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‘Mega” Gas Field Discovered off Egyptian Coast

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

The Italian Eni energy group announced Sunday it has discovered one of the world’s largest natural gas fields off the Egyptian coast.

If the estimates are not exaggerated and if the “Zohr” field comes online in the future, it would mean that Egypt would be self-sufficient in its gas needs for decades. It also would put an end to any idea that Egypt will buy gas from Israel, which in recent years has enjoyed discoveries of gas fields that have been called the largest discoveries in the world in the past decade.

The find in Egypt dwarfs the field in Israel.

Eni stated:

According to the well and geophysical data available, the field could hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place

Zohr is the largest gas discovery ever made in Egypt and in the Mediterranean Sea and could become one of the world’s largest natural-gas finds.

 

Netanyahu: No Objection to ‘Civilian” Nuclear Program in Iran

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

This weekend Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his counterpart, Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi, that he has no objection to a “civilian nuclear program” in for Iran but worries about a military nuclear program.

The two men met Saturday night to discuss how Israel and Italy can further expand cooperation in technology, agriculture, culture and science. Also discussed were way to cooperate “in fighting terrorism, in security and stability for our world.”

“Civilization today is under threat from militant Islam. The savagery of the Islamic State of ISIS captures the world’s attention, and justifiably so,” Netanyahu noted.

“But I believe that a far more serious threat is posed by another Islamic state, the Islamic State of Iran, and specifically its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“Israel doesn’t oppose a civilian nuclear program in Iran. We oppose a military nuclear program in Iran. And regrettably, the deal with Iran allows it to keep and expand a formidable nuclear infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes, but is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said.

“The deal will give Iran within 13 years the ability to make as many centrifuges as they want, enrich as much uranium as they want to whatever level that they want. And this will put the Iranian Islamic state that practices terrorism worldwide, it will put it on the threshold of an entire nuclear arsenal.

“But well before that, Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars of sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and terrorism in the Middle East, in North Africa and beyond that. I think that this will make Iran far richer and far stronger militarily, and it will make it far more difficult to confront its nuclear ambitions in the future,” Netanyahu explained.

At present, Netanyahu pointed out, Italy and all of Europe faces a wave of increasing illegal immigration. “Thousands upon thousands flee the horrors of militant Islamic terrorism in Libya, across the Middle East and in Africa. This is a great tragedy and a great challenge.

“We both want to see greater security in the Mediterranean region and beyond. We are committed to building a better world where our children can enjoy peace and prosperity.

“I believe this is what the people of Israel and the people of Italy expect from us both,” Netanyahu said.

PM Netanyahu to Meet Italian PM, Visit Expo 2015 in Milan

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is on his way to Italy, where he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and also to visit Expo 2015 in Milan.

The expo is the venue for the agricultural and food industry in Europe.

A long list of world leaders have already made their way to the trade show, whose them is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” Included among the honored visitors thus far have been Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as the presidents of France, Russia, Austria, Ireland, Mexico and Colombia.

Netanyahu will first visit the pavilion presented by the State of Israel, and then several others, including those representing Italy, the United States and China.

The Israeli pavilion introduces the world to technological developments and innovative systems that Israel uses on a daily basis. The pavilion itself was built with advanced tools based on ‘green technology,’ including energy-saving devices and special water and air equipment.

The pavilion also displays the unique character of the State of Israel, albeit with its special emphasis on advanced agriculture and technology. It presents Israel’s historical and cultural values, and its agricultural heritage from Biblical times to the present.

The entire pavilion is environment-friendly and recyclable without impact on the environment. The vertical Fields of Tomorrow is a demonstration of Israel’s abilities in various areas including the cultivation of rocky land, growth of vegetables in the desert, new methods of irrigation and improvement of seed quality.

Ben Gurion Airport Hits Peak in Passenger Traffic

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Approximately 70,000 passengers on 430 flights will have passed through Ben Gurion Airport by the end of Thursday, making it the busiest day of the year so far.

