It has been a great week for Israeli sports men and women… writes Michael Kuttner.
Gold and silver medals in windsurfing, gymnastics and judo plus the men’s basketball team defeating Spain, number two in the world, capped one of the most successful periods in Israeli sport in recent times.
Apart from sports there were also some other interesting and positive developments taking place.
IDF NAVY LATEST VESSEL ARRIVES
The Navy is upgrading its capabilities for the challenges which lie ahead.
In this part of the world there is no time to stand still. That is why non stop research and development continues to ensure that the country maintains a permanent qualitative edge over those dedicated to its destruction.
THE FIRST FRUITS OF A WARM PEACE
In another blow to those promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions, the first shipment of Israeli goods has arrived in the port of Dubai. Hopefully, this heralds the start of a productive future relationship in trade and economic relations.
FROM THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
In a development which could have major implications for dairy exporting countries such as New Zealand and Australia, Israeli scientists are developing milk which does not need to be sourced from cows or any other animal.
It is claimed to be healthier and better for consumers and especially for the large number of people currently allergic to the product. Moreover it has significant advantages over soy or almond based milk currently available.
An additional plus is that it will save countries enormous amounts of money currently expended on raising and farming cattle.
If the production of laboratory grown meat products takes off the outlook for farming in a few years could be changed beyond recognition.
An intriguing question still to be tackled is whether these new dairy products will be classified as Kosher Parev or Kosher Dairy.
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.]