A Formula 1 racing car with the ancient walls of the Old City as its backdrop...Indeed, today is the first time Formula 1 racing has occurred in the state of Israel.The main goal was to launch Jerusalem into the international Motorsports scene ...The biggest Racing champions came to support the project, such as Ferrari racer Giancarlo Fisichella, the winner of the Grand Prix. Feature
As in years past, the Jerusalem Light Festival continues to make headlines... More than 30 artists are being hosted including visionaries from Europe, the United States and even South America, who have flocked to the Holy Land for the fifth edition of this wonderful event...The festival has been a continuing success with an average of 250 000 visitors...With the old city bathed in light, it is a performance that nobody should miss!
Zvika is a musical therapist. For a few years now, he channeled his art towards an important cause: Helping autistic children. His daily life today: the schools and the care institutions. His mission: to make children happy, if even for one minute. And for these autistic children he feels are overlooked by society, he makes them feel acknowledged. Today, he performs in front of 10 autistic children, in the Israeli school Keshet, situated in Jerusalem. Feature
A riding school in the middle of downtown Jerusalem. We should have thought about that! The school was created by Yehuda in the early sixties...We learn there, not just how to ride, but so much more... The school also offers therapeutic horseback riding, which has been a great aid to children with various disabilities.
On Monday The US Senate unanimously approved a package of new economic sanctions on Iran's oil sector just days ahead of a meeting in Baghdad between major world powers and Tehran. The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill in December and now the Senate and House must work out their differences in the legislation. The West suspects Iran is working to build a nuclear bomb and the sanctions are meant to strip Tehran of revenue by shutting down financial deals with Iran's powerful state oil and tanker enterprises. Iran has said its nuclear program is for civilian purposes. In a statement from Republican Senator Mark Kirk, a co-author of the bill, he states that the Senate put Iranian leaders on notice that they must halt all uranium enrichment activities or face another round of economic sanctions from the United States.
Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Wahid, an opponent of Syrian President Bashar Assad, was shot dead at a Lebanese army checkpoint on Monday in a part of Lebanon where Sunni sentiment is with Syria's rebels. Demonstrators blocked roads and burned tyres in the northern province of Akkar, and similar protests in Beirut gave way to firefights with machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades. The clashes between gunmen from the Future Movement, loyal to anti-Syrian former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, and members of a pro-Syrian party, left two dead and were the worst clashes in Beirut since sectarian fighting brought Lebanon to the brink of civil war in 2008.
Former German central banker Thilo Sarrazin, whose musings on Muslim immigrants sparked outrage in 2010, has triggered fresh controversy with a book that paints Germany as the euro zone's hostage, forced to pay out vast sums to atone for the Holocaust. In his book "Europe doesn't need the euro", Sarrazin argues that the euro zone is holding Germany to ransom over its past aggression, blackmailing it into agreeing to euro bonds or mutualised debt.
1 IDF networks safe from cyber attacks 2 France not ruling out military action in Syria 3 Swiss chain to label settlement products 4 Israeli candidate loses Congressional race 5 Colorado Indians with Jewish roots?
IDF strikes Gaza terror hubs; Netanyahu: Ulpana neighborhood will be evacuated; Egypt's Mubarak gets life term, protests erupt; US Conservative Jews approve gay weddings; Madonna kicks off world tour in Israel
Senior defense officials expressed confidence that Israel's military networks were secure and protected from cyber attacks, as Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon hinted on Tuesday that Israel might have been behind the latest computer virus to attack Iran. Yaalon said that Israel's defenses were good and were more advanced than those that exist in the civilian world. He added that all of Israel's systems were protected with various layers. Last year the IDF established a Cyber Defense Division in the C4I Directorate, which is responsible for protecting army networks from hackers and infiltrators. Evidence suggests that the virus, dubbed "Flame," may have been developed on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear program in 2010.
French President Francois Hollande said he would try to convince Russia's Putin to back Security Council sanctions against Syria, and said military action could be possible if it was backed by a UN resolution. France joined seven countries in expelling heads of Syrian diplomatic missions in a coordinated move in response to last week's killing of at least 108 people in the town of Houla. The US administration however, continues to reject any military intervention.
One of Switzerland's biggest supermarket chains says it plans to tell its customers if products have come from Jewish settlement areas in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Migros says it wants to offer customers greater transparency because the Swiss government and the United Nations consider the settlements to be illegal under international law. The chain previously identified the products only as coming from Israel. The move comes after the South African government announced its intentions to ban local importers from selling products from West Bank settlements with a label indicating that they were made in Israel.
Israel will not have one of its own in the US Congress after Itamar Gelbman failed to force a run-off race against incumbent Joe Barton in the Republican primary of Texas's sixth Congressional district. With 83 percent of precincts reporting, Barton had won 63 percent of the vote. Barton will face off against a Democratic challenger on November 6.
Following the failed vote on the settlement regulation bill, PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved new construction in West Banksettlements. The bill, which attempted to evade a High Court rulingordering the eviction of five homes in Beit El's Ulpana neighborhood,was voted down 69:22. Netanyahu and Housing and Construction MinisterAriel Atias gave the greenlight on 851 new housing units -- 300 forBeit El and 551 for four other settlements. The two agreed toimmediately issue the construction tenders. The settlements mostlikely to get new housing units at this time are Efrat, Gush Etzionand Karnei Shomron. Netanyahu is risking censure by the United Statesand Europe, which have repeatedly voiced their objection to expandingexisting settlements.
Golan Telecom announced that it has recruited more than 50,000subscribers, three weeks after its launch. The cellphone companylaunched two mobile plans on May 14 with the best deals on the market.Since then, there have been many customer complaints about the abilityto switch to it and about reaching customer service. In response, thecarrier said this was due to the unprecedented overload, which causeddelays, including in the registration process- but that it was workinghard to solve the problems.
Sheba Medical Center geneticists have found that a population of Indians in the U.S. state of Colorado has genetic Jewish roots going back to the expulsion of Jews from Spain. The common marker was a unique genetic mutation on the BRCA1 gene. This mutation, commonly known as the "Ashkenazi mutation," is found in Jews of Ashkenazi origin and is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. The trail began with research conducted by Prof. Jeffrey Weitzel, an oncogenetic expert in California.
Days after the IDF admitted it uses cyberspace to attack its enemies,additional details were revealed Tuesday on the way soldiers aretrained to defend military networks from cyber-attacks. Elbit Systems,a leading Israeli defense contractor, unveiled its newcyber-simulator, which was purchased by the IDF's C4I Directorate. Thesimulator was developed specifically to train government and militarypersonnel on how to protect critical infrastructure and sensitivecomputer networks. The simulator offers training to preventcyberwarfare by simulating network protection scenarios.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that submarines supplied byGermany to Israel were an important addition to Israel's nationalsecurity. On Monday, a German newspaper reported that submarinesproduced by Germany and supplied to Israel as part of an extensivearms deal were capable of launching nuclear-tipped cruise missiles --despite insistence by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that thesubmarines provided to Israel were not nuclear-capable. WhileNetanyahu was not asked about the submarines' nuclear capabilities, hedid say that it was important that the Jewish State knew how to defenditself against all threats. Israel is considering the purchase ofthree more German submarines, in addition to the six it has alreadybought -- three of which are already in Israel. Germany will absorb athird of the cost of the deals, and allow Israel to delay payment ofits part, until 2015.