Mourning for the destruction of Jewish independence and the Temples is now behind us. We have proven that we can overcome tragedies. Israel’s breathtaking achievements continue to amaze… writes Michael Kuttner.

COMBATTING PLASTIC POLLUTION 

The Environmental Protection Ministry announced on Sunday that the charge for supermarket plastic bags has led to an 80 percent drop in their use by consumers.

The “plastic bag law,” which came into effect on January 1, 2017, has saved over 7,091 tons of non-recyclable plastic each year, the ministry said. According to the ministry, prior to the new law’s enactment, the average Israeli used 275 plastic bags per year, adding up to about two to three billion plastic bags across the country each year and accounting for approximately 7% of Israel’s waste.

INCREASING AID TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office said: “Israel will create solutions for development goals that have been set by the UN in water, agriculture and nutrition, health, education and technology. According to the UN, in order to meet the goals by 2030, $4 trillion will be needed per annum. Israel, which is joining the global effort, has a relative advantage in at least five of the 17 goals: Water management, advanced agriculture, qualitative and universal health services, innovation and advanced energy.”

We are continuing to build up Israel’s standing. This is an important step of the highest magnitude that joins a series of decisions that we are leading on the issue of strengthening economic ties with international markets, especially India, China, Africa and Latin America.”

“The State of Israel is a global leader in technology, agriculture, water and medical care,” the prime minister added.

THE SHEKEL’S ANCIENT ORIGINS

It may be called the NEW Israel Shekel but its origins are old.

The Israeli shekel is currently the world’s 2nd-strongest currency, according to a recent report by the German global banking and financial services company Deutsche Bank.

Israel’s modern currency has ancient historical roots, as do many aspects regarding the modern State of Israel.

Watch this short video and learn how today’s currency links us to our history in this land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ5Zf0ZKnvQ

ANOTHER WORLD FIRST

Developed entirely in Israel this unique MRI designed specifically for premature babies is now being used at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Once again Israel leads the way in innovative medical technology. This video tells you all you need to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBhfc7g1m3o

Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.