https://www.solor.tech/  


More climate-tech prize winners. Other Israeli Climate Solutions Prize fund winners include Copprint (copper inks for circuit boards), Styletech (see here previously), Smart Resilin (see here previously), Red Solar Flower (solar panels for agricultural areas), and Seevix Material Sciences (see here previously).

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-climate-tech-scientists-startups-nab-over-2m-in-prizes-at-inaugural-confab/  https://www.copprint.com/  https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/red-solar-flower


Prize-winning climate-tech researchers. In addition to startup winners of the Climate Solutions Prize, three Israeli scientists won awards. They were Technion’s Prof Avner Rothchild (green hydrogen), BGU’s Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi (reducing methane from animals), and Bar-Ilan’s Prof. Malachi Noked (sodium ion batteries).




Solar energy on the Moon. Prof Jeffrey Gordon of Israel’s Ben Gurion University presented to NASA scientists his solar power alternative to NASA’s plan to use nuclear energy on the Moon. His polar installation design overcomes the problem that any point on the Moon will be in darkness for two weeks every month.





Solar water heater is upgraded. Millions of Israelis use 1950s tech rooftop solar devices for their hot water. Israel’s Tigi (see here previously) has developed cellulose triacetate insulation that can heat the water to 100 degrees Centigrade, even in freezing winter conditions. It has installed 40 international commercial systems.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NVxGWPUnSY  https://www.tigisolar.com/news-resources/news/


Walking on sunshine. (TY Hazel) Israeli sandal maker Shoresh is the first Israeli manufacturing company to go off grid and use only its own solar energy. It saves the company buying a million kwh of electricity, 8,000 gallons of gasoline a year, and cuts pollution. Shoresh employs 300 people at its Tirat Carmel factory.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9ILipl6TYg  https://sourceoutdoor.com/


Breakthrough in splitting water to produce hydrogen. (TY Ron) Scientists at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have made a breakthrough at the molecular level that could vastly reduce the energy required to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis. It has major potential ramifications for the fuel industry.

https://www.jpost.com/science/article-721694  https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/pages/news/solar-fuel-production.aspx



Environmentally friendly glass. Israel’s Airovation (see here previously) and Phoenicia, Israel’s sole glass manufacturer are to transform the country’s glass production process into a carbon-friendly operation. Airovation Technologies’ patented Superoxide Radical converts CO2 into minerals for the glass industry.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/361981  https://www.phoenicia-ltd.com

https://www.airovation-tech.com/carbontovalue   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPNpiWC_MFw


Predicting weather disasters. Israel’s Emnotion analyzes tiny, highly localized variations in temperature, wind, humidity and more to forecast extreme weather events up to three months before they happen. Emnotion uses technology including Big Data analysis and machine learning to provide alerts to companies and the IDF.




Food-tech demo day. Israeli startups Blue Tree, Bountica, Eggmented Reality, Pigmentum, ProFuse Technology, Sea2Cell, and others, starred in the recent Demo Day held by Israeli food-tech incubator Fresh Start. Alteco.ai (energy efficiency) and Sweet Balance (natural sugar substitute) are new to this newsletter.

https://israelactive.com/?s=Sea2Cell  https://alteco.ai/  https://www.sweet-balance.com/


Blue-tech. Israeli organizations presenting at last month’s International Conference on Food from the Sea and the Desert in Eilat (see here previously) included Colors Farm (bio-friendly aquaponics); algaenite (nitrogen-fixing microalgae); Brevel (protein-rich microalgae); V-Corals (reefs) and Aquacultech (network).

https://www.agrisrael-sea-desert.org/  https://www.colors-farm.com/  https://www.algaenite.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TOUL_8VSdY  https://brevel.co.il/  https://www.aquacultech.org/



Growing tomatoes even in drought. Israel’s Grace Breeding can grow tomatoes even during a drought. Its Wide Defense System (WDS) formula boosts the growth of the tomato root system and improves nutrient absorption from the soil. Trials show that a once-a-season application increases yields by 17%.




Water from the air for university students. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Watergen is to install its water-from-the-air generators at Israel’s Reichman University. All visitors, lecturers, and students will be able to drink the cleanest and healthiest water, eliminating high-carbon supply chains and plastic waste.



Israel to pilot self-driving buses. Israel’s Innovation Authority has announced the launch of a NIS 61 million, two-year pilot program to study the viability of using autonomous public buses. In Stage 1, four groups of bus companies will test the technology before (in Stage 2) operating self-driving buses on public roads.



A machine is only as good as its components. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Cybord uses Artificial Intelligence and Big Data to check that components of an electronic device are genuine (i.e. not counterfeit) and 100% quality. Cybord has just partnered with Siemens Digital Industries, to expand Cybord’s reach across the industry.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cybord-announces-new-oem-partnership-with-siemens-digital-industries-software-301619167.html   https://www.cybord.ai/





UK-Israel trade up by a third. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Israel was £6.1 billion for the year to June 2022, an increase of 33.1% from the same period last year. Imports included £845 million of Israeli medicines and pharma products, to help counter the COVID-19 pandemic.



Yet more gas discovered. (TY WIN & JNS) Just a month after its discovery of natural gas at its Hermes exploration well (see here previously), Energean plc has discovered some 13 billion cubic meters at its Zeus-1 well off Israel’s coast. Energean also confirmed the presence of an additional 3.75 bcm at its Athena site.



Most monthly tourists since start of pandemic. Some 333,500 tourists visited Israel in Oct 2022, the greatest number recorded since Feb 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic began, with its associated travel restrictions. In 2022, some 649,300 visitors arrived from the USA – the most popular origin.



Direct flights to Dublin. Early 2023, El Al is to launch three nonstop flights a week between Tel Aviv and Dublin. They’ll connect Israel’s and Ireland’s high-tech sectors and encourage Christian pilgrimage to Israel. Many Israeli high-tech workers work at Dublin-based multinationals, serving Europe and the Middle East.



Cleaning up in Manhattan. US real estate giant Durst has just invested in Israel’s Skyline Robotics (see here previously). We soon should see Skyline’s Ozmo robots cleaning the windows of the 104-story One World Trade Center - the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere - and other skyscrapers in New York City.  




Connections for Deutsche Telekom. Israel’s Teridion (see here previously) has been working with Deutsche Telekom since January, to help build a product that will connect DT’s customers via the cloud. DT has just invested $25 million in Teridion.  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bjonzn8hj


Tesco opens autonomous stores. UK retail giant Tesco has announced the opening of three autonomous stores based on the technology developed by Israeli computer vision startup Trigo (see here previously). The first, on Chiswell Street London, has just opened and will shortly be joined by others in Fulham and Birmingham.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/s05a0nveq  https://new.trigo.tech/how-it-works/




New factory for Better Juice. Israeli reduced sugar fruit juice startup Better Juice (see here previously) has launched its first full-capacity manufacturing plant in Israel. The Ness Ziona factory can produce 250 million liters of juice (with 80% less sugar) per year.



