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Israel Partnering with USAID on Power Africa Projects

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5 Dec 2017 (All day)
Israel Partnering with USAID on Power Africa Projects
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Monday with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which will give Israel opportunities to share its knowledge and technical skills in a variety of areas with African nations, potentially improving the lives of millions of people. “I believe in Africa,” Netanyahu said at the press conference. “I believe in the partnership with Africa. And what better partnership we have, than having USAID, the US government, Israel, and African countries working together to secure a better future.”

USAID’s “Power Africa” initiative is designed to bring hundreds of millions of Africans out of poverty by building infrastructure that will provide clean water, electricity, transportation and other quality of life improvements. Israeli companies with decades of experience in these fields are expected to bring fresh energy to the project, while creating or maintaining thousands of jobs in Israel, the US and all over Africa.

Here is the video of the signing ceremony (in English)

European Governments Directly Confronting Iran
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told journalists at a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, on Monday evening that France and Germany agree that Iran must "roll back" its ballistic-missile program and its "hegemonic temptations" across the Middle East if it wishes to reap the full economic benefits of normalized relations with the West. He added that Paris and Berlin would continue to stand by the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement, but that Teheran also needed to take the concerns of its neighbors and the international community seriously.

In related news, governments, analysts and officials across the Middle East reacted with shock on Monday at the news that former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh had been killed in an ambush on his armored car just outside Sanaa. The ambush came a few days after he announced that he was abandoning the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel factions and throwing his support behind the Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthi’s for control of the country.

Israel Blesses the World 
Prof. Jacob Pe’er, an ophthalmologist at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Medical Center has been honored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (OCA) for his work on the prevention of blindness which has saved or improved the site of countless people around the world over the decades. The award will be presented at the OCA’s upcoming annual conference.

In announcing its decision to honor Pe’er, the OCA highlighted his “significant and worldwide contribution to the prevention of blindness and to vision rehabilitation in the world, as an acknowledgment to his outstanding personal commitment to humankind and for being an inspiration for other physicians around the world.”

Israeli Para Athletes Off to a Strong Start in Mexico City
Israel’s delegation to the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City collected two bronze medals in early competition Saturday. Inbal Pezaro collected one medal by finishing third place in the women’s 100-meter freestyle S5 final while Mark Malyar collected a bronze medal in the men’s 100m backstroke S8 final. 

Big Names Visit Israel Despite BDS Pressure
The latest defeats for the international movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel came in the form of visits to the Jewish State this week by legendary vocal artist Bryan Adams and Florida Governor Rick Scott, who was accompanied by a large delegation of Floridian business leaders looking for opportunities to make deals with their Israeli counterparts. Adams began his tour of Israel Monday with a sold out concert in Tel Aviv, while fans in Jerusalem looked forward to seeing him at the Pais Arena on Wednesday.

“There are a lot of people in Florida who are very financially supportive of Israel,” Scott said on Monday. “They’re constantly calling me and letting me know that we have to do more business with Israel…I’m going to do everything I can to stand with Israel.”

Today’s video gives some commentary by Israeli PM Netanyahu on Iran

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