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Israel to cut 85 percent of emissions by mid-century
27 July 2021 - Israel will cut carbon emissions by 85 percent from 2015 levels by the middle of the century, its government says. Its prime minister said the decision would help the country gradually shift to a low-carbon economy. Targets include cutting the vast majority of emissions from transport, the electricity sector and municipal waste. (more)

Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls
16 March 2021 - Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday [16 March] announced the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago. The fragments of parchment bear lines of Greek text from the books of Zechariah and Nahum and have been dated around the first century based on the writing style, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. (more)

New piece of Dead Sea Scrolls jigsaw discovered after 60 years
16 March 2021 - Israeli archaeologists racing against treasure hunters to search caves near the Dead Sea have discovered a trove of artifacts, including fragments of a biblical text, the like of which has not been seen for decades. ...The fragments of parchment, about 2,000 years old, bear biblical verse, written in Greek, and match a scroll discovered about 60 years ago called the 'Book of the 12 Minor Prophets'. (more)

Covid recovered patients volunteer in Israeli hospital (BBC video)
6 September 2020 - Jerusalem's Hadassah hospital has been recruiting recovered Covid-19 patients to volunteer inside its coronavirus wards to help patients there. Under the pilot scheme, they visit patients in moderate or serious condition, who would otherwise be in isolation. The volunteers help the patients eat or just lend a listening ear. The hospital believes the project to be the first of its kind in the world. (more)

Israeli dig unearths large trove of early Islamic gold coins
24 August 2020 - Israeli archaeologists announced Monday [24 August] the discovery of a trove of early Islamic gold coins found during recent salvage excavations near the central city of Yavne. The collection of 425 complete gold coins, most dating to the Abbasid period around 1,100 years ago, is a 'extremely rare' find. (more)

Trove of 1,000-year-old gold coins unearthed in Israel
24 August 2020 - Israeli youths have unearthed hundreds of gold coins stashed away in a clay vessel for more than a thousand years. The treasure was discovered on Aug 18, the Israel Antiquities Authority said on Monday [Aug 24], by teenagers volunteering at an excavation in central Israel. The area it was found in housed workshops at the time the treasure was hidden and the identity of the owner is still a mystery. (more)

Israel: How goats could become the next fire fighters
12 July 2020 - Israeli towns are preventing fires with the help of some unusual firefighters. The group in question consists of about 160 goats, sheep, cows, and camels. Grazing -- especially by goats -- has been found in many studies as an effective, ecologically friendly way to reduce the risk of extensive fires. Now, a new Israeli study explores how to expand and encourage goat grazing in Israel. (more)

Israel unveils 80 billion shekel plan to boost solar energy
1 June 2020 - Israel's Energy Ministry unveiled an 80 billion shekel ($22.8 billion) plan to increase the use of solar power over the next decade as the country's population and energy demand are set to surge. Though awash with sunlight, at the end of last year Israel was producing just 5 percent of its electricity from solar energy. The new target ... is to outpace rising demand and have solar power production grow to 30 percent by 2030, or about 16,000 megawatts. That is roughly the same as total energy production today. (more)

With fire and music performers bring Ramadan to fun-starved Jerusalem
5 May 2020 - Fire leapt from the masked performer's twirling baton as the festive Ramadan float drove through the back streets of East Jerusalem, with children cheering and parents watching from balconies. On the side of the wagon was the message - 'Stay at home in your house. Ramadan deserves it.' (more)

Israel says will not issue new permits for oil shale production
20 February 2020 - Israel said on Tuesday [18 February] it will not issue new licenses for oil shale exploration and production as it moves towards cleaner energy sources. The decision was made due to concerns over the environmental impact and ecological footprint of oil shale projects, Israel's energy and environmental protection ministries said on Tuesday. (more)

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Joining hands to create peace in Israel and the Middle East
29 September 2015 - 'Transcendental Meditation in Israel, adopted by one or two per cent of the population of the country, and the attitude of the enemies around will change.' In a 1976 interview for Israeli TV, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi referred to recent research showing reduced crime rate in '1%' cities in the US. Now 50 demonstrations and 23 studies published in peer-reviewed journals have confirmed that group practice of TM and its advanced programmes by the square root of 1% of a population reduces violence and conflict and creates coherence and peace for the whole society. One study, published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, was conducted in 1983 at the peak of the Lebanon war. On days when the number in a group in Israel practising these peace-creating technologies of consciousness was high, war deaths in neighbouring Lebanon dropped by 76% and other indicators of social stress declined in Israel. (more)