Investment in Israeli startups to 13/11/22: Island.io raised another $60 million; AutoLeadStar raised $40 million; Teridion raised $25 million from Deutsche Telekom; Wib raised $16 million; Everybuddy Games raised $15 million; Veriti raised $12 million; Tagado raised $4 million; Apply Design raised $3.3 million;





Contemporary art met ancient stones. An exhibit merged art with archaeology, in a cistern 20 feet under Jerusalem’s Western Wall. “Arteology: The Power of the Ancients in Contemporary Form,” featured 27 ceramic pieces (vases, plates, disks, and seals) by Israeli Canadian artist Nicole Kornberg Jacobovici.



Israeli scouts entertainers return to USA. For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the Tzofim Friendship Caravan, a song-and-dance performance program from Israel, is returning to the U.S. next summer as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The Tzofim Scouts perform songs in Hebrew, English and Yiddish.



A diamond quality tour. You can now book a fascinating tour of the Israel Diamond Exchange in Ramat Gan, the world’s leading center for buying, selling, cutting, and polishing large diamonds. Wine and lunch are included. https://www.israel21c.org/trolleys-dollars-and-gems-a-tour-of-israels-diamond-exchange/



More rare species visit Israel. (TY Nevet) Three pink whiprays over 100 cm long were sighted off the coast off Eilat. Whiprays are an endangered species of stingray. Earlier this year a rare guitarfish, an even more endangered species, was spotted off Eilat’s coast.



Israeli woman takes second place in NYC Marathon. Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter has finished second place in Sunday’s New York City Marathon, seven seconds behind the Kenyan winner. It is the best final result for an Israeli man or woman in the history of the race, which is in its 51st year.



Two World Cup swimming bronze medals. (TY Nevet) Israeli swimmer Anastasia Gorbenko won a second bronze medal in a row at the World Cup competition in Berlin, finishing third in the 50 meters breaststroke. The previous day she finished third in the 100 meters event.

https://newsrnd.com/sports/2022-10-22-second-bronze-medal-for-gorbenko-in-the-world-cup-israel-today.SJ3KNAZEs.html  https://swimswam.com/2022-fina-world-cup-berlin-day-2-finals-live-recap/


Jews and Arabs can fly to the FIFA World Cup together. Charter flights will allow Israeli Jews and Arabs to fly direct from Tel Aviv to Doha Qatar for the duration of the FIFA World Cup beginning on 20 Nov. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said “Football has the power to bring people together…”






Jerusalem streets are more than elections. (TY Sharon) Israel’s capital in November may have dark nights but it was brightened up by the Zalman Shazar Prize for Jewish History, the preview of Israel’s presentation to COP27, publicity for the Einstein, Animation, and Piano festivals, and the honoring of Walter Bingham.



Christians, Muslims & Jews save each other’s lives. New United Hatzalah video emphasizing that the Israeli emergency NGO’s 6,200+ volunteer EMTs come from all Israel’s major religions. The video also highlights that they save the lives of Palestinian Authority residents.



Song for Aliya Day. Nov 1 was Aliya Day, coinciding with the Torah portion where Abraham is commanded to go to the Land of Israel.  Here is a new song, “Kumi Ulechi Lach” (Get Up and Go) written by Eliad Eliyahu specially to celebrate the event. It combines the lyrics of Rachel the poetess and Rabbi Shlomo Elkabetz.

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/362009  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-1tjOxVpOw




In the 6th Nov 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli paramedics restarted the hearts of two newborn babies.

·       International food-tech conferences in Eilat and Tel Aviv.

·       Israeli recycling technology removes the ink off printed paper.

·       Israel’s economy is literally “up in the clouds”.

·       History made by an Afghan cyclist in Israel and an Israeli athlete in Saudi Arabia.

·       Israel’s fifth election in 4 years produced some interesting statistics.


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Israel’s first lymph node transplant. For the first time in Israel, surgeons at Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya in Tiberias have performed lymph node transplant surgery. They used lymph nodes from the abdomen of a 34-year-old woman suffering from the lack of a lymphatic system in her leg that caused it to swell hugely.



HBOT and autism. A new Tel Aviv University study showed that Pressure chamber therapy (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - HBOT) significantly improved social skills in animal models of autism. It also reduced neuroinflammation, which is known to be associated with autism.

https://neurosciencenews.com/pressure-chamber-asd-21737/  https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/23/19/11077



Israeli cancer detection expands across France. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s Ibex Medical has expanded its partnership with France’s Medipath (see here previously) to cover cancer analysis of multiple tissue types at more of Medipath’s 30 labs. Medipath provides pathology services to 250+ hospitals and clinics across France.



10,000+ implants.  Israel’s Ossio (see here previously) has reported that orthopedic surgeons have implanted more than 10,000 Ossiofiber implants since their introduction in 2019. Ossio’s biofriendly Ossiofiber, and intelligent bone regeneration technology are designed to solve the shortcomings of conventional metal implants.

https://www.massdevice.com/ossio-closes-38-5m-series-c/  https://www.ourcrowd.com/companies/ossio



Twin sisters develop metabolism device. (TY UWI) Israeli twin sisters Merav and Michal Mor, both PhD graduates, were training for an Ironman triathlon and needed to measure their metabolic rate. No device existed, so they invented their own and founded Israeli startup Lumen (see here previously).




Israeli global medi-tech (TY Louise) A recent Shanghai expo has revealed two Israeli medical technology start-ups that haven’t previously been reported in this newsletter. They are Vitalerter (biosensor care protection), and RuiLuo Technology, part of Israel’s Neurotech Solutions (ADHD diagnosis and treatment).


https://www.vitalerter.com/   https://www.neurotech-solutions.com/


Newborn saved in Herzliya mall. Volunteer EMTs from United Hatzalah revived a 3-week-old baby girl who suffered cardiac arrest in a Herzliya shopping mall. The team performed CPR with just two fingers and after 30 minutes the baby’s pulse returned. Later in hospital a heart defect was discovered and treated.



Preemie delivered and resuscitated. United Hatzalah volunteers have been busy. In Kiryat Gat they delivered a premature baby in the breech position and then used two-fingered CPR and ventilation to restore her pulse. They also treated the mother who had lost a large amount of blood during the emergency.






Three powerful Israeli women. (TY JNS) Three Israeli women - Eynat Guez, Adi Tatarko, and Daphne Koller - are included on Fortune Magazine’s “The 15 Most Powerful Women in Startups” list for 2022. All three head unicorn companies (Houzz, Papaya Global, Coursera, and Insitro) valued at $1 billion or more.




Inclusive hi-tech school. Google and Israel’s Reichman University are establishing The School of High-Tech. It will provide equal opportunities to everyone, based on their personal skills and suitability to the program. Underrepresented populations will be accepted, regardless of their ability to pay for the course.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/technology-science/1666679141-google-opens-school-for-high-tech-professionals-in-israeli-university  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/skml78nvs


Jewish, Arab, and Druze mayors train together. 20 Israeli heads of municipalities are to attend an intensive one-year executive training program at Tel Aviv University’s Center for City Leadership. They include the heads of Arab Umm al-Fahm, Bedouin Kseifa, Druze Dalit El-Karmel, Judea Binyamin region, and Bnei Brak.



