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The Car That Makes its Own Fuel

By Isracast

An Israeli company developed a unique system that can produce Hydrogen inside a car using common metals such as magnesium and aluminum. The system solves all of the obstacles associated with the manufacturing, transporting and storing of hydrogen to be used in cars. When it becomes commercial in a few years time, the system will be incorporated into cars that will cost about the same as existing conventional cars to run, and will be completely emission free. (See full story below)

Sharon Reaffirms Support for 'Road Map' to Israel's Parliament

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has reaffirmed his commitment to the peace process in a policy speech to parliament. He also defended some controversial policies. Sharon reaffirmed his support for the internationally backed road map peace plan.

The road map is the "only plan that gives hope for peace and security for both [the Israeli and Palestinian] peoples," the Prime Minister said. But he added that the Palestinians must keep their commitment under the road map and wage "a real war" on terrorism. If they don't, Israel will.

"Israel will continue to defend itself and hit the perpetrators of terrorism," Sharon added, referring to a Palestinian suicide bombing last week that killed five Israelis. He accused Iran and Syria of sponsoring Palestinian terror. He said the call by the president of Iran "to wipe Israel off the map" "expresses what many in the region want but are afraid to say out loud."

While expressing support for the road map, the prime minister also promised to strengthen Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank. That would violate the road map, which calls for a freeze on settlement activity.

He also vowed to speed up construction of Israel's controversial West Bank separation barrier. The barrier is aimed at keeping suicide bombers out of the country, but the World Court in The Hague has ruled that it is illegal and must be torn down. Sharon said that won't happen because the barrier is vital to Israel's security and will be built.

Palestinian Authority Says Militants Agree to Stop Attacks on Israel

By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)

Palestinian terrorists reportedly have agreed to halt rocket attacks against Israel, after a fourth day of Israeli air strikes. But Israel vowed to continue an offensive against the Islamic Jihad group.

Islamic Jihad terrorists in the Gaza Strip have agreed to halt rocket attacks on Israel, on condition that Israel ends a wave of air strikes. Israeli helicopters and fighter jets have been pounding Gaza, since Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing last week that killed five Israelis.

Islamic Jihad official Anwar Abu Tah said the group remains committed to the eight-month-old cease-fire. "The Islamic Jihad was only responding to Israeli aggression," Abu Tah said in remarks broadcast on Israel Radio. He said the Palestinian Authority must pressure Israel to halt the air strikes and restore calm.

Israeli officials said if rocket attacks end, then Israel would halt air raids on Gaza. At the same time, they said operations against Islamic Jihad would continue in the West Bank, to cripple the group's capabilities. "We are making maximum efforts to prevent terrorist attacks," Mofaz told reporters. He said Israel would strike at the Islamic Jihad infrastructure until the group "can no longer carry out suicide bombings."

The United States is mediating between the parties to end the current round of violence. It warned Israel to avoid a further escalation, and it urged the Palestinian Authority to crack down on terrorist groups, as demanded by the "Roadmap" peace plan.

One-Third of PA Arabs Thinking about Emigrating


A new survey reveals that 31 percent of Arabs in the PA think about living permanently in another country, and a jailed terrorist and the Hamas leader are the favorites to be PA president.

The large number of those contemplating emigration is reflected by concern for security, revealed in the newly released Palestinian Center for Public Opinion poll by Dr. Nabil Kukali. Almost two-thirds of the people (64.8 percent) are worried about their personal safety.

Dissatisfaction with the current PA administration was registered with 61.5 percent of the respondents favoring a new cabinet, currently headed by Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala), who serves as president of the PA. The most popular person to replace him is Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple terms of life imprisonment for terrorist attacks

He was commander of the Fatah and Tanzim terrorist gangs when arrested in April 2002, and Barghouti was convicted two years later on five counts of murder, one of the victims being a Greek Orthodox monk.

The second most popular candidate is the leader of the Hamas terrorist movement, Mahmoud al-Zahar. Qureia trailed the list with support of only 5.4 percent.

The PA legislative council recently passed a no-confidence vote, which technically forced Abbas to appoint a new president, but no action has been taken.

The PA has scheduled elections in January for its legislative assembly. It postponed them this past summer following fears that the Hamas terrorist organization would win more than one-third of the seats.

Kukali said his latest poll shows that 25.6 percent of the participants support Hamas and that 37.6 percent back Abbas' Fatah party. Support for the Islamic Jihad terrorist group jumped from three percent in June to 5.2 percent. The changes in numbers for Fatah and Hamas were marginal.

He also reported that an overwhelming majority (81.4 percent) wants an end to the anarchy and violence that has plagued the PA, but a similar majority also supports getting rid of the heads of all security departments.

The survey included men and women over the age of 18 from villages and cities and was conducted between in mid-October, according to Kukali.

