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The Car That Makes its Own Fuel
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
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
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
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
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
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 http://www.isracast.com/271005yogev.asx
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
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.
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