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IsraCast Archive | March-April 2015

Israeli Innovations Save Lives in Nepal

Israeli medical devices and technology help teams locate and treat victims, says United Hatzalah paramedic in charge of a three-organization relief effort.

 Israeli innovations like the Emergency Bandage and the Pocket BVM, a manual ventilator to assist people who are not breathing, are just two of the technologies that are being put to use in saving lives in earthquake-stricken Nepal. According to Israeli paramedic Dov Meisel, speaking to ISRAEL21c from Nepal’s badly-damaged capital, Kathmandu, a number of innovative Israeli technologies have been packed into 60 cases of medical and search-and-rescue equipment arriving at Kathmandu today for his 25-member Israeli disaster response team.

 “A lot of our equipment is Israeli-made,” said Meisel, a volunteer with Israel’s United Hatzalah voluntary emergency response network and director of international operations for IsraeLife, an umbrella organization for which he is coordinating a joint disaster response team from United Hatzalah, ZAKA and FIRST rescue and recovery nonprofits.

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ISRAEL AIR FORCE PRESENTED PLAN FOR ATTACKING IRAN

IDF GEN. AMIR ESHEL: 'RUSSIAN S-300 ANTIAIRCRAFT SYSTEM CAN BE CRACKED'.

Iran following North Korea's example...

 It's incredible - they just can't seem to help it. Both Iran and North Korea simply won't let US President Barack Obama get away with concluding another bogus nuclear agreement. The most glaring is Pyongyang. According to the Wall Street Journal, China believes the North Koreans may already have produced an arsenal of twenty nuclear warheads. Previously, American experts estimated the North Koreans had acquired only 10 to 16 A-Bombs. Some American sources warn North Korea may step up its production to reach some 100 atomic warheads by 2020. This is the sorry result of former President Bill Clinton's nuclear deal with Pyongyang in 1994 that had all the trappings of a similar accord that Obama is now seeking to conclude with the Iranians by the end of June. It looks as if the Iranians are using the North Koreans' game plan that led the US down the garden path.


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South Korea likes Israeli natural pest control

Minister of Agriculture visits Israel’s BioBee to learn how natural predators such as sterile fruit flies can reduce use of chemicals on food crops.

 On March 9, a delegation led by South Korea’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lee Dong-Phil toured the greenhouses and laboratories of BioBee Biological Systems at Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu. BioBee is one of the leading international companies in the field of biological pest management, natural pollination and Medfly control.

 The visit in northern Israel was arranged at the request of the minister, who wanted to learn about BioBee’s natural alternatives to chemical pesticides and solutions to the global problem of a major decrease in the wild bee population.

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Scientific breakthrough as Israelis find cancer-suppressing proteins

The ubiquitin system produces two substances that greatly restrict the development of cancerous tumors.

 A particular protein that defies the cell’s normal system of tagging and banishing defective or no longer needed proteins seems to play a significant role in suppressing malignant growth, according to Israeli researchers. The study was conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in the laboratory of Professor Aaron Ciechanover, who won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2004 with colleague Avram Hershko and Irwin Rose of the University of California-Irvine. Led by Dr. Yelena Kravtsova-Ivantsiv, the research team included students and physicians from Rambam, Carmel and Hadassah medical centers. They found the previously unknown p50 protein during ongoing research on the ubiquitin system, which rids cells of earmarked proteins by sending them for destruction in the cell’s proteasome area.

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ISRAELI FIGHTER-BOMBERS CAPABLE OF PENETRATING IRAN'S S-300 MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey: 'I have military options if President Obama's diplomacy fails'.

 These are trying times for the Jewish state. First U.S. President Barack Obama offers to give A-Bombs to Iran on a silver platter, and then Russian President Vladimir Putin announces he is now ready to supply Tehran with a sophisticated S-300 air defense to protect them! It took the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee to step in and remind Law Professor Obama about the 'checks and balances' of the U.S. Constitution designed to prevent a president from screwing up on foreign policy. Although the Senate's intervention may have injected a sense of sanity into Obama's dash for a deal with the Ayatollahs, it has not blocked Iran's road to nuclear weapons; it will only make it more difficult and take longer - a detour along the way. At best, if the Iranians do not try and cheat again in the near future, this may be the Iranian game plan according to IDF (ret) Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, a leading intelligence expert:

"The Iranians will scrupulously comply during the term of the forthcoming accord and rebuild their economy, bolster their regional status, strengthen their partners Hezbollah and others (Hamas, Houthi rebels in Yemen), deepen their nuclear research; and when the accord expires they will return to their nuclear weapons program with greater intensity."

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The Forgotten Death List of Vukovar

On the eve of holocaust remembrance day, IsraCast is publishing the first time a list of 110 Jewish families, some 284 victims who were murdered in Croatian controlled Vukovar during World War II. Serbian officials compiled the documented list of the Jews after Serbia took over the area after the war. The list of families is in alphabetic order and includes the victims' birth date and also their date of execution. Nearly all the Jews were murdered in 1941-1942. Avi Yaffe of IsraCast visited Vukovar shortly before it was handed back to Croatia and saw evidence that the Serbs have gathered the remains of holocaust victims from mass graves and given them a proper burial.

