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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Galilee’

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Hana Levi Julian

A New Luxury Hotel in the Upper Galilee Set On Attracting More Tourists

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

A new luxury hotel, which took more than 20 years to complete, is set to open in Israel’s Upper Galilee. The Galilion hotel features 120 luxury rooms, a large conference center, a health spa and a swimming pool.

The project was planned and overseen by chief architects Gadi Rubenstein and Oshrat Brown, who were able to secure an investment totalling NIS 90 million ($23 million) for the project, which began in 1995. In an interview with Tazpit Press Service (TPS), Rubenstein said that residents from Kibbutz Kfar Giladi of the Upper Galilee approached him with the idea to transform kibbutz-owned land into a tourist project.

Rubenstein said that while the hotel was not the first in the region, it is the first independent hotel unattached to a kibbutz or pre-existing enterprise since the land was acquired from Kfar Giladi some distance from the kibbutz itself. The hotel, whose construction began in 2011, is part of a larger venture which will include the opening of an industrial center that will have a farmers’ market, a spa health club and restaurants.

“There has never been such a project in the Upper Galilee,” Rubenstein told TPS.

Additionally, tourists will also have the opportunity to fly in an observation balloon and see the entire Galilee region and Mount Hermon from a height of 150 meters. Organized walking and driving tours will also be available into the Agamon Hula bird nature park in the Hula Valley.

“The Agamon Hula nature park is a great tourist attraction – hundreds of bird species come here during migration seasons,” pointed out Rubenstein.

“Previously people would come to the north just to travel around but now I hope that they will stay for longer periods of time,” said Rubenstein.

Rubenstein anticipates that the Galilion hotel will be open for business by May or June.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

SanDisk to Open R & D Center in Israeli Arab City

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The giant SanDisk flash-storage company has announced it will build a new research and development center in a northern Arab city, where dozens of Arabs will work.

The announcement comes at an opportune time. While Israeli Arab misfits riot and try to kill Jews, the majority are interested in a better social and financial life.

The new center will be located in Yafia, near the Lower Galilee city of Nazareth whose mayor earlier this week said he was fed up with loud-mouth Arab Knesset Members whose incendiary speeches incite others to terror.

He said they are ruining the city by scaring away thousands of Israeli Jewish shoppers.

SanDisk already employs approximately 650 people in Israel at its facilities in Kfar Saba, north of Tel Aviv, Omer, located north of Be’er Sheva, and Tefen in the northern Galilee.

The new center will attract Arabs from Haifa and Nazareth.

SanDisk Israel CEO Shahar Bar-or told Globes:

When we decided to establish the center six months ago, we couldn’t have imagined that the opening ceremony would take place at a time of tension and the recent events.

The integration of Arab engineers in the high-tech industry is now more important than ever. The main and most important reason is that the high-tech industry needs the capabilities and qualifications of the entire population in Israel, and we’re losing out on thousands of excellent Arab engineers.

The second reason is that only employment at high wages can bring about real integration of the Arab population in Israeli society.”

Another high-tech company located n the area is Galil Software, which has a stated goal of hiring Arab engineers.

Jewish Press Staff

Alert Woman Helps Foil Terror Stabbings in Northern Israel

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

An alert female employee at a gasoline station in the Lower Galilee foiled a terrorist attack last Tuesday afternoon by calling the police after suspecting that two Arab youth were terrorists.

She turned out to be right.

The youth, ages 16 and 17, tried to escape, but the police caught up with them and searched them

They discovered they were carrying a knife and a jackknife, and the suspects confessed that they were planning to carry out stabbing attacks but had not yet decided where.

Like most of the attacks and planned attacks during the recent wave of terror, the Arab youth apparently were acting on their own and were totally amateurish.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab Terrorists Attack Israeli Drivers in Upper Galilee

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Israeli motorists in northern Israel were targeted by Arab terrorists along Route 65 who threw stones at two private vehicles and a bus.

The vehicles were traveling in Lower Galilee near the community of Kfar Tabor.

Both cars were damaged in the attacks, but the passengers were not physically injured.

Arab terrorists also targeted motorists along Route 85 in the Upper Galilee, near the Druze town of Majdal Krum.

None of those traveling in the area were hurt by the stones thrown in that attack, according to local sources.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Large Brush Fire Contained in Galilee

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Firefighters have managed to contain a large brush fire after the blaze ignited between the Galilee communities of Abu Senan and the village of Khalil.

A ground crew of eight firefighters was backed up by four firefighting aircraft that worked to prevent the flames from spreading to homes in the complex topography of the area.

Another concern was the issue of the northern winds, which were blowing the flames towards an ancient olive grove.

There have been numerous wildfires throughout Israel this summer due to the extremely dry, hot conditions and also to a number of terrorist arsons. It is not yet clear how this fire started.

Hana Levi Julian

US Warns Americans Away From Golan Heights, Upper Galilee

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

The United States Embassy in Tel Aviv is warning Americans against traveling to the Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee.

The travel advisory issued Saturday followed rocket fire from Syria on Thursday that struck northern Israel.

“Due to the launching of rockets from Syria toward Israel and other cross-border activity in northeastern Israel and northern Golan Heights on August 20 and 21, we urge US citizens to carefully consider and possibly defer travel in the Upper Galilee area of northern Israel… until the situation stabilizes.”

Iron Dome anti-missile defense batteries have been deployed in Ashdod, Ashkelon and Be’er Sheva in southern Israel as well, due to the possibility of rocket fire emanating from Gaza as well.

Two of the rockets fired at Israel on Thursday exploded in the Galilee Panhandle, and two others landed in the Golan Heights. Fires were ignited in open fields in both regions as a result.

The IDF attacked 14 Syrian positions in retaliation for the rocket fire. The IDF struck the central Golan Heights region on the Syrian side late Thursday night using tanks, artillery and the Air Force.

The rocket fire was launched by an Islamic Jihad terror group, funded by Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson, who added the attack was an infringement on Israeli sovereignty.

Hana Levi Julian

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