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Over 90 delegations of world leaders from 70 countries will make their way to Israel to pay their respects at the funeral of the late Ninth President Shimon Peres


Update from the Office of the Ninth President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres: Asof 21:00, more than 90 delegations from 70 countries are expected to arrive in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres including:

1.      The United States delegation led by the President of the United States Barak Obama, accompanied by Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

2.      The European Council delegation led by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk.


3.      The European Union delegation led by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Vice-President of the European Parliament David Sassoli.

4.      The UNESCO delegation led by the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Georgieva Bokova.

5.      The United Kingdom delegation led by Prince Charles, accompanied by Former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.

6.      The French delegation led by the President of France Francois Hollande, accompanied by Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo.


7.      The German delegation led by the President of Germany Joachim Gauck accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

8.      The Canadian delegation led by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and a host of additional Former Prime Ministers.

9.      The Mexican delegation headed by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto accompanied by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu.


10.  The Dutch delegation led by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

11.  The Spanish delegation headed by the King of Spain Felipe VI accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs José García-Margallo.

12.  The Italian delegation led by the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi.

13.  The Greek delegation led by the Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou and the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.


14.  The Polish delegation led by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.

15.  The Swiss delegation led by the President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann.

16.  The Austrian delegation led by the President of the National Council of Austria Doris Bures, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz and Former President Heinz Fischer.

17.  The Finnish delegation led by the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä.


18.  The Swedish delegation led by the Prime Minister of Sweden Stephen Levin.

19.  The Ukrainian delegation headed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

20.  The Latvian delegation headed by the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis.


21.  The Lithuanian delegation headed by the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.

22.  The Luxembourg delegation headed by the Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri de Luxembourg.

23.  The delegation from the Vatican led by Archbishop Antonio Franco.


24.  The Côte d’Ivoire delegation headed by the President of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara, accompanied by Foreign Minister and Finance Minister.

25.  The Togolese delegation headed by the President of Togo Faure Gnasingbh.

26.  The Portuguese delegation headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva.


27.  The Brazilian delegation headed by the Foreign Minister of Brazil Jose Seria.

28.  The Turkish delegation headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Yıldız.

29.  The Chinese delegation headed by the Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, accompanied by ten representatives of the People's Republic of China.


30.  The Singaporean delegation led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hen.

31.  The Indian delegation led by the Minister of Science and Technology of India Harsh Vardhan.

32.  The Australian delegation led by the Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and including the Secretary of Defense.


Photo Silvia G Golan








OK2GO, an Israeli hi-tech company specializing in location-based control and reporting solutions, has recently signed an agreement with KOINOS, a Chile-based company, to distribute its products there. The company’s development center will remain in Israel


The Transaction’s value is estimated at 16 million NIS


OK2GO, an Israeli hi-tech company specializing in location-based control and reporting solutions for mobile phones, landlines and biometric smart watches, is expanding its operation and has recently signed an agreement with KOINOS, a Chile-based company active in the technology and innovation fields, to distribute its products there.  The Transaction’s value is estimated at 16 million NIS.


OK2GO Specializes in location-based attendance reporting services operated through a broad range of devices including smartphones, mobile phones and landlines. The company has thousands of clients including defense and security companies, traders, government companies and local authorities. The service is operational throughout the workday and provided in full coordination between employer and employee.


OK2GO’s market research has revealed that Chile has a high demand for the Israeli company’s advanced service: collecting attendance reports from the office and from the field through mobile phones. OK2GO provides an optimal solution for Chile’s need using a cloud-based service able to collect data from any mobile phone, cellular app, vehicle or the Internet. The system can also interface with the client organizations’ salary and ERP systems, thus increasing the collection efficiency of office hours and project work data and speeding up pay-slip preparation.


The service saves businesses an average of 7-15 percent of their wage costs and dozens to thousands of dollars a year, depending on the company’s size. The service will help make work, operation and automation processes more efficient, from checking employee attendance to producing pay-slips. Chile has a population of 17.5 million. Its market size is estimated at 10 million people, 20% of them mobile phone owners – that is about 2 million people. OK2GO has set a goal to reach 5% of the market within three years. This deal is estimated to yield an average of 4 million dollars in the next three years.


