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December 2012



No more shaking. For the first time in 10 years, Canadian Tony Lightfoot’s uncontrollable tremors stopped. It followed four hours of non-invasive treatment on his brain, using focused ultrasound from Israel’s InSightec. Tony is the fifth patient at Toronto’s Western Hospital to have the life-changing Israeli treatment.

US approval for Israeli surgical sealant. The US Food and Drugs Administration has given approval for Evarrest – a biological sealant for stopping problematic bleeding during surgery. Evarrest is produced in Israel by Omrix Biopharmaceuticals – a division of US giant Johnson & Johnson.

Israeli soldier saves life of US boy. Sgt Idan Ducach gave a blood sample to Israeli charity Ezer Mizion when he enlisted in the IDF. Later he was told he was a bone marrow match for Alex – a young American boy. Idan donated his bone marrow and one year later met a very healthy Alex in New York.


Israeli-Arab school-kids get top results. This important fact was missing in most other media reports on the recent International TIMSS scores for Israeli school children. Israeli-Arabs have improved so much that their math, science and reading standards now exceed those of Arabs anywhere else in the Middle East.

Knesset award for Arab-Christian hospital. The Nazareth Hospital has become the first non-Jewish hospital to receive the annual Chairman of the Knesset award for its service to the predominately Arab community in Northern Galilee region of Israel.

Israel funds transplant after PA refuses. A two-year old Palestinian Arab boy underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The Israeli Government funded the procedure in order to save the boy’s life, after the Palestinian Authority declined the family’s request to pay for it.

Nira keeps Gaza aid moving. Second Lieutenant Nira Lee is the IDF’s assistant foreign liaison officer to international organizations in Gaza. During the latest conflict, she helped get a Gaza female aid worker to safety when sirens went off and the woman froze. The experience changed the woman’s perception of the IDF.

Season of good will. Israel has issued 20,000 permits to allow Christians to visit sites in Judea and Samaria during the upcoming Christmas holiday. This includes 500 for Palestinian Christians from Gaza. The Tourism Ministry is also providing free transportation by shuttle bus between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

More women than men become Israeli lawyers. Of the 1,248 new graduate lawyers, 664 (53%) were female. Israeli Minister of Justice, Yaakov Neeman said, “It is moving to have all of you prepared to practice law in our Jewish democratic state”.

Egyptian hero of Tahir Square speaks in Israel. Maikel Nabil Sanad, a blogger and human rights activist in Egypt’s Tahrir Square Uprising visits Israel for the first time to speak at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was the first political prisoner of the post-revolutionary government and spent 302 days in an Egyptian jail.

Canada and Israel sign foreign aid pact. Canada and Israel have agreed to work together on international development and aid projects. Canadian minister Julian Fantino said that greater co-operation between their aid agencies, “will help those most in need and contribute to “a more secure and prosperous world.”

Muslim MP: After Britain, Israel is best. Sajid Javid, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, described himself as a “proud British-born Muslim” and announced that if he had to leave Britain to live in the Middle East, then he would choose Israel as home. Only there, he said, would his children feel the “warm embrace of freedom and liberty.” For him, only Israel shared the democratic values of the UK.


Israeli scientist wins Fundamental Physics prize. Dr. Zohar Komargodski, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, has been awarded the New Horizons in Physics Prize by the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation for his Quantum theories proofs. The prize is given annually to three promising young researchers.

Treating sewage locally. Israel’s Negev Ecology has inaugurated a plant near Kibbutz Mishmar Hanegev that will treat “fatty” waste – sewage containing fats, organic matter and minerals. The Harov site is the first of its kind in the region. It will receive waste from gas stations, garages, food manufacturers, and army bases.

OECD praises Israel’s environmental progress. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has reported that Israel is successfully implementing OECD policies on waste and chemicals. Israel has mechanisms to manage chemicals, recycle waste, control emissions and prevent pollution.

An intelligent learning system. The new educational platform from Israel’s Mindojo will allow individuals or companies to create an online course that will automatically adapt to each student’s needs and learning style. Guy Zaslavsky’s system uses artificial intelligence and can be used for any subject that’s textbook based.