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'Abandonment' Author David Wyman: 'I'd Die for Israel'

Seventy years after the Holocaust, historian David S. Wyman, author of 'The Abandonment of the Jews,' sees lessons and 'moral imperative' to save lives.

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Historians debate: Could more Jews have been saved?

 Seventy years after the Holocaust, the issue of America's response to it, and whether more Jews could have been saved, still arouses passions. At a July 17 academic conference at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem featuring the institution's leading historians alongside scholars from the U.S.-based David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, they locked horns over the question.

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Exodus Commander Yossi Harel (1919-2008)

Yossi Harel, born in Jerusalem, was the commander of the emigrant ship 'Exodus 1947' and later a leading member of the Israeli intelligence community.

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Medical Breakthrough - Israeli Scientists Find Way to Regrow Heart Muscle Cells

Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Australia make discovery which may change the future of heart attack treatment

 Most heart attack sufferers sustain some level of permanent damage to their heart muscle following a cardiac event. Heart attacks result when a blockage occurs in a vein leading to the heart, instantly causing muscle cells of the heart called cardiomyocytes to start dying. Unlike blood, hair and skin cells, the human heart does not know how to regenerate itself, and the damage is permanent. This may not be the case for much longer, however. Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Australia have discovered a way to stimulate heart muscle cells to regenerate by as much as 45 percent.

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NETANYAHU HOPES KISSINGER & SHULTZ WILL SWAY CONGRESSS ON IRAN

Former Israeli Defense Minister Barak: 'U.S. should give Iran ultimatum or else!'

 Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, the two deans of U.S. foreign policy, have gutted President Barack Obama's nuclear understandings with Iran. In a devastating critique in the Wall Street Journal, the two professors give Obama an 'F' in foreign policy. Chapter and verse, they dissected clause after clause of the accord hammered out by Secretary of State John Kerry and the other members of the P5+1 and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Lausanne. When Shultz and Kissinger were finished, Obama and Kerry looked like rank amateurs in coping with the Iranians:

"Iran has gradually turned the negotiations on its head – the West has felt the need to break every deadlock with a new proposal."
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LAUSANNE - IRANIAN INTERPRETATION OF NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WILL DIFFER

IDF. GEN. NIMROD SHEFFER: "IRAN STRIVING FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS TO ADVANCE ITS GOAL OF BECOMING PRIMARY POWER IN MIDDLE EAST."

 'The devil will be in the details' - Iran appears to have made some surprising nuclear concessions in the framework understandings in Lausanne but will they start backtracking when the fine print is negotiated by the end of June? The jury is still out. Although Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was beaming from ear to ear was he playing his designated role in another Iranian scheme to again pull the wool over the eyes of the world? Was it another old Iranian scam of one foot forward and then two steps back in the upcoming and binding round of talks to be finalized by the end of June? This is the big question that Israel will be watching in the months ahead. And with good reason; if Iran, a known con artist which has lied and cheated repeatedly in the past, still insists that its entire nuclear project has always been for peaceful purposes, then 'buyer beware!'

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Pesach (Passover)

Pesach is the 8 day observance commemorating  the Jewish people's freedom from Egyptian bondage that took place approximately 3,300 years ago, as told in the first 15 chapters of the biblical Book of Exodus.

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SHAARE ZEDEK MEDICAL CENTER - FIGHTING HEART DISEASE IN ISRAEL

 

 Heart disease is a well-known killer. Just one decade ago, the WHO (World Health Organization) released its findings showing that heart disease has become a global epidemic with approximately 17 million people dying each year from heart attack and stroke; at the time of publishing, this made up nearly one-third of deaths globally; and the WHO then prospected that this number would only rise with time.  Thankfully, medical research has produced some significant advances to combat this medical threat and continues to develop innovative methods to treat and prevent heart disease.  Not surprisingly, a number of these advances (and ongoing research) are coming from none other than Israel.  IsraCast went to Shaare Zedek Medical Hospital to learn more.

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Arab, Jewish teens shoot for the moon

New technology and innovation hub opens in northern Arab-Israeli town to foster a unified youth movement of space-science enthusiasts.

 Asaf Brimer spent 25 years in the Israeli air force and aerospace sector before an idea came into his mind like a shooting star across the horizon: He would bring Israeli Arab and Jewish students together through a collaborative research center focused on outer space.

 Moona — a Space for Change officially opened in September last year in Majd Al-Kurum, a Muslim village 10 miles east of Acre (Akko) in the Western Galilee. So far, it has attracted about 100 high school students – roughly a 50-50 split between Jewish and Muslim teens – for weekly courses in robotics, drones, 3D printing, electronics and other technologies related to outer-space exploration. Families from the area also are welcome at Moona.

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We don't need another failure

Given upheaval in Arab world, Obama needs to ask himself why he thinks a Palestinian state is viable right now; meanwhile, Israel's right needs to understand that its actions are leading to a bi-national state.

