About Israel

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT ISRAEL

  1. Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than almost any country in the world, vying only with South Korea.
  2. Israel is alone in having revived an unspoken language as its national tongue.
  3. The most common street name in Israel is Hazait. It means “Olive Street”.
  4. Israel is one of only two countries that began the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees.
  5. Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv is the most expensive site on the official Israeli Monopoly board.
  6. The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers TV series was produced by Israeli Haim Saban.
  7. In 1966, Shai Agnon became Israel’s first recipient of a Nobel Prize — for literature.
  8. Palwin wine, Israel’s oldest brand, was first produced by the Palestine Wine and Trading Company, established in 1898. One explanation for why the different variations are identified by numbers is that they refer to different Israeli bus routes.
  9. Tel Aviv is a UNESCO heritage site in recognition of the 4,000 Bauhaus buildings that were built in the city in the 1930s and ’40s.
  10. There are more than 40 kosher McDonald’s in Israel. The only one outside the Jewish state is in Buenos Aires.
  11. In 1992, Israel experienced such severe snow that several centimetres fell in the Negev desert.
  12. The World Centre of the Bahai faith is located in the Israeli cities of Acre and Haifa.
  13. Haifa’s Carmelit transport system is one of the smallest subway systems in the world, with four carriages and a track of just 1.8 km.
  14. Some buses and stations around Israel bear the inscription “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old” — a quote from Leviticus intended to encourage courtesy among passengers.
  15. An estimated million notes are left in the Kotel (Western Wall) each year — and cleaned out before Passover and the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah.)
  16. There are just 40 independent bookstores in Israel.
  17. The largest known dog cemetery in the ancient world was unearthed in Ashkelon.
  18. Beersheva has the largest number of chess grandmasters per capita of any city in the world
  19. Israeli bank notes have Braille on them.
  20. The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.
  21. In 2009, basketball player Omri Caspi became the first Israeli to be selected in the first round of the prestigious annual NBA draft.
  22. Israel has won the Miss World contest once, in 1998. The winner, Linor Abargil, subsequently became known as a campaigner against sexual violence.
  23. Israel celebrates its version of Mother’s Day on Shevat 30, the date that Henrietta Szold —the founder of Hadassah — marked her birthday.
  24. Microsoft has more employees in Israel than it does per capita anywhere in the world.
  25. In July last year, a team of crafty-minded folk in Netanya broke the world record for the largest sock mosaic, using 12,000 in total.
  26. Per square kilometre, Israel has one of the highest levels of bird traffic in the world. Over 500 million migrating birds cross its airspace.
  27. An Israeli company has developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent.
  28. Every year, an Israeli Arab hotel manager called Jaaber Hussein buys all of the state’s chametz (unleavened goods) for Passover.
  29. Last year, a green pepper grown in Moshav Ein Yahav claimed the record for the world’s largest, weighing half a kilogram.
  30. The record for rubbish generated was set by Eilat in 2011 — 3.3 kg per person per day.
  31. There are around 273 kibbutzim in Israel.
  32. According to the latest figures available, the most popular name for Israeli babies, both boys and girls, is Noam.
  33. Politicians hoping to become Israel’s president should go by the names of either Yitzhak or Chaim — there have been two of each in the role since the establishment of the state.
  34. It is well known that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth — less well known is that it is 850 feet lower than the next lowest place — Lake Assal, in Djibouti.
  35. The Dead Sea is also 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.
  36. Bamba, Israel’s favourite snack, was first produced in 1964 as cheese-flavoured. Only two years later did acquire its much-loved peanut butter flavour.
  37. The opening scene of the Al Pacino film The Insider was shot in Israel – although it was set in Lebanon.
  38. The scene in which Tel Aviv beach is shown in Steven Spielberg’s Munich, was actually filmed in Malta.
  39. Israel has the highest number of museums per head in the world.
  40. More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water.
  41. You can buy hummus flavoured ice cream in a shop in Jaffa.
  42. Napoleon tried to lay siege to Acre in 1799. There is a “Napoleon Hill” in the city.
  43. There are 285 replica models of historical, cultural and religious sites on display at the tourist museum Mini Israel.
  44. In 2012 Israel became the first country to place a ban on the use of underweight models on catwalks.
  45. Israeli inventor Rafi Yoeli is currently building the world’s first flying car.
  46. People who keep Shabbat can buy car insurance which doesn’t cover Saturdays, making it cheaper.
  47. The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery
  48. Israel was the first country to sign up to the Kimberly process, the international standard that certifies diamonds as being “conflict free”.
  49. The diet of animals at the biblical zoo of Jerusalem is altered over Passover in accordance with the laws of kashrut (kosher).
  50. Akhzivland, near Nahariya, was declared independent by resident Eli Avivi in 1970, after years battling with the government over planning permission.
  51. Writer Leon Uris’s Israel epic Exodus, stayed on the New York Times Top 10 best-seller list for more than a year.
  52. Israeli scientists have ruled that giraffe milk is kosher.
  53. Alexander the Great is said to have entered Israel in 333 BCE via the caves at Rosh Hanikra
  54. Adi Rotem is the current female Thai boxing world champion .
  55. The word “Israel” in morse code would be: .. … .-. .- . .-..
  56. The town of Kiryat Shemona is named after eight men who fell defending Tel Hai in 1920.
  57. Beersheva is twinned with 14 towns and cities around the world.
  58. Israeli academics produce more scientific papers per capita than anywhere else in the world.
  59. Israel has appeared in the World Cup finals only once, in 1970.
  60. Philanthropist Baron de Rothschild died in 1934 in France but, after independence, his remains were transported to Israel.
  61. Israel is one of only three democracies in the world without a codified constitution. The others are Britain and New Zealand.
  62. By law, the Jewish National and University Library receives copies of every book printed in Israel.
  63. Languages spoken in Israel include Marathi, northern Uzbek and Aramaic.

