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Netanyahu: Golan is Ours Forever

By Israel Faxx News Services

Israel will keep the Golan Heights forever, Binyamin Netanyahu said. The Israeli opposition leader made his prediction during a pre-recorded address broadcast at 30th anniversary celebrations for Katzrin, a major Golan town.

"This place will remain part of the State of Israel forever, but it will be much bigger and will continue to be beautiful." Israel captured the Golan, which has relics of ancient Jewish communities, in the 1967 Six-Day War, and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally

Technion Physicist: Time Travel is Theoretically Possible

By Newswise

A Technion-Israel Institute of Technology physicist has developed a theoretical model of a time machine that could enable future generations to travel into the past.

In his paper published in the July issue of Physical Review, noted time-travel theorist Professor Amos Ori provides practical solutions to a number of criteria long seen by other experts as obstacles to the realization of time travel.

Ori's theory is actually a set of mathematical equations describing hypothetical conditions that, if established, could lead to the formation of a time machine, technically known as "closed time-like curves."

Previous theories addressing time travel are well grounded in Einstein's General Relativity theory. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has called time travel "an important subject for research," but has also proposed some of the strongest challenges to the concept. Time travel research is based on bending space-time so far that the time lines actually bend back on themselves to form a loop.

"We know that bending does happen all the time, but we want the bending to be strong enough and to take a special form where the lines of time make closed loops," says Ori. "We are trying to find out if it is possible to manipulate space-time to develop in such a way."

While the possibility of time travel has never been eliminated, scientists have identified a number of physical challenges, including the perceived need for some form of exotic matter with negative density. Such matter is predicted by quantum field theory to exist, though only in quantities too small for the construction of a time machine.

In a 2004 paper, Ori outlined a set of conditions that would allow for the creation of a time loop without the need for exotic matter. That theory called for the time loop to form as a donut-shaped vacuum, inside which time would curve back on itself, so that a person traveling around the loop might be able to go further back in time with each lap. A sphere containing non-exotic, but unidentified matter, would in turn envelop the loop.

Ori's latest work eliminates the need for that unidentified matter. His new calculations show that the envelope can in fact be filled with dust, a simple modeling of which is used regularly in theoretical physics, while still allowing for the evolution of a time machine.

Ori also addresses the possibility of the initial conditions forming a point of infinite gravitational field that no one could pass (instead of a time travel loop). His current paper outlines a more robust system that would prevent such an occurrence. "The internal core is now mathematically protected," says Ori, "and it is easy to show that no irregularity could penetrate it." The paper also more thoroughly defines the required spherical envelope.

Ori says serious questions remain about the overall stability of a time machine. His own calculations - done in collaboration with Technion Ph.D. student Dana Levanony - and those of other physicists, suggest that the evolution of a time machine would be dependent on a very narrow range of initial conditions that might be difficult - or even impossible - to achieve. He is also working to show ways such a configuration could be achieved.

"If the proper initial conditions were achieved, the time machine would evolve on its own without any further intervention," said Ori. "It can be likened to shooting a ship with a cannon. Once the cannon is aimed properly and fired, the cannonball hits the ship on its own, driven solely by the laws of physics.

"The machine is space time itself," he explained. "If we were to create an area with a warp like this in space that would enable time lines to close on themselves, it might enable future generations to return to visit our time. We, however, could not return to previous ages because our predecessors did not create this infrastructure for us."

Israel Eyes Nuclear Power

By Israel Faxx News Services

The Olmert government announced Wednesday that it was investigating the feasibility of setting up the first Israeli nuclear power plant to deal with the country's growing energy demands.

Israel currently has two nuclear reactors, at Dimona and Nahal Sorek, both officially for research purposes. Dimona is widely believed to have also produced fissile material for an undeclared Israeli nuclear weapons arsenal.

Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel wants nuclear power to offset its consumption of imported oil and gas, but that it fears international regulations on atomic energy that could lead to calls for foreign inspections of Dimona. But the Israel Atomic Energy Commission said in a statement, "It goes without saying that any nuclear power station set up in Israel would be subject to international oversight."

Israel Negotiates With Hamas in Tel Aviv


Sources described as "reliable" have been quoted by the Palestinian Authority news agency Quds Press as saying a Hamas official made a secret trip to Tel Aviv last week to discuss the border crossings into Gaza.

