Israel Provides 40 Generators To Papua New Guinea

“In that day they will say, ‘Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.’" Isa 25:9

70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR ISRAEL IN LONDON: Vision for Israel is having a 70th birthday celebration for Israel in London on 12 May 2018. We request the pleasure of your company for the festivities. There will be prayer and intercession for the nation of Israel, special times of praise and worship, and great teaching on Israel and the fulfillment of prophecy. Speakers include Dennis Greenidge, David Hoffbrand, Rev. Jones Boateng, Derek Walker, Simon Barrett and Barry Segal. Location: Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW. Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. For more information, you can go to our website, and click on events. Book before April 1st for 30% off! To obtain your tickets now go to: https://celebratingisraels70th-london.eventbrite.com Or call the UK office on 01793 279 111. We hope to see you there!

ISRAEL PROVIDES 40 GENERATORS TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA: In the wake of a devastating earthquake in Papua New Guinea, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has delivered 40 electricity generators to affected communities. The generators were delivered on 8 March 2018 at the Israeli Embassy in Australia. On 26 Feb. 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake left 100 people dead and cut off electricity to 150,000. Israel was one of the first countries to send aid. On 8 March 2018 the country was rocked by a 6.8 magnitude aftershock. Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neall thanked Israel for its friendship and support. “Relations between Papua New Guinea and the State of Israel are strong, and our government and the people of PNG appreciate the support and friendship of Israel during these challenging times,” O’Neall said. “We look forward to further cooperation and the enhancement of the close ties between our countries and our peoples.” (Algemeiner) Israel is always among the first to offer and to send aid to areas torn by natural disasters– even to enemy states. “And He said to me, ‘You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’”Isa. 49:3

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS DEVELOP INFRARED FILM FOR SMARTPHONES, SELF DRIVING CARS: Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed low-cost infrared sensors that can be used to create the world’s thinnest night-vision glasses as well as revolutionize smartphones and self-driving cars. Prof. Gabby Sarusi has developed a stamp-like device of which one side reads 1,500-nanometer infrared wavelengths, and converts them to images that are visible to the human eye on the other side of the stamp. The film can be put in front of normal glasses or telescopes, Sarusi said, transforming them into infrared devices. Or it can be placed onto simple vision sensors, transforming them into infrared sensors with the ability to see objects that the human eye cannot. The technology could help replace the heavy night goggles used by soldiers with lightweight, low-power consumption glasses, he said.

There are wider and even more interesting applications to the technology, Sarusi said — for example, in the area of autonomous cars. Such a device could be used on sensors for autonomous cars to improve vision, by converting infrared light into visible light and allowing better vision in fog and darkness. The film could be used on the cameras that help autonomous cars to “see” better as well as on the LIDAR sensors that are used by these cars navigate the streets. Sarusi exhibited his technology last week, in which researchers showcased their coolest developments, which included small pollinating drones to make up for a lack of bees; wall-climbing, spiderlike robots for search and rescue operations and fruit-picking robots. (Times of Israel)

RAMBAM, STANFORD TO COOPERATE ON FUTURE OF MEDICINE: Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa and Stanford Medicine signed a cooperation agreement to work together on the future of medicine. The institutions announced last week that they will cooperate in areas including medical innovation; research in collaboration with Big Data and Machine Learning; cutting-edge drug development; and trauma and emergency preparedness. The announcement came in California during the Stanford Medicine-Rambam Symposium on Planning for the Next Generation, an event where the two institutions explored ways to share resources and collaborate. “During the conference we discussed precise, personalized health issues and the issue of health in Israel, including the complex relations in Israel between its local diverse population and with its neighbors,” said Prof. Rafi Beyar, director of Rambam. (Arutz-7)

NY MEGA-EVENT PREPARES PROSPECTIVE IMMIGRANTS FOR ISRAEL: Nearly 1,500 prospective immigrants to Israel attended a mega-event to learn about what it takes to make aliyah. The Mega Aliyah Fair held in New York City at John Jay College drew singles, families and retirees looking to prepare themselves for such a big move. The event provided information and workshops on subjects such as financial planning and budgeting, choosing a community, building a strategic job search plan, navigating the Israeli health care system, and buying or renting a home in Israel. There also was programming for children, visits by Israeli vendors and service providers and an Israeli-style market. Some attendees were in the beginning stages of planning their moves, while others were gathering information to help them decide whether to make the move. Additional Aliyah Fairs are planned this month in Los Angeles, Montreal and Toronto. (Times of Israel) Pray that increasing numbers from Jewish communities in the USA and Canada will make the decision to make their homes in Israel. Continue also to intercede that European Jews faced with accelerating anti-Semitic harassment and violence will be encourage and assisted to make aliyah. Israel has promised to welcome them all with open arms.