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Israeli Technology

  • Life is about to get a lot quieter thanks to an Israeli company, Silentium, that has developed an award-winning noise-cancelling technology that can be applied to almost everything – from home appliances to airplane seats.
  • Israeli company Project RAY has developed the world’s first smartphone for people with visual disabilities, opening up the benefits of digital access to a population excluded up to now. Already in use in Israel, the smartphone is now launching in the US.
  • New Yorkers are finding parking in their city a great deal easier with a new Israeli app called Pango that lets users locate, book and pay for parking spots via their smartphones. Other US cities in Arizona and Pennsylvania are also using the system.
  • Trucks will be a lot safer and greener thanks to an Israeli company, Neomatix, which has developed a device to check tire pressure remotely, when trucks park for the night. Improperly inflated tires waste energy, wear down tire treads, and are a safety hazard.
  • Israel has designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed.
  • In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).
  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.
  • According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
  • Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
  • Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.
  • The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.
  • An Israeli company M-Systems was the first to patent and introduce the disk on key.
  • A small Israel company called Lenslet has developed a revolutionary electro-optic processor which operates one thousand times faster than any known Digital Signal Processor.
  • An Israeli-developed alogrithm enabled NASA to transmit images from Mars.
  • Israel hosts IBM’s largest R&D facilities outside the United States.
  • Israeli researchers have developed an engineless, nano-RPV (remote piloted vehicle).
  • The U.S. Marines in Iraq are using an Israel-developed hand-held computer for communication purposes.
  • Israel engineers are behind the development of the largest communications router in the world, launched by Cisco.
  • Israeli air force pilot technology is being used to train American college basketball and hockey players.
  • An Israeli physicist-turned-inventor has developed the world’s first air-conditioned motorcycle.
  • Millions of American youngsters will soon be able to surf safely in Internet chat rooms thanks to Israeli technology.
  • Jerusalem-based SnapKeys is bringing smartphone users a whole new way to type ñ with an invisible keyboard.
  • A new Israeli iPhone and iPad app called GroupShot flawlessly cobbles together the best images from a variety of group shots where somebody’s blinking, yawning or clowning.
  • A winning proposal by Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology and Cornell University will form the basis of the future NYTechinstitute in the Big Apple.
  • An Israeli smartphone app already in use worldwide enables drivers to avoid jams, and navigate their way through crowded city streets, using data from their phone’s GPS.
  • The new American state-of-the-art F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will be equipped with Israeli-developed mounted display systems in their helmets which incorporate and display all vital flight data.
  • Israeli mini-unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Intel has sold more than $5 billion worth of the Israeli-developed Centrino chipsets since they were introduced in March 2003.
  • An Israeli company has developed the world’s first video ringtones for cell phones – the Vringo.
  • Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology was pioneered in Israel.
  • Bill Gates called Israel a major player in the high tech world.
  • Intel’s new multi-core processor was completely developed at its facilities in Israel.
  • Motorola has its largest R&D centre outside of the US in Israel.
  • Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
  • Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
  • The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
  • Prof. Robert Aumann is the fourth Israeli in the last four years to win a Nobel prize.
  • Israeli technology is behind the successful testing of in-flight cell phone use.

