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Israel Press Review of 14/10/2016
Israeli Press Review
Israel Press Review of 14/10/2016

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu says Israel’s hand extended in peace to any neighbours

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony marking 43 years since 1973's Yom Kippur War on Thursday, saying that the war had broken out because of "a failure of leadership," the Jerusalem Post reports.

Netanyahu said that Israel's leaders had failed to recognise the threat and failed to act against it immediately once it had been identified.

"The Yom Kippur War made it clear to our neighbours that they cannot subdue us with the power of their arms," Netanyahu said. “It paved the way for peace with Egypt and eventually peace with Jordan."

Netanyahu said that Israel's hand "continues to be held out for peace to those of our neighbours who want peace."

He vowed, however, that Israel would be prepared to "defend itself, by itself," until that peace should come, and even afterward.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Masa programme to bring 13,000 Jewish youth to Israel next year

Some 13,000 Jewish youth are expected to come to Israel this coming year to participate in Masa, the organisation announced on Thursday.

The programme provides Jewish youth the opportunity to participate in over 250 immersive Israel programmes ranging in length from six months to a year, which include internships, study abroad programmes, and volunteer opportunities. These experiences aim to give participants practical academic or work experience while strengthening their connection to Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports.

The Masa programme is set to officially launch on October 31st during a ceremony in Jerusalem with the participation of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency.

“The youth arrive to Israel to participate in a wide range of Masa programmes, from government, to economy and culture, hi-tech, teaching English, medicine and more,” Liran Avisar-Ben Horin, CEO of Masa said.

She noted that in addition Masa provides participants with tools to engage in hasbara (public diplomacy) for Israel, turning those who take part into informal ambassadors for Israel to the world.

“Every year they show that the year they spend in Israel – working, volunteering and being exposed the multi-layered and complex Israeli society – becomes the most meaningful in their lives,” she said. 

Since its founding in 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Jewish Agency, over 120,000 young Jews from around the world have participated in Masa programmes.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel’s chief rabbi says Jews   cannot ignore genocide in Syria

Israel’s Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef told a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders on Thursday that the Jewish people cannot remain silent about the genocide in Syria, the Times of Israel reports.

“As we sit here, men, women and small children are being murdered in neighbouring Syria, and especially Aleppo, by biological and chemical weapons and bombing from the air,” he said. “Millions of refugees are homeless, hundreds of thousands of others are starving under siege. They are not our friends, but they are humans who are undergoing a small holocaust.

“I would like to use this platform to say, that as Jews we must not be silent, and from here we say: genocide cannot be ignored, not in Syria or anywhere or against any people, even if they are not our friends.”

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

  • Shell awards top prize to Israeli tyre technology

Israeli electro-optic sensor technology for gauging tyre pressure and wear and tear won the Shell Bright Energy Ideas Challenge, beating 218 mobility startups from all over the world focused on the subject of cars, motorisation and vehicles, the Times of Israel reports.

British-Dutch energy giant Royal Dutch Shell awarded Neomatix, the developer of the sensor, a €25,000 cash prize and a €100,000 loan. Shell will also help the Israeli startup to improve its product and provide it access to industry experts for the future commercialisation of its technology, which combines sensors and algorithms.

“Neomatix was selected together with 13 other companies to participate in the Texchange program for Israeli startups,” said Yoni Dolgin, sector manager specialising in mobility at the UK Israel Tech Hub. “This programme helped Neomatix find out about Shell’s challenge and to get in contact with them.”

The UK Israel Tech Hub is part of the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, and its goal is to promote bilateral cooperation between English and Israeli technology, bringing several Israeli startups to the United Kingdom every year.

Neomatix’s sensor was selected by Shell because it allows the checking of tyre pressure without having to install anything on the vehicle or disrupt work routine. The sensors and the algorithms manage the tyres automatically: the systems scan every vehicle passing through the gates at which they are installed and then they upload and analyse the results – to provide users with business intelligence and insights they need for tyre maintenance or to take preventative action.

Seventy-nine percent of drivers admit they do not check their tyre pressure, while 51 percent of cars in developing countries have under-inflated tyres, data provided by Neomatix on its website shows. There are 500 annual road fatalities due to tyre failure in the US, it says.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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