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Unmanned Vehicles for the War of the Future
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Latest Israeli Technology on Display The latest versions of unmanned vehicles on air, sea and land that were on display at an exhibition in Israel this week shows that the technology is getting better, and dozens of new systems are on the market. One new product is the Amstaff, an unmanned ground vehicle developed by Automotive Robotic Industry. “The Amstaff is very unique – it’s not only intelligent driving, but it’s security-mission-oriented,” Amos Goren, the CEO and developer of.....

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More Palestinian Women Putting Children in Day Care
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, September 15, 2014

More Women Joining Work Force RAMALLAH/ABU DIS – Buthaina Ewisat, a geography teacher, has four young children and has wrestled with mixed feelings over putting them in day care. Her oldest son, Mohammed, now 7, was taken care of by Ewisat’s mother-in-law when he was a baby. Her other children, age 6 and four-year-old twins, went to a day care center. But last spring, one of the twins, Odeh, fell in day care and had to have four.....

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Kosher Culinary Star Jamie Geller Films Series in Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, September 14, 2014

Joy of Israel Aims to Show Beauty of Country “Welcome to this episode of Joy of Israel!” Jamie Geller told the audience with a big smile. “When I saw the olive trees here at the City of David, I said, “Let’s do a live cooking show featuring the seven super foods of the Bible.” The dozens of married women in the audience, most of them with their hair covered with scarves according to the Jewish law of modesty, applauded. “You’ll.....

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A New Star in Jerusalem
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, September 08, 2014

Largest Sports Arena in Middle East Set to Open Just days before the Jerusalem Payis Arena is set to open, workers are drilling the blue cushioned seats into the stadium, the roof is yet to be completed and cables snake everywhere throughout the huge eight-level stadium. The project has been under construction for five years. “This is a dream come true,” Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat told The Media Line, standing on the main floor of the arena. “We’ve been.....

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Jerusalem Wine Festival Draws Thousands
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, September 04, 2014

Season offers more whites, new varietals Elena Zimbalista was in the midst of the harvest when war broke out between Israel and Hamas this summer. The Italian-born Zimbalista, whose winery produces only white wines, usually makes the harvest an event, inviting children from her rural community of Avigdor in southern Israel to help. This year, she says sadly, it was too dangerous for the kids. “We had so many rockets,” she tells The Media Line in Italian-accented English. “I.....

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Palestinians Launch New Push for a State
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

*Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced two new deadlines in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Negotiations with Israel must begin within nine months, and Israel must withdraw from all areas it acquired in 1967 – the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem – within three years. If Israel refuses, the Palestinians will pursue their quest for statehood through the United Nations, a move Israel has always opposed. Abbas is expected to give more details of.....

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Promoting Health Among Ultra-Orthodox Women
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Large Families, Lack of Access to Internet Offer Challenges The women, all dressed modestly in long skirts and long-sleeve blouses, and with their heads covered with kerchiefs or wigs, ambled from booth to booth, offering everything from a chiropractic analysis to information on home birth to lipstick and jewelry for sale. The first-ever Women’s Health Expo for the ultra-Orthodox and religious Population, it attracted hundreds of women in Jerusalem. “After a rather tense summer because of the fighting in.....

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Palestinian Schools Educate Students to Buy Local
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, September 01, 2014

More and more Palestinians heeding the call to use non-Israeli products Following the taking of attendance and the reading of the opening chapter of the Koran, some homeroom classes across the West Bank are devoting time to educate students on the importance of supporting local products. A second lesson comes after lunch and recess, when the students line up to return to classrooms. The goal is to get kids to support products made in the West Bank, which include.....

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Pain and Gain for Palestinians and Israelis Post Gaza War
by Abdullah H. Erakat and Linda Gradstein on Thursday, August 28, 2014

Both Sides Claim Victory after Seven Weeks of Fighting [RAMALLAH] – After the rockets, comes the spin machine, and both Israel and Hamas are claming victory in the fighting that has left 2200 Palestinians and 69 Israelis and one foreign worker dead, thousands of Palestinians wounded, and widespread devastation in the Gaza Strip. While there were victory celebrations in Gaza and the West Bank, there were mixed feelings in Israel over the end of the fighting, and questions.....

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TML EXCLUSIVE: European Union Offers Assurances to Prevent Misuse of Gaza Imports
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

EU Ambassador holds Hamas responsible for breakdown of talks to end Gaza fighting Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen, head of delegation of the European Union to Israel, is no stranger to the region. Speaking to The Media Line’s Felice Friedson, Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen said in the mid-1970s following his high school graduation he spent time in Kibbutz Neot Mordechai in northern Israel. A time of unrest, the future envoy even experienced mortar-fire from Lebanon. Faaborg-Andersen was also Middle East director from 2000.....

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