 

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Israeli Medical

  • An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary new tool that could allow surgeons to close wounds without stitches or staples minimalizing scarring and risk of infection.
  • Israeli researchers believe they may have found a way to preserve the fertility of young female cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Israeli researchers have discovered that bursts of gentle electricity may slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
  • Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
  • An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment.
  • Every year in U.S. hospitals 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.
  • Israel’s Given Imaging developed the first ingestible video camera, so small it fits inside a pill.
  • The camera, which views the small intestine from the inside, helps doctors diagnose cancer and digestive disorders.
  • Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, an innovation with the potential to save lives among those with congestive heart failure. The new device is synchronized with the heart’s mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.
  • A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria to self-destruct – all without damaging surroundings skin or tissue.
  • Christopher Reeve called Israel the “world centre” for research on paralysis treatment.
  • Israeli research has shown that dancers display consistent differences from the general population in two key genes.
  • Israeli researchers are playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants.
  • An Israeli company has been given a U.S. grant to develop an anti-smallpox first aid treatment kit.
  • Israeli microbiologists have developed the first passive vaccine against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
  • Israeli researchers are using video games to investigate future treatments for memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • An Israeli company has developed sensors that pick up signs of stress in plants.
  • Israeli medical researchers have shown that lycopene – the red pigment found in tomatoes – lowers blood pressure.
  • Israeli stem-cell technology is being used in the U.S. to regenerate heart tissue.
  • An Israeli company has developed a device that could enable millions of American diabetics to painlessly inject themselves with insulin.
  • Scientists in Israel have used strands of DNA to create tiny transistors that can literally build themselves.
  • Israeli research shows that a tonsillectomy could be the key to solving sleep apnea in children.
  • An Israeli company has developed a new device for monitoring coronary disease that will be integrated into future generations of cell-phones.
  • An Israeli has invented a ‘bone glue’ that will reduce the need for bone transplants and heal bone defects caused by cancer.
  • Israeli researchers have found a connection between sleep apnea and impotence.
  • The founder of the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Program at New York’s prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is Israeli.
  • Between 150 and 200 multinational clinical trials are regularly taking place in Israel.
  • An Israeli company is the world’s leading sleep disorder sensors manufacturer.
  • Israeli scientists have created a DNA nano-computer that not only detects cancer, but also releases drugs to treat the disease.
  • An Israeli doctor claims that he has succeeded in developing a female equivalent to Viagra called Sheagra.
  • A newly developed Israeli cooking oil is capable of breaking up blood fats such as cholesterol.
  • Israeli scientists have alleviated Parkinson’s-like symptoms in rats.
  • Israeli scientists are developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine.
  • Israeli researchers are successfully using magnets to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • An Israeli vaccine for West Nile virus is being tested in the U.S.
  • Israeli scientists have discovered how to turn mismatched cells into cancer fighters.
  • An Israeli-developed device can painlessly administer medications through microscopic pores in the skin.
  • Israeli researchers have shown that a daily dosage of Vitamin E is effective in helping to regain hearing loss.
  • Israeli researchers have created a ‘biological pacemaker’ which corrects faulty heart rhythms when injected into the failing hearts of pigs.
  • Two Israelis have won the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their groundbreaking work in cancer research.
  • An Israeli-developed elderberry extract is one of America’s best-selling flu prevention medicines.
  • An Israeli computer program has been clinically proven to accurately provide a prognosis of how effective chemotherapy will be for breast cancer patients.
  • Israeli medical teams are training Ethiopian doctors to fight AIDS.
  • An Israeli team has made medical history with its ability to transform skin stem cells from heart-disease patients into healthy heart tissue.
