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23 Oct 2019 (All day)
Soaking Rain Marks Early Beginning of Winter
Israelis were awakened early Wednesday morning to the sounds of thunder and rain as an early winter storm washed the country and began the process of re-filling lakes, streams, rivers and subterranean aquifers after the heat of summer. "We're at the beginning of fall, therefore temperatures are still nice and warm during the day," Meteo-Tech forecaster Tzachi Waksman told Ynet. "The rainfall might resume over the weekend and maybe even get colder in the days that follow."

Poll Shows Public Shift Against Netanyahu
Amidst speculation that Israel might be headed to yet another Knesset election early next year, a poll was released Tuesday evening showing that a slight majority of voters is ready for Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to replace Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister. Netanayhu appeared unfazed by the poll, celebrating his 70th birthday on Tuesday with the help of some of his comrades from his days of commanding the IDF General Staff Reconnaissance Unit at the Crusader fortress at Kochav Hayarden National Park in northern Israel.

"Fifty years ago, in the southern approaches to Afula, I received these boys. They have not changed much, I must say,” the prime minister said.  “I would like to say that I had the privilege of having such soldiers,” Netanyahu said. “I have had the privilege that we have kept this bond, a very special and very strong bond. I can only wish that we will meet here in another 50 years."

Israel Blesses the World
A delegation of Israeli health care specialists recently visited the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan to assist the regional government there in improving health services. The specialists from the Israeli health system representatives and Maccabi Health Services are scheduled to make more such trips in the future and be ready for regular consultations as the project, which has been given a $100 million budget, moves forward.

Here is a video about other ways Israel is blessing the world



Iranian Judo Federation Banned from Competition
The International Judo Federation (IJF) issued a statement Tuesday indefinitely extending a ban on Iranian athletes from competition over the policy of the clerical regime in Teheran of refusing to engage Israeli athletes. Iranian Judoku Saeid Mollaei walked away from his team during the world championships in Tokyo last month in protest against being ordered to intentionally lose a semi-final match rather than risk being pitted against an Israeli athlete in the next round, leading to an investigation into Iran’s policies.

Toyota Partnering with Israeli Venture Capital Firm
In the latest defeat for efforts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading arm of the Toyota Group, announced this week that it is entering into a partnership with Jerusalem-based venture capital crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. "The future belongs to the bold who are implementing game changing technologies," said Minoru Murata, executive vice president, regional CEO & CTO of Toyota Tsusho. “Our partnership with OurCrowd will bring us these key technologies and leaders to work together on the next generation of global challenges."

Today's video shows how Israelis live close to the Lebanese border

 

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