- China lost the bid to run the biggest desalination plant in Israel.
- The United States is putting pressure on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon to prevent infiltration of Hezbollah into Israel.
- The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has found an existing drug effective against Coronavirus.
Israel is celebrating Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, this weekend, which comes seven weeks after Passover. The Feast of Weeks is also called the Day of the First Fruits, and also commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. The holiday is for one day in Israel and two days in countries throughout the world.
Two weeks ago, Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, made a surprise to Israel. What Pompeo talked about with the two leaders of the new Israeli government— Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz— was not publicized.
Today, Ynet revealed that China lost the bid to run the biggest desalination plant in Israel. There are tensions between America and China over the future of Hong Kong. Israel chose a local firm, IDE technologies, to run the plant instead of a Hong Kong-based company. Israel may have been pressured by the USA not to give this contract to China.
Israel is more concerned about their relations with America than their relations with China. Hutchison Holdings, a company linked with China, was set to run the plant. China, the source of the coronavirus pandemic, is interested in taking over the world’s infrastructure. Firms which are based in China are not free enterprise companies but satellites of the Communist Party of China.
The United States is putting pressure on UN peacekeepers in Lebanon to prevent infiltration of Hezbollah into Israel. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says that United States pressure on peacekeepers from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is interfering with the privacy of Lebanese living close to the border.
Nasrallah claims UNIFIL is raiding and searching private properties. In August last year, the UN Security Council voted to renew UNIFIL’s mandate for one year. Nasrallah announced that any attack by Israel on Lebanon will incur a Hezbollah response.
Iran has placed a ban on the use of all Israeli products in the country. This includes the use of Israeli technology, computer hardware and software. Last week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a cancerous tumor which will eventually be unrooted and destroyed.
The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has found an existing drug effective against Coronavirus. The drug is used to treat Gaucher Disease. The name of the FDA approved drug is Cerdelga, and there is further research being made on another drug of this type, Venglustat.
Researchers noted that the drugs were found to be effective against different virus strains, including influenza and West Nile fever. IIBR has already produced eight vaccines for different types of virus infections, and is in the last stages of producing a vaccine for Coronavirus.
Israel has gone one step further toward returning to normalcy. Restaurants have been opened. Proprietors will watch over social distancing, and negligence to follow the regulations of the Ministry of Health will be subject to a fine. Swimming pools and other tourist attractions have also been opened.
Synagogues will be allowed up to 70 participants for the holiday prayer services. Prime Minister Netanyahu gave the good news with the word, “enjoy.” There is still fear that these leniencies will cause a spike of infections. There has already been an increase in infections, which will be watched closely by the Ministry of Health.