Tourism is up by approximately 7 percent, and 1.7 million passengers are expected to arrive and depart at the airport next month.

Israel suffered a sharp decline in tourism last August and September during Operation Protective Edge and now is rebounding.

Turkey, which Israel sunned two years ago after worsening relations, is back in favor and follows Greece as the favorite destination. Next in line are Italy and the year.
Slightly more than a quarter of passengers fly El Al.

Netanyahu Warns World Leaders, ‘Stand Against Terrorism in Israel’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the international community to also take a stand against terror when it occurs in Israel.

The prime minister made some pointed remarks prior to the start of his meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilloni on Tuesday (June 30), commenting on two attacks the previous day that left five people seriously wounded – one in critical condition.

“I would like to send my best wishes for a rapid and full recovery to the Israeli citizens who were wounded last night in the terrorist attack near Shilo and to the soldier who was stabbed near Rachel’s Tomb,” he said.

“Attempts to attack us do not halt even for a moment. The ISA and IDF have foiled dozens of terrorist attacks since the start of the year and over 200 since the start of 2014.

“We are determined to take strong action and deal with the terrorists to the fullest extent of the law.

“The fact that up until now, the Palestinian Authority has not condemned these attacks needs to bother not only us, but also the international community as a whole,” he said pointedly.

Within minutes after a car bombing in Cairo on Monday night, the White House issued a statement condemning the terror attack that killed Egypt’s attorney general, Hisham Barakat, and nine other people.

Earlier in the day, A female Israeli soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian Authority terrorist at a checkpoint near Rachel’s Tomb and nearly died. She was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital where she remained unconscious until this morning. Late Monday night, four young Israeli men were shot in a driveby road terror attack on Highway 60 near Shvut Rachel, in the Binyamin district of Samaria east of Shilo — about 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Jerusalem.

“Those who do not take an unequivocal stand against terrorism cannot wash their hands,” Netanyahu said.

Qualcomm Co-Founder Donates $50 Million to Technion

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Qualcomm cofounder Prof. Andrew Viterbi said he is donating $50 million to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion.

Viterbi, a native of Italy who grew up in the United States, has donated to Technion in the past, but the new grant makes him the university’s largest private donor.

This is not Viterbi’s first donation to the Technion, but it is his largest.

He co-founded the Qualcomm chip company and invented the Viterbi Algorithm for decoding signals.

Prof. Viterbi’s visisted and lectured at Technion in 1967, when he was on Sabbatical from UCLA, and he was granted an honorary Doctorate in 2000, when also was named a Technion Distinguished Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie said:

This is the greatest honor for a professor at the Technion, and has been granted up until now to only six people, three of whom were Nobel Prize winners. The degree enables Viterbi to come to the Technion whenever he wants, and there was a period when he visited here every year.

Viterbi said after announcing the latest donation, “Technion electrical engineering graduates are in large part responsible for creating and sustaining Israel’s high-tech industry, which has been essential for Israel’s economic success.”
Technion graduates have been responsible for founding and managing 1,602 high-tech companies, he added.
The grant will enable Technion to enlarge the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Italy’s Busiest Airport Facing Summer Slowdown

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Traveling to Europe this summer, and passing through Italy? Expect possible delays…

The busiest airport in Italy is about to slow down, just in time for the summer season.

Rome’s Fiumicino Airport — also known as Leonardo da Vinci airport — plans to cut operations by 40 percent starting this Saturday. El Al Airlines flies daily to and from Rome, so Israelis are likely to be affected by this situation as well as everyone else around the world.

The move comes in the wake of a fire that damaged the airport, the sixth largest hub for air traffic in Europe.

The airport has only been able to operate at 80 percent capacity since the fire, which closed part of the airport and which has been under investigation since May 7. Capacity will be cut at the airport to 60 percent, starting with a gradual shutdown of arrivals at Terminal 3 beginning at midnight this Friday.

It is not yet clear how long the slowdown is expected to last.

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