President Obama, PM Netanyahu, military leaders urged to adopt Invincible Defence Technology: The Daily Mail International (Pakistan)
27 March 2015 - 'According to US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress did not offer any ''viable alternatives'' regarding the ongoing negotiations with Iran concerning their alleged quest to obtain nuclear weapons,' writes Dr David Leffler in The Daily Mail International (Pakistan). Actually, he explains, 'neither leader's current strategies offer a scientifically-validated, field-tested means to solve this immediate crisis. Nor do they offer such an approach to rapidly dissipate the rapidly growing perilous instability in the Middle East.' Dr Leffler urges government and military leaders to quickly implement a proven, practicable, non-violent alternative, verified by extensive peer-reviewed research and military field tests: Invincible Defence Technology (IDT), which includes daily practice by specially trained military units of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes to dramatically reduce social stress throughout the region. 'If the US military and/or Israeli military or any other organization intervened with this proven advanced military solution, rising tensions in the Middle East could be rapidly reduced.' (more)

Potential for creating stress-free schools stirs deep interest in Israel
7 January 2015 - The idea that education should be for enlightenment, and promote full development of the brain, met with great enthusiasm among people in Israel who attended a series of presentations on Consciousness-Based Education this past year by Dr Ashley Deans, an international expert in this field. Israelis deeply appreciated learning about stress-free schools--a welcome concept, almost incomprehensible in a country where many experience high levels of stress in daily life. People were moved to hear about the success of Consciousness-Based Education in hundreds of schools throughout the world, Dr Deans said--especially that it is a system backed by scientific research which can create world peace. (more)

Connecting with the 'deep soul'
23 June 2013 - In an insightful new essay Dr Craig Pearson describes the life and work of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), a renowned Torah scholar, 'a powerful leader, a profound thinker, a force for progress, peace, and unity'. In his writings Rabbi Kook repeatedly emphasizes the value of reconnecting with the 'deep soul' within, which he describes as a realm of bliss, equanimity, peace, truth, and liberation. When we experience the 'deep soul', he says, we discover who we really are--and when we emerge, our thoughts and actions are bold and joyful. This is the experience that the Transcendental Meditation technique leads us to twice each day, Dr Pearson writes. (more)

Creating peace in the Middle East with Transcendental Meditation: 'Not a matter of hope, we know how to do it'
21 March 2013 - Recently a leading newspaper in Israel, Yediot Ahronot, published an extended article by an Israeli journalist who attended the Third Annual Middle East World Peace Assembly in Turkey. The journalist, Moshe Ronen, wrote about the 150 participants from 13 countries who came to practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes together every day--a programme designed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to reduce violence and war, and create peace and harmony in the world. 'One thing is certain,' Mr Ronen wrote, 'the atmosphere here is good. ''There is no point in just sitting and hoping for peace to come between us,'' a member of the Lebanese delegation explains to me. ''Once it was like that, we were hoping and praying for peace. Today we know how to do it. It is all a matter of doing, not of hope.'' ' (more)

Israel: Violent school found peace with Consciousness-Based Education and Transcendental Meditation
12 May 2012 - Consciousness-Based Education was introduced to a high school in Israel as a last resort, said Dr Bevan Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, commenting on a recent visit to the country. 'The principal introduced [it] when he found that his school was about to be closed because of all the violence in the school. After he had introduced Transcendental Meditation to his children he found that they changed from inside, so now they were actually able to follow the directives and the rules of behaviour' and became happier and more at peace within themselves. (more)

How Israel can have an 'invincible' military
27 March 2012 - Over the years Iranian leaders such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel--raising fears about security and lasting peace for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other world leaders. Nearly 60 are attending the second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Seoul, South Korea, focusing on the threat of global terrorism and how to keep atomic materials safe from rogue terrorists. However, there is new hope, writes Dr David Leffler--if these leaders act quickly now, and implement Invincible Defense Technology (IDT)--a scientifically field-tested brain-based technology to prevent crime, terrorism, and war. (more)

Peace-creating technologies of consciousness support harmony and positivity in Israel
6 September 2011 - Several days ago, over 400,000 people demonstrated for 'social justice' in Israel. The authorities feared vandalism by the huge crowds, but the events surprised everyone by turning out completely peaceful and harmonious. An administrator of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in Israel explained that six special Vedic performances have been organized for Israel and are taking place during this key period, to create peace and harmony in the nation. (more)

Supporting peace and harmony in Israel
17 July 2011 - In the last year there have been several initiatives to support peace and harmony in Israel. Hundreds of people learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme, and hundreds more attended peace-creating assemblies. (more)

New Maharishi Vastu blog in Hebrew
30 January 2011 - A blog page in Hebrew has been established for Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) news. The blog began around the new year, and was started by one of the Maharishi Vastu Coordinators who completed the recent Phase 2 training programme in Europe. (more)

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Civilians pay the price during worst Israel-Hamas fighting since 2014
15 May 2021 - Israel has responded to Hamas rockets with air strikes in Gaza this week. The Israeli strikes and shelling in Gaza, which the military says are aimed at Hamas targets, have killed 139 people, including 39 children as of Saturday [15 May], according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. At least 1,000 have been injured. Gaza is described by many human rights groups as an effective 'open-air prison.' (more)