A store full of robots. Israel’s RobotAppStore says it is the first online marketplace to enable the purchase and download of hundreds of applications that extend the functionality of any type of robot. Soon all robots will connect to the Internet, share a common knowledge database and upgrade functions in real-time.

Israel feeds the world. Please watch this 8min youtube video to see fourteen Israeli agriculture technology companies and two Israeli renewable energy companies demonstrate their products at Israel Agritech 2012.

Analysing the ecosystem. A delegation of top Massachusetts water companies, investment companies and government representatives are now in Israel talking with Israeli start-ups. They praised Israel’s innovative projects, its work ethics, team dynamics and lack of fear of failure.


Times’ slap at black Republicans draws Cain ire
The Daily Caller
Herman Cain came out swinging Friday against a New York Times op-ed that claims Republicans strategically use black politicians, in this case soon-to-be Sen. Tim Scott, to “undermine black interests.” The former presidential candidate wrote at his CainTV.com: “Any newspaper that would publish a piece denigrating blacks as needing the benevolence of big government in order to serve their interests is obviously racist and deserves widespread censure for making such an insensitive and racially biased editorial decision.” Read more…

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Kerry should be grilled over questionable stands
American Thinker
Saturday, December 22, 2012
As John Kerry faces Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of state, he should be hit with tough questions regarding his: (1) testimony against fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971; (2) meeting with North Vietnamese communists in Paris, also in 1971; (3) campaigning for a nuclear freeze in Europe in the 1980s. Aren’t his failures over four decades something his colleagues should worry about? Read more…

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Ex-Marine Hammar freed, back in America
Fox News
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The ordeal for Jon Hammar Jr., who languished under deplorable conditions in a violent Mexican prison for four months, is finally over. The ex-Marine, who was arrested at the same border crossing Aug. 13 after trying to declare an antique shotgun, was released Friday and was suffering from a stomach virus, his father told Fox News as he and his son drove from the Texas border. Read more…

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Dershowitzophrenia By Roger L Simon


Sometimes I think Alan Dershowitz is so politically schizophrenic he deserves a diagnosis title of his own in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM – Dershowitzophrenia.

Today the Harvard Law professor has an excellent article in NRO (one wonders if he offered it first to the NYT, WaPo, etc.) taking President Obama to task for his potential nomination of Chuck Hagel for SecDef. Given Hagel’s record on Iran (not even branding the Republican Guard as terrorists, etc.), Dershowitz correctly states the former senator’s appointment would send a message to the mullahs that the administration is not serious in their threat of using force to prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.

But, hello…. What kind of person would Obama nominate for SecDef and what does the president himself really think about Iran? The professor surely recalls Obama’s extraordinary indifference when the demonstrators in the streets of Tehran cried out for the president’s support.

It’s perfectly natural and predictable Obama would want a Hagel — or someone like him — at Defense. Where was Dershowitz? Ignoring what everyone else knew?

And it’s not just Defense. Who would Obama nominate for the even more important secretary of State? If he can’t get the prevaricating Susan Rice, a mindlessly progressive bloviating Assad apologist like John Kerry will be just the ticket.

No one but a certain Harvard professor and consistent public supporter of Barack Obama would be surprised.

BTW, the American Psychiatric Association has announced its Fifth Edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will appear next May. Dershowitizophrenia anyone?


http://melaniephillips.com/into-the-abyss To an astonishing silence by the media on both sides of the pond, the US along with the UK and a number of European governments is leading the west into an abyss. I have repeatedly noted here that the US, UK and France helped bring to power in Egypt Islamic extremists hostile to the […]


Sen. John Kerry as Sec. Of State?! Be Afraid, Kerry’s Poor Understanding of Climate Science Poses Threat to U.S. National Security

Kerry has called Global Warming the Next 9/11 & Has Equated Soviet Nuclear warheads & Iranian Nukes to threat of Global Warming
December 21, 2012 – By Marc Morano

