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September 30, 2013

This week from Israel

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A moment of humor

Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman, PR Professional and Nuclear Proliferation Advocate.” Among the president’s skills listed on the page are “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” “Ballistics,” and “Military Justice.”

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Star struck Israel

A delegation of American actors –including the stars of popular television series "Dexter," "Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters," "Sullivan & Son," "Hell on Wheels" and "Caroline in the City" – arrived in Israel for a visit.  The stars are arriving in Israel as part of a PR project called "America's Voices in Israel," which aims to bolster Israel's image in the United States by encouraging visits of American celebrities and making them friends of Israel.

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Another Israeli creation in the States

After Homeland, In Treatment, Mother's Day and many more, another Israeli creation is making its way to American television. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) has ordered a script for a pilot episode based on Guy Meroz and Daniel Lappin's book, "My Lesser Half." The book tells the story of two overweight friends who decide to start a diet. Eventually only one of them succeeds.

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ReWalk becoming big in Asia

ReWalk is an Israeli invention, helping paraplegics walk again. Argo Medical Technologies, which stand behind this life changing system, announced on a strategic partnership with Japanese robotics leader Yaskawa, signifying the Israel-based company’s biggest investment to date and opening it to key Asian markets.

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Making Soccer more reachable

Israeli Football (soccer) Association's head and his Palestinian counterpart met in Zurich on Monday in a session chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter. He has pledged to help ease travel restrictions imposed by Israel, which cites security concerns. According to the recent agreement, the Israeli and Palestinian Football Associations will each appoint a liaison officer to facilitate the movement of players in and out of the Palestinian territories.

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Cashless Israel?

In an attempt to prevent tax evasions, the Israeli government is seeking to severely limit the use of cash. Therefore, in a recent meeting, the government decided to appoint a committee tasked with investigating ways to limit the use of cash in the Israeli economy. One of the possible solutions is a new paying method allowing people to pay via their Smartphones.

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Hiking in memory of terror victims

More than 60 adults and children participated in the Kilometer for Koby hike on the fifth day of Sukkot, walking along the Israel Trail and Burma Road to raise funds in memory of terror victim Koby Mandell. Over $5,000 was raised during the hike to support the Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides healing programs for families struck by terrorism.

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Learning "street Hebrew"

Join linguist Guy Sharett on a trip to Tel- Aviv, and learn Hebrew slang, history and culture from the graffiti in the streets.
 

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