by Yoram Ettinger
1. In 2015, Israel’s high tech raised $4.43 BN, 30% over 2014. According to KPMG-Israel, Israel’s 2015 4th quarter economic performance ran contrary to – and was more positive than – the rest of the world. The value of exits through mergers and acquisitions and IPOs climbed to over $9 BN in 2015. The number of investment rounds of over $20 MN grew by 2/3 in 2015. During the first three weeks of January 2016, twenty Israeli high tech startups raised almost $500 MN, mostly from institutional and private investors from the US, as well as from Asia, Europe and Israel (Economist Intelligence Unit, January 27, 2016).
2. Israeli high tech companies “were sucking up a growing share of the world’s venture capital funding in the cyber area”: about 20% of global investment in cyber security, a 100% increase over 2014 and second only to the USA. NY-based PrivoCo contends that Israel’s share (about $500 MN) was 12% of global cyber investments, but still up 100% over 2014 (Financial Times, January 26). Israel’s cyber technology startup, TowerSec, was sold to the Stamford, CT-based US giant, Harman, for $70 MN (Globes, January 7).
3. Unprecedented Chinese investments in Israel reflect China’s aim to shift from a highly manufacturing – to a high-tech – economy, and China’s assessment that Israel is indeed “The Startup Nation” (a best seller among Chinese movers & shakers; The Marker, January - Chinese investments in Israel surged from $70 MN in 2010 to $2.7 BN in 2015. The China-Israel trade balance grew from $6 BN in 2009 to $11 BN in 2015. During the first week of January, 2,000 Chinese and Israeli venture capital funds, businessmen, bureaucrats and political leaders participated in the largest-ever Chinese-Israeli conference held in Beijing. It highlighted Israel’s high tech cutting-edge technologies in the areas of biomed, biotech, health, cellular, clean-tech and computers at-large...
Be'er Sheva becomes cyber center, defending the 'most heavily targeted country in the world', as Israel receives a thousand attacks per minute. 1,500 technicians, engineers and researchers are already hard at work. Many have been trained in the computer sciences department of the local Ben Gurion University.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
Israeli government does not allow Jews to organise resistance against Arab terror! If Jews of Israel were able pro-actively fight back on their own, to protect their homes and families, this perpetual terror stupidity would have ended a long time ago! On the other hand, activities - including financing and arming - of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and dozens of other terror so-called Palestinian groups are not restricted but actively encouraged by the PA!
Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented US Secretary of State John Kerry (‘great friend of Israel’) with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank, telling him that separation is the only way forward with the Palestinians. Herzog, head of the dovish Zionist Union faction, did not release details of his disengagement plan to the public. (It is because of this traitorous anti-Zionist stand, which goes against 2,000 years of Jewish national aspirations, that Israel has been still suffering from Arab terror attacks and still has not reunited the land of Israel, Eretz-Israel!)
Recently released Jonathan Pollard was stopped short of addressing a meeting of American Jewish leaders Monday for fear his comments could land him back in jail. Instead, Pollard delivered a brief opening statement to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, before letting his wife Esther speak out against his “draconian” parole conditions on his behalf. (America releases terrorists from Guantanamo without condition, but Pollard is out of Jail in name only. Was he released just to help Democrats to win Jewish voters and donors in the upcoming election? Pollard gave Israel information about Arab enemies which the US, as an ally, is supposed to release but did not! And the US court broke the plea bargaining process and used the information, obtained during it, against him! Actually, the life sentence was due to lies and misinformation by the US administration, stating he harmed the US and released the names of US agents. He did not; the actual traitor was found later. But Hillary Clinton put information about US agents on an insecure server and is still walking free – and running for President!)
The Israeli government official responsible for accrediting foreign journalists said that he will consider revoking press credentials for media members who “are derelict in doing their jobs and write headlines that are the opposite of what happened.” (It is not the first time Israel made threatens to revoke press credentials for anti-Israel bias reporting – never done it! No wonder the bigots laugh at us. There wouldn’t be a foreign correspondent in Israel if they did it. Israel must be as tough with press as Arabs are.)