  • An Israeli biotech company can generate healthy new bone using stem cells harvested from the patient’s own fat.
  • Israel has one of the most progressive medical marijuana programs in the world. For thousands of Israelis suffering cancer, MS, Crohn’s and chronic pain, pot provides vital relief.
  • A 91-year-old scientist has developed a simple bedside test that can detect killer superbugs in minutes, rather than days, providing one of the most potent weapons against hospital-borne infections to date.
  • An Israeli pharma company is testing an advanced weapon against pancreatic and prostate cancer.
  • An Israeli ‘super-sensor’ has been installed in Sealy mattresses to control snoring problems.
  • An Israeli discovery of a gene that could cure a blinding eye disease has been licensed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
  • The success of GlaxoSmithKline’s once-a-day breast cancer pill Tykerb – which has won approval by the FDA for use by women with metastatic or advanced breast cancer – is thanks in part to clinical trials conducted by Israeli researchers.
  • An Israeli innovation could make many diagnostic catheterizations for clogged arteries unnecessary.
  • In a breakthrough in male infertility, Israeli researchers have developed an artificial testis to produce sperm.
  • Israeli scientists have developed a genetically engineered cleaning solution that makes today’s deadly new strains of superbugs resistant to antibiotics.
  • Superbugs are now the leading cause of preventable death in the developed world.
  • Israeli research has found that citrus oils may hold the key for asthma treatment.
  • An Israeli study has shown that anger may trigger strokes.
  • An Israeli study has shown that people who suffer from job burnout may be prone to developing type 2 diabetes.
  • An Israeli scientific team from the Technion has succeeded in creating in the laboratory beating heart tissue from human embryonic stem cells
  • Israeli infectious disease experts have been recruited by the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of avian flu.
  • Israeli scientists have found that a drug once used to treat vertigo can now help people lose weight.
  • Israeli laser technology is powering the latest hair removal devices on the American market.
  • A team of Israeli genetic researchers has identified a genetic defect that causes a severe neurodegenerative disease in Bedouin children resulting in premature death.
  • A team from the Weizmann Institute has demonstrated for the first time how tissues transplanted from pig embryos might, in the future, be able to induce the human body to produce blood-clotting proteins for haemophiliac patients.
  • Israeli researchers have discovered a new way to create effective substitutes for antibiotics based on a combination of amino acids and fatty acids.
  • An artificial pancreas developed in Israel could revolutionize diabetic care by monitoring blood sugar levels and delivering insulin automatically, even at night.
  • An Israeli system to help dyslexic readers is being used throughout the US and Europe.
  • An Israeli company has developed a device that helps nurses locate hard-to-find veins.
  • A portable electrocardiograph machine developed by Israeli company SHL can transmit highly detailed data on heart activity to physicians by mobile phone.
  • Israeli startup Audiodent has developed an innovative hearing aid that clips easily inside the mouth, using the teeth and jawbone to transmit sound to the brain.
  • Israeli researchers are developing the second generation of drugs to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Israeli company Ultrashape has developed a safe replacement for liposuction – a unique new body-contouring device that “blasts” unwanted fat from the body.
  • Israeli research has shown that dancers display consistent differences from the general population in two key genes.
  • An Israeli-initiated project is drastically lowering the mortality rate of Ethiopian children infected with the AIDS/HIV virus.
  • Israeli companies are going to require models in their advertisements to take tests to insure that they have a normal BMI (Body mass index).
  • An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of MS.
  • Israeli scientists have discovered the cause of chronic bad breath and a painless solution.
  • Hawaiian singer Don Ho underwent an Israeli-developed stem cell treatment to strengthen his heart.
  • An Israeli company has unveiled a blood test that can diagnose heart attacks via the telephone.
  • The Israeli-developed Ex-Press shunt is providing relief for American glaucoma sufferers.
  • An Israeli research team has found that the combination of electrical stimulation and chemotherapy makes cancerous metastases disappear.
  • The Weizmann Institute of Science has been voted the best university in the world for life scientists to conduct research.
  • On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech start-ups.
  • An Israeli doctor headed the Merck team that developed a vaccine against cervical cancer.

