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Oldest Iron Workshop in Israel Discovered

March 14, 2005

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.

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New Head Of Fatah- Follow In Arafat’s Pathtest

March 14, 2005

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.”

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“Al-Yasser Rockets Show Our Love”

March 2, 2005

Fighters in the Gaza Strip are proud to show off the latest addition to their arsenal of homemade rockets—the “Yasser Arafat.”

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PA TV Sermon: “We Want to Return to 1919 Borders”

March 2, 2005

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.

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Abu MAZEN: “No Peace without JERUSALEM”

March 2, 2005

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.

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Innovative Bandages Save Lives

March 2, 2005

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.

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Israel Introduces In-Flight Cell-Phone Usage

March 2, 2005

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.”

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Intel Unveils NEW Israeli-Designed Chip

March 2, 2005

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.

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No more oil changes?

March 2, 2005

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.

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Tourists Rank Israel 4.2 out of 5

March 2, 2005

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.

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