the resolution draws a clear distinction between residents of the settlements, along with the products produced there, and Israeli residents and products, and urges member states to distinguish between these “in their relevant dealings.” The E.U. has already decided that Israel must identify products from the settlements with a label and has proposed to exclude the settlements from free-trade privileges. The new resolution invites all member states to impose similar restrictions.
Trumps... strong stance on fighting Isis and “Islamic terrorism” means he is unlikely to hand control of a country... to a scarcely less hardline group. The Baltic states are nervous about whether a Trump administration would defend them in the event of a Russian attack. Trump’s win certainly makes a president Le Pen more plausible. Trump has promised to reverse decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the American embassy there.
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Israel has more water than it needs. The turnaround started in 2007, when low-flow toilets and showerheads were installed nationwide and the national water authority built innovative water treatment systems that recapture 86 percent of the water that goes down the drain and use it for irrigation — vastly more than the second-most-efficient country in the world, Spain, which recycles 19 percent... even with those measures, Israel still needed about 1.9 billion cubic meters... Enter desalination.
Hamas has recently further raised taxes after a drop in financial support from allies, such as Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, and the collapse of its tunnel trade with people in Egypt ... Consumers and businesses in Gaza are hit three times by tax. Israel collect taxes on imports into Gaza and the West Bank on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and transfers the money to the PA after deducting a small administrative fee.
One of the ways Netanyahu has retained power for so long—he’s now Israel’s second-longest-serving leader, after Ben-Gurion—has been by tailoring his politics to match public opinion. In 2009, he leaned toward the center because he feared Obama and wanted to dispel his own reputation for recklessness. In recent years, as the Israeli public has shifted rightward, so has he—which has allowed him to more openly indulge his true passions.
The shift to digital security that uses tools like biometric verification and mobile credentialing also heightens fears around protecting the data sets integral to their use ... putting terabytes of sensitive data together in one place for any purpose creates a huge target for malicious attackers ... And numerous examples, from the 2013 hack of retailer Target—which exposed 40 million customers’ financial data...show even the biggest, best-known entities can struggle with the task.
Though Arabs represent 20 percent of Israel’s population of 8 million, Jews and Arabs rarely interact. According to government data, 90 percent of Arab-Israelis live in all-Arab communities ... In a country with a segregated education system, Arab and Jewish children learn in separate schools, and just 10 percent of Jews speak fluent Arabic. It’s mandatory for Arab students to learn Hebrew, but not the other way around.
Forget the idea of hobbyists printing off small plastic trinkets at home. Industrial 3D printers, which can cost up to $1m, are changing manufacturing...Compared with the $70 billion machine-tool market, additive manufacturing is still tiny. But it is expanding rapidly, and not just in health care. Overall, Wohlers estimates that 3D-printed products and services grew by 26% last year, to be worth nearly $5.2 billion.
Hundreds of Arab citizens graduate from colleges every year with qualifications for high-tech work, but few have found jobs in their field. Of about 284,500 technology workers in Israel in 2013, only 1.3 percent were Arab, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Hoping to address the imbalance, the Ministry of Economy introduced a three-year program in 2015 with the goal of placing 1,000 Arab graduates in the high-tech work force.
Jews first began to settle in Morocco over 2,000 years ago and for centuries they and Muslims have happily co-existed ... Morocco was once home to the largest Jewish community in the Arab world and at its peak had a quarter of a million Jews. But after Israel was founded in 1948, things changed. Fear that Morocco's ... independence from France would lead to ... persecution ... plus a desire to bolster Israel's population, led to ... large-scale emigration ... Today, only about 2,000 Jews remain