Regional Cooperation Minister Silvan Shalom, today (Thursday, 26 February 2015), signed the 'Seas Canal' agreement with Jordanian Water and Irrigation Minister Hazim El-Naser at a ceremony attended by dignitaries from both sides as well as representatives from the World Bank and the US embassies in Israel and Jordan.

 

The agreement sets relations between Israel and Jordan regarding implementation of the first stage of the 'Seas Canal' project, including the construction of a desalination plant north of Aqaba that would supply water to the Aravah region in Israel and to Aqaba in Jordan. Residual saline brines will be piped to the Dead Sea via an approximately 200-km pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea in order to stabilize and save the latter. In the framework of the agreement, water from northern Israel will be piped to Amman. The effect of the process on the Dead Sea, as well as other environmental affects, will be monitored and studied.

 

Jordanian Minister El-Naser said that Jordan welcomed the cooperation that would lead to the strengthening of bilateral links and facilitate joint dealing with the water problem in the region.

 

Minister Shalom said, "I stand here very moved by this historic signing of an agreement on a joint project to build a canal between the seas. Today we are realizing the vision of Binyamin Zeev Herzl, the father of the state, who in the late 19th century saw the need to revive the Dead Sea. This is the most important and significant agreement since the peace treaty with Jordan. This is the peak of fruitful and very good cooperation between Israel and Jordan and will assist in rehabilitating the Dead Sea and in resolving water issues in Jordan and the Aravah."

 

Israeli and Jordanian representatives at the signing of the agreement. Photo by Israel's Ministry for Regional Cooperation

 

 

 

 

 

On February 17, it had been launched in the city of Rehovot the first Romanian kindergarten from Israel. The project is organized by the Hitachtud Olei Romania (HOR) in Rehovot, with the support of the Romanian Embassy in Israel and the Department for Romanians Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.

 

The event was opened by Andreea Păstârnac, the Romanian ambassador to Israel and Zeev Schwartz, the president of HOR Israel and Clarisa Steinberg, the President of HOR Rehovot. Sixty people participated to this event, mostly representatives of the first and second generations of Israelis born in Romania whose children or grandchildren are already part of the first kindergarten class.

 

The Romanian Kindergarten class meets weekly under the direction of a Romanian language teacher and already has 19 children enrolled, with ages between 5 and 9 years old. During their first class, the children were taught the first basics of Romanian language and received their first Abecedar – the bedrock handbook of the Romanian language.

 

This project is addressed to the children of the third and second generations of Israeli citizens originating from Romania. Its objective is to teach the new generations about the general elements of the Romanian culture as well as the basic Romanian language skills, in the same time keeping active the people who have volunteered to support this initiative.

 

 

 

 

                     

"Ofek 10" Satellite has entered orbit and begun transmitting data and visual material

The research and development department (MAFAT) of Israel's Ministry of Defense in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI Ltd.) launched this evening Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 22:15 hrs, "Ofek 10" satellite into space. The satellite was launched into orbit by a "Shavit" satellite launcher from an Israeli Air Force test range.

In the early hours of Thursday, April 10, 2014 according to plan, the satellite entered its orbit around the Earth, and underwent a series of tests to confirm its serviceability and accurate performance.  The satellite then began transmitting data and visual material to Earth.  Engineers from MAFAT – Ministry of Defense with engineers from Israel Aerospace Industries are continuing to perform a series of planned tests until the satellite begins operational service.

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"Ofek 10" is an observation remote-sensing satellite that employs synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology with advanced "high-resolution" imagery, capable of operating day or night and in all weather conditions.  "Ofek 10" was developed on previous experience accrued during the development and production of the "Ofek" series of advanced satellites, the first of which was launched in 1988.  

The "Ofek 10" satellite was launched into orbit by the "Shavit" multi-stage satellite launcher.  The satellite "Ofek 10" as well as the "Shavit" satellite launcher were developed and produced by Israel's Ministry of Defense, through its R&D Department (MAFAAT).  The primary contractor is Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI Ltd). In addition, a number of other

 

Israeli companies cooperated in its development and production, including Rafael, Spectralink from Elbit Systems, Rokar, and Israel Military Industries.  Branches of the Israel Defense Forces were also involved including the Intelligence Branch and the Air Force.

