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January 21, 2017 / 23 Tevet, 5777

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Netanyahu Cuts Off UN $6 Million Allowance

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday night posted on his Facebook page: “Yesterday we officially announced to the United Nations that we will be cutting our annual contribution to the UN by six million dollars.” He added: “Israel will not support bodies that are acting against it as a result of UN sponsorship.”

“One of these organizations is UNRWA, which funds Palestinian textbooks that incite against Israel, deny Israel’s right to exist, and call the city of Tel Aviv ‘Tel al-Rabia,” Netanyahu explained.

“In two weeks I will receive recommendations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for additional steps to take against the United Nations,” Netanyahu stated.

In 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and only 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined: one each on Syria, Iran, North Korea and Crimea.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopting 20 anti-Israel resolutions and only 3 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.

David Israel

Chinese Pharma Investing $20 Million in Israeli Smart Shirt Startup

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

HealthWatch, an Israeli pioneer in harnessing textile technology to produce fashionable, smart-digital garments with interwoven sensors that unobtrusively measure vital signs at hospital-grade quality on Monday announced that Shijiazhuang Yiling Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Has invested $20 million in the Israeli startup. Shijiazhuang Yiling is traded on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange at a $2.5 billion market cap.

Woven into the fabric used in HealthWatch’s hWear shirts are very thin electrocardiogram sensors that take in the data associated with the wearer’s vital signs and upload this information to the wearer via a mobile device, or to a doctor. The patient can be alerted to seek medical attention without having to first get to a clinic for an ECG exam.

The hWear shirt works with HealthWatch’s MasterCaution line of products, which use mobile and cloud technology for monitoring and reporting critical health information. It is designed for people who are active (the shirts are machine-washable).

“We sell peace of mind,” said HealthWatch chairman Dr. Yoram Romem, whose website explains: “We have developed a pure textile smart garment incorporating specialized three-dimensional (3D) dry textile electrode sensors with proprietary advanced knitting software.

“The 3D dry textile electrodes maintain flexibility and stability when the garment is moved, bent or machine-washed. They also eliminate the need for time-consuming skin preparation, such as shaving adhesives, by maximizing the contact area on the skin. Our advanced knitting software enables automatic self-placement of electrodes, removing the need for a medical professional, and saving valuable clinical time.

“Our smart clothing technology enables accurate vital sign monitoring anywhere. For cardiac patients our hospital quality, continuous 12-15 lead ECG monitoring can see the full ECG cardiac picture in real-time outside the hospital setting. This may enable the discovery of previously undetectable cardiac conditions such as cardiac ischemia, and more accurate monitoring of arrhythmias for improved patient safety. All other homecare smart wearables on the market are 3-5 lead ECG’s so lack this accuracy. Our patented platform technology can be adapted to fit wider market needs with new textile sensors (e.g. Bispectral Index (BIS), Electromyogram (EMG)) developed to extend clinical applications.”


1.1 Million Israelis Volunteered in 2015

Monday, December 5th, 2016

In 2015, about 1.1 million Israelis, or 21% of adults age 20 and older out of the country’s permanent population have volunteered in various areas of activity.

On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, December 5, 2016, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics released selected data from its 2015 social survey about volunteering in Israel. The data refers only to Israeli adults age 20 and up.

Percentages of Israelis who volunteered in 2015:

20% of women

22% of Men

23% of Jews

8% of Arabs

22% ages 20-64

16% ages 65 and up

45% volunteered as part of an organization

42% volunteered privately

13% volunteered both privately and in an organized endeavor

Out of the organized volunteers (632 thousand), 35% volunteered through a group dedicated to helping the needy. 22% volunteered in education.


Elbit Gets US Army Mortar Weapon Systems $103 Million Contract

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Elbit Systems Ltd. On Wednesday announced that its US subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, LLC, was awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (‘ID/IQ’) contract for the production of mortar weapon systems. The contract, with a maximum value of up to approximately $103 million, will be carried out over a five-year period. An initial purchase order has already been awarded.

Elbit Systems of America signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) with the United States Army’s Watervliet Arsenal (WVA), New York, which will effectively employ WVA as a subcontractor to Elbit Systems of America on many mortar components.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the United States Army by supplying our warfighters with the mortar weapon systems that enhance their mission effectiveness and provide the necessary precision and flexibility to address current and future threats,” commented Raanan Horowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elbit Systems of America.

The award of the mortar weapon systems solidifies Elbit Systems of America’s position as the leading provider of mortar systems for the US Army.