Eilat could feed the world. The first-ever International Summit on “Food Technologies from the Dead Sea and Desert”, in Eilat, follows Israel’s decision to launch a NIS 170 million, multi-year plan to develop Eilat and the Eilat region into a national and international center for the production of food from the sea and the desert.



Agriculture accord signed with Bahrain. Israel and Bahrain signed an agricultural cooperation declaration at the recent Eilat Food-tech summit. 25 international delegations participated, including Morocco, Jordan, the UAE, USA, Chile, Ghana, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Iceland.



Solving the world’s biggest problems. The Movement by Good Company invests in Israeli startups “solving the world’s biggest problems” – Climate-tech, Social-tech, Energy, Agriculture, Work and Education, Circular Economy, and Digital Health. It is selecting startups to participate in “Reaching Net Zero (RNZ)” action day.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/r1zaoadnj  https://goodcompanyhq.com/fund


5 Israeli unis in top 50 for producing entrepreneurs. PitchBook’s 2022 ranking of the 100 universities that produce the most VC-backed entrepreneurs, includes Tel Aviv (7), Technion (15), Hebrew U (31), Reichman (38) and Ben-Gurion (45). Besides Israel, only two top 50 universities were from outside of North America.





Donating telehealth kits. Following its donation of telehealth kits to Ukraine, Israel’s TytoCare (see here previously) has launched a giveback initiative, TytoCareS. It enables the company and its partners to donate devices to other countries in need, significantly expanding global access to clinic-quality healthcare.







$18 million for Albert Einstein Museum. The Israeli government has approved the construction of an $18 million Albert Einstein Museum on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Safra Campus at Givat Ram. It will include a reconstruction of Einstein’s library and office and be a scientific and technological education center.



Searching for habitable planets. A Hebrew University of Jerusalem-led project has successfully developed a framework to study the atmospheres of distant planets and locate those planets fit for human habitation, without having to visit them physically. The team examined TRAPPIST-1e, a planet 40 light years from the Earth.




Seeds that could grow on the Moon. (TY UWI) Plant seeds from Ben Gurion University will accompany Beresheet 2, the next attempt of Israel’s SpaceIL to land on the moon in 2025. The plants were selected to withstand the extreme temperatures they will face in space.  (See also here.)



Mega food conference. Tel Aviv’s FoodTechIL conference begins on 7 Nov, in the middle of Israel’s AgriFood Week. It will feature 70 startups and some 1,600 global food industry leaders and investors. One of the startups is Israel’s CreamCol - which converts any alcoholic drink into an all-natural alcoholic cream.


https://www.israel21c.org/who-says-you-cant-get-tipsy-from-a-croissant-or-cookie/ https://www.creamcol.com/


3D-printed marbled beef cut. Israel’s Steakholder Foods (previously known as MeaTech 3D - see here) has produced 3D-printed marbled beef using bio-inks. Steakholder’s Omakase Beef Morsels were inspired by the marbling standard of Wagyu beef and can be printed with any desired marbling ratio, shape, or width.



A safe preservative for food products. Israel’s Bountica uses bacteria and precision fermentation to create proteins that can preserve food safely. These proteins do not have any of the health concerns associated with the benzoates, sorbates, propionates, nitrites, BPA, and other chemicals that can be seen listed on food labels.




Pinpointing wastewater contamination. Israel’s Kando (see here previously) has been busy recently helping locate the source of virus (Covid-19 and polio) and seawater contamination via Israel’s sewer system.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/spotlight/flush-with-data-kando-transforms-public-health-with-wastewater-intelligence/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb6pbcQu_7E  https://www.ourcrowd.com/companies/kando


Sustainable irrigation. The plastic irrigation driplines of Israel’s Netafim (see here previously) are recycled in California, Australia, Israel, Peru, Chile, and Spain. Old pipelines are shredded, washed, pelletized, and then upcycled. Netafim’s 40,000-sqm plant in Culiacán also recycles its wastewater and is powered by solar energy.



Vanishing print. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Reep Technologies uses lasers to completely remove ink from printed pages so that the paper can be reused. Reep has re-invented the “de-printer”, protected it with 20 patents and is now preparing to roll it out globally. It saves trees, water, energy, waste, pollution and is carbon negative.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeGLC8k7ww4  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RofKzrXBkOo


Making buildings intelligent. Israel’s Resonai empowers commercial real estate owners and operators to transform their physical properties into virtual assets. Its Vera platform creates a “digital twin” with embedded AI to enable greater operational control, real-time customer insights, and innovative engaging experiences.

https://www.resonai.com/  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rkxfxvsvs


Giving employees the right answers. Israel’s Ask-AI uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) to answer questions from company employees and managers and give them insights as to their business and customers.  It monitors emails, chats, databases, call center communications, and more, to improve customer relationships.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/h1yembseo   https://www.ask-ai.com/


Where cybersecurity gurus meet (virtually). Israeli startup WadiDigital has launched Cyfluencer – a platform to connect cybersecurity influencers who wish to share top-quality content, ideas, and insights. The community is comprised of experienced professionals (“influencers”) and cybersecurity companies who want publicity.




Replace heavy copper wiring. (TY Israel21c) Israel’s Yamar develops semiconductor devices that merge data over power lines. The technology reduces wiring cost and weight while increasing reliability. Customers in 51 countries use the devices in a variety of applications in automotive, aerospace, lighting, industrial, and more.

https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/yamar-electronics   https://yamar.com/


A toothbrush-inspired humidifier. Israeli Aryeh Tench has invented an air humidifier with only one moving part. He says it’s cheaper, cleaner, and more efficient than any other. It works like a rotating toothbrush – the filaments break up water into tiny droplets. No heat, condensation, or bacteria. Prototypes are now being tested.






Clouds of glory. According to US-based consultants Sage Intacct, Israel has the most cloud computing startups per capita in the world – 8.4 per million Israelis. Over $2 billion has been invested into Israel-based cloud startups since 2017.  https://www.israel21c.org/israel-leads-world-in-cloud-startups-per-capita/



Israel becomes a Google Cloud Region. Google has opened the Google Cloud region in Tel Aviv (me-west1), joining its network of cloud regions around the world. Google estimates that by 2030, the new region will contribute a cumulative $7.6 billion to Israel’s GDP, and support the creation of 21,000+ jobs in that year alone.



Agriculture innovation fund. The Hashomer Hachadash NGO has launched a new investment company, Eretz Noshevet, to support and promote innovative agriculture in Israel. It has also raised $20 million, for supporting ventures of young farmers, agritech technology projects and land development.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rkwsltaqo   https://eng.hashomer.org.il/


Global agricultural advice. (TY Louise) Another Israeli start-up exhibiting in Shanghai recently was Etza Agriculture. Its contacts with seed companies, chemical companies, agricultural high-tech companies, and academic institutions, enable Etza to provide fast and creative solutions for emerging problems in the field.



