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Orange to Pay ‘Partner’ $50 million for Studying Damage from BDS Fiasco

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The French-based Orange telecom company has agreed to pay Israeli-based Partner Communications $45 million for a study of damage caused by the fiasco two months ago caused by Orange CEO’s comments that he would like to get rid of Partner.

The agreement also allows Orange to terminate the Brand Licensing Agreement during a one-year period if Partner does not cut off ties first in the 12 months beforehand. If Partner exercises its right to end the connection, it will cost the company an additional $56 million.

The funding for the study also covers expenses Partner incurred to deal with the fallout from Orange CEO Stephane Richard’s remarks in Cairo, where he said:

Believe me I would cancel the contract tomorrow if I could… I know that it is a sensitive issue here in Egypt, but not only in Egypt … We want to be one of the trustful partners of all Arab countries.

Previous protests by the BDS movement have tried to pressure Orange to cut its ties with Israel. There always is the possibility that a company is faking reasons its pull out of Israel or Judea and Samaria. BDS charges Partner with the sin of erecting approximately 100 antennas on “Palestinian land.”

Everyone has jumped to conclusions that Richard was succumbing to BDS, and even the new agreement has been met with suspicions that Orange simply is trying to diplomatically cooperate with BDS under the cover of deal that seems to be “strictly business.”

It delights the media, left-wing and right-wing alike, to celebrate or bemoan a BDS victory, but sometimes it is poppycock.

Richard, despite his remarks that obviously pander to Arabs, has claimed there is a legitimate business reason for wanting to end the arrangement with Partner. Israel is the only country in the world where a local company uses the Orange brand but is not part of the French conglomerate. Partner reportedly simply pays Orange approximately $4 million for the right use the Orange name. It is a tiny sum for the French conglomerate.

The new agreement and funding by Orange gives the Partner to examine how much damage, if any, was caused by the blow-up following Richard’s remarks and what would be involved in trying to come up with a brand name instead of Orange.

Richard’s comments provoked so much excitement that Richard even flew into Israel, met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, expressed his love for Israel and said he opposed boycotts.

The fact is that Orange is invested in Israel and operates a technological hothouse.

In addition, Partner told The JewishPress.com that when the Israel firm started its own innovations laboratory two years ago, Orange asked to participate. it was rejected because the Partner investment recruited people to participate but did not take any outside funding. However, the Orange’s interest spurred it to start up its own independent research lab.

Despite the plain wording of today’s press release in the new Partner-Orange arrangement, several media outlets mis-reported that “Orange, Partner Communications sign deal to end brand agreement” (Indian Times”) and that “Orange to end license deal with Partners Comms.” (CBS Marketwatch).

Unless the whole arrangement is an expensive ruse to bury BDS, which is quite fanciful, BDS can crawl back into its hole.

This is not the first time a company has moved operations due to business considerations but allegedly because of BDS.

SodaStream pulled out of Maaleh Adumim, east of Jerusalem, this year after completion of its new and more modern factory in the Negev, five minutes from the new extension of the high-speed Highway 6 (Kvish) highway that makes it a lot closer to Ben Gurion Airport.

A Fighter Pilot Gets Her Wings

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulates one of the newly graduated Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim Air Base in the Negev on June 25, 2015.

Newly graduated fighter pilots. June 25, 2015.

Newly graduated fighter pilots. June 25, 2015.

Palestinian Authority Unveils TV ‘Fifth Column’ Weapon against Israel

Monday, June 8th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority will launch a new television channel aimed at Israel’s 1.6 Arab citizens whose Knesset Members’ speeches have been increasingly hateful of Israel, Zionism and Jews.

The name of the channel clearly states the agenda of the Palestinian Authority. It is called “F48.” meaning Falstin [Palestine] 1948.

Israeli media reported:

The channel will air mainly cultural and social affairs programs designed to forge a connection between the descendants of the Arabs who stayed in Israel after it was established in 1948 and those who left or were expelled.

The definition of “cultural; and social affairs” varies. In the United States, it might mean baseball, the American flag and the Tonight Show.

In Israel, it could mean soccer, falafel and camping.

Arabs in Judea and Samaria have no national culture because the “People of Palestine” is a fiction. But the Palestinian Authority regime has a culture, the same one of neighboring Arab governments – rampant corruption and hatred of Jews and Zionism.

Israel’s Arab citizens increasingly have been radicalized. The fantasy of “Palestinian” is fertile ground for rabble-rousers, from Yasser Arafat to Hamas, to exploit Arabs as tools for their campaign of destruction, something like Islamic State (ISIS) without the black flag and beheading.

