In This Issue
Peres: Israeli-Palestinian peace urgent in light of Egypt crisis
Egypt's Internet Crackdown 'Had US Help'
Soldiers deliver, save Palestinian baby
IWhite House lauds Mubarak's
Some Optimism in Herzliya Panel on Iran
Jews in Damascus Restore Synagogues as Syria Tries to Foster Secular Image
Hezbollah chief: Israel will be left more isolated after Egypt uprising
Intel invests $2.7 billion in its Israeli chip facility
2011 Summer Fellowships in Journalism

Egypt's Internet Crackdown 'Had US Help'


A California-based company helped Egypt surreptitiously inspect internet messaging by protesters since the beginning of the uprising in Cairo and other cities, according to an advocacy group.
"Free Press" says the firm, Narus, located in Sunnyvale, Ca., provided Telecom Egypt with the technology enabling government security forces to "peek in" on internet traffic from browsers, emails, Twitter and Facebook posts.
Network providers have used so-called "deep packet inspection" (DPI) software for years in order to examine the bits of digital information, called packets, that make up an email or other transmission, in order to find spam, computer viruses, and other malicious code on their systems.
"Anything that comes through (an Internet protocol network), we can record. We can reconstruct all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they clicked on, we can reconstruct their [Voice Over Internet Protocol] calls," Narus Vice President of Marketing Steve Bannerman told Wired Magazine.

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Soldiers deliver, save Palestinian baby

Infant born with breathing problems rescued by medics alerted to Jordan Valley at 2 am

An IDF force was alerted Monday to treat a Palestinian woman who went into labor near the Jordan Valley. The soldiers helped move the woman to a military ambulance where she gave birth.


The infant, who had difficulty breathing, was resuscitated and then evacuated to a Jerusalem hospital by helicopter. "There is a great deal of satisfaction in giving life," Sergeant Gilad Nesher, a paramedic who treated the woman and child, told Ynet. 

Sgt. Nesher practices CPR (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Office)


At around 2 am the IDF received a call about a Palestinian woman in labor. A medical task force, which included a paramedic and three army medics, was led by Lieutenant-Colonel Shalom Eisner to the scene.


The soldiers said it was very dark and that at first they had trouble locating the woman, who was in a tent on high territory inaccessible by car.


WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday eased its calls on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to relax his grip on government, as the Egyptian leader remained in office despite massive protests calling for his ouster.

After days of calling on Mubarak to take immediate action to respond to antigovernment protesters and expressing frustration that his moves toward reform had not been bold or made fast enough, the White House on Monday labeled the steps he'd taken to date "monumental changes." 



Some Optimism in Herzliya Panel on Iran

Iran's ballistic missiles can reach New Delhi, Moscow and Athens, and in 2-3 years will be able to hit Brussels, Paris and Berlin, Former Deputy Defense Minister Efraim Sneh warned Monday in a debate on Iran at the Herzliya Conference. He quoted the head of the US agency in charge of ballistic missile defense, who estimated that by 2015, Iranian missiles could hit the territory of the United States.

Allowing Iran to have such global leverage with nuclear arms is unacceptable, Sneh stated, and added that when people use the word 'containment' with regard to a nuclear-armed Iran, he hears the word 'acquiescence.'
Other speakers sounded somewhat resigned to the prospect that Iran would achieve nuclear capability, but Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, was optimistic.
"In this difficult region of the world, America and Israel are the strong horses," he said. "They are the ones that set the agenda and can shape events, and in the instance of Iran over last two years what we have seen is a very assertive approach."

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Jews in Damascus Restore Synagogues as Syria Tries to Foster Secular Image

Damascus Jews Restore Synagogues Syria Seeks Secular Image

"Assad sees the rebuilding of Jewish Damascus in the context of preserving the secularism of Syria," said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Photographer: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Albert Cameo, leader of what remains of the Jewish community in Syria, says he's trying to fulfill an obligation to his religious heritage.

The 70-year-old is organizing the restoration of a synagogue called Al-Raqi in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus, the Syrian capital, built during the Ottoman Empire some 400 years ago. The project, which began in December, will be completed this month as part of a plan to restore 10 synagogues with the backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and funding from Syrian Jews.

"Assad sees the rebuilding of Jewish Damascus in the context of preserving the secularism of Syria," said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. "This is an effort by the regime to show its seriousness and an olive branch to the Jewish community in America, which they have been wooing."

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Intel invests $2.7 billion in its Israeli chip facility

The 22-nanometer technology that promises to make computers faster, smaller and lighter is coming out of an Intel Israel plant in Kiryat Gat.

Intel Kiryat Gat plant
Intel Israel's Kiryat Gat chip manufacturing facility.

In an unstable business environment, where US companies are scaling back and weathering bad times, Intel has made a surprising business move. The chipmaker announced in January that it will invest $2.7 billion in its Israeli plant in southern Israel, which will produce next-generation 22-nanometer chips.

It is expected that 22-nanometer technology will make our computers faster, smaller and lighter.

Not willing to elaborate on what exactly this will mean for our everyday lives, Intel Israel's spokesman Koby Bahar tells ISRAEL21c that "it will be the most advanced technology" available.

The investment is earmarked for upgrading the technology, and not for enlarging the existing fabrication plant, he stresses.

Bahar notes that Intel has also made new investments in the United States and has spent $500 million to re-open a facility in Ireland. Adding Israel to its investment plans just makes business sense.


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I remember the greenery. I remember the amazing work done to create water for agriculture out of the desert land. I remember the greenhouses. I remember the world's finest tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs. I remember a time with no daily rockets. I remember a country sacrificing their homes and jobs in the name of peace. I remember the $14million dollars raised by philanthropists to keep the greenhouses that were destroyed moments after the departure of those who worked them. I remember an opportunity given to a people to rise up and show the world they can govern themselves. I remember sacrifice and opportunity wasted.


This week SPHR is doing a "Remember Gaza Week"... I too remember Gaza.


-The Advocate