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Ministers Aim To Reduce Vacation Costs In Israel

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon presented a national plan earlier on Wednesday, November 11 that aims to reduce vacationing costs in Israel.

“We are jointly presenting today a broad national program that, for the first time, deals with the core issues of tourism and creates a historical procedure which, according to professional sources, will reduce the cost of vacationing in Israel by about 20% over five years,” explained Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “This is a step that will be felt in the pocket of each and everyone of us.”

As part of the plan introduced by Ministers Levin and Kahlon, approximately 15,000 hotel rooms will be built over the next five years and 27,000 hotel rooms over the next ten years. The increase in the number of hotel rooms is meant to increase competition, helping to reduce vacation costs by about twenty percent.

Additionally, hotels will be considered “national infrastructure,” allowing for the approval process of hotel construction by the National Infrastructure Committee, to be much more fluid and quick.

In particular, the plan seeks to make an easier business environment for entrepreneurs in the hotel industry. “The program will ensure that entrepreneurs will not be forced to go through the bureaucratic ordeals, and the construction of a hotel in Israel will no longer be a dream,” Levin said.

The plan also attempts to minimize risk for entrepreneurs. Independent local committees for example, will be able to approve up to 20% of hotel rights for residential purposes, helping to reduce risk assumed by entrepreneurs in a hotel project.

“We are providing an answer and a solution to entrepreneurs and investors from Israel and overseas that, until now, have been prevented from investing in hotels in Israel, and we are reducing the economic risk inherent in investment,” explained Levin pointing to the potential benefits for entrepreneurs.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, Chairman of the Kulanu Party echoed Minister Levin’s remarks. “Strengthening the tourism sector in these times in particular is in the national interest,” said Kahlon.

“Shortening the procedures for planning and construction in the industry joins the other initiatives in the housing market that we are leading, by removing the obstacles and reducing unnecessary bureaucracy,” continued Kahlon. “We will continue to work to increase competition, reduce the cost of living and ease the lives of citizens in all spheres of life.”

Bureaucratic hurdles and a shortfall of hotel rooms pushed Ministers Levin and Kahlon to initiate reforms in the hotel industry. Despite the construction of approximately 3,000 new hotel rooms in Israel over the last decade, the cost for overnight hotel accommodations increased by about 70% over the same time period.

The national plan aims to match supply with increasing demand and is scheduled to be presented for government approval on Sunday, November 15.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Israeli Salt Maker to Push Sodium Reduction at Paris Food Ingredient Fare

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

JNi.media) Israeli manufacturer Salt of the Earth, a global industry leader in salt and salt-related products, launches Umamix, its new sodium reduction ingredient for hamburgers and processed meat at Fi Europe, Paris, December 1-3.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds on to water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It accounts for two-thirds of all strokes and half of heart disease.

Salt is widely used in meat processing as a flavor enhancer as well as a functional ingredient. Hamburgers or meatballs typically contain 1.2-2% salt. But according to the latest lab tests results, Umamix can help decrease sodium by 45% in hamburgers and meatballs, and by 33% in frankfurter sausages, without affecting the taste of the final product. It is heat stable, pH stable, kosher, halal and has no artificial ingredients.

“Consumers are concerned more than ever about sodium content in their foods, but refuse to compromise on taste-and, of course, they also demand a clean label,” says Revital Ben Shachar, Marketing Manager for Salt of the Earth. “Our sodium reduction ingredient is designed to address these needs and keep the consumer-craved salty, savory flavor. This highly cost-effective ingredient thus allows processors to meet all consumer demand targets.”

Food Ingredients Europe and Natural Ingredients 2015 is a global food & natural ingredients exhibition, that attracted 1,300 exhibitors and some 23,000 visitors in 2013. The event is held bi-annually in different cities throughout Europe, and alternates with “HIE – Health Ingredients Europe.”

Salt of the Earth has been producing sustainable sea salt solutions for the global food industry since 1922, with customers in more than 30 countries on five continents.

Look for them at Fi Europe, booth #6N105.

JNi.Media

Kuseifa Arab Questioned for Incitement on Facebook

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

An Arab resident of the Bedouin town of Kuseifa was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of incitement to violence.

Kuseifa is a 10-minute drive west of the Negev city of Arad along Highway 31, just past the ancient Biblical city of Arad, where tourists can view the archaeological excavation of Tel Arad.

The 20-year-old, an employee at a factory at the Dead Sea in southern Israel, was taken into custody by police in the area, according to the Walla! website.

“The intifada has started, and I am sure that afterwards there will not be one Jewish pig here,” the worker reportedly wrote on his Facebook page.

He was taken for questioning by police to the precinct in Arad.

Kuseifa is comprised of Bedouin and Palestinian Arabs who have intermarried together, most of whom originate from the Hebron area.

Jewish Press Staff

Camel Caravan Stalls Chabad Rabbi at the Dead Sea

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart. It is well known that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are among the bravest rabbis in the world, of course.

Last week even Chabad of Dead Sea director Rabbi Shimon Elharar met his match, running into a massive “traffic jam” on the highway alongside the Dead Sea.

“It’s not only in Tel Aviv that one has to worry about getting stuck,” Elharar chuckled in an exclusive interview with JewishPress.com.