 Two days after the Israeli elections, Islamic State carried out suicide attacks at two mosques in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, murdering around 150 individuals. The day before, an Islamic State offshoot perpetrated a terror attack in Tunisia that killed 23 people, mostly tourists. During the same two-day period, seven people were murdered in an attack in Kathua, India, and 70 bodies were discovered in Damasak, Nigeria. Who heard? During the course of February, 1,977 people were murdered by Jihadists around the globe – all in acts of terror only. And as I write these words, reports are coming in about massacres being carried out by Iraqi-Iranian forces in the city of Tikrit, Iraq.

 

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SUNNI ARAB STATES TAKE ON IRAN IN YEMEN

ISRAELI CABINET MINISTER STEINITZ: 'IMMINENT NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN WILL REDUCE BREAKOUT FOR A-BOMB TIME TO ONLY THREE MONTHS!'

 The flashpoint between Shiite and Sunni Islam has erupted in Yemen. After Shiite Iran armed Houthi rebels to the hilt, they have ousted the Sunni regime of Sunni President Abd Mansour Hadi. Neighboring Saudi Arabia has had enough. The Sunni regime in Riyadh has launched a major offensive into Yemen with 100 aircraft and an estimated 150,000 troops. Egypt has also dispatched troops, ships and aircraft to fight against the Shiite rebels in Yemen.

 

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Shaare Zedek Hospital - Gates of justice

 Shaare Zedek Medical Center, or SZMC, is a major research hospital located in the Bayit VeGan neighborhood cross from Mount Herzl of Jerusalem. The Hebrew name means "Gates of Righteousness".

 

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BIBI'S COMEBACK = U.S. REASSESSMENT

Batten down the hatches!

It was not long in coming. U.S. President Barack Obama is about to conduct a reassessment of his already hostile approach to Israel's newly elected prime minister, Bibi Netanyahu.

 What is on the line is America's three billion dollar grant in military aid for Israel to buy American made weapons, and political support in world forums such as the United Nations. Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, have already brushed aside Bibi's dire warnings about a nuclear deal with Iran that is now being forged with the Iranians, who are squeezing out every last concession from Washington with the goal of leaving their formidable nuclear weapons potential intact for a future break out. This will occur probably after Obama kisses good-by to the White House and Tehran has rebuilt its failing economy as a result of the current international sanctions. 

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ISRAEL'S NEW PRIME MINISTER - ISAAC HERZOG?

If the campaign polls are right, Isaac Herzog may pull off a big upset over Bibi Netanyahu and go on to become Israel's new prime minister.

Israeli voters will cast their ballots on March 17th, and all the polls show Herzog leading Netanyahu by 24 to 21 seats in the 120-member Knesset.

 What's been happening? It's the economy, stupid! For the first time, domestic politics has come home to roost for Netanyahu, who has focused his campaign on the Iranian nuclear threat, while housing prices and the cost of living have been going through the roof during Bibi's last six years in office. In his home stretch interviews Bibi has admitted that 'mistakes' have been made and he pledges to rectify them. But it may be too late. The far Right 'Jewish Home' party has also dealt Bibi a body blow by siphoning off voters from the Likud. (Paradoxically, a majority of Israelis think Bibi is better qualified than 'Buji' to be PM but they say they will still cast their ballots for Jewish Home or the religious parties).

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Smart bio-sensors in your workout hat

The electro-optic system built into LifeBEAM headgear and inspired by technology used by the Israel Airforce, will power Samsung’s Simband platform for smart wearables.

 Two former Israel Air Force pilots, both passionate athletes, devised a bio-sensing technology embedded in headgear to measure vital signs. Now, the smart sensors that power their LifeBEAM line of sport caps, visors and helmets are going into Samsung’s future Simband platform for wearable devices to measure heart rate, blood flow, sweat production, calories burned, skin temperature and other fitness parameters.

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NETANYAHU & OBAMA CLASH IN CONGRESSIONAL SHOWDOWN

Netanyahu accuses Obama of trying 'to kick the Iranian can down the road'...

Obama brushes off Netanyahu saying there is 'nothing new' in Congressional speech...

Saudi Arabian newspaper: Obama Listen to Netanyahu ...

In Geneva, North Korea's Foreign Minister warns U.S. it now has (nuclear) preemptive strike to deter U.S. if necessary...

 With the eyes and ears of the world focused on the U.S. Congress, Bibi Netanyahu railed at America's impending nuclear deal with Iran - Barack Obama was not impressed. The U.S. President said there was 'nothing new' in the Israel's leader's warning:

"We don't yet have a deal. But if we are successful, this will be the best deal possible with Iran to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon... On the core issue, which is how do we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, which would make it far more dangerous and would give it scope for even greater action in the region, the prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives."

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Israeli Company Brings 'Iron Man' Like Holographs To Real Life

 Fans of Hollywood’s Iron Man movie series are used to seeing hero Tony Stark manipulate 3-D holograms to create scientific wonders. Real View, an Israeli medical holography company is bringing fantasy to reality with 3-D holograms that doctors can use to save lives.

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