US, Israel set to boost teamwork on cybersecurity


Israel and the United States are poised to collaborate more closely on cybersecurity research and development as lawmakers passed two bills that aim to strengthen the collaboration between the nations.

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation introduced by Reps. John Ratcliffe of Texas and Jim Langevin of Rhode Island.

The bills, the United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 and the United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016, now await action in the Senate.

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UN ranks IDF emergency medical team as ‘No. 1 in the world’



The United Nation’s World Health Organization recognized the Israeli army’s field hospital, which is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites, as “the number one in the world” in a ceremony last week, classifying it as its first and only “Type 3” field hospital, according to its commander, Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin.

The WHO and the Israel Defense Forces had been in talks to determine if the army unit met the demands of a “Type 3” medical team, a status no medical team had ever reached before.

Last Wednesday, the IDF’s field hospital team received the “Type 3” designation, along with some additional “specialized care” recognitions, which technically made it a “Type 3 plus,” though the army kept the information quiet until Sunday.

“We’re going to recommend the director-general verifies [Israel’s team] as a Type 1, Type 2, and also Type 3 and multiple different types of specialty cells,” Dr. Ian Norton, the lead author of the classification system and head of the WHO delegation, said Wednesday at the ceremony in the Medical Corps’ base in Ramat Gan, outside Tel Aviv.

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CUFI Applauds Introduction of Nevada Anti-BDS Legislation


img_2966SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation’s largest pro-Israel organization, released a statement applauding the introduction of legislation in Nevada (SB 26) which seeks to ensure the state is not engaging with entities that boycott, divest from or sanction (BDS) the state of Israel:

Anti-BDS legislation is spreading like wildfire across the country because the American people are uninterested in supporting companies that back this hateful, anti-Semitic movement. We applaud Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison’s resolute leadership on this issue and are grateful for the strong cadre of CUFI lay leaders in Nevada who have worked tirelessly to ensure Nevada’s policies reflect the peoples’ will. We look forward to this legislation’s swift passage.

With more than 3.2 million members, Christians United for Israel is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States and one of the leading Christian grassroots movements in the world. CUFI spans all fifty states and reaches millions with its message. Each year CUFI holds hundreds of pro-Israel events in cities around the country. And each July, thousands of pro-Israel Christians gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in the CUFI Washington Summit and make their voices heard in support of Israel and the Jewish people.

Israel to Launch Expedition to Find More Dead Sea Scrolls


3-year bid to find biblical manuscripts will begin next month, Antiquities Authority official says; first big survey since 1993

Israel is embarking on a major archaeological expedition to find yet undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls, an Israeli antiquities official said Monday.

Amir Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority said a government research team will spend the next three years surveying hundreds of caves in the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea, the arid region where the Dead Sea Scrolls, the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, were preserved for thousands of years and discovered in 1947.

The collection is considered the crown jewel of Israeli antiquities.

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