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Israeli ENVIRONMENTAL

  • An Israeli inventor has developed the world’s first cardboard bicycle from recycled materials. The bike is resistant to rain and sun, and costs around $9 each.
  • Israel has the largest raptor migration in the world, with hundreds of thousands of African birds of prey crossing as they fan out into Asia.
  • Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip irrigation system to minimize the amount of water used to grow crops.
  • An Israeli company was the first to develop and install a large-scale solar-powered and fully functional electricity generating plant, in southern California’s Mojave desert.
  • An Israeli company is providing the technology behind an American all-electric bus for urban use.
  • Some 500 million birds representing 300 species migrate across Israel’s skies twice a year in the autumn and spring along the Great Valley Rift.
  • Israeli biologists have successfully managed, for the first time, to prepare the flowering of the “Madonna Lily” – a rare white Easter lily – in time for Easter.
  • An Israeli company – Evogene – is developing cotton plants that are resistant to adverse salinity conditions and drought.
  • An Israeli company has developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent.
  • An Israeli two-flush system is saving Americans billions of gallons of water a year.
  • Drinking water for visitors to India’s Taj Mahal has just got a great deal safer thanks to Israel’s Aqwise, which will be purifying 150,000 cubes of water daily from the city’s nearby Yamuna River.
  • A new IBM-Israel partnership is helping toward a goal of reducing California water usage by 20 percent by the year 2020.
  • Israel’s Univerve is breeding a strain of algae to fuel your car.
  • Israel’s Etenergy can get 40 percent more power from the sun with lightweight solar energy trackers based on the principles of kite surfing.
  • For many years, conservationists believed Israel’s Hula painted frog was extinct after its swampy habitat was drained in the 1950s. Now, the frog has been found alive and jumping in the Hula valley after massive conservation efforts.
  • Israel is one of the leading countries in providing ornamental fish to aquariums around the world.
  • NASA is interested in knowing what Israeli researchers can learn about conditions on Mars by studying the Negev desert.
  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • An Israeli company has developed a nano-lubricant that one day could mean the end of changing your car oil.

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Israeli CULTURAL

  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world.
  • Israel has the highest average living standards in the Middle East. The per capita income in 2000 was over $17,500, exceeding that of the UK.
  • Israel’s $100 billion economy is larger than all of its immediate neighbours combined.
  • Twenty-four percent of Israel’s workforce holds university degrees – ranking third in the industrialized world, after the United States and Holland – and 12 percent hold advanced degrees.
  • Israel has the third highest rate of entrepreneurship – and the highest rate among women and among people over 55 – in the world.
  • Over 50 million Israeli flowers were sent to Europe for sale on Valentine’s Day.
  • Tel Aviv has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Laplanders from Norway turned to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to learn how to revitalize their traditional language.
  • Israeli artists have developed new bus stop libraries available free of charge to commuters and travellers across the country.
  • Israel annually exports more than 1.5 billion flowers to the US and Europe.
  • The Israeli film ‘Sweet Mud’ won the jury prize for world cinema at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
  • Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers was produced by Haim Saban, an Israeli whose family fled persecution in Egypt.
  • Israel has the world’s second highest per capita of new books.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other country.
  • Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

