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>JN April 15, Vol. 6, No. 70
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
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
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
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
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
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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