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Dollar Exchange Rate Rises

By Arutz-7 News Service

The value of the shekel against the dollar has undergone dramatic fluctuations in the past few days The new dollar exchange rate is 3.758 NIS and represents a shekel devaluation of 1.8 %. Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office Moshe Leon announced that the government will soon publicize details of its liberalization policy.

Water Line to Southern Communities Cut

By IINS News Service

The main water line to the communities of Mitzpah Rimon, Yerucham, Dimona and other southern areas was cut overnight, leaving the communities without any water, in the midst of a nationwide heat-wave. The communities were experiencing considerable difficulties without water, after the main line was cut, in what police believe was a terrorist act.

Hundreds of poultry have already died of dehydration during the morning hours Tuesday, in the area where temperatures are likely to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Emergency crews are working to restore water but it is unlikely this will be completed before the evening. Police are continuing their investigation but preliminary indications point to an act of terrorism.

"The Analyzer" Gets a New Job

By IINS News Service

Ehud Tanenbaum, the Israeli teenager who hacked into the Pentagon's computer system, was featured in a full-page computer ad in the Yediot Achronot newspaper.

The clean-cut, dark-eyed 18-year-old gazes out at the reader, chin on hand, next to the slogan: "To go far, you need the best equipment." The ad is for Newron computers, which are made by the Israeli company EIM.

Tanenbaum, who used the name "The Analyzer" on-line, is being investigated by the Israeli Police for his cyber-assault on the Pentagon and other computer systems. He has not been charged. The FBI has said he confessed to the intrusions. "At first we had our doubts about the ethics of using his image in the ad," said Yoram Klein, Managing Director of EIM. "But we found that he is a most positive young man. He made a mistake, but that could happen to any teenager."
In return for appearing in the ad, Tanenbaum received EIM's latest model computer, the Newron Play Station, which sells for about $2,000. His own computer was confiscated by Israeli police.

Tanenbaum has said he broke into the Pentagon's computer to expose the weakness in its protective systems. He said he liked to search the Internet for neo-Nazi, pedophile or anti-Israel web sites and destroy them. Since he was exposed last month, he has been flooded with offers for books and movie deals.

Tanenbaum was drafted into the Israeli Army. When he finishes his army service, EIM intends to offer him a job, Klein said. "His knowledge of computers is staggering. He has enormous energy, and the important thing is to direct it into positive channels."

Camel Milk to Sustain Nomads

By Patricia Golan (VOA-Beersheva)

Camels have long been the mainstay of nomadic societies from Asia to southern Africa. They were the first animals to be domesticated for milk, centuries before cows. Camels can produce huge quantities of milk. An Israeli scientist believes this may be the answer to the desperate need for food in permanently drought-stricken sub-Saharan Africa.

Reuven Yagil is an unabashed camel-lover, and judging by the nuzzles of the female members of his experimental herd, the feeling is mutual. Camels are the only milk-bearing animals that thrive in extremely arid regions. Yagil, a professor at Ben-Gurion University, in Beersheva, is probably the world's foremost expert on dromedaries.

While the rest of a region can be devastated, nomadic tribes that have camels usually survive times of disease and famine -- because they have camels. The animals produce large amounts a milk -- some 20 liters a day -- even during droughts. So, asks Yagil, since drought areas are usually areas where there are millions of camels, why fly in emergency food supplies during famines, when the answer is right there?

What is not a secret is the team's latest development: the world's first camel-milk ice cream. It's almost impossible to make cheese from camel milk, which lacks the essential ingredient called beta-casein. But you can make ice cream from it. Camel milk is naturally very sweet, so little added sugar is needed.

Yagil's assistant, Clara van Creveld, adds desert fruits for flavoring -- like figs and dates. Yagil's team is not selling their camel-milk ice-cream yet -- a product they're calling "droma-dairy." It's still in the experimental stage -- and in any case it's not for the local Israeli market, since it's not kosher.

Yagil argues that not only is camel-milk ice cream nutritious, it's also easy to store for long periods of time. And you can keep a freezer going on solar energy. He travels around the world preaching his camel gospel. In his view, this underrated beast is the answer to Third World economic security.

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