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Israeli SOCIAL ACTION

  • Israel is the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.
  • In 1984 and 1991, Israel airlifted a total of 22,000 Ethiopian Jews at risk in Ethiopia to safety in Israel.
  • When Gold Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the world’s second elected female leader in modern times.
  • Relative to its population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. Immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom, and economic opportunity.
  • Israel was the first nation in the world to adopt the Kimberly process, an international standard that certifies diamonds as “conflict free.
  • Israel is becoming integrally involved in helping to reshape the post-war Iraqi landscape?
  • An Israeli medical delegation from the ‘Save a Child’s Heart’ project recently spent two weeks in China performing open heart surgery on children.
  • Israeli-developed security precautions have been adopted in Maryland and Washington.
  • A week-old Iraqi infant underwent an emergency operation in Israel to correct a congenital heart defect.
  • A new generation of “Sesame Street” programs aimed at teaching tolerance is being produced and broadcast in Israel, Jordan, and in the Palestinian Authority.
  • A joint Israeli-Palestinian expedition recently scaled a peak in Antarctica in the name of coexistence.
  • Israel has helped farmers in Niger develop a horticultural production system called the African Market Garden (AMG).
  • Israeli researchers have solved the mystery of Lenin’s death.
  • Over 20 Israeli companies provided security and services for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens.
  • Children injured in the school siege in Beslan, Russia in 2004 were able to convalesce at an Israeli coastal resort in Ashkelon – at the invitation of that city’s mayor.
  • Israel has one of the world’s only playgrounds totally suitable for special needs children.
  • A 100-member Israeli delegation flew to Kenya to rescue survivors of a building collapse.
  • When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day – and saved three victims from the rubble.
  • An Israeli company – Patus Ltd. – has donated thousands of its OdourScreen olfactory gel product to counter the crippling odours faced by on-scene Tsunami disaster workers.

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General and Fascinating

** Israeli air force pilot technology is being used to train American college basketball and hockey players.

** Trucks will be a lot safer and greener thanks to an Israeli company, Neomatix, which has developed a device to check tyre pressure remotely, when trucks park for the night. Improperly inflated tires waste energy, wear down tire treads, and are a safety hazard.

** A small Israel company called Lenslet has developed a revolutionary electro-optic processor which operates one thousand times faster than any known Digital Signal Processor.

** Intel has sold more than $5 billion worth of the Israeli-developed Centrino chipsets since they were introduced in March 2003.

** Some 500 million birds representing 300 species migrate across Israel’s skies twice a year in the autumn and spring along the Great Valley Rift.

** A newly developed Israeli cooking oil is capable of breaking up blood fats such as cholesterol.

** Israeli startup Audiodent has developed an innovative hearing aid that clips easily inside the mouth, using the teeth and jawbone to transmit sound to the brain.

** Israeli artists have developed new bus stop libraries available free of charge to commuters and travelers across the country.

** With few natural resources and mostly arid land, Israel has always had to do more with less. For decades, Israeli innovators have developed technologies to directly harness the power of the sun, Israel’s most abundant resource. Solar water heaters, developed in the 1950s, have been installed in 90% of Israeli homes, and are required by law.

** Israel is committed to pursue renewable energy sources. The country has set a national goal to raise total renewable energy generation by 400% by the year 2020.

** In the Negev desert, engineers at the Arava Power Company built the country’s largest solar installation, covering an area equal to twenty football fields. The energy it generates will offset over one hundred thousand tons of carbon emissions – the equivalent of planting almost a quarter million trees.

