GOOD News Items About Israel

Dr. Gerald Schroeder (shown left) is a board member of Blossoming Israel for the development of Biblical Tamar Park.

At a recent “Festival of Positive Energy” in Jerusalem, world-renowned Professor Gerald Schroeder, author of Genesis and the Big Bang, began the proceedings by positing that metaphysical or spiritual life is just as real as our physical lives. “As we get down to levels as tiny as quarks and neutrinos in our understanding of the world,” he said, “we discover something amazing: All of modern technology that controls everything we do is based on quantum physics – meaning, as astronomer Sir James Jeans said, ‘The universe is beginning to look less and less like a great machine than like a great thought.’ In short, the world is coming nearer to the Torah’s truth that man was created in the ‘image of G-d’ – i.e., with the spark of the original wisdom, into which we hope to tap.”

• An exhibition at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem honored Isaac Newton, shedding new light on the great physicist of all times. His passion for the Bible, and specifically for biblical interpretation, theology, eschatology and the secrets of the Bible is the subject of the exhibit. It is estimated in this area alone he penned 3 million words. In a letter, Albert Einstein wrote, “Newton’s writings on biblical matters seem to me particularly interesting because they afford deep insight into the unique mind and thought process of this great man. The divine origin of the Bible is, for Newton, absolutely certain, a certitude that stands in peculiar contrast to the critical skepticism that characterizes his stand vis-á-vis the churches. This confidence led him to the firm conviction that the seemingly opaque parts of the Bible must contain important revelations, the clarification of which can only be achieved by deciphering the Bible’s symbolic language.”

• Scientists in Israel found the brackish water drilled from underground desert aquifers hundreds of feet deep, could be used to raise warm-water fish.

• A new college town in the Galilee will include Israel’s fifth public medical school.

• Israeli research is well on its way to finding a treatment for Lou Gehrig’s disease, which affects 30,000 Americans.

• Israel developed a new electronic capsule that sits in the stomach of a cow, sheep or goat, sending information on the health of the animal to the farmer via e-mail or cell phone. It also alerts if animals are injured or lost.

• Israel is the first country to successfully produce preservative-free Coca-Cola, while maintaining the drink’s taste.

• Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology is commercializing a unique cinnamon extract that is reported to quell viral infections from HIV to the Avian flu.

• Israel’s Magal Security Systems is a worldwide leader in computerized security systems used in more than 70 countries.

• 19,700 olim (new immigrants) came to Israel from over 100 countries in 2007.

• In manual labor sectors there is zero unemployment and an actual shortage of laborers.

• Archaeologist digging south of BeitShe’an in the Jordan Valley have uncovered, for the first time ever, beehives from the period of Israel’s kings.  (Read Exodus 23:28) The discovery also gives new meaning to the phrase “Land of Milk and Honey”.

• Get this: Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000 as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan and less than 60 in Germany, and by a large margin produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation.

• Israel unveiled a blood test that diagnoses heart attacks … by telephone.

• Israel designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against attack.

• Israel is playing an important role in identifying a defective gene that causes a rare and usually fatal disease in Arab infants!

• Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth.

• Israel is jump-starting mass adoption of electric cars.

• In spite of attacks from enemy sources, Israel’s economy since 2003 has grown at a rate of 18.3%.

• Israel successfully passed its first resolution ever at the United Nations – having nothing to do with the Israeli-Arab conflict. The resolution encourages able nations of the world to develop farming technology for developing countries.

We are indebted to several news sources, including Mid-East Report, George Ekeroth’s Inside Israel’s Newsletter. Al and Tommie Cooper of God’s Learning Channel, Arutz Sheva News, and Esther Levens’ Unity Coalition for Israel news sheet.  We recommend you view “Jerusalem Online” each day.