FINANCE MINISTER: PROGRAM FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO CONTINUE: Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon on 12 March 2018 promised that the government-funded projects to enable young couples to purchase homes would not end prematurely due to political tensions. "We have received hundreds of questions from parents and young couples, asking whether the Mechir Lamishtaken project will continue if there is a political crisis," Kahlon wrote on his Facebook page. "At the end of the month, there will be approximately 53,000 young couples who have the right to own an apartment at a decent price in the area they chose. I want to reassure you: As long as we are in the government - whether this government or the next government - we will not allow anyone to torpedo this plan, which we worked so hard on. Mechir Lemishtaken offers eligible first-time buyers the opportunity to enter a lottery and win the right to a brand-new, subsidized apartment. According to Kahlon, the program aims to "put an end to the building companies' and contractors' ability to run Israel's housing market." (INN)Affordable housing is one of Israel’s most critical needs. Rentals as well as home purchases prices are exceedingly high resulting in many young couples living with their parents rent-free until they can afford to place a down payment on even a modest house. Pray according to scripture: My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isa. 32:12

TRUMP TO NETANYAHU: "IF EUROPE WON’T FIX IRAN DEAL, USA WILL NIX AGREEMENT” The Trump administration has vowed to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal if European allies refuse to agree to major modifications to the agreement, according to a report Sunday night 11 March, 2018. According to the report, USA President Trump told PM Netanyahu during their meeting last week that the changes the Europeans had proposed to the 2015 agreement were "cosmetic" in nature and not substantive, and were therefore unacceptable. Trump has signaled that he will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal if substantive changes are not made to the agreement. The deal has been criticized for failing to address Iran's ballistic weapons program and for including 'sunset clauses' under which many of the restrictions on Iran's nuclear program would expire, and for failing to create an adequate inspection regime to assess Iran's compliance with the agreement. (Arutz-7)

NETANYAHYU WARNS OF REGIONAL NUCLEAR ARMS RACE AS SAUDI ARABIA PUSHES FOR ARMS RACE: Israeli PM Netanyahu warned of a Middle East nuclear arms race unless the atomic accord with Iran is fixed or scrapped. His comments came amid reports that Washington is considering allowing Saudi Arabia to enrich uranium as part of a deal that would see American companies build nuclear reactors in the kingdom. Netanyahu reportedly pressed USA President Trump on the issue during their meeting last week at the White House, however, the American leader commented that if the USA did not supply the technology, the Russians or Chinese would. Riyadh plans to construct up to 18 such facilities over the next two decades at a cost of more than $80 billion, with the House of Saud having previously made clear that it plans to match the atomic capabilities of arch-foe Tehran.

Riyadh is purportedly demanding that it be granted the right to enrich uranium as a precondition to awarding any related contracts, especially in light of the fact that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities will become increasingly lenient over time in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action signed with world powers. President Trump in January de-certified Iranian compliance with the 2015 pact for a second time and announced that he would re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic unless the agreement’s “disastrous flaws” are fixed. These include, in his estimation, the deal’s “sunset clauses” that remove limitations on Tehran’s ability to enrich uranium in just over a decade, and as well as the failure to address both Iran’s “nefarious” regional ambitions and perceived flouting of a UN Security Council resolution related to its ballistic missile program. (Medialine)

DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’S VISIT TO ISRAEL WILL END A 70-YEAR ROYAL SNUB: For 70 long years, Israelis have watched Britain's royals jet over their heads on visits to autocratic Middle Eastern countries without stopping in the Jewish state. Generations of Israeli presidents have extended invitations to Jerusalem. Each time they have been quietly rebuffed on the advice of the Foreign Office, which worried about upsetting the UK's Arab allies. But that decades-long snub will come to an end this summer when the Duke of Cambridge touches down at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport. The shift reflects Britain's deepening security and trade relationship with Israel as well as a broader realignment in the Middle East. Whereas Israel was once an awkward former colony with little to offer Britain except political heartburn, today it is a dynamic high-tech economy and a regional intelligence superpower. British and Israeli security services cooperate closely on counter-terrorism. While a royal visit might once have been met with fury in Arab capitals, today many of those Arab states are quietly aligning with Israel against their shared enemy Iran. (Telegraph-UK)

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