Israel’s Tech Dream Team Is Closing In on Coronavirus Breakthroughs

By: Udi Etsion – C-Tech/Calcalist;

Daniel Gold, head of the country’s national emergency team, thinks his cross-industry team of experts can rise to the challenge of Covid-19

It is a horrifying scenario that has already become a reality in some hospitals worldwide: the number of serious or critical coronavirus (Covid-19) cases surpasses that of the available ventilators, leaving doctors to decide which patients have the best chance of survival and letting the rest go untreated.

In an attempt to protect Israel from such a nightmarish scenario, a national emergency team was set up, bringing together experts from the various ministries, different branches of the military, agencies and companies, private players, and research institutes, in an effort to, among other things, help set up a local production line for ventilators.,7340,L-3805090,00.html

After Ignoring Warnings, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Hit By Virus

By: Ariel Schalit and Ilan Ben Zion – AP News;

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Early this week, the streets of the central Israeli city of Bnei Brak were bustling with shoppers as ultra-Orthodox residents, obeying their religious leaders, ignored pleas to stay home in the face of the coronavirus threat.

By Friday, Bnei Brak had become the country’s worst hot spot and now resembles a ghost town. The military will soon be sending troops in to assist local authorities. One expert estimated that nearly 40% of the city’s population might already have been infected.

The city has become a lightning rod for anger and frustration by some secular Israelis who allege insular Haredi communities — with disproportionately high numbers of confirmed cases — are undermining national efforts to contain the virus.

Mayor de Blasio, You Have Overstepped Your Bounds

By: Michael Brown – The Christian Post;

As a religious leader born and raised in New York, I’m appealing to you to reconsider your threats to the synagogues and churches of your city. Your words, sir, were reckless and could actually provoke people of faith to defy you. What on earth prompted you to say what you said?

I’m speaking specifically of your threat to “permanently” close synagogues and churches that refuse to comply with the ban on public gatherings.

Mr. Mayor, what gives you that authority?

Mr. Mayor, who gives you that authority?

Differences on Key Issues Threaten to Bog Down Netanyahu-Gantz Unity Talks

By: Dov Lipman – Jewish News Syndicate;

Implementation of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria under the Trump peace plan, the distribution of senior government posts and the appointment of a new Knesset Speaker are reportedly three of the major sticking points threatening to send Israel back to the polls.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz have agreed to work towards the formation of an emergency unity government to end a bitter political standoff and respond effectively to the coronavirus crisis, negotiations on political appointments as well as government policies are proving difficult.

Several key issues are now placing the signing of a unity agreement in doubt. Likud MK Miki Zohar, a member of Netanyahu’s negotiating team, told JNS that “a unity government is important, but not at all costs.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu Sings Psalm 147 by Heart

In February 2020, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined Israeli television personalities Yinon Magal, Erel Segal, and Shimon Riklin in an impromptu jam session.

Together, they sang Psalm 147:12–13 in its original Hebrew. Netanyahu knew the Psalm by heart and didn’t skip a beat.


Israeli Universities, Institutes Lead the Fight against Coronavirus

By: Eliana Rudee – Jewish News Syndicate;

Staff members are at the forefront of medical technologies and innovation, task forces, methods and vaccines in the making, working to protect the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Israeli universities and institutes—and their affiliated academics, researchers, doctors, scientists and students—are leading the fight against the coronavirus. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Technion‒Israel Institute of Technology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Migal Galilee Research Institute and the Sheba Medical Center are each at the forefront of medical technologies and innovation, task forces, methods and vaccines in the making that are working to protect the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has become a global pandemic over the last few months.

Israeli Company Is Donating Potential Coronavirus Treatment to Hospitals Across US

By: Emily Jones – CBN News;

JERUSALEM, Israel – An Israeli pharmaceutical company is donating to US hospitals more than 6 million doses of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump and others as a potential new treatment for COVID-19 patients.

Teva, a pharmaceutical giant in Israel, has announced it will begin donating millions of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets to hospitals across the US starting March 31.

“Immediately upon learning of the potential benefit of hydroxychloroquine, Teva began to assess supply and to urgently acquire additional ingredients to make more product while arranging for all of what we had to be distributed immediately,” said Brendan O’Grady, Teva Executive Vice President North America Commercial, in a statement.

Norway: Muslim Migrant Sets Fire to Two Churches in Revenge for Alleged Qur’an-Burning by Norwegian

By: Robert Spencer – Jihad Watch;

“He has stated as a reason for his actions that he was angry and cursed because a Norwegian man had set fire to the Koran, without the police having done anything about it.”

Of course the police did nothing about it, because Norway is not a Sharia state, not yet anyway, and the burning of any book, while a despicable and stupid act, is not illegal. This migrant assumes that Norway should be, and should now become, a Sharia state. Norwegian authorities are likely to comply.

Will coronavirus Cause a Ceasefire between Israel and Gaza?

By: Anna Ahronheim – Jerusalem Post;

All sides need each other in this fight, even sworn enemies.

Israel and the Gaza Strip are once again at war. But this time the enemy isn’t in the form of rockets or airstrikes but rather an invisible enemy. One that has crept into every country across the world, blind to religion and nationality, killing thousands.

Israel’s war against the novel coronavirus – which has claimed the life of one man and has been diagnosed in 1,238 others – began over a month ago. Borders were quickly closed to travelers and citizens who flew into the country were ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Amazon Bans Sale of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and other Nazi Books

By: Ron Kampeas – Jewish Telegraphic Agency;

Amazon has banned the sale of most editions of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and other Nazi propaganda books following decades-long pleas by Holocaust education organizations and Jewish groups.

Booksellers were informed in recent days that they would no longer be allowed to sell a number of Nazi-authored books on the website, including “Mein Kampf,” The Guardian reported Monday on its website, citing Amazon emails to sellers.

In one email seen by the Guardian, sellers of secondhand copies of Hitler’s Nazi manifesto were told that “they can no longer offer this book” since it breaks the Amazon website’s code of conduct.