Israeli strike destroys Gaza building with AP, other media
15 May 2021 - An Israeli airstrike on Saturday [15 May] targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets. Hours later, Israel bombed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a top leader of Gaza's ruling militant Hamas group. (more)

58 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move
15 May 2018 - In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed 57 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests Monday (14 May) along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (more)

Israel's water worries return after four years of drought
23 October 2017 - It was a source of national pride -- technology and discipline besting a crippling lack of water. But four years of drought have overtaxed Israel's unmatched array of desalination and wastewater treatment plants, choking its most fertile regions, and catching the government off-guard. The Sea of Galilee, technically a lake near the border with Syria, is forecast to hit its lowest level ever before winter rains come, despite the fact that pumping there was massively reduced. Underground aquifers, the other main freshwater source, are nearing levels that will turn them salty. How to cope with the crisis is becoming an increasingly touchy subject in Israel. (more)

Tens of thousands evacuated as Israeli wildfires rage
28 November 2016 - France, Russia, Turkey, and Cyprus are to send firefighting planes to Israel as the country battles fierce forest fires that have triggered the evacuation of tens of thousands of people, including 11 neighbourhoods in Haifa. Strengthening east winds on top of warm, dry weather have helped spread the blazes in several areas of the country for a third day, including outside Jerusalem, where fires temporarily closed the main motorway linking the city to Tel Aviv. The fires are the worst since 2010, when Israel suffered its single deadliest wildfire. (more)

Israel says con men stole millions from global companies
7 June 2016 - The scam had all the trappings of a major con. Working from a dingy office building just a short drive from the glittering Mediterranean Sea in the coastal city of Netanya, Israel, eight immigrants from Europe formed an unlikely team that allegedly conspired to dupe major multinational companies out of millions of dollars. Most of them spoke French, the others Italian. They telephoned employees at some of Europe's biggest companies, identified themselves as top executives, and tricked workers into transferring large sums of money to bank accounts in their control, police said. It was a classic 'fake CEO' or 'fake president' scam, a scheme used by various criminals worldwide that has robbed companies of some $1.8 billion in just over two years, according to the FBI. Most of the eight suspects in the latest case are either jailed or under house arrest. But not the man who boasts of creating the scam, which has inspired copycats like these around the globe: French-Israeli con artist Gilbert Chikli. He mysteriously remains a free man, living in luxury in his villa in a seaside Israeli city as French authorities try to bring him to justice over a massive con for which he was previously convicted. (more)

Four Israeli cities, citing security, ban Arab workers from schools
18 October 2015 - At least four Israeli cities, including the commercial capital Tel Aviv, have banned Arab labourers from their schools, struggling to calm public fears fuelled by the worst surge of Palestinian street attacks in years. Israel's Interior Ministry, which oversees municipalities, declined immediate comment on Sunday on the decision, condemned by a party representing the country's Arab minority as racist. Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound. (more)

Q and A: No end in sight for latest Israeli-Palestinian violence
12 October 2015 - For nearly a month, Israel has been dealing with a wave of Palestinian unrest that shows no signs of stopping. Beginning with clashes at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, the violence has spread throughout the city, across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The violence comes at a time when prospects for negotiating an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appear nil. (more)

Shrinking Dead Sea leaves trail of perilous sinkholes
29 July 2015 - The Dead Sea is shrinking, and as its waters vanish at a rate of more than one meter a year, hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court, some two storeys deep, are devouring land where the shoreline once stood. Once a rarity, hundreds of new sinkholes are appearing every year, and the rate is expected to rise. The main reason the sea is shrinking is because its natural water sources, which flow south through the Jordan river valley from Syria and Lebanon, have been diverted for farming and drinking water along the way. Mining operations account for the remaining 30 percent of the deterioration, according to Israel's parliamentary research group. The sinkholes will only stop when the waters of the Dead Sea are restored, and that requires an international initiative, since it also borders Jordan and the West Bank. (more)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem
8 September 2014 - Scores of Palestinians rioted in East Jerusalem on Sunday after hearing that a youth from their neighbourhood had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week. Protesters in the neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz close to the walled Old City threw rocks, petrol bombs, and flares at passing cars, and riot officers responded with rubber bullets during an afternoon of clashes that lasted for several hours. Street clashes with police in riot gear, military-style raids on homes late at night, and stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles have marked the most serious outbreak of violence in Jerusalem since a Palestinian uprising a decade ago. The violent protests in the city have been raging almost nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza war, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained. The seething tensions have underscored deepening divisions in the Israeli-occupied part of the city that Israel claims as its 'indivisible capital'. Repeated damage caused by Palestinians to a Jerusalem light railway, which links Arab and Jewish neighbourhoods and was once hailed by Israeli authorities as a symbol of coexistence, had put a third of its carriages out of commission. (more)


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