“We were driving back from a Bat Mitzvah atop the cliff-top fortress at Masada,” said the rabbi, “and suddenly we found ourselves in the middle of a ‘traffic jam.’”

A massive camel herd simply strolled into the road, right in front of Elharar’s amazed eyes. The rabbi barely had time to hit the brakes, he said.

“God allowed those camels to pass me [on the road],” the emissary said with a laugh.

Elharar typically spends half of his day in his car, visiting Jews at locations from one end of the Dead Sea to the other.

Hana Levi Julian

Weather Forecast: 100 Degrees in Jerusalem

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

It won’t be plain hot on Shabbat. It will be boiling hot.

It gets even worse on Sunday, and a horrid heat wave will stick around for several days. Sunday will be the worst, when temperatures will reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit (47 Celsius) in Eilat, but the rest of the week simply will be a bit “less hot” but not  “cooler.”

Even Jerusalem thermometers will hit 100 degrees (38 Celsius) on Sunday after reaching 95-97 degrees Fahrenheit (35-36 Celsius) on Shabbat.

The central plains, immediately east of the Mediterranean Coast, will be muggy, with the humidity at 70 percent at temperatures in the upper 90s.

Rare summer thunderstorms are expected in the Dead Sea and Eilat areas Sunday afternoon and evening.

Hold tight. Winter is on the way in about three months, and don’t start whining for summer when it snows.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Archaeologists Discover that Ancient Dead Sea Scroll Is Chapter of Leviticus

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Archaeologists have learned a pleasant surprise: One of the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls that never has been understood turns out to be a 1,500-year-old copy of the beginning of the Book of Leviticus (VaYikra).

Modern technologies made it possible for the first time to read the contents of the burnt scroll that was found 45 years ago inside the Holy Ark of the ancient synagogue at Ein Gedi excavations, on the western shore of the Dead Sea.

This is the first time in any archaeological excavation that a Torah scroll was found in a synagogue, particularly inside a Holy Ark.

The extraordinary find, presented at a press conference Monday, was the conclusion of efforts during the last year that brought the Biblical verses back to life after state of the art and advanced technologies preserved and documented the Dead Sea scrolls.

The scroll of the first chapter of Leviticus, was written in Hebrew and was dated by Carbon 14 analysis to the late sixth–century CE, making it the most ancient scroll from the five books of the Hebrew Bible to be found since the Dead Sea scrolls, most of which are ascribed to the end of the Second Temple period (first century BCE-first century CE).

The Israel Antiquities Authority Israel’s Merkel Technologies Company last year cooperated to perform high-resolution 3-D scanning of some Dead Sea Scrolls fragments and phylactery (tefillin) cases by means of a Micro-CT scanner.

The fragment of the Ein Gedi scroll was scanned along with the phylacteries and phylactery cases. The Israel Antiquities Authority then sent the outcome of these scans to University of Kentucky Professor Brent Seales, who developed digital imaging software that allows to virtually unroll the scroll and visualize the text.

This enabled the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus to suddenly became legible:

The Lord summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying:

Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: When any of you bring an offering of livestock to the Lord, you shall bring your offering from the herd or from the flock.

If the offering is a burnt-offering from the herd, you shall offer a male without blemish; you shall bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, for acceptance in your behalf before the Lord. You shall lay your hand on the head of the burnt-offering, and it shall be acceptable in your behalf as atonement for you.

The bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord; and Aaron’s sons the priests shall offer the blood, dashing the blood against all sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. The burnt-offering shall be flayed and cut up into its parts.

The sons of the priest Aaron shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the parts, with the head and the suet, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. (Leviticus 1:1-8).

Dr. Sefi Porath, who discovered the scroll in the 1970 Ein Gedi excavations, said, “The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting. Ein Gedi was a Jewish village in the Byzantine period (fourth–seventh century CE) and had a synagogue with an exquisite mosaic floor and a Holy Ark.

“The settlement was completely burnt to the ground, and none of its inhabitants ever returned to reside there again, or to pick through the ruins in order to salvage valuable property. In the archaeological excavations of the burnt synagogue, we found in addition to the charred scroll fragments, a bronze seven-branched candelabrum (menorah), the community’s money box containing c. 3,500 coins, glass and ceramic oil lamps, and vessels that held perfume.

“We have no information regarding the cause of the fire, but speculation about the destruction ranges from Bedouin raiders from the region east of the Dead Sea to conflicts with the Byzantine government.”

Jewish Press Staff

Update: Armed Terrorist Shot by IDF at Jordan Valley Highway Checkpoint

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Israeli soldiers shot and critically wounded a Palestinian Authority terrorist who shot at them at a Jordan Valley checkpoint several miles south of Beit Shean Friday morning.

The soldiers, Reservists, were not injured. Sappers are checking to determine if the terrorist was carrying explosives.

The terrorist had stopped his car at the checkpoint, got out of the vehicle and then shot at the soldiers as he approached them.

Highway 90, the only north-south road that links the Dead Sea with Beit Shean through the Jordan Valley, has been closed in both directions.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

This is the handgun a terrorist used to try to murder Israeli Reservists soldiers Friday morning.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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