Vegan Whoppers at Burger King Israel. Burger King Israel has begun serving vegan Whoppers and nuggets from Israel’s “Meat The End” at its pop-up branch in Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square. It plans to extend this to nine other locations in the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Several of those branches are certified kosher.


https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/article-720439   https://www.meattheend.tech/


FoodTech competition finalists. Six Israeli startups have reached the final of Tnuva and Calcalist's FoodTech competition.  BioBetter, Eggmented Reality (vegan proteins for food manufacturers), E-FISHient Protein, Exosomm (milk nutrients for IBD patients), Meala Foodtech, and Watersight.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/s17vtwa4o https://eggmented.com/ https://www.exosomm.com/


Protecting Africa from financial crime. MFS Africa, the largest digital payments hub in Africa, has selected Israel’s ThetaRay (see here previously) to protect its network from money laundering and fraud. ThetaRay’s SONAR SaaS solution includes AI-powered transaction monitoring and sanctions list screening.




Vestoo becomes a Unicorn.  There have been few new Unicorns in the current economic climate. Israel’s Vesttoo has just become one, having just raised $80 million at a $1 billion valuation. Vesttoo has developed a global insurance risk transfer platform. It is profitable and plans to use the funds to make acquisitions.



$50 million for AI startups. U.S.-based ICI Fund has announced the closing of ICI Fund II, a new fund set to include $50 million solely for early-stage Israeli AI companies and companies founded by Israeli entrepreneurs. ICI additionally said it will increase investments in women-led funds and in women-led companies.



Investment in Israeli startups to 6/11/22: Mobileye raised $861 million (IPO); Selina raised $170+ million (IPO); OpenWeb raised $170 million; Apiiro raised $100 million; Trigo raised $100 million; Vesttoo raised $80 million; Resonai raised $36 million; Ossio raised $35.5 million; Valence Security raised $25 million; Navina raised $22 million; Sepio raised $22 million; Tarci raised $17 million;  YOOM (formerly Tetavi) raised $15 million; Revuze raised $12 million; Ask-AI raised $9 million; Arnica Security raised $7 million; Port raised $7 million Forsea raised $5.2 million; Tensorleap raised $5.2 million; Ritual raised $2 million;





A balance of alternative and traditional lifestyles. According to many of its 43,000 residents, Pardes Hanna-Karkur has a special charm, an artistic feel, and a down-to-earth quality. The stables house artists’ boutiques, cafes, restaurants and even spaces for therapists. At Festival HaNadiv (10-12 Nov) all events are free.

https://www.israel21c.org/a-slice-of-life-of-the-hipster-israeli-town-pardes-hanna/  https://2021.hanadiv.org/


Visit Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Minecraft. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has launched a full digital replica of its museum complex in Minecraft, the world’s most popular computer game. Players can view 100 works of art and participate in challenges to win prizes. Some half a million Minecraft players aged 10-24 live in Israel.



Lavender farms turn the Golan purple. Azizo on Moshav Kanaf is one of several lavender farms situated on the Golan Heights, near a 6th-century excavated synagogue. Deep purple Lavendin Grosso covers the 60-dunam (14.8 acre) farm, which conducts tours and produces lavender oil, lavender honey, and more.

https://www.israel21c.org/a-lavender-farm-turns-the-golan-purple/   https://azizolavender.com/




Judo team bronze medal. Israel’s mixed team won a bronze medal by beating the Netherlands 4-2 in the 2022 World Judo Championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The championships were originally scheduled for Yom Kippur but were delayed on request by the President of the Israel Judo Association.



Afghan female cyclist joins Israeli team. (TY UWI) Afghan cycling champion Fariba Hashimi has accepted a contract with Women’s WorldTour team Israel–Premier Tech Roland (IPT). It gives Fariba a chance to race the Tour de France Femmes. IPT owner Sylvan Adams helped hundreds of Afghans escape Afghanistan last year.



The first Israeli athlete to compete in Saudi Arabia. (TY WIN) Olympic triathlete Shachar Sagiv became the first Israeli athlete to compete in Saudi Arabia when he took part in the 5th round of the Super League Triathlon in the Red Sea coastal city of Neom. Saudi Arabia only allows specially selected Israeli citizens to enter.






Magnetic proof. Using the discovery of the earth's magnetic field recorded in burnt remnants reported here previously, researchers have accurately dated 17 Israeli biblical sites. These findings verify the accounts of the Egyptian, Aramean, Assyrian, and Babylonian military campaigns against the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aEI0kJaqWA   https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2209117119


Partial eclipse. On Oct 25, I was on a ship with 2,000 Israelis sailing from Haifa. At 2pm I read that a partial eclipse of the Sun would be visible in Israel, peaking at 2pm. I rushed to the top deck and projected the sun’s image onto a black surface. The ship’s Rabbi walked past, and we said the blessing “Osei Maasei Bereisheet”.



He voted in every election. Yossi Barash, 94, has never missed a chance to cast his ballot since Israel’s 1948 inception. Barash was born in Tel Aviv in 1927 and now lives in Kfar Yehoshua. He voted in rain, storms and intense heat and never prioritized vacation plans over voting. He says voting is the most important civic duty.



The most democratic country. The latest Israeli elections revealed some interesting facts. Israel is now first in the world in terms of frequency of elections since 1996. Voter turnout was 71% - the most since 1999.  Voters had the choice of 39 separate parties. And despite being a national holiday, retail sales boomed.






In the 23rd Oct 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       Israeli innovations benefit heart patients and expectant mothers.

·       An Israeli startup finds jobs for “invisible” US workers.

·       An Israeli company won a World Sustainability award.

·       Intel launched its latest Israeli-developed processor, in Israel!

·       Six Israeli sustainable innovations.

·       An Israeli desalination facility to be built in Azerbaijan.

·       Millions of Jews and non-Jews visited Jerusalem during the Jewish festivals.


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Diagnosing irregular heart rates in high-risk patients. Prof Mahmoud Saliman of Rambam Health Care Campus is the first in Israel to insert an ultrasound device through a vein (without anesthesia) to safely diagnose a patient suffering from atrial fibrillation (AFib). High-risk patients cannot have anesthesia or blood thinners.



The secret to a healthy heart. Scientists at Israel’s Assuta Ashdod Medical Center found why patients with a high-risk of coronary heart disease (e.g., some diabetics and smokers) have healthy arteries. Their endothelial progenitor cells have longer telomeres and greater function. It can help in developing preventative medicines.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/article-719269  https://journals.lww.com/coronary-artery/Abstract/2022/11000/Identification_of_protective_biologic_factors_in.4.aspx


OrCam for dyslexics. OrCam Learn (see here previously) is a voice-activated, interactive handheld device designed for people with learning challenges. It combines AI with a high-resolution visual sensor, and laser capture. It reads text aloud from any surface, listens to the reader and provides feedback. And much more.

https://learn.orcam.com/en/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuNvoQGB4VU  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6JeNTpAUDE


European approval for bone augmentation material. (TY Atid-EDI) The Ivory Dentin Graft™ dentin graft material from Israel’s Ivory Graft has just received the European CE Mark for use in the repair or augmentation of bone defects. Its similarity to bone makes it an ideal grafting material, e.g., in dental procedures.

https://www.prnewswire.com/il/news-releases/ivory-dentin-graft-the-first-and-only-dentin-graft-receives-ce-mark-301629353.html   https://ivorygraft.com/


Animal Assisted Therapy – a win-win. HAMA (see here previously) is among the pioneering organizations in AAI – Animal Assisted Intervention in Therapy and Education in Israel. Many of the animals are rescued from abuse and neglect, and have in turn enriched humans suffering from trauma, deep loss, and abandonment.

https://www.jpost.com/health-and-wellness/mind-and-spirit/article-719815   http://hama-israel.org/


Detecting fetal anomalies. (TY UWI) More details about Israel’s IdentifAI Genetics (see here previously) and its Hoobari blood test invented by Tel Aviv University’s Professor Noam Shomron. The test separates the DNA of a 10-week fetus from that of its mother and then checks it for mutations. Much safer than amniocentesis.