Shmuel Madar, CEO of OK2GO, has stated that expanding the services to overseas and using the great store of knowledge accumulated in Israel in various fields may serve many countries around the world. He also mentioned that the company has many more new, innovative developments in the pipeline.


The company already has branches in Brazil and Argentina, and it has recently closed a deal with one of Brazil’s largest accounting and financial consultation firms – a company employing thousands of people.


Image: Shmuel Madar, CEO OK2GO.


Photo provided by OK2GO








Local EU Statement on Yom HaShoah


The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Israel


The EU Delegation to the State of Israel, together with all Embassies of EU Member States in Israel, joins people in Israel commemorating today the deaths of six million Jews – innocent men, women and children, murdered simply for being Jewish.

Remembering the Shoah means for us recalling our joint responsibility for the future, continuing to stand strong against anti-Semitism, prejudice and racial discrimination in all their forms.

It is our duty to fight against anti-Semitism on every front. We cannot and will not accept that Jewish communities in Europe do not feel safe.

Attacks on Jews are attacks on all of us – against our way of living, against tolerance and against our identity. The European Union was built on the foundations of our values of democracy, human dignity and fundamental rights.

We are determined to defend these values against hate, violence and fanaticism. Never forget. Never again.











Israel Electric Corporation Signs Multi-Year Services Agreement with GE to Help Enhance Country’s Energy Supply Security


· New Multi Year Services Agreement to Cover Three GE 9FA Gas Turbines at IEC’s Eshcol, Tzafit and Alon Tavor Power Stations which include Hot Gas Path Inspection and Major Inspection to each unit.

· IEC Selects GE to Help Increase Long-Term Reliability of its Three Power Plants


HAIFA, ISRAEL—September 8 , 2016—In a move to help enhance the country’s long-term energy supply security, Israel Electric Corporation, Ltd (IEC), Israel’s main electric utility, and GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) today announced a new multi-year services agreement, in which GE will support the long-term availability of its three 9FA gas turbines at IEC’s Eshkol Power Station, Tzafit Power Station and Alon Tavor Power Station.


Paul McElhinney, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business, met this week with IEC and other GE executives in a formal signing ceremony for the multi-year agreement at IEC’s headquarters in Haifa. The new deal follows a previous 13-year multi-year agreement between IEC and GE for the three stations. The new pact goes into effect when the old service agreement expires in 2017. The agreement covers parts, repair and technical advisor services for planned outages for the three 9FA units.


As further noted by GE’s McElhinney, “GE is delighted to continue our close working relationship with IEC by implementing this multi-year agreement and maintaining IEC’s three power plants. We are proud to help IEC work to increase the country’s long-term energy supply by improving the reliability and availability of its existing 9FA gas turbine fleet.”


From right to left: Pascal Schweitzer, General Manager - Europe - Power Services, Paul McElhinney, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business, Ofer Bloch, IEC CEO and Ram Erlichman, GenerationSenior Vice President, Generation & Energy.


Photo Courtesy: Yosi Weiss.











Hamas Terror Tunnel Uncovered and Neutralized in Southern Israel



Earlier this week, following combined efforts of intelligence, technology and ground forces IDF and ISA uncovered and neutralized an offensive tunnel infiltrating Israel from the Gaza Strip.


This tunnel, the first to be found since Operation Protective Edge, was built by Hamas in order to infiltrate Israel and execute terror attacks against the people of the southern communities. The IDF will continue its counter terror efforts to uncover and neutralize Hamas’ offensive tunnels.


Lt. Col. Peter Lerner IDF spokesmen: “The ugly truth is that Hamas continues to invest millions of dollars to build tunnels of terror and death. The tunnel uncovered in Israel demonstrates once more Hamas' warped priorities and continued commitment and investment in tools of violence.

This tunnel exposes Hamas' abhorrent intentions to attack the men, women and children of southern Israel.”