David Israel

Days Before the Elections Adelsons Give Trump $10 Million

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, finally gave $10 million in September to mega-donor Todd Ricketts’s pro-Trump super PAC Future45, according to the latest filings with the Federal Election Commission. The group raised another $2.3 million from Todd Ricketts’ billionaire father, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, and energy executives Joe Craft and Jay Bergman.

According to a Politico analysis, only $68.7 million out of the $212 million Trump collected over the past three months in joint ventures with the RNC and state parties ended up in his campaign coffers, with $63.5 going to overhead expenses: consultants, catering, space rentals, list rentals, direct mail and online ads. Another $9.3 million is earmarked for special RNC accounts for convention expenses. The rest was split with the RNC and state parties. According to the FEC filings, the Hillary Clinton campaign spent only 22 cents on overhead for every dollar raised, compared with Trump’s 30.

Back in September, The Guardian reported that Adelson was planning to donate as much as $25 million to Future45. Later that figure was reduced to a mere $5 million, and now, apparently, they settled on $10 million.

Last week, Trump mentioned Adelson at a rally in Nevada, when he referred to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the largest newspaper in Nevada, which Adelson purchased through a proxy last year. “Good paper, owned by a great guy — Sheldon, Sheldon, Sheldon Adelson,” Trump said, adding that Adelson is a “big supporter of Israel.”

Statements from both presidential campaigns made on Saturday showed Clinton leading with $154 million raised in September and $150 million cash on hand, to Trump’s $100 million raised and $75 million in the hand.


As 5777 Rolls In, Israel’s Population at 8.585 Million

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

On the eve of the Jewish new year 5777, Israel’s population is estimated at 8.585 million, not including about 183 thousand foreign residents, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Jewish population of Israel has reached about 6.419 million, constituting 74.8% of the overall population.

The Arab population is 1.786 million, or 20.8% of the overall population.

Non-Arab Christians, as well as members of other religions and individuals without religious affiliation are estimated at 380 thousand, about 4.4% of the overall population.

Since last Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population has grown by about 172,000. The rate of growth remained at 2%, similar to previous years.

About 189 thousand babies were born in Israel in 5776, and an estimated 46 thousand passed away.

Some 30 thousand were added to the immigration balance, 25 thousand out of them new olim.

It should be noted that 5776 was a leap year, with 13 lunar months, or 385 days.


He Promised $100 Million, Now Adelson Finally Gives Trump $5 Million

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Back in May, the NY Times reported that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson promised presidential hopeful Donald Trump in a private meeting that he was willing to contribute “a sum that could exceed $100 million,” this “according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment.” Well, according to CNN, on Tuesday Adelson kept 5% of said commitment. This time Adelson, who in 2012 sank $100 million in several Republican nominees and ended up with zero returns on his investment, will hand out $40 million to Congressional Republicans and only $5 million to the Trump campaign.

CNN pointed out that even this smaller donation is the first the Adelsons have doled out in all of the 2016 election season. After the giant bundle he parted with four years ago, Adelson has been courted by the entire Republican presidential field and every Republican on the Hill. Now that Sheldon and his wife Miriam have decided to give something, other big time GOP donors might get over their fears of helping Trump become the next president. In that context, Trump needed Adelson’s approval more than his money.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have had their best fundraising month in August, pulling in $143 million for the campaign and for the party. This represents a 58% rise from July, when Hillary took in $90 million. The Washington Post reported that in August $62 million went to Hillary and $81 million to the Democratic National Committee and state parties. So, pneumonia, shneumonia, Hillary attended more than 70 fundraising events in August.

In May, Adelson wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post that since “it is clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president … I am endorsing Trump’s bid for president and strongly encourage my fellow Republicans — especially our Republican elected officials, party loyalists and operatives, and those who provide important financial backing — to do the same.” Not so much out of his admiration for the real estate magnate from New York City, but because “the alternative to Trump being sworn in as the nation’s 45th president is frightening.”

Adelson berated “some Republicans” who are “sitting on the sidelines, threatening to stay home on Election Day or, worse, suggesting they will vote for Clinton. They must realize the stakes are too high for an outcome that will have a damaging impact on our country.”

So, it’s clear Adelson doesn’t like Hillary Clinton. Does the same go for his protégé, Prime Minister Netanyahu? Who knows. The fact that Adelson is only risking $5 million on his Trump investment, after having lavished so much more on the likes of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, speaks volumes.

David Israel

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