The United Nations was ridiculed on Friday after its experts ruled Julian Assange is “detained” in the Ecuadorian embassy and suggested Britain should pay compensation to the Wikileaks founder. The findings were described as “ridiculous” by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, as it emerged the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was deeply divided over its conclusions. (For several years UK and Sweden have been trying to arrest and ‘interview’ Julian Assange for alleged rape. At the same time, rapes committed by Muslim migrants are mostly ignored!)
Senior Hamas officials and the movement’s spokesmen have been saying that preparation for a new war with Israel continues day and night, above and below ground. At least four Israeli families from the community of Pri Gan, some three miles from the Gaza’s southern border, have reported hearing sounds of digging under their homes, and feeling their floors vibrating. (Three more tunnels have collapsed by now)
Dozens of cables sent to the Foreign Ministry each month from Israel's embassies in Europe and the US paint a picture of an escalation by the international BDS movement. (BDS had found eager support among and is financed by anti-Semitic governments!)
The Meretz (leftist) party launches a (political) boycott against a restaurant that has just closed its doors to honour the Sabbath. After a popular eatery in one of the more upscale communities along Israel’s Mediterranean coastline has decided to “go kosher” and close its doors on the Sabbath.” (Pretentious proletarians like eating at upscale restaurants, not at a falafel stall!)
Members of the Balad faction of the Joint Arab List – Haneen Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka, and Basel Ghattas – met the families a day before Palestinian President Abbas did the same. They attempted to hide the fact that the meeting took place. Netanyahu is asking Knesset Speaker for sanctions against pro-terrorist Arab MKs. (What about expulsion from Israel! There is no loyalty to Israel among Israeli Arabs – the behaviour of their representatives proves it! They have not visited families of Israeli victims of Arab terror.)
Thousands of PA residents of Qabatiya, in the northern West Bank, attended the funerals Friday of three terrorists who killed a border policewoman in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday. (In its usual stupidity, Israeli government returned bodies of terrorists to families)
Bite the Hand that Feeds
The International Committee of the Red Cross is temporarily closing its Gaza office after protesters repeatedly tried to storm it. (Several years ago the ICR changed its name to "Read Crystal", but still operates under its old name even in Muslim countries. The organization is disrespectful to all other cultures, not just to Jews!)
Quote of the Week:
"As the world recoils in horror at the crimes of ISIS and radical Islamist ideology exported from Syria to Europe, when it comes to Islamists butchering Jews in Jerusalem, the UN Secretary General makes excuses for murder, when he said, ”it is human nature to react to occupation.” Perhaps human nature does not extend sympathy to victims when they are Jews." - Izzy Lemberg, a former Senior Producer of CNN’s Jerusalem bureau - Another Jews who ‘found’ the truth! Why wasn’t he telling it when he was employed by CNN for over 20 years?
by: David Israel
Two Hamas terrorists were killed in a tunnel collapse in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, one week after seven other terrorists were killed in a tunnel collapse in northern Gaza...
The rain and the massive flooding of the tunnel network by the Egyptian army has led to a vast chain reaction of collapsing tunnels. Egypt has been pumping salt water from the nearby Mediterranean into the tunnels for more than a year, creating a huge mess as the water rises to the surface. Hamas officials are saying the flooding contaminates water supplies, destroys farmland and spreads disease. (Symptomatically, nobody cared, protested or adopted a UN resolution!)
The Institute for Palestine Studies reported in 2012 that Hamas authorities had counted 160 deaths inside the tunnels since the Israeli blockade began in 2007, and in August 2014, al-Jazeera reported as many as 400 deaths, but both those figures appear to be seriously outdated.
The Palestine Studies report accused Hamas of a “cavalier approach to child labour and tunnel fatalities,” as “nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.” (Where is the outrage and ‘concern’ of the Human Rights groups?)
Hamas deputy chief Ismail Haniyeh confirmed the continued rebuilding of the underground tunnels leading from Gaza to Israel in preparation for the next war: “In east Gaza there are heroes digging tunnels under the ground and in the west there are those testing rockets. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades are digging tunnels to defend Gaza and turn it into a launch pad for all and decisively respond with complete defeat of enemies of Israel and their removal from Jewish land. (The PA is at war with Israel – it has always been! When will government of Israel realise this and start decisively fighting enemies, including relocation of enemy population from Jewish land!)