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Agricultural Production Jumps

August 8, 2005

Despite efforts to write off agriculture as an “old economy” industry, becoming less relevant in the high-tech era, figures released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reveal that the Israeli agricultural sector is thriving and growing.

Water shortages and steep water price hikes have not hampered what the statistics show is a growth industry. The value of agricultural production jumped by 28.7% in the period from 1999 to 2004.

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1.8 Million Tourists Expected in 2005

August 8, 2005

According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and Ministry of Tourism, first-quarter 2005 tourist arrivals jumped 25% over the same period last year, with 373,000 visitors. The jump raised expectations of a total annual figure of 1.8 million tourists—higher than anticipated. Significant increases in tourist traffic were registered from Britain, Germany, the United States, France, Italy, and other countries.

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Israeli Authorities Prevent Smuggling

August 8, 2005

An antiquities expert attempting to sneak an ancient measuring weight out of Israel was thwarted by a joint Postal Authority, Antiquities Authority, and Customs Bureau effort.

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Hello, Salaam! Hello, Shalom! Hello, Peace!

August 8, 2005

There is a new conversation breaking out between Israelis and Palestinians, thanks to a new, toll-free telephone service, Hello, Peace! (Hello, Salaam! in Arabic and Hello, Shalom! in Hebrew). Large numbers of Arabs and Jews are picking up the phone and talking to people “on the other side” about reconciliation, tolerance, and peace. Over 48,000 calls were placed in less than three months.

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Garlic and Onion Chemical Helps Kill Cancer Cells

August 8, 2005

The active ingredient in garlic and onions has been used together with advanced biotechnology by a Weizmann Institute of Science research team, led by professor David Mirelman, to improve the targeting of malignant cancer cells. The cancer-killing effectiveness of the technique lies in arming a cancer-targeting antibody with the destructive potential of a dietary molecule called allicin.

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Tiny Needle-driving robot Developed

August 8, 2005

Researchers from Haifa’s Tech-nion–Israel Institute of Technology have developed a miniature robot that can navigate a flexible needle in the human body. The new needle will allow a surgeon to bypass obstacles in the needle’s path and safely reach its objective within the body.

“We are talking about driving a flexible needle,” says doctoral student Daniel Glozman. He developed the steering algorithm under the guidance of Professor Moshe Shoham of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

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Terrorists- Israel Weaker Now More Than Ever

August 8, 2005

Israel’s plan to retreat from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria proves that unrelenting Islamic terrorism has weakened the Jewish state in a way that five full-scale wars failed to do, a senior Hamas official said.

“The painful and qualitative blows which the Palestinian resistance dealt to the Jews and their soldiers over the past four and a half years led to the decision to withdraw from the Gaza Strip,” Ahmed Al-Bahar, a top Hamas leader, was quoted as saying. “The suicide attacks…have taken their tolls on the Jews, both psychologically and economically, in addition to the high number of casualties,” he continued.

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The Father’s Everlasting Love

{image_1} I was repeatedly impressed recently with the depth of the Father’s love for each of His children. Dee, a volunteer at Bridges for Peace, spoke about it at staff devotions. Jeremy, a young Israeli father, stood before our Representative Training Institute and talked about God’s unconditional love for the Jewish people, equating it with his love for his young child.

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The Lord is Building Jerusalem—One Apartment at a Time!

July 5, 2005

“‘You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings’” (Isaiah 58:12b).

Broken walls, leaking roofs, dingy paint, and the built-up grime of years—after four years in Israel, nothing surprises James Loubser, manager of our Repairers of the Breach program. Over 525 homes have been repaired and renewed throughout Jerusalem and surrounding areas in the past few years. Dedicated Christian volunteers come from around the world to bless the people of Israel with the work of their hands. As they plaster and paint cracked and peeling walls, repair rusted plumbing, replace defective electrical wiring, fix broken windows or doors that won’t close, they are blessing Israel’s poor and elderly.

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Arabs Vandalize Judaism´s Holiest Site

July 5, 2005

An act of Islamic vandalism on a wall of Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, has elicited outrage on the part of archaeologists. In March, the word “Allah” was found carved into the eastern wall of the Temple Mount. The Arabic letters are approximately a foot tall (30.5 centimeters).

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