Miracle baby. (TY UWI) Before aggressive chemo, Tzvia had ovarian tissue frozen. 20 years later, doctors at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital defrosted and re-transplanted some of the tissue. It reversed her menopause and Tzvia has now given birth to a healthy baby girl – the longest ever time for a successful post-cancer transplant.






3 successful Israeli women. Interesting interviews with Jasmin Inbar, VP Corporate Development at Israel’s ASTERRA (see here previously; also, Adva Amir, CEO & Co-founder of Direct and an airline pilot for Skywest Airlines; finally, Yael Ben Arie, CEO of Octopai, which helps companies to control their data.



https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/symtsgnmo  https://www.octopai.com/


Hiring skilled underprivileged workers. Israel’s female-founded TaTiO uses AI to recruit employees based on skills rather than resumes. It aims to hire from the estimated 27 million underprivileged workers in the US who lack the credentials or education sought by recruiters, rendering them “invisible” to the job market.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/bjhqxus7j  https://www.tatio.io/


Fighting poverty in Africa. Israel’s Tzippora Nusbaum has been helping women in Northern Tanzania add to their income by growing and selling mushrooms. She is now replicating her “Entrepreneurs vs. Poverty” project across Africa. The mushroom farms simply need sterilized agricultural waste, buckets, and dark places to grow.



Treating hurricane victims one survivor at a time. There are several first-hand accounts on the Internet of Israeli NGO United Hatzalah treating survivors from Hurricane Ian in Florida USA.





Saving species. (TY WIN) Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo just celebrated the birth of a rare southern three-banded armadillo, classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “near threatened.” Their flexible bands allow them to curl into tight balls to defend themselves. Link below lists other species the Zoo conserves.




World Sustainability Award. Israel’s HomeBiogas see here previously) has been awarded the World Sustainability Award in the field of Circular Economy. One judge described it as: “an astonishing innovation, which opens up a new era of possibilities for the under-developed world but also the developed one.”



The 5th most educated country. (TY Rhoda) The Erudera education search platform rates Israel as the fifth most educated country in the world, with over half (50.12%) of people having completed tertiary education. The top four are Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, and South Korea. The OECD average is 39%.







Intel’s Israeli-developed 13th gen processors. Intel has unveiled 'Raptor Lake' - its 13th generation Intel Core family of processors. It includes the Core i9-13900K - the world’s fastest desktop processor. For the first time, the official launch was held in Israel, with 90 senior tech journalists coming from abroad for the event.




Construction Software of the Year. Israel’s Buildots (see here previously) won the “Construction Software of the Year” award at the 2022 London Construction Awards at London Build, the UK’s leading construction and design show. It was also a finalist in the “Product Innovation” and “Technological Innovation” categories.



Reducing traffic accidents at Ben Gurion airport. (TY Atid-EDI) Israel’s SaverOne (see here previously) prevents car accidents by disabling mobile phones while driving.  Israel Airports Authorities, operator of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, is to pilot SaverOne’s technology for drivers of vehicles in its operational areas.



Solar panels track the Sun. Israel’s SolarGik tilts solar panels throughout the day with a “smart PV tracker” so they catch more sun and produce up to 25 per cent more energy than standard, fixed panels. The trackers can be installed any place a fixed-tilt panel can be installed.

https://www.solargik.com/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FBQpCtlTHE


Removing CO2 from the air. (TY Israel21c) Israel’s RepAir Carbon Capture has developed an electrochemical device that utilizes (renewable) electricity to separate CO2 from the air cost-efficiently and ensures that the CO2 captured from the atmosphere is economically viable.

https://finder.startupnationcentral.org/company_page/repair-d-a-c  https://repair-carbon.com/


Bio-degradable shoes. (TY NoCamels) Israel’s Belena has developed BioCir™ a compostable and biodegradable thermoplastic material. Belena’s first product is BioCir™ Slides – fashionable, easy to wear, sandals that are fully compostable. Belena even supplies addresses where any worn-out slides can be recycled.

https://balena.science/   https://balena.science/products/il-biocir-slides


Your old smartphone has value. (TY NoCamels) Israel’s Refurbished Smartphone Revolution has automats in Tel Aviv where you can pop in your old smartphone to receive either money, or a gift card redeemable at major retailers and service providers, or a refurbished phone on the spot.



Sustainable quality wall tiles. (TY NoCamels) Israel’s female-led startup Criaterra Earth Technologies (see here previously) is one of 10 companies chosen to represent Israel at COP27, the United Nations Climate conference, at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in November. Criaterra’s tiles are 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

https://criaterra.com/  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3919838,00.html



The world’s largest sustainability database. Israel’s Continue AI has developed a sustainability intelligence platform to help leading companies reach their environmental goals. The platform utilizes AI to synthesize millions of data points to provide recommended actions that enable corporations to achieve sustainable goals.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/rjkrr7nmo  https://www.continueai.com/


Join the Technion UK (virtually) on its Israel tour. Register for free to join (virtually) the Technion UK’s "Out of This World" Israel trip (Oct 24-28). Hear from Technion Professors and entrepreneurs; See museums, Iron Dome, and more. Save the date (Jun 4 - 8 2023) for the Israel 75 trip.



Israeli involvement in diverted asteroid mission. (TY UWI) NASA’s DART mission successfully diverted an asteroid showing it potentially can protect the Earth. Israel’s Ramon.Space (see here previously) provided an important computer processor for the Italian satellite that captured vital images of DART’s impact.



Jerusalem’s new water system is completed. After six years of work (see here previously) and some NIS 2.5 billion, Israel’s National water company Mekorot has inaugurated the new 5th water transmission system for Jerusalem. It will be the main water artery for the towns surrounding Israel’s capital city until 2060.






More offshore gas discovered. (TY WIN) Energy producer Energean has announced the discovery of 7 - 15 billion cubic meters (BCM) of natural gas at its Hermes exploration well in the Mediterranean Sea off Israel.



An Israeli desalination plant on the Caspian Sea. (TY Hazel) The 'Azerbaijan Investment Company' has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel’s 'I.D.E. Water Assets Ltd' (IDE Technologies - see here previously) to establish a plant for desalinating Caspian Sea water in Azerbaijan.



3D-printing of parts for Boeing. (TY Hazel) Back in 2018, Israel’s Assembrix (see here previously) protected Boeing’s intellectual property during the 3D-print manufacturing of parts. Assembrix has now signed an agreement with Boeing to develop a platform that physically prints airplane and space station parts.



