Summer has kicked in with a vengeance but this year promises to be different from all others… writes Michael Kuttner.

Vacation time will be severely curtailed by overseas travel restrictions and reduced airline options. Popular destinations may be off limits and virus protection measures could put a crimp into social interaction and activities.

Hopefully, local businesses and tourist facilities will be able to return and offer Israelis alternative attractions.

Meanwhile, Israeli innovation keeps happening.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 

Israeli technology uses artificial intelligence to selectively eliminate weeds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCOuTemX_cc

VIRTUAL TOURS

With overseas tourists still absent the next best thing is a virtual tour. Experience the amazing sights of the latest discoveries in the City of David which prove again that Jerusalem has a Jewish history stretching back to the time of King David.

Hopefully once tourism returns you will be able to see for yourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA9UswJXOEQ

For those who have never been to the ancient city of Jaffa here is a quick “tour”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t2hOwqMJBk

INSPIRATIONAL

Volunteers in Israel come from all sectors of society. It is no exaggeration to claim that this country has one of the highest number volunteering individuals in the world.

Here is a very special volunteer who inspires admiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enANv8LzaRc

STOPPING PNEUMONIA

One of the most common complications of the COVID 19 virus is pneumonia. Now an Israeli invention can stop this happening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gv0UXt8yp8

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.]