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India and Israel are closer, the IDF goes green, surfing in Israel and more…This week from Israel!

by Noga Gur-Arieh

November 26, 2013 | 1:09 pm

ReWalk selected one of the 25 Best Inventions of the Year

ReWalk, an Israeli-developed exoskeleton for paraplegics was chosen as one of TIME magazine’s 25 best inventions of the year 2013. The medical device, developed by ARGO Medical Technologies, changed many lives of those who thought they could never walk again…

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Netanyahu goes meatless

Israel’s Prime Minister announced that from now on, his official residence will serve meatless meals once a week, on Monday. By doing so, Netanyahu followed an international campaign that launched in Israel a year ago. Under the title “Meatless Monday,” the campaign is calling to avoid from eating meat one day a week to improve the health of the people and the planet.

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Israeli celebrities supporting civil marriage

As you all probably know, marriage in Israel is legally recognized only when it is being performed by a Jewish rabbi. In recent years, though, more and more Israelis express their wish for a legal recognition in a non-religious marriage, or “civil” marriage. This week, finance Minister Yair Lapid's party Yesh Atid released a video supporting their civil marriage bill. The viral video features more than 20 notable Israeli celebrities, including international supermodel Bar Refaeli, asking them the question: "Why do you support the civil marriage bill?”

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Becoming a Doctor in less time

Health Ministry Director- General Prof. Ronni Gamzu plans to shorten the time it takes medical students to become physicians. At a meeting held last Tuesday, he said he was working to reduce the duration of medical studies by at least six months, from the current six years plus a year’s internship.

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Winter Bird Festival

Last week, the Winter Bird Festival in the Galilee, Golan and valleys of northern Israel, opened with a gala evening at the Dubrovin Estate in the Hula Valley. The gala included an exhibition of rare photographs from the KKL-JNF photo archive and a concert performed by the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Over the next month, there will be tours and excursions in Hula Lake Park and in other major bird watching sites, as well as the Crane Race around the Hula Lake. Come visit!

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Record – breaking tourism

A new record for tourism in Israel was set this October as 339,000 tourists entered into Israel during that month. This is a 12% increase in comparison with last year’s numbers; 551,000 in total visited Israel during September and October, an increase of 3%.

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The IDF goes green!

The Israeli Defense Forces are going “green” and contributing to the environmental revolution that has swept up the world. According to Lt.-Col. Eyal Ezra, head of the IDF’s technology and logistics department, the IDF intends to significantly slash its energy use, increase recycling and incorporate renewable infrastructure in its bases during the coming years.

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The Israeli agricultural- technology revolution

To Israel’s prowess in networking, social media, mobile technology, and others, add agricultural technology – arguably the most important technology of all. A new tech era for Israel is on the verge of breaking, as genetically modified foods become more prominent.

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Israel-India friendship tightens

Did you know Israel and India are running a close relationship? The ties between Israel and India are growing stronger each year. India is buying Israeli companies and establishing more joint ventures between the nations. This week, at the sixth India-Israel forum, sponsored by the Aspen Institute of India and Tel Aviv University, business people from both countries discussed future cooperation.

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Surfing Israel

Did you know Israel has a very active surfer community? Take a look at the world of surfing, along Israel’s 186-mile Mediterranean coastline.

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