 

 

 

 

 
 Photo credit: Israel Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries

 

 

New international website of the Baha'i community launched

 

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HAIFA, 20 January 2015, (BWNS) — The website of the worldwide Baha'i community at www.bahai.org has been launched in a new version, representing the latest stage in the development of an official presence on the Web that extends back to 1996. The site explores the beliefs and writings of the Baha'i Faith and presents the experience of those throughout the world who, inspired by the teachings of Baha'u'llah, are striving to contribute to the betterment of society.

 

The revised site highlights two broad sections – "What Baha'is Believe" and "What Baha'is Do" – and features a new presentation of the Baha'i Reference Library.

 

The section entitled "What Baha'is Believe" aims to organize a selection of central beliefs of the Baha'i Faith into a few thematic areas, such as The Life of the Spirit, God and His Creation, and Universal Peace. "What Baha'is Do" explores how Baha'is, together with those who share their aspirations, are working for social progress.

 

The site also includes a new version of the Baha'i Reference Library, the authoritative online source of the Baha'i writings, containing selected works of Baha'u'llah, The Bab, 'Abdu'l-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, and the Universal House of Justice, as well as other Baha'i texts.

 

To read the article online, view photographs and access links:


http://news.bahai.org/story/1037

 

For the Baha'i World News Service home page, go to:


http://news.bahai.org/

 

 

 

 

Photo Silvia Golan

Moshe Rosenblum: "The number of visitors to the mall has tripled and amounts to 200,000 per month"

The Ofer Sirkin Mall, of the Ofer Group is completing these days a large strategic process with a comprehensive investment of 40 million NIS.

Within this strategic process, the mall has undergone an extensive change in the mixture of stores, and a gradual increase in the number of leading fashion chains and brands, together with businesses that offer diverse services. Among the new stores: Top Ten, Laline, To Go, Delta, Sacara, Goldberry, Crazy Line, Hoodies, צומת ספרים , Body Shop, Kravitz and more..

Among the new stores of leading brands: Castro, Fox, New Pharm, Erroca, Golf, GREG Coffee, Kitan, News Shoes, Aristo-shmat, Magnolia Silver Jewelry, Gali Shoes, Discreet Shoes.

The strategic process includes, among others, the enlargement and upgrade of the business areas, change of the floor, ceiling and lighting, change of elevators, addition of escalators, change of toilette rooms and addition of toilette rooms for children and handicapped persons, renewal of the mall indoors, repair of gates and entrances, change of load elevators and supplier entrances, upgrade of electricity, water and air conditioning infrastructures. The significant changes and upgrades in the mall allow the customers to enjoy an especially profitable, quality and attractive buying experience.

The Ofer Sirkin Mall was built in 1977, being the first mall in Petach Tikva. The mall is located in the middle of a new neighborhood near the Sirkin intersection in Petach Tikva, between central traffic routes (route 40 that connects it between the Segula intersection in the north and the Yehud intersection in the south, road 471 and highway 6), which makes it easily and preferably accessible.

The main intended public of the mall amounts to about 80,000. Its social-economic status is defined as middle and upwards, consisting of mixed population that includes non-religious, traditional, religious and orthodox. In addition, the mall has clients that live in nearby towns, such as Nehalim, Beerot Yitzhak, Magshimim, Mazor, Kfar Nofech, Bnei Atarot, Kfar Sirkin and Kfar Maas.

Moshe Rosenblum, the Ofer Malls CEO said: "The Ofer Sirkin Mall is an urban mall, which due to its massive renewal and huge investment has acquired high standards, similar to inter-regional malls. Immediately after completing the renewal process, the number of visitors tripled and amounts to 200,000 per month. As a result, the income of the operating stores has increased in tens percents, and the growth prospects by the end of 2014 is about 20%".

The innovative urban Ofer Sirkin Mall provides an exciting buying experience for the whole family.

 

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Photo  Yoval Sharaf / Dudi Hason