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Vietnam, an Emerging Partner in Israel’s ‘Asia Pivot’ Policy

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00am
By Alvite Ningthoujam for BESA (The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies)


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel is increasingly looking for partnerships in economic, political, cultural, and military sectors with countries in Southeast Asia, and relations with Vietnam in particular are on the upswing. While cooperation between Israel and Vietnam is largely focused on civilian sectors, defense ties are also growing more robust, with Israel getting involved in upgrading aging Vietnamese weapons systems and collaborating on weapons development. There is a visible bonhomie between the nations, and Israel-Vietnam ties are likely to deepen.

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Israeli device simplifies hernia surgery and recovery

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


FasTouch gives surgeons a new tool for attaching mesh to tissue, leading to fewer complications, less pain and faster recovery from hernia procedures.


Some five million Americans have a hernia, a protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weak spot in the abdomen or groin, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

Traditionally, open hernia-repair surgery involved stitching a mesh patch, or surrounding tissue, in place over the weak tissue. Today, many hernias are repaired laparoscopically, which is less invasive. Because suturing through tiny laparoscopic incisions is difficult, most surgeons use a less ideal solution — screw-like tacks to secure the mesh to the abdominal wall or bone.

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Israeli paratroopers re-create iconic photo on 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00am
By Andrew Tobin for JTA

 

David Rubinger’s iconic photograph of three paratroopers at the Western Wall is the defining image of the 1967 Six-Day War.

The men in the photo — Dr. Yitzhak Yifat, Tzion Karasenti and Chaim Oshri — have proudly served as symbols of the historic Israeli victory for the past five decades. But in an interview with JTA, they said the war for them was just as much about loss.

“To liberate the Kotel was something amazing,” Yifat told JTA, referring to the Western Wall. “But we never celebrated. What was there to celebrate? We had lost many of our friends.”

Between June 5 and 15, in honor of the Six-Day War’s 50th anniversary, the three former paratroopers, now in their 70s, will re-create Rubinger’s photo in their first-ever tour of the United States. the tour, sponsored by Friends of the IDF, will stop at Jewish communities and other locations in the Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Baltimore areas. They will also recount some of the sacrifices that were made in the battle for Jerusalem.

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First-ever construction-tech hub opens in Israel

Mon, 05/29/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Construction Innovation Zone initiative aims to infuse real-estate development and construction with Israeli-style startup innovation.


The Israeli launch of the world’s first construction-tech hub aims to provide construction companies and real-estate developers everywhere access to disruptive high-tech innovation.

Announced on April 27, the Construction Innovation Zone is a unique joint project of the Israel Builders Association, the Tel Aviv-based SOSA platform for global startup ecosystems, the Israeli Construction and Housing Ministry and the Israeli Economy Ministry.

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How a giant Tel Aviv party launched social businesses

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


A bunch of friends with big hearts and small wallets found a fun way to finance self-sustaining projects to benefit fellow Israelis and society.


It’s the stuff of a heartwarming movie script: Some post-army buddies with a lot of friends and good hearts wanted to fund renovations and new activities like yoga and belly dancing at a daycare center for the elderly in Jaffa. Traditional fundraising appeals weren’t successful, so they did something they were all good at – throwing a party.

The planners attracted 1,000 partygoers who were happy to know their admission fee was going toward a meaningful cause.

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Israel’s hipster drink Tubi 60 heads stateside

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 12:00am
BY JESSICA STEINBERG for The Times of Israel


Made with some 60 herbs and fruit essences, the 80-proof elixir is making its way from the Jerusalem bar scene to markets overseas


To help celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, why not try Sabra-made spirit Tubi 60, an Israeli-made alcoholic drink with a secret mix of ingredients that was first made popular by Israeli hipsters.

While this honey-colored libation first became popular with the twentysomething crowd, it’s now going mainstream and will soon be found on liquor shelves in Texas, Brooklyn, Oslo and Berlin.


But don’t ask what’s in it because no one will tell you. They don’t actually know.

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ISRAEL21c goes Hollywood with new ’21see’ film series

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:00am
By ISRAEL21c Staff


Welcome to our fun new sharable infotainment shows, which give viewers a chance to experience Israeli culture as they’ve never experienced it before.


The camera is rolling on a fun new online video network about ordinary Israelis and the unique stamp they put on pop culture, from microbrewers to expat American football players, to Tel Aviv’s fashion designers.

