The Bible relates that the Philistines zealously guarded technologies for producing superior weapons, so that the Israelites could not get their hands on them. But that didn't last forever. A recent dig at tel (mound) Beit Shemesh has found an iron workshop dating back to the ninth century BC, the earliest known in the eastern Mediterranean.Continue Reading »
Newly appointed Fatah head Farouk Kaddoumi said in November that Yasser Arafat “had joined the tens of thousands of martyrs among the Palestinian nation.” Speaking on the Al-Jazeera television network, he said Arafat had left behind a generation of Palestinians who will “work toward the fulfillment of his dream that a Palestinian boy will fly the Palestinian flag above the walls of Jerusalem.”Continue Reading »
Fighters in the Gaza Strip are proud to show off the latest addition to their arsenal of homemade rockets—the “Yasser Arafat.”Continue Reading »
Each Friday, Muslim countries invite noted Muslim clerics to give sermon messages on state-sponsored radio and television. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is no exception. In Sheik Ibrahim Madiras’s Friday sermon on PA TV last December, he called for the borders of the Palestinian state to be those of the British Mandate—at that time, comprising all the land of Israel, the territories, and the Kingdom of Jordan. Incidentally, this land was given to the Jewish people by order of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Subsequently, for British political interests, chunks of territory were taken from the Jews and given to the Arabs.Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and Abu Ala (Ahmed Qurei), visited Lebanon last December, reiterating their demand for Jerusalem and the right of millions of Arabs to live in Israel.Continue Reading »
In the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s, United States soldiers fighting on the Middle Eastern battlefield sometimes found themselves using dressings dated from World War II to patch up their wounds. In the present Iraqi conflict, however, American forces are now using an advanced new bandage, developed in Israel, that can save lives by stopping traumatic hemorrhaging wounds and can also be used as a tourniquet, or a sling.Continue Reading »
Israeli technology will soon enable passengers to call ahead about delays in arrival times, rendering obsolete in-flight announcements to “turn off all cell phones.”Continue Reading »
In January, Intel, the world’s largest maker of computer chips, unveiled its latest technology, an upgraded version of its Centrino chipset, which, like its predecessor, was conceived in Intel’s development center in Haifa.Continue Reading »
Imagine buying a new car and driving it for 10 years without once taking it for an oil-and-lube job. The engine won’t even have a dipstick to check the oil. That’s what the future holds if Rehovot-based ApNano Materials succeeds in marketing NanoLub.Continue Reading »
A Ministry of Tourism–sponsored survey says foreign visitors were satisfied with their stay in Israel. Some 80% described their stay in the country as “very good” or “excellent.” Former Tourism Minister Gideon Ezra says the survey proves that Israel is an attractive destination for travelers and that tourism is the fastest-growing sector of the economy.Continue Reading »
According to Israel Defense Forces (IDF) figures presented last December, the number of Israeli civilians killed in terror attacks and the number of troops killed in battle in the territories dropped by 44% in 2004, compared to the previous year’s figures.Continue Reading »
The tsunami that devastated parts of Southeast Asia brought an Israeli and a Palestinian couple together in the most trying of circumstances—on the roof of a truck, with floodwaters swirling around them.Continue Reading »
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