The media often uses major sporting events, such as the current FIFA 2014 soccer World Cup, to provide audiences with a little light relief from the seemingly endless stream of bad-news stories. In contrast, I present you with a blog of positive news featuring some of the recent achievements of the Jewish State’s world-class team.
I’ll begin, however, with the tournament currently taking place in Brazil. Israel’s world-leading Unmanned Air Vehicles and cameras were demonstrated simultaneously in the skies above Rio de Janeiro. A Heron UAV made by Israel Aerospace Industries, fitted with a heat-sensing camera from Israel’s Elbit Systems helped Brazilian police capture a criminal gang leader,
to prevent violence during the World Cup. The Brazilian Air Force is also deploying Elbit’s own UAVs
in the shape of the Hermes 450 and 900, which are conducting safety and security missions
during World Cup matches.
Back on the ground, Israel’s global dominance in security systems is in evidence at the 44,000-seat Arena Patanal World Cup stadium
in Cuiaba where Israel’s Risco Group has implemented a command and control system. In another city, administrators serving 24 Brazilian Government agencies will operate the Situator incident management platform
from Israel’s NICE Systems.
The flawed United Nations still performs some useful global functions. It distributes satellite images to rescuers in disaster areas, and will now be enhanced with those from Israeli satellites
. The UN, together with the World Health Organization, also backed Israeli NGO Wheelchairs of Hope, designers of the world’s first affordable, child-friendly wheelchair
. (The video of the Israeli charity is in Arabic with English subtitles.)
Israel’s cup is truly running over, due to the water technology that it brings to a parched world. California is currently experiencing a drought of near Biblical proportions and has turned to Israel
to help hydrate its economy. Trade journal Global Water Intelligence
bestowed its top awards on Israel’s IDE Technologies in recognition of its water desalination plants at Carlsbad in San Diego, California and at Soreq in Israel. In Mexico
, Israel’s Desalitech is installing its Closed Circuit Desalination Reverse Osmosis technology. Israel’s Blue I Water Technologies is installing high-precision water quality analyzers in Beijing, China
and also in India and Paraguay
. Israel’s Mapal Green Energy has now been selected to install its wastewater treatment systems, by three of the largest UK water companies
serving nearly half the homes in England.
Israel is a world power in renewable energy. Israel’s Sunflower plans to construct up to five wind farms in Finland
. Israel’s Ormat Technologies will soon be generating geothermal energy in Indonesia
and has had its 13th geothermal power plant inaugurated in New Zealand.
Israel’s parliament building
will soon be the most environment-friendly law-making institution in the world, with 4,600 sq meters of solar panels on its roof. Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot paraphrased a Biblical verse "Out of Zion shall go forth the law of green and renewable energy."
Finally, back to the soccer World Cup. Israelis have bought more World Cup tickets per capita
than any other country without a team in Brazil. And Israeli soccer fans are not even downhearted that their team didn’t qualify. Their attitude mirrors the ethos of the Jewish State that always looks to the future and knows that things will get even better. Just the other week, for instance, Israel
came top of their qualifying group and for the first time ever will be heading to the finals next month of the European under-19 Soccer Championships in Hungary.
“Come on Israel. Champions!”
Michael Ordman writes a free weekly newsletter containing positive news stories about Israel.