Climate Depot Editorial
Democratic Senator John Kerry is set to become the next U.S. Secretary of State, replacing Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kerry has declared his intention to treat man-made global warming as a national security threat. See: Sen. John Kerry To Be Nominated As Next Secretary of State: Kerry ‘believes climate change is the ‘biggest long term threat’ to national security’ & A Secretary John Kerry Would Elevate Climate Issues: Reaction: ‘about as far as 2010′s failed Kerry-Boxer climate bill, which failed to launch’
Climate Depot Statement on Sen. Kerry: “Senator Kerry is on record expressing outlandish climate and national security claims based on his basic misreading of climate science. Having a Secretary of State who views the emission of a trace essential gas in the atmosphere – CO2 – as some sort of monster threat o national security or the equivalent a the 9/11 terror attacks or the equivalent of old Soviet nuclear warheads, is a sad day in American history. Kerry is ignoring a large body of data and research that demolishes his beliefs. (see below) The American people deserve much better.” #
See: Sen. John Kerry: Global Warming Is The Next 9/11: Kerry: ‘On August 6, 2001, Pres. George W. Bush famously received an intelligence briefing entitled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Thirty-six days later, al Qaeda terrorists did just that. Scientists tell us we have a 10-year window — if even that — before catastrophic climate change becomes inevitable and irreversible. The threat is real, and time is not on our side… ‘Make no mistake: catastrophic climate change represents a threat to human security, global stability, and — yes — even to American national security’


www.geraldahonigman.com Opals, Rubies, Emeralds, Diamonds…beautiful, yet few compare to the priceless gem Israel can luckily claim as its own–Caroline Glick. The lady is one of the top analysts out there, no matter where you look. And I say this not because we see things the same way. She definitely has a way with words and […]


http://frontpagemag.com/2012/john-perazzo/john-kerry-a-hate-america-veteran-reporting-for-duty/?utm_source=FrontPage+Magazine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1c40ada24c-Mailchimp_FrontPageMag When Barack Obama nominated John Kerry to be America’s next Secretary of State Friday afternoon, he called Kerry the “perfect choice” to replace Hillary Clinton. Stating that “few individuals … grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry,” Obama said the Senator will not “need a lot of on-the-job training.” He then praised […]


http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ There are as many ways to look at a man as there are at a glass of water. Either half empty or half full. Either people are basically good or they are basically rotten. And all theories of government come down to one view or the other. If people are basically good, then they […]


http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/336343/massacre-innocents-mark-steyn The Newtown killings ought to occasion a little modesty and circumspection. ‘Lullay, Thou little tiny Child, by by, lully, lullay . . . ” The 16th-century Coventry Carol, a mother’s lament for her lost son, is the only song of the season about the other children of Christmas — the first-born of Bethlehem, slaughtered […]



Washington is so broken that our enemies no longer need to make things up to embarrass us.
When your dissolute political establishment sinks to the point of being fit for lectures from Chinese Communists on spending restraint, and from erstwhile Soviet revanchists on foreign-affairs modesty, you are at rock bottom. Welcome to Washington.
Remember two summers ago, the depths of the last Beltway debacle on out-of-control borrowing that charted the course for today’s latest Beltway debacle on spending and taxes. It was then that China’s rulers blasted Uncle Santa for our “debt addiction,” our failure to observe “the commonsense principle” that a nation, like a family, must “live within its means.” At the time, U.S. sovereign debt — of which China is, not coincidentally, a major holder — had been downgraded below triple-A for the first time ever.
The Obamedia, fearing that their hero would be irreparably harmed by this signature achievement, reliably promoted a false narrative: Conservative “extremists” were refusing to extend the president’s tapped-out credit line, sending shivers through the bond markets. In reality, the explanation for the downgrade was not the contretemps over the statutory “debt ceiling”; it was the astronomical debt itself. The ceiling was significant only because it occasioned convincing proof that Washington is not serious about addressing our spending crisis. When you are borrowing to pay the interest on prior borrowing, it is time to cut spending — drastically. Washington won’t even consider it. That is what signals to creditors that our “full faith and credit” may not be credible. When you are burning through other people’s money because you’ve already spent your own people’s money for the next few generations, promises to pay are not very reliable.