Israel’s Good News Newsletter to 16th Feb 2014

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IDF and USAF medics sign agreement.  (Thanks to Herb) The IDF Medical Corps and the American Air Force Medical Department signed a cooperation agreement to share and develop techniques and technologies that will save lives on the battlefield and during humanitarian rescue missions.

http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/10778/new-agreement-idf-u-s-air-force-will-help-save-lives/

Israeli wins global young scientist gold medal.  Hebrew University of Jerusalem doctoral student Yossi Kabessa won the Singapore Challenge gold medallion and $100,000 at the Global Young Scientists Summit in Singapore. He designed a system to detect dangerous materials in large water supply systems.

http://www.afhu.org/hebrew-university-phd-student-wins-gold-medal-global-young-scientists-summit-singapore

Sorek goes live.  As Israel prays for the end of its current drought, the new Sorek large-scale desalination plant has completed testing and is now fully operational.  Its reverse osmosis membranes can produce 624,000 cubic meters of water a day – two-thirds of the combined output of the existing Ashkelon and Hadera facilities.

http://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-28/issue-6/technology-case-studies/desalination/sorek-stands-tall.html

Israel is creating a water surplus using desalination.  The above, plus this article explains why, despite current drought conditions throughout the Middle East, Israel is currently supplying ample water to all of its citizens – and (in future) possibly most of its immediate neighbors.

http://www.eenews.net/stories/1059994202

What makes Israel a Start-up Nation? There was rare praise from the BBC, when its technology correspondent paid a visit to Israel. The report includes filmed items shown on BBC TV news.

http://bbcwatch.org/2014/02/11/bbc-technology-correspondent-visits-the-start-up-nation/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26071818

Foreign investors flock to Israel.  Overseas investment in the Israeli Stock Exchange tripled in 2013 from $410 million in 2012 to $1.5 billion.  Bio-techs, banks and communications companies were the most popular.

http://www.jpost.com/Business/Business-News/Foreign-investment-in-Tel-Aviv-Stock-Exchange-tripled-in-2013-340834

What is Israel worth to the EU? Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar presented a report on January 30 arguing that Israel is strategically vital for a secure, prosperous and influential Europe.  Key areas include intelligence on terrorism threats, natural gas and 11% of European Research Council projects.

http://www.foi.org/israel-in-the-news/news-archives/israels-strategic-worth-eu-oren-kessler-and-alice-/

Two top hotels.  Two Israeli hotels have made it into Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 It List, which introduces the 70 most promising new hotels in the world: The Ritz-Carlton in Herzliya and Alma Hotel & Lounge in Tel Aviv.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4486548,00.html

What a goal!  The sports world is heralding the incredible goal that Israeli soccer player Barak Yitzhaki scored for Maccabi Tel Aviv against Maccabi Haifa recently.  He performed the famous bicycle kick to perfection.

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/culture-and-lifestyle/israeli-soccer-player-wows-world-with-bicycle-kick-3578

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