The Palestinian Authority’s single-minded campaign for 30 years has not been to create a new Arab country except as a means to destroy Israel. When terror did not succeed, it tried diplomacy. That didn’t work, and now it is aiming for the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

That also will fail, but its most powerful weapon is its hate propaganda that has educated a generation of Arabs in Judea, Gaza and Samaria to believe that Israel is an “occupier,” that Jews are “monkeys,” that the Temple Mount never existed and that all of Israel was and will be “Palestine.”

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) during the past several years has arrested hundreds of Arabs in Israel for collaborating with Hamas or Hezbollah. Former Knesset Member Azmi Bashara was allowed to escape the country after having been indicted for handing over to Hezbollah information that helped its offensive wear against Israel in the Second Lebanon War n 2006.

Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi was aboard the Mavi Marmara, the IHH-terrorist ship that was part of a flotilla aimed at breaking the maritime embargo against the flow of terrorist and weapons by sea for the Hamas regime.

The timing is just right for the Palestinian Authority’s new F48 channel, whose footage will be broadcast from Ramallah but will be filmed in Arab areas in the Negev, the Galilee and the “Triangle” near Netanya.

The first program will be aired next week, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that Islamist clerics exploit to incite hatred and violence against Jews.

The new channel will bring Arab citizens of Israel closer to the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas’ propagandists presumably won’t go to the gutter by airing the kind of venom it shows Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

Arabs in Israel are a bit too educated to stomach children’s programs, like one recently aired, that shows a girl calling Jews “barbaric monkeys,” “the most evil among creations,” and those “who murdered Allah’s pious prophets.”

The channel will try to convince Arabs that the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle all are part of “Palestine,” just as Palestinian Authority maps show that Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat are part of its imagined country.

The propaganda will be more effective when viewed by the more uneducated and poor Arabs and Bedouin, especially those in the Negev, and by the small but growing number of radicalized Arabs in the Galilee.

Makhtesh Ramon – The Ramon Crater

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Ramon Crater in Israel’s south is the world’s largest “makhtesh- 40 kilometers long, between 2-10 kilometers wide and 500 meters deep.

It wasn’t made by a meteor or a volcano, but rather, it was created by erosion. There once was an active volcano in the northern end.

There are 5 Makhteshim in Israel, and 2 more in the Sinai.

An Israeli Rancher Son’s Story of Land and Survival

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Eight years ago, an Israeli rancher from Moshav Zippori in the Lower Galilee region reached a breaking point. Thieves and marauders had been targeting Chaim Zilberman’s sprawling ranch; his land was burnt black and cattle fences cut down. On the verge of bankruptcy, the rancher told his family during a Friday Shabbat dinner one night that he would no longer be able to hold onto the ranch.

His son, Yoel Zilberman, who had served in the Israeli navy’s elite commando unit known as Shayetet and fought in the Second Lebanon War, sprang into action. In officer’s training course at the time, Zilberman took army leave to set up a guarding outpost on his father’s land. A Bedouin family from a local tribe had been invading his family’s territory for years, and had even threatened to murder Yoel’s father, while slaughtering the family’s cows without any police intervention.

“I took with me an Israeli flag, two mattresses, 40 books and set up camp on this secluded area of our ranch guarding the land from encroachers,” Yoel Zilberman, 30, told Tazpit News Agency in an interview. “I told my dad that we were not going to abandon our land to criminals.”

Zilberman, along with buddies from the army and area friends, began to patrol some of the 5,000 dunams of land (about 1,200 acres) of his family’s ranch, driving away the thieves. He soon realized that land encroachment was not only his family’s problem as other ranchers from the region reached out and asked him for help.

In 2007, Zilberman, along with On Rifman from the Negev established HaShomer Hachadash to help farmers and ranchers in both Negev and Galilee guard their properties and maintain their farms; preventing arson and theft and strengthening farmers. Today, thousands of volunteers are part of the movement, undergoing intensive training, patrolling the land from observation posts strategically set up in the Negev and Galilee to guard farms when local law enforcement remains unequipped to do so.

A third generation Israeli rancher, Yoel Zilberman, 30, was born and raised in Moshav Zippori, a community whose residents were once mostly farmers. His grandparents came to Israel after the Holocaust and were the first founding couple of the moshav.

For Zilberman, the Shomer Hachadash movement is not only about protecting the land but also connecting to it.

“The younger generation of Israel today doesn’t understand the significance of our land,” believes Zilberman. “They know all about Harry Potter but nothing about [Labor Zionist leader] Berl Katznelson.”

“Over the years, we’ve had volunteers from all over Israel including secular Israelis from Tel Aviv and families from Jerusalem as well as volunteers from around the world, come to reconnect to the land, to the outdoors, to the history and heritage of our nation,” he explained.

“Guarding the land brings people of right and left ideologies together. The responsibility to help Israel’s farmers is bigger than politics.”