The reports said that just over a week ago, Abd al-Salah, who oversees economic affairs in the office of Hamas Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, came secretly to Tel Aviv to meet with economic officials. He reportedly arrived with a proposal to transfer control of the Gaza crossings to private Palestinian Authority hands, under European supervision. He also raised the issue of the economic dependence of Gaza upon Israel.

The sources emphasized that the meeting was approved by both Israel and Hamas. Israel has said that it would not negotiate with or recognize Hamas, which calls for the destruction of all of Israel and its total replacement by an Arab state. Hamas, on the other hand, never ruled out talks with Israel on day-to-day issues in order to promote Hamas interests.

Gaza Economy on Verge of Collapse as Rice Visits Palestinian Territories

By Jim Teeple (VOA-Gaza City)

Life is hard and getting harder in the Gaza Strip. Some street vendors are protesting that Hamas Islamic militants put them out of business as part of a crackdown on illegal activities in Gaza. Hamas seized power in June. Since then order has prevailed on Gaza's once chaotic streets. But many residents complain that the cost of security is too high.

In addition, Israel closed its borders with Gaza because Israel, like much of the international community, considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Gaza's borders with Israel have been closed to everything except humanitarian assistance.

Since the Hamas takeover, economic life has ground to a halt in much of Gaza. More than 70 percent of Gaza's factories have closed since Hamas took over. Just a few weeks ago, Hamas fighters and gunmen belonging to the Palestinian faction Fatah, battled it out across Gaza. Now Fatah has retreated to the West Bank.

With Hamas in control of Gaza and the factional fighting over, people there can once again venture out. But few have any money to spend. More than 68,000 people have lost their jobs, and unemployment is reaching record levels. Eighty percent of Gaza's residents now receive emergency food aid from the United Nations.

The Palestinian business community is not alone in complaining about Gaza's borders being closed. A number of Israeli businesspeople who import large quantities of agricultural commodities from the Gaza Strip have called on their government to reopen the main cargo crossing point known as Karni

Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said Israel is making sure that plenty of humanitarian assistance is reaching Gaza, but said it is unrealistic to think that Israel will reopen the crossings to commercial activity at the present time.

He said Israel is looking for solutions to the problem, such as getting a third party involved in managing some the crossings, including Karni. But he also said that as long as Hamas remains in control of Gaza, Israel will not change its policy of keeping the crossings closed to all but humanitarian traffic.

Soldiers Banish Missionaries from Army Base


The soldiers of the dusty Nachal Oz army base in southern Israel were happy to see a group of orange-clad Israeli-flag-waving youths with musical instruments appear at their gates one day last month. Religious and not religious soldiers gathered around them, singing and dancing - and only when the music quieted down did the visitors begin to spread their real message. "We believe in him, we call him Jesus," they said. "He was Jewish, not Christian. We are here to say thank you and we are sorry, and may the Lord protect you."

At that point, the soldiers realized they had been tricked. One of them contacted the rabbi of the base, who apparently was not there at the time, and banished the unwelcome visitors. "The missionaries then looked for other prey in the base," the soldier told Nitzan Keidar of HaTzofeh, "but I followed them and made sure they left the base altogether."

The soldiers also contacted the Yad L'Achim [Hand to Brothers] anti-missionary organization about the event. Yad L'Achim says that missionaries have long targeted the army, and have even published a page of instructions headlined with the Hebrew acronym for the IDF - Tz.H.L. - but standing for something else: "Listen Today to the Lord" (Tzaytu hayom la'adon).

The rest of the sheet contains the following tips to missionary soldiers: "The army is one of the best places to spread the message. When you're stuck for 10 hours in a jeep in the streets of Ramallah, conversations about God, death and other spiritual matters have to come up. I want to encourage you: Use these opportunities that the army gives you, on guard duty, long trips, and the like."

America Goes Kosher (Part 4 of 4)


The celebrity-watch website reported that Donald Trump has connected to his lost roots, and not the roots of his hair: Trump has turned the Manhattan kosher restaurant Solo into his boardroom. Bono also pops in from time to time, and when he's not snacking on flies in Africa, he keeps to his ideals and eats only kosher or organic. When he dines at Solo he insists on ordering the salmon in miso and at the Prime Rib he eats kosher sushi.

But, in spite of the star dust being sprinkled over kosher foods, some claim that making kosher trendy is not a kosher thing to do. Most in the Jewish community are not swayed by star dust and are against turning Judaism into "a modern, trendy cult," says one of the heads of the rabbinical committee in America, who choose to ignore the phenomenon.