Hassidic Rabbi Suspected of Officiating Marriages of Underage Couples

By Ha'aretz

Police on Monday detained for questioning a Hassidic rabbi suspected of officiating the marriages of minors.

Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Schick, the spiritual leader of the Bratslav Hassidic movement in Yavne'el, near Lake Kinneret, is suspected of officiating the marriages of some 20 underage couples, mostly ages 12 to 16. Tiberias police began investigating the case 30 months ago, following complaints from the secular residents of the community.

Police detained Schick for questioning at the Ben Gurion International Airport upon his arrival from New York. He denied all allegations against him and was released after the investigation, though he is currently forbidden from visiting Yavne'el.

The Bratslav community in Yavne'el has also dismissed the allegations made by police, calling them rumors concocted by the secular farmers in the community who they say have embarked on a hate campaign against them.

Followers of Rabbi Schick settled in Yavne'el, a farming community, in 1986. The Hassidic residents, who are mostly newly religious, comprise just a few hundred of Yavne'el's 3,000 residents. The Hassidic residents of the community are known as "Schickim," or devotees of Schick, who lives in New York and visits the community every few months.

Since the establishment of the Hassidic community in Yavne'el, there have been countless tense incidents between them and the veteran residents of the community. The veteran residents have accused the Hassidim of assault, threats, arson, sabotage, vandalism, obscene language, spitting and making insulting remarks to the secular residents. The veteran residents also raised their suspicions of widespread underage marriage in an interview with Ha'aretz two and a half years ago.

The Car That Makes its Own Fuel

By Isracast

As President Bush urges Americans to cut back on the use of oil in wake of the recent surge in prices, more and more people are looking for more viable alternatives to the use of petroleum as the main fuel for the automotive industry. IsraCast recently covered the idea developed at the Weizmann Institute to use pure Zinc to produce Hydrogen using solar power. Now, an Israeli company called Engineuity has developed a different solution. Amnon Yogev, one of the two founders of Engineuity, and a retired Professor of the Weizmann Institute, suggested a method for producing a continuous flow of Hydrogen and steam under full pressure inside a car. This method could also be used for producing hydrogen for fuel cells and other applications requiring hydrogen and/or steam. (To hear an Isracast interview with Yogev, go to

The Hydrogen car Engineuity is working on will use metals such as magnesium or aluminum, which will come in the form of a long coil. A device called a Metal-Steam combustor that will separate Hydrogen out of heated water will replace the gas tank in conventional vehicles. The basic idea behind the technology is relatively simple: the tip of the metal coil is inserted into the Metal-Steam combustor together with water where it will be heated to very high temperatures. The metal atoms will bond to the Oxygen from the water, creating metal oxide. As a result, the Hydrogen molecules are free, and will be sent into the engine alongside the steam.The solid waste product of the process, in the form of metal oxide, will later be collected in the fuel station and recycled for further use by the metal industry.

Refueling the car based on this technology will also be remarkably simple. The vehicle will contain a mechanism for rolling the metal wire into a coil during the process of fuelling and the spent metal oxide, which was produced in the previous phase, will be collected from the car by vacuum suction.

Beside the obvious advantages of the system, such as the inexpensive and abundant fuel, the production of Hydrogen on the go and the zero emission engines, the system is also more efficient than other Hydrogen solutions. The main reason for this is the improved usage of heat (steam) inside the system that brings that overall performance level of the vehicle to that of a conventional car. In an interview, Professor Yogev told IsraCast that a car based on Engineuity's system would be able to travel about the same distance between refueling as an equivalent conventional car. The only minor drawback, which also limits the choice of possible metal fuel sources, is the weight of the coil. In order for the Hydrogen car to be able to travel as far as a conventional car it needs a metal coil three-times heavier than an equivalent petrol tank. Although this sound like a lot in most cars this will add up to about 100kg (220 pounds) and should not affect the performance of the car.

Engineuity is currently in the advanced stages of the incubator program of the Chief Scientist in Israel, and is seeking investors that will allow it to develop a full-scale prototype. Given the proper investment the company should be able to develop the prototype in about three years. The move to Hydrogen based cars using Engineuity's technology will require only relatively minor changes from the car manufacturer's point of view. Since the modified engine can be produced using existing production lines, removing the need for investment in new infrastructures (the cost of which is estimated at billions of dollars), the new Hydrogen cars would not be more expensive. Although Engineuity's Hydrogen car will not be very different from existing conventional cars, the company is not currently planning an upgrade kit for existing cars but is concentrating on building a system that will be incorporated into new car models.

Possibly the most appealing aspect of the system is the running cost. According to Yogev, the overall running cost of the system should be equal to that of conventional cars today. Given the expected surge in oil prices in the near future Engineuity's Hydrogen car could not come too soon.

Neither Publisher Don Canaan nor Israel Faxx has (1) passed on the merit of this investment; or (2) has endorsed it. The information contained herein is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES OR LEGAL PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

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