Michael Ordman highlights Israel's latest achievements in the fields of technology, health, business, co-existence and building the Jewish State...
Mon,Dec 9,2013 6 Tevet 5774
The Israeli elections are over and we are now into the period of horse-trading that inevitably is required to build a new coalition for governing the country. Excluding the politicians, however, most Israelis are going about their regular business. The country’s many forward-thinking entrepreneurs continue building new enterprises or expanding their current ones, which will undoubtedly bring huge benefits to the world.
We need to keep moving in order to appreciate Israel’s number one position in the market for Gesture Technology - the latest feature that lets you communicate with your personal computer by waving your hands in front of the built-in camera. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Israeli companies PointGrab and eyeSight revealed their latest deals; PointGrap’s with Samsung’s smart TVs and eyeSight’s with AMD’s new graphics chip. We now increase the speed in order to catch up with the new Chevy Corvette C7 Stingray sports car. The new model is much lighter and stronger than similar vehicles, thanks to the very same dense plastic composite material that protects US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The material is manufactured by Plasan Sasa, which is based at Kibbutz Sasa in Northern Israel.
China’s fast-moving assembly lines may be producing most of the world’s TV flat screens, but they need Israeli hi-tech equipment to control them. Israel’s Orbotech has just won a contract for $40 million of its latest generation flat-screen control panels for automated optical inspection and array testing. China also needs Israeli help in order to manufacture fertilizer for the crops required to feed its huge population. It has just ordered 660,000 tons of Israeli Potash as part of a 3 million tons agreement (worth $1.2bn) over three years.
“What about the Arabs?” Firstly, Israel’s Ministry of Science sponsored a conference on “The Role of Research & Development in Economic Development in the Arab Community”. The conference was organized by the NGO Triangle Research & Development Center, which addresses topics affecting the Arab community in Israel. Israel also provides support to those neighbors who display a genuine desire to have peaceful relations with the Jewish State. For example, thirty farmers from Gaza were given permits to enter Israel in order to attend an agricultural exhibition. Ramadan Abu Naja from Gaza said, “We came here to learn about Israeli agriculture. We will take some of the types of produce that we like back with us into Gaza.