Israeli electric motors for Japan. (TY NoCamels) Israel’s EVR Motors (see here previously) has partnered with Tsukasa Electric to bring EVR’s breakthrough electric motor to Japan. The motor is suitable for electric vehicles, construction equipment, agricultural machinery, industrial robots, small boats, and much more.



Electric partnership for Nigeria and Ghana. Israel’s SixAI (see here previously) is partnering Japan’s Musashi Seimitsu to produce and lease millions of battery-powered motorcycles and auto-rickshaws in Nigeria and Ghana. The cheap, environmentally friendly vehicles will then be rolled out to the rest of Africa.



Polly goes to Finland. Israel’s Arugga AI Farming (see here previously) has won its first European contract. Agrifutura Oy, the Finnish producer of tomato brand Nams, will deploy Arugga’s robot tomato pollinator on its 4.6 hectares of greenhouse tomatoes. Arugga’s “Polly” pollinator is already in use in the USA and Australia.



Seaweed to Canada and Italy. Israel’s Seakura (see here previously) has launched its seaweed-based products in nine Canadian supermarket chains. They include organic seaweed falafel mix and various seaweed pastas with lentils, corn, or quinoa. Seakura also supplies Italian frozen food manufacturer Rispo with fresh seaweed.



Dutch government selects Israeli travel platform. The government of the Netherlands has selected Israel’s Atriis as their global managed travel technology platform for the next eight years. The Dutch government will use the Atriis platform to book business travel for more than 12,000 travelers worldwide.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/r1r4yxemi   https://www.atriis.com/


Cost of living moves Israelis into hi-tech. Israelis are finally getting the message that they do not need to slave away at low-paid, dead-end jobs when there are thousands of well-paid hi-tech jobs available. A survey by Practicum Israel showed over 60 per cent of respondents moving into the hi-tech sector due to high living costs.

https://nocamels.com/2022/10/cost-of-living-drives-israelis-to-hi-tech-careers/   https://practicum.com/en-isr/


From camel rancher to hi-tech developer. Here is one example of an Israeli embarking on a completely new career. Shlomo is a full-stack developer for the fintech firm Capitolis. But just five years ago, he was a camel rancher with little-to-no technical experience.



Exits, takeovers and mergers to 23/10/22: Israeli semiconductor startup Banias Labs was acquired by UK’s Alphawave IP for $240 million. Israeli-owned BrainPOP was acquired by Lego’s holding company KIRKBI A/S for $875 million.


Investment in Israeli startups to 23/10/22: TripActions raised $300 million; IronVest raised $23 million; SecuriThings raised $21 million; Classiq raises an extra $16 million; Cipia raised $9 million; Tres.finance raised $7.6 million;  Kubiya raised $6 million; Continue AI raised $5.7 million; TaTiO raised $5.3 million;





A bird sanctuary in the center of Tel Aviv. The Rosh Tzipor (Bird’s Head) Forest is situated in HaYarkon Park in the heart of Tel Aviv. Inside is the new Ganei Yehoshua park bird watching center at the junction of the Ayalon and Yarkon rivers. It covers 8 acres of trees, green areas, streams and ponds with many species of birds.

https://www.israel21c.org/where-birds-find-a-restful-oasis-in-urban-tel-aviv/  https://park.co.il/en/about-us/



Israeli Jazz. Paris-based photographer Raphael Perez is displaying his collection of 80 photos of 65 Israeli jazz musicians from Oct 13-30 at the ZOA House (Beit Ziyonei America), in Tel Aviv. He plans to publish his book of the photos plus biographies of the musicians, in English, French and Hebrew in Feb 2023.



After the Chag at Center Stage. Upcoming events at Center Stage in Raanana (Israel’s only professional English language theater) include Eli and the Chocolate factory (25 Oct - Jazz), Iris Bahr’s Comedy Nite (26 Oct), Sorcerers Night (31 Oct), Songtalk (9 Nov), and Chorale Vie Nouvelle (29 Dec – Congolese in Israel).




Street musician plays on stage with Maroon 5. Israeli singer-songwriter Coral Bismuth was performing on a Tel Aviv beach when spotted by Adam Levine, lead vocalist of Maroon 5 who were in Israel prior to the band’s concert in Yarkon Park. He invited Coral to join the band on stage and play to 70,000 Maroon 5 fans.




“False killer whales” sighted near Eilat. A pod of ten “false killer whales” (Pseudorca crassidens) made a rare visit to the Gulf of Eilat. Israel Nature and Parks Authority maritime ranger Omri Amosi swam with them and documented them. The dolphin species is so named because they have skulls like killer whales (Orcas).




Maccabi Haifa beats Juventus. (TY Hazel & JNS) Maccabi Haifa beat top Italian soccer team Juventus 2-0 in their UEFA Champions’ League group match in front of some 30,000 ecstatic fans in Haifa. Maccabi Haifa’s first win in Europe’s top competition keeps alive their slim chance of qualifying for the final stages. 






Israelis rescue survivor from Ukraine. Two volunteers from Israeli NGO United Hatzalah rescued a wounded 86-year-old Shoah survivor from the fighting in the Ukrainian city of Lyman. Alexander and Vadim traveled over 2,500 km to bring the woman to the Slovakian border, where she received medical treatment.



Surfside to twin with Samaria. (TY UWI) Surfside, Florida is to establish a twin city relationship with Israel’s Samaria Regional Council. Its purpose is to thank Israel for its help its help in the search and rescue operation at the site of the collapse the 12-storey Champlain Towers South condominium last year.



“Hakhel” at the Kotel. Some 50,000 people attended the once-in-seven-years’ “Hakhel” communal ceremony at the Kotel (Western Wall in Jerusalem). Israel’s President Isaac Herzog participated with Israeli religious and political leaders in the dedication of three Torah scrolls. In Biblical times the King read the whole scroll.




The Bible Marathon. Nearly 4,000 men and women ran in this year's International Bible Marathon. The 42.2km race began and finished at Ancient Shiloh, where the original Biblical Tabernacle was sited on entering the Land of Israel over 3,300 years ago. The race always takes place during the Jewish feast of Tabernacles.



Sukkot on the Real Jerusalem Streets. Sharon captured the colors and crowds of Sukkot (Tabernacles) in Jerusalem; at the Kotel, at the President’s residence and almost everywhere in between. Meanwhile some two million people visited the Western Wall during the holidays.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLkw7w1pobM   https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/361274


They shall all come to Jerusalem. (TY Stuart Palmer) The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) held its annual Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) for 2 nights by the Sea of Galilee and the next 5 days in Jerusalem. The event was attended by more than 1,700 Christians from over 70 countries.






In the 9th Oct 22 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:


·       An Israeli breakthrough delivers chemotherapy without side-effects.

·       An Israeli emergency NGO aided hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and Florida.

·       Israeli satellite technology is saving global water supplies.

·       Israel’s electric airplane takes off.

·       Israel’s Free Trade Agreement with South Korea has been ratified.

·       Israeli soccer celebrates two major successes.

·       A hundred babies were born at one Jerusalem hospital during the Jewish New Year.


