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Intifada Casualties Down 44% in 2004

March 2, 2005

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.

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Tsunami Brings Israeli-Palestinian Friendship

March 2, 2005

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.

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Israel’s New International Airport Opens

February 1, 2005

After years of delay, the new, ultramodern Terminal 3 at Ben-Gurion International Airport has opened. The terminal was built over a seven-year period at a cost in excess of US $900 million. Passengers will enjoy walking onto planes directly from the departure lounge, instead of the former system, which included walking down flights of stairs while carrying hand luggage, a bus ride to the plane, and then climbing stairs into the plane.

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Israel’s Population Stands at 6.8 Million

December 27, 2004

{image_1} On the eve of Rosh Hashanah this past September, Israel’s population was estimated at 6.8 million, consisting of 5.5 million Jews (81 percent) and 1.3 million Arabs.

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Prayer Rally at the Western Wall

December 27, 2004

{image_1} A prayer rally filled the Western Wall plaza on a Sunday afternoon in mid-September, with thousands of worshipers crying out for divine protection from terrorism and expulsion from parts of Israel. Psalms were sung in a responsive manner, with loudspeakers projecting the sound of King David’s poetry throughout the area.

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Israel Trade With Arab Countries Up

{image_1} The first three quarters of 2004 have seen almost a 50 percent increase in Israel’s trade with Arab countries. Despite the Oslo War, Israel’s economic relations with Arab states are apparently warming up. Israel’s trade with the Arab world rose a total of 47.4 percent so far in 2004 to US $169.7 million, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

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Viable Oil Strike in Israel

{image_1} For the first time in many years, a new, commercially viable oil well has been discovered in Israel. The Lapidot Oil Company recently concluded a drilling in Heletz, northeast of Sderot, and found a deposit of some 750,000 barrels of oil.

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