“Israel is a land of milk and honey but honey and milk don’t simply grow on trees. It is something that man has to help make happen,” asserted Zilberman.

Volunteering with Shomer Hachadash involves not only helping protect farmers and their land, repairing vandalized areas and doing farm work, but also spending time learning Zionistic and Biblical texts related to the land. Shomer Hachadash also has leadership pre-army programs designed for high school graduates before entering the army.

“We are not a religious family but we were raised with very strong Zionistic values,” Zilberman told Tazpit of his family. He believes that” the personality of the Jewish people originated from the Land of Israel.”

“We lose our soul when we distance ourselves from the land. Our identity depends on the connection we share with this land.”

Furthermore, Zilberman sees Bedouins as part of Israeli society and knows many who are good neighbors to local farmers. “It is always a minority that causes problems. There are many Bedouins in the area with whom we are very good friends, and have good relations. These Bedouins want to stop the criminal activity in their villages, caused by the same criminals who encroach on state land.”

“When Mark Twain visited the Galilee, he said it was desert. Today it looks like the Garden of Eden because of the farmers. Every Jew wants Israel to be a Garden of Eden for all, including for minorities.”

Earlier in the week, Shomer Hachadash’s founder and CEO received the 2015 Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, an annual award given to those who put Zionism into action. Zilberman, who lives today in Kfar Adumim with his wife and children, told Tazpit upon receiving the prize that “I am not one for prizes or awards. But it is important to be a role model for young people and show that real change can take place with hard work. That’s the message I want to instill.”

Update: 2 Rockets Launched at Israel from Gaza

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them.

10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets.

9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren or a rocket explosion, enter your bomb shelter and stay there for 10 minutes.

9:34 PM Rockets were launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza.

9:30 PM (updated) First rocket landed near a town near Netivot and Sderot. The second rocket is believed to have fallen short and landed in Gaza, but that is not confirmed.

9:20 PM There is still confusion as to where the second rocket fell.

9:09 PM Channel 2 TV reports, 2 explosions near Merchavim region in the south. IDF on the way.


9:04pm As of this time, there are no reports of rocket landings in Southern Israel…or damage.. or Iron Dome…still waiting for confirmation.
Some unconfirmed reports of a muffled explosion. IDf is checking.

9:02 PM Not clear yet if the rockets are real, false alarms, or Hamas test rockets that came too close to Israel.

8:58pm Rocket alerts just went off along the Gaza border and central Negev.
A lot of alerts.

Ancient Grape Seeds in Negev May Help Re-Create 1,500-Year-Old Wine

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Archaeologists have discovered 1,500-year-old grape seeds in the Negev Desert for the first time and which were used to produce “the Wine of the Negev” — one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole of the Byzantine Empire.

A joint study by University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Byzantine city of Halutza (found the seeds that were of a variety that did not survive to present days.

“Our next task is to recreate the ancient wine and perhaps we will then be able to reproduce its taste and understand what made the wine of the Negev so fine,” said the excavation director, Prof. Guy Bar-Oz of the University of Haifa.

“The vines growing in the Negev today are European varieties, whereas the Negev vine was lost to the world. Our next job is to recreate the ancient wine, and perhaps in that way we will be able to reproduce its taste and understand what made the Negev wine so fine,” he added,

Archaeologists know of “the Wine of the Negev” or “Gaza Wine” — named for the port it was sent from to all corners of the empire — from historical sources from the Byzantine period. This wine was considered to be of very high quality and was very expensive.

No one knows what made it so fine because the variety did not survive.  In earlier excavations in the Negev, archaeologists found the terraces where the vines were cultivated, the wineries where wine was produced, and the jugs in which the wine was stored and exported, but the grape seeds themselves were not found until the new discovery.

The archaeologists found the ancient grape seeds in one of the Halutza refuse dumps that were preserved almost completely intact and now mark the boundaries of the ancient city.

The researchers found a particularly high concentration of fragments of pottery vessels used for storage, cooking and serving, which included a significant number of Gaza jugs used for storing the ancient Negev wine. The archaeologists also found a wealth of biological remains, including bones of Red Sea fish and shellfish from the Mediterranean that were imported to the site, which indicated the vast wealth of the Byzantine city residents.

The next stage of the study is to join forces with biologists to sequence the DNA of the seeds to discover their origin.

The archaeologists are asking, “European varieties require copious amounts of water. Today it is less of a problem thanks to technology, but it is unlikely that was the case 1,500 years ago. It is more interesting to think of local grape varieties that were better suited to the Negev. Maybe the secret to the Negev wine’s international prestige lay in the method by which the vines were cultivated in the Negev’s arid conditions.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-grape-seed-in-negev-may-help-re-create-1500-year-old-wine/2015/02/12/

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