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Nanotech to deliver precision chemotherapy. Scientists at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a nano-material that can deliver different toxic cancer therapies directly to tumors, without harming healthy cells. Robot chemistry was used to test different materials. The breakthrough can vastly reduce chemo side effects.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tech-can-reduce-side-effects-and-increase-range-of-cancer-drugs-scientists/  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0142961222004409?dgcid=author


Detecting tumors via fungi. Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have discovered that most tumors have fungi growing inside them. They have also documented their types using records from 17,000 cancer patients. DNA from fungi is detectable in the blood and can be used to develop a new cancer screening method.



Diagnosing CJD. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) was well known during the “mad cow” epidemic. But it can also be caused by an inherited gene mutation. Tel Aviv’s Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center is one of only a dozen hospitals globally to use a 92% accurate spinal fluid test for early onset CJD.



AI startup to assess new treatments. AION Labs - the Israeli innovation lab for startups (see here previously) has itself launched a startup.  OMEC.AI aims to predict if a new treatment will succeed following pre-clinical trials. Its next-generation computational platform will gauge effectiveness and expose safety issues.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-innovation-lab-backed-by-pharmaceutical-biotech-giants-mints-1st-ai-startup/  https://www.prnewswire.com/il/news-releases/aion-labs-launches-ai-startup-addressing-drug-trial-improvement-301635181.html


AI engine thinks like a doctor. Israel’s Kahun (see here previously) has expanded from merely a Covid-19 diagnosis system to a full “digital medical advisor”. Its XAI engine bases its clinical reasoning decisions on Kahun’s proprietary map of over 30 million evidence-based medical insights.



CE Mark for AR ophthalmic exoscope. Israel’s Beyeonics Vision (see here previously) now has European as well as US approval for its Beyeonics One™ ophthalmic exoscope. The augmented reality (AR) surgical headset gives eye doctors vastly enhanced abilities when performing eye surgery (e.g., cataracts).



Matricelf wins 3rd place in Startup World Cup. Israel’s Matricelf (see here previously) was placed third out of 17,000 contenders for the 2022 Startups World Cup in San Francisco. Matricelf developed the technology for the heart 3D-printed by Tel Aviv University scientists in 2019 (see here).



WHO conference in Tel Aviv. For the first time, the World Health Organization came to Israel to hold its 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. 53 nations attended the conference from Sep 12-14 during which Israel signed bilateral health cooperation deals with Germany, Croatia, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan.







No child goes hungry at school. Last year, Israeli charity Nevet-Breakfast for Every Child, discreetly distributed 1.8 million sandwiches for their 10am snack to 11,000 children at 238 schools throughout Israel. (See here previously). The children were from all sectors including secular, Haredi, Arab, Bedouin, and Druze.



Israeli Arab is Intel VP. Intel has named three Israelis to Intel Fellows – technological Vice Presidents. They include global engineering group’s Fadi Aboud who is the first Arab engineer to have been appointed to such a senior position at Intel. Aboud has worked at Intel for 31 years, developing processor performance innovations.



What the Pakistani delegation saw. (TY Myer Green) Here are some details of the recent six-day visit to Israel by a delegation of Pakistani community leaders. They toured the country as part of a regional peace initiative designed to foster deeper ties between the two countries, which do not have diplomatic relations.



Energy cooperation with Morocco. Israel and Morocco have signed an agreement for energy research cooperation. It incorporates 20 groups from Moroccan universities and 33 groups from seven leading Israeli academic institutions. It covers rechargeable batteries, hydrogen, recycling, solar, storage and transportation.



Israeli tech on display in Buenos Aires. More than 700 people attended the Expo Atid (Future) exhibition in Buenos Aires. They were given a complete overview of Israel’s latest technology, including water management, agriculture, and alternative energies.



More Ukrainian aid. Israel just donated more than one million dollars’ worth of critical medical equipment to the children’s hospital in Kyiv. Israel has also allocated millions of shekels to rehabilitate up to twenty injured Ukrainians and amputees in Israel. Two of the wounded are already at Sheba Medical Center.




Helping hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Just before Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year), medical and psychological experts from Israel’s emergency medical organization United Hatzalah flew to the south of the island of Puerto Rico. They will provide medical care to victims of Hurricane Fiona and resulting floods.



Aid to Florida. Israeli voluntary emergency response organization United Hatzalah has dispatched a second relief team, this time to assist Floridians following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. The organization previously sent relief missions to Florida after Hurricane Irma in 2017 and the Surfside disaster last year.



Shabbat Shalom from space. International Space Station (ISS) Commander Samantha Cristoforetti posted photos of Israel on her Twitter account last Saturday, punctuated with a "Shalom,".  The Italian astronaut is the first woman to command the ISS. https://www.timesofisrael.com/international-space-station-commander-snaps-nighttime-photos-of-israeli-city-lights/ https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/technology-science/1664734480-astronaut-posts-photos-of-israel-taken-from-space





Detecting water leaks in 65 countries. (TY Hazel) Israel’s Asterra (see here previously) is currently finding water leaks in 65 countries. Its satellite-mounted radar technology is combined with algorithms that look for the signature of drinking water mixed with soil. In the UK, Asterra saves 83 million liters of water every day.




Next-gen satellite communications. Israeli-founded Scorpio Space is developing affordable and powerful Satcom terminals for space. Its technology allows low-orbit (LEO) satellites to receive and transmit numerous communications beams at once, reducing the cost and power consumption needed to operate them.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/b1zsw9tzs  https://scorpio-space.com/


To the Moon. Israel’s Ramon.Space (see here) and Lulav Space are building the navigation system for Israel’s SpaceIL Beresheet 2 lunar lander. Ramon’s radiation-hardened computers will run Lulav’s vision-based landing sensor and algorithms. SpaceIL’s first experiment will examine critical medicines in lunar conditions.


https://www.jpost.com/science/article-718219   https://lulav.space/


Israel in Space. Ben Gurion University is hosting a virtual webinar “Israel in Our Lives - Innovation & Impact” featuring Israeli scientists who are pioneering innovations in space. Oct 25 12 noon PT.  Register here.



Alice in “wonderland”. Alice - the all-electric plane from Israeli-US startup Eviation - successfully completed its maiden flight from Grant County International Airport, Moses Lake, in Washington State. The plane rose to 3,500 feet during its 8-minute flight. The test pilot commented that Alice’s engines were completely silent.




Israel’s climate tech on display. This article describes Israel’s first-ever climate tech conference in Tel Aviv. It features Tomorrow.io, SeeTree, Terra Space Lab, which have been previously in this newsletter. New to the newsletter are Solato (ice cream machine) and Cellomat (refurbished smartphones). See links & videos below.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-booths-of-recycled-waste-israels-fast-growing-climate-tech-sector-holds-confab/   https://www.solato.com/  https://vimeo.com/560530434  




Robot fruit picker is flying high. Israel’s Tevel Aerobotics Technologies (see here previously) now deploys autonomous drone fruit pickers in Israel’s Golan Heights (Asian pears), Italy (apples, peaches, and nectarines), and California (nectarines and plums).  Next markets are Spain, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.




Vegan food to be produced in Australia. Israel’s plant-based vegan food company Vgarden (see here previously) is to build its first overseas production facility - in Brisbane, Australia. Vgarden’s customers include Papa John’s, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Costco, and Woolworths.



