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October 13, 2022
Israel Votes at UN to Condemn Russian Annexation of Ukrainian Regions - Tovah Lazaroff (Jerusalem Post)
Israel voted at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday to condemn Russia's September annexation of four Ukrainian regions.
The measure was approved in a 143-5 vote, with 35 abstentions.
Report: Israel Giving Intelligence on Russia's Iranian Drones to Ukraine - Michael Schwirtz (New York Times)
A senior Ukrainian official said that Israel was providing Ukraine with basic intelligence about Iranian drones, which Russia has begun to use on the battlefield, and that a private Israeli firm was providing Ukraine with satellite imagery of Russian troop positions.
Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Not Relevant for Ukraine (Jerusalem Post)
While Ukraine's Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk has called on Israel to sell the Iron Dome defense platform to Ukraine, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov disagreed on the relevance of Iron Dome for Ukraine.
"I've been to Israel and talked to their manufacturers and state enterprises," Reznikov said in July. "Iron Dome was built [for protection] against slow, low-altitude, low-impact missiles that were basically made in garages. Iron Dome does not protect against cruise and ballistic missiles."
IDF Downs Hamas Drone near Gaza Border - Emanuel Fabian (Times of Israel)
Israeli forces on Tuesday brought down a small quadcopter drone launched by Hamas over northern Gaza.
The device was brought down near the border fence and did not cross into Israel. It was believed to have been brought down using electronic warfare.
Hamas Revives Ties with Syria (Asharq Al-Awsat-UK)
The Palestinian Hamas movement that rules Gaza is reviving relations with the Iran-backed regime in Damascus after a decade-long rupture sparked by the outbreak of Syria's civil war.
Analysts say the shift pushes Hamas deeper into the Iran-led "axis of resistance" against Israel.
A delegation of Hamas officials is expected in the Syrian capital next week.
A New Capital Rises in Egypt - Declan Walsh (New York Times)
Sprawled across a patch of desert four times the size of Washington, D.C., a showy new administrative capital is rising in Egypt just outside Cairo, imperial in scale and style.
But as Egypt limps through a dire economic downturn, increasingly loud doubts are emerging about whether the country can afford President el-Sisi's grandiose dreams.
Tens of thousands of apartments have already been built, although few are furnished or painted, giving the new city the appearance of a vast construction site.
A Chinese-built skyscraper called the Iconic Tower soars to 1,293 feet, the tallest building in Africa.
A sprawling military complex on the edge of the new city, the Octagon, is seven times as large as the Pentagon.
Israel's Smart Shooter Wins U.S. Army Contract for Anti-Drone Optics - Seth J. Frantzman (C4ISRNet)
Smart Shooter, an Israeli company that makes weapon control systems, has won a contract to supply the U.S. Army with its Smash 2000L optics for rifles as part of a counter-drone program.
The system enables a user to lock onto a target, and then control the fire of the rifle to be more precise and accurate.
The system uses artificial intelligence, assisted vision and advanced algorithms to ensure that each round finds its target in both day and night conditions, without being affected by target movement or by human fatigue and stress.
Smart Shooter is developing an additional capability that enables magnification up to 8 times what the eye sees.
Elbit Systems to Supply More Night Vision Systems to U.S. Army - Udi Etsion (Calcalist)
Israel's Elbit Systems announced Wednesday that its U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, was awarded an order valued at $107 million for the supply of Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular systems, under a contract signed in 2020.
Azerbaijan Signs Deal with Israel to Desalinate Caspian Sea Water - Kamran Gasimov (Trend-Azerbaijan)
The Azerbaijan Investment Company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel's IDE Water Assets Ltd. to establish a desalination plant on the Caspian Sea.
New York Times Slants Reporting on Yom Kippur in Israel - Ricki Hollander (CAMERA)
On Oct. 5, the New York Times posted a report about Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day of the year, that is observed throughout the Jewish state of Israel.
Headlined "For Believers, a Day of Atonement. For Others, a Giant Playground," it fleetingly mentions that "more than half of Israeli Jews attend synagogue on Yom Kippur."
Its primary focus is on highlighting the secular entertainment of Israel's Jewish citizens on that holiday.
It emphasizes that a minority of non-Jewish Israeli citizens - labelled "Palestinians" - find the national celebration of Judaism's holiest day "restrictive."
According to a 2019 poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, 61% of Israeli Jews were planning to attend synagogue on Yom Kippur and 72.5% were considering fasting on that day.
Yet the dispatch downplays the religious significance of the national holiday to the majority of Israel's Jewish citizens while highlighting the inconveniences of the holiday's observance to its non-Jewish citizens.
It also emphasizes that Palestinian workers from the West Bank are "depriv[ed] of a day's wages" due to the shutdown of the Jewish state.
Israel's Economy Is Thriving - Matthew A. Winkler (Bloomberg-Washington Post)
Israel, a nation of nine million, is an economic juggernaut. It has one of the fastest growth rates and one of the lowest rates of inflation (4.3%) and joblessness (3.5%).
On top of that, the shekel is the only currency among the 31 that trade actively that has strengthened against the dollar in the past decade.
Israel is poised to achieve 5.2% gross domestic product growth in 2022, according to more than a dozen forecasts.
Technology has emerged as the No. 1 industry. From auto parts to medical equipment solutions to food, water and climate change, technology made in Israel is transforming the world's biggest industries.
This hub of innovation includes Mobileye Global Inc., the creator of vision-based driver assistance systems for 50 car makers, or 70% of the global market.
There's also Nanox Imaging Ltd., serving governments, hospitals and clinics with cloud-based image analysis, online diagnosis and billing services while developing a 3D medical imaging device.
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