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Israel Press Review of 04/01/2017
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Israel Press Review of 04/01/2017

Major Headlines
  • Netanyahu: Very important to thwart new UN resolution

Israel’s key diplomatic task in the coming two weeks is to prevent an additional Palestine-related resolution at the United Nations Security Council, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday.

Addressing a conference of Israeli ambassadors and chiefs of mission in Europe at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that it was likely that any conclusions reached at an international peace conference set for January 15, and sponsored by France, could be turned into another resolution, the Times of Israel reports.

“The Paris Conference is irrelevant,” he said. “But there are signs that they are trying to turn decisions made there into another Security Council resolution, and that is no longer irrelevant.”

Netanyahu, who is also foreign minister, went on to say that Jerusalem must also work to prevent another decision or resolution by the Middle East Quartet, which comprises the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia.

On December 23, the Security Council passed resolution 2334, which declared Israeli settlement outside the pre-1967 lines as having “no legal validity” and constituting “a flagrant violation under international law. Fourteen of 15 member states voted in favour of the text. The US abstained.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Intel launches next generation processors developed and designed in Israel

Intel announced on Tuesday the official launch of its full line of advanced seventh generation computer processors, the Jerusalem Post reports.

According to Intel’s Israel division, the majority of development and design for the new high-performance processors came from the company’s Haifa development centre.

“Today, many of Intel’s core products are being developed through Intel Israel’s development branch, specifically the sixth generation processors that were announced last year and the seventh generation that was just announced today,” Ran Sanderovitz, vice president and general manager of Intel Israel’s development centres, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

“The ability to improve the existing performance rates of the processors was a very innovative task and was driven from Israel and done by the Intel Israel team. This is one of the best, if not the best, processor team in the world today.  I think it’s a result of chutzpah and the audacity to dare stretch the limits of capability. This is also what makes companies like Intel invest in Israel,” Sanderovitz said.

According to Intel’s announcement, the new processors provide record-breaking performance rates and are the fastest, strongest processors available today for the general public, as well as being energy-saving.

“Every year our team manages to add more and more performance power to the processors. Every year we manage to improve computing power by an average of 10 per cent. With this line, our Israel team broke the world record once more, by 12 per cent,” said Sanderovitz.

“This is probably the crown jewel of Israeli high-tech. Very few products that are designed in Israel generate so much value by consumers worldwide, considering how many people are getting devices with an Intel processor,” Sanderovitz said.

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel’s flying car moves closer to delivery

After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020, Yediot Aharonot reports.

The Cormorant, billed as a flying car, is capable of transporting 500kg of weight and travelling at 185 km per hour. It completed its first automated solo flight over terrain in November. Its total price is estimated at $14 million. 

Developers Urban Aeronautics believe the dark green drone, which uses internal rotors rather than helicopter propellers, could evacuate people from hostile environments and/or allow military forces safe access. 

"Just imagine a dirty bomb in a city and chemical substance of something else and this vehicle can come in robotically, remotely piloted, come into a street and decontaminate an area," Urban Aeronautics founder and CEO Rafi Yoeli told Reuters. 

Yoeli set up the company, based in a large hanger in Yavne, central Israel, in 2001 to create the drone, which he says is safer than a helicopter as it can fly in between buildings and below power lines without the risk of blade strikes.

With 39 patents registered to create the vehicle, Yoeli has little concern about competitors usurping him. One industry expert said the technology could save lives.

"It could revolutionise several aspects of warfare, including medical evacuation of soldiers on the battlefield," said Tal Inbar, head of the UAV research centre at Israel's Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz

 

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