3 Israeli FoodTech startups shortlisted. The second edition of the UAE’s FoodTech Challenge received 667 entries from 79 countries. Of the 30 short-listed, three are Israeli. Neolithics (see here), FreezeM (insect protein farming), and Yeap (protein from yeast).  The four eventual finalists will win prizes worth up to $2 million.


https://www.freeze-em.com/ https://yeap-proteins.com/


New Israeli fruits. Israel’s Ben Dor Fruits (see here previously) has developed unique varieties of stone fruits in its Hula Valley orchards. The latest creations are pomegranate plums, watermelon plums and black apricots. All the new fruit varieties offer added resistance to harsh climate conditions.



Saving “ugly” veg. Israel’s Anina (see here previously) has created the Anina pod - a complete meal made from vegetables that have been rejected for sale due to a less-than-perfect appearance (a major source of fresh produce waste). Each whole meal-in-a-pod is all-natural and full of nutrients.




Connecting the emergency services. Unlike most countries, Israelis call separate numbers for medical (101), police (102) or fire (103) emergencies. They connect to a service representative who can immediately begin to help the caller. Now, new AI software will automatically decide if any of the other services are also required.



Dyslexia inspires language app developer. When dyslexic Michael asked his dyslexic father how he learned English, his answer was “from the songs of John Lennon and Bob Dylan”. Michael then developed Singit - software for learning English, now used by 60,000 students in 800 Israeli schools.


https://welcome.singit.io/english-pages/home-teachers-en  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovp-z59MYnM


The eyes have it. Israel’s EyeJets is developing a platform that will enable the projection of digital information directly into the retina, replacing the need for computer or smartphone screens. The eye-tracking technology will use regular-looking glasses to uniquely align the display, even when the eye is moving around.

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctechnews/article/axq23c0k5  https://eyejets.net/


3 European grants for Prof Haick. Professor Hossam Haick of Israel’s Technion Institute has won three prestigious European research grants totaling 4.2 million euros for his research group. He will also serve as chairman and coordinator of one of the projects that has 22 partners and a total funding of 14 million euros.



200-year-old problem solved. Over 200 years ago Theodor Grotthuss proposed a theory of how a proton moves through water – the Grotthuss Mechanism. Scientists have tried since to prove or disprove the theory. Now Prof. Ehud Pines of Israel’s Ben Gurion University has discovered and proved the actual mechanism.






Free trade with South Korea. A free trade agreement (FTA) between Israel and South Korea goes into effect on Dec 1st. The FTA was signed by Israeli and Korean officials in May (see here previously) and has now been ratified by both parliaments. Over 95% of Israeli goods will be duty free – a NIS 0.5 billion economic boost.




UAE Ambassador opens Tel Aviv Stock Exchange session. (TY Nevet) The opening of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by UAE’s Ambassador to Israel Mohamed Al Khaja was another sign of the close ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.  A rare positive article about Israel, from the BBC.



Funding breakthrough healthcare solutions. Israel’s OurCrowd and the World Health Organization Foundation have launched a $200 million joint Global Health Equity Fund. It will focus on breakthrough technology solutions that can improve healthcare around the world.


https://info.ourcrowd.com/ghef/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgQN6emqZVI


A rival to Visa and Mastercard. Israel’s SensePass is using the hi-tech revolution to innovate the credit card business. Its payments network operates around any digital payment method or digital wallet. It services the unbanked and younger generation, while reducing costs for retailers.



Exits, takeovers and mergers to 9/10/22: Israel’s Guesty acquired Europe’s YieldPlanet, Spain’s Kigo and Australia’s HiRUM


Investment in Israeli startups to 9/10/22: OX Security raised $34 million; CytoReason raised $20 million from Pfizer; Kahun raised $8 million; LayerX Security raised $7.5 million; Onyxia raised $5 million; Anina raised $3.3 million; SensePass raised $3 million;





Free Jerusalem. Here is an up-to-date list from NoCamels of 18 free activities in Jerusalem. Old City, Teddy Park, Knesset, Supreme Court, Wohl Rose Garden, Bird Observatory, Yad Vashem, Mount Herzl, Gazelle Valley, Montefiore Windmill, Skate park, Ein Karem, First Station, Sacher Park, Machane Yehuda and more.



Israel Museum – Festivals of Tishrei tours. See this (chargeable) guided tour of the Israel Museum on Oct 11, one of the intermediate days of the festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles). Plus, other things to do in Israel in Oct.

https://www.museumtours.co.il/event-details/festivals-of-tishrei-in-the-israel-museum-english-2022-10-11-10-00   https://www.imj.org.il/en/content/visitor-information  



Israeli at Life-saving World championships. (TY ILTV) Two Israeli athletes were chosen to represent Israel at the World Lifesaving Championships for the first time ever. The championships take place every two years - this year in Italy. Watch one of the athletes, Sarah Vanunu, discussing the historic tournament on ILTV.




Tennis superstar’s love for Israel. Novak Djokovic won the Tel Aviv Open - the athlete’s first time back in Israel since 2008. He talked about the warm welcome has had in the Jewish State and wrote in a guest book at the airport terminal, “Shalom Israel. I am very happy and excited to be back in Israel.”





Partnering Chicago Bulls. Israeli-founded global multi-asset fintech group Plus500 has announced a new major multi-year sponsorship agreement to become an official global partner of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Back in 2015, Plus500 had a successful 7-year partnership with Atletico Madrid (see here previously).



Israel qualifies for Euro youth soccer championships. Israel’s Under-21 soccer team beat Ireland 3-1 in a penalty shootout to qualify for the under-21 European Championships.  See them celebrate the deciding goal.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-youth-soccer-squad-defeats-ireland-to-win-spot-in-european-championships/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI0LTG11o54&t=252s


Israel wins UEFA soccer playoff place. Israel’s senior soccer team beat Albania 2-1 to win a place in the UEFA 2024 qualifying playoffs. Israel’s Tai Baribo scored the decisive goal, two minutes into injury time.






Jerusalem’s festive streets. (TY Sharon) Pre-Yom Kippur services feature prayers to ask for forgiveness – “Selichot”. In Jerusalem, these are major events, taking place at the Kotel, the President’s residence, Sultan’s Pool, and Kikar Safra. After Yom Kippur, preparations for Sukkot (Tabernacles) and tree planting begin.



800 orphans celebrate Bar and Bat Mitzvah. As last year (see here previously), 800 children who lost one or more parents celebrated their bar and bat mitzvah at Israel’s Superland amusement park. Israel’s National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) Rehabilitation branch sponsored the event together with Colel Chabad.



100 babies born at one hospital on Rosh Hashana. 100 babies were born on the Jewish New Year, at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem - 51 girls and 49 boys. Prof. Sorina Grisaru, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said "… there is no greater happiness than starting a new year with a new baby in the family.



Circle of Life. 50-year-old Eyal, a father of five from Holon, received a stem cell transplant to save his life from an Israeli donor who was a perfect match on Ezer Mizion’s bone marrow database. Eyal’s daughter was so grateful, that she registered with Ezer Mizion and her stem cells recently saved the life of a baby.