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September 14, 2018
Reshaping U.S. Aid to the Palestinians - Dennis Ross, Dave Harden and David Makovsky (The Hill)
With prospects for diplomacy dim, with the need to change reality on the ground, and with past lessons showing that aid should be used to promote development, we propose that Congress reprogram the $200 million in fiscal 2018 assistance to the Palestinians.
U.S. assistance in Gaza can fund a small solar field to power the existing Gaza Wastewater Treatment Plant, build up community-based solar desalination units, initiate additional phases of the North Gaza Emergency Sanitation Treatment plant, and repair water infrastructure.
Video: Palestinian Children Practice War (Vimeo)
Palestinian Islamic Jihad's elementary school-age "future soldiers" train with simulated automatic weapons, mortars, and IEDs.
Israeli Researchers Develop Groundbreaking Leukemia Drug - Ran Reznick (Israel Hayom)
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have recently developed a breakthrough drug to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML), one of the most aggressive cancers.
Professor Yinon Ben-Neriah, who heads the research team, said the new drug "targets many leukemia proteins at once and destroys all of the oncogenes [that have the potential to cause cancer], and activates the tumor suppressor P53 gene."
Researchers are trying to expand the drug's use to other cancers, including lymphoma, multiple myeloma, melanoma and colorectal cancer.
New Israeli Medical Innovations Enhance Mobility and Quickly Perform Blood Tests - Maya Margit (Media Line-Jerusalem Post)
A revolutionary Israeli device is enabling quadriplegics to navigate all kinds of indoor and outdoor terrain either seated or upright while maintaining perfect equilibrium.
Dr. Amit Goffer - himself a quadriplegic who invented the ReWalk bionic exoskeleton - has developed a specialized wheelchair at UPnRIDE Robotics, a next-generation mobility enhancer.
HemoScreen - developed by PixCell Medical Technologies - "performs the world's most common blood test, which is the complete blood count (CBC), within five minutes," said CEO Dr. Avishay Bransky.
"When you go into the physician's office he'll be able to diagnose and treat you in a single visit."
The HemoScreen unit, roughly the size of a lunchbox, can also detect allergies, anemia and even cancer, among other afflictions.
Israeli Tech Guides the Visually Impaired around Supermarkets - Andrew Don (Grocer-UK)
Shufersal, Israel's largest supermarket chain, has installed a Bluetooth beacon-guided system that provides customers with audio commentary via a smartphone app to help them navigate.
When users approach the store, they are told where the entrance is. Audio descriptions alert them to various areas, aisles and shelves. Users are directed to the checkouts, and the exit once they have paid.
See also RightHear Launches Navigation System for Visually Impaired (Healio)
RightHear announced the U.S. launch of its orientation and navigation system for the blind and visually impaired, which provides real-time voice cues through a smartphone to navigate public buildings using Bluetooth beacon sensors.
The system is suitable for any type of public building, including shopping malls, corporations, universities, municipalities, airports, museums, supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.
Israel to Launch National Food Tech Center - Nick Kolyohin (Xinhua-China)
The mission of Israel's national food tech center, to be opened by 2019, is "to deliver the world a better, healthier and affordable food technology that will both help the obese Western world and the starving third world," said Michal Fink of the Israel Ministry of Economy.
Erel Margalit, chairman of Jerusalem Venture Capital, added: "The large companies in Europe, Asia, and the United States need primary research and significant breakthroughs to reduce sugar, starch, and gluten."
Ofir Benjamin from the Food Science Department of Tel Hai College said initial research projects will seek "to make protein affordable and accessible to everyone instead of costly meat, eggs, and milk."
Future food may come from plant products that use less water, land and energy for each kilo of food.
The UK's Growing Tech Trade Ties with Israel - Jonathan Josephs (BBC News)
There are now at least 337 Israeli tech companies operating in the UK.
Figures from the British Embassy in Israel show a 33% growth in the value of their investments in the year following the UK's decision in June 2016 to leave the EU.
In Hungund, India, a Green Revolution Is On, Drip by Drip - Vittal Shastri (Deccan Chronicle-India)
Farmers of perpetually drought-stricken Hungund have generously borrowed from Israel's agriculture technology to increases crop yields.
Farmer Muttappa Benakanadoni, 52, adopted Israeli technology to reap nearly double the agriculture yield through drip irrigation.
Six thousand farmers are reaping a second crop this season in 50 villages of Hungund after successful implementation of the automated drip irrigation project.
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