Spearheaded by Hollywood producer and ISRAEL21c board member Jonathan Baruch, the new 21see network complements thousands of articles and videos about life in Israel that are available every day on ISRAEL21c’s website.

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Trailblazing women’s educator to light Independence Day torch

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00am
BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF


Rabbanit Chana Henkin, founder of program to train female halachic advisers, heads the list of 14 chosen for May ceremony


US-born Rabbanit Chana Henkin, a trailblazing educator of religious Jewish women will be among those to light a ceremonial torch during this year’s Independence Day celebrations on Mount Herzl.

Henkin moved to Israel from the US in the 1970s with her husband Yehuda. She is founder and dean of the Nishmat institute, a Jewish learning institution that was one of the first to teach women Talmud and Jewish law and she created the yoetzet halacha program which trains women to answer religious questions pertaining to family purity.

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The world’s eyes are on Israel for photonics innovations

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


Israel’s outsized prominence in the fields of optics and electro-optics is no optical illusion.


In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers.

So Katzir studied modern optics in the United States and in 1977 established the Applied Physics Group at Tel Aviv University. His many students have made significant contributions to the burgeoning optics field – which indeed became a major industry in Israel with the development of lasers and optical fibers and imaging for communications, biology, chemistry, healthcare, defense and environmental protection.

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Hedgehog family wins hearts over the Internet

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00am
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


Move aside, cats; a family of six hedgehogs in Ramat Gan animal hospital has viral video power.


Baby hedgehogs are extremely cute. They also seem to be viral hits.

Five of these prickly little hoglets are the stars of a new video created by the Ramat Gan Safari’s Wildlife Hospital staff.

The little Israeli hedgehogs were born at the Wildlife Hospital in the third week of March. Their prickly momma was hit by a car in Rishon LeZion, 8 kilometers south of Tel Aviv, and brought to the hospital by a kindhearted person.

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Pulling water from air, making calls without touch

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c    


A crowd of 18,000 at AIPAC Policy Conference gets a close-up look at amazing Israeli technologies.


At the Israel Innovation Showcase at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference  in Washington, DC earlier this week, more than 18,000 Israel advocates learned about a technology to extract water from air; an Arab-Israeli business accelerator; a touch-free smartphone; a user-friendly security system for public venues; and a dance program breaching barriers between Jews and Arabs in northern Israel.

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10 ways Israel’s water expertise is helping the world

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00am
By Abigail Klein Leichman for Israel21c


To celebrate World Water Day, ISRAEL21c takes a look at 10 water innovation projects bringing clean water to communities across the world.


Using ingenuity to overcome its serious water challenges, Israel has become the go-to expert for a world facing an impending water crisis.

This year’s WATEC  expo and conference, to be held in September in Tel Aviv, is expected to attract 10,000 stakeholders from 90 countries seeking Israeli solutions for water issues.

Israel exports $2.2 billion annually in water technology and expertise. In addition, these commodities are shared on a humanitarian basis through training courses, consultations and projects.

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How One Israeli Grocery Bag Solves A Vexing Dating Dilemma

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00am
Aviya Kushner for The Forward


Ever wish you could tell at a glance if someone was single or not? A Tel Aviv convenience-store has a novel solution to this problem.

Tel Aviv is known for its nightlife and its large number of single residents, but Israel itself is a family-centric culture. The divide between solo freedom and traditional home life has been captured on a reusable grocery bag being distributed by AM-PM, a chain of convenience stores that is somewhat similar to America’s 7-11 — with a far larger and fresher produce selection.
 
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Urban foragers give humble weeds their day in the sun

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00am
BY JESSICA STEINBERG AND MELANIE LIDMAN for The Times of Israel


Two tours in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem find a free, wild, exotic salad bar growing underfoot


Going on an urban foraging tour is like putting on a pair of 3D glasses: It transforms a familiar cityscape into something completely different. Clumps of weeds turn into hefty bundles of edible greens, while abandoned lots yield stalks of wild asparagus or cones of crimson sumac.

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Israel Named 3rd Best Country to Raise Kids. Here’s Why

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00am
BY ABBEY ONN for Kveller


As a mom raising her three kids outside of the United States, people always ask me to compare living in Israel to living in the U.S. Business Insider just ranked the 19 best countries to raise your family as an expat and rated Israel number three on the list based on factors such as education, healthcare and leisure. Upon moving to Israel almost two years ago, I also compiled a tidy list of reasons why raising my kids in Israel seemed to be working out, but with more experience comes more insight. The time is ripe for a new list:

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