** The Knesset – Israel’s Parliament – is a model of energy efficiency. This year, the roof of the Knesset building was covered with enough solar panels to lower energy consumption by one-third and save half a million dollars annually.

** In addition to solar power, Israel’s first hydro-electric plant will be completed by 2018 and will increase power generation capacity and energy security.

** Israel is a hub for renewable energy research and development, and is committed to sharing innovation and expertise with developing countries abroad. In Ghana, for example, an Israeli company gives meaning to the phrase, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It takes useless organic waste and turns it into useful energy. In rural Africa, another Israeli company keeps the lights on even after the sun goes down. Innovative tulip-shaped towers absorb solar energy by day and produce electricity by night.

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THOSE DARN ISRAELIS ARE AT IT AGAIN 

Scientists in Israel found that the brackish water, drilled from underground desert aquifers hundreds of feet deep, could be used to raise warm-water fish. The geothermal water, less than one-tenth as saline as sea water, free of pollutants, and a toasty 98 degrees on average, proves an ideal environment.

Israeli-developed designer-eyeglasses promise mobile phone and iPod users a personalized, high-tech video display. Available to US consumers next year, Lumus-Optical’s lightweight and fashionable video eyeglasses, feature a large transparent screen, floating in front of the viewer’s face that projects their choice of movie, TV show, or video game.

When Stephen Hawkins recently visited Israel, he shared his wisdom with scientists, students, and even the Prime Minister. But the world’s most renowned victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, also learned something, due to the Israeli Association for ALS’ advanced work in both embryonic and adult stem cell research, as well as its proven track record with neurodegenerative diseases. The Israeli research community is well on its way to finding a treatment for this fatal disease, which affects 30,000 Americans.

Israeli start -up, Veterix, has developed an innovative new electronic capsule that sits in the stomach of a cow, sheep, or goat, sending out real-time information on the health of the herd to the farmer via email or cell phone. The e-capsule, which also sends out alerts if animals are distressed, injured, or lost is now being tested on a herd of cows, in the hopes that the device will lead to tastier and healthier meat and milk supplies.

The millions of Skype users worldwide will soon have access to the newly developed KishKish lie-detector. This free internet service, based on voice stress analysis (a technique, commonly used in criminal investigations) will be able to measure just how truthful that person on the other end of the line, really is.

Cardiac tissue has been created in a lab from human embryonic stem cells by researchers at the Rappaport Medical Faculty and the Technion – Israeli institute of Technology’s biomedical Engineering facility. The work has also led to the creation of tiny blood vessels within the tissue, making possible its implantation in a human heart.

Israel’s Magal Security Systems is a worldwide leader in computerized security systems, with products used in more than 70 countries around the world, protecting anything from national borders, to nuclear facilities, refineries, and airports. The company’s latest Product, DreamBox, a state-of-the-art security system that includes intelligent video, audio and sensor management, is now being used by a major water authority on the US East Coast to safeguard the utility’s  sites.

It is common knowledge that dogs have better night vision than humans and a vastly superior sense of smell and hearing. Israel’s Bio-Sense Technologies recently delved further and electronically analyzed 350 different barks. Finding that dogs of all breeds and sizes, bark the same alarm when they sense a threat, the firm has designed the dog bark-reader, a sensor that can pick up a dog’s alarm bark, and alert the human operators. This is just one of a batch of innovative security systems to emerge from Israel which Forbes calls ‘the go-to country for anti-terrorism technologies.’

Israeli company, BioControl Medical, sold its first electrical stimulator to treat urinary incontinence to a US company for $50 Million. Now, it is working on CardioFit, which uses electrical nerve stimulation to treat congestive heart failure. With nearly five million Americans presently affected by heart failure, and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed yearly, the CardioFit is already generating a great deal of excitement as the first device with the potential to halt this deadly disease.

One year after Norway’s Socialist Left Party launched its Boycott Israel campaign, the importing of Israeli goods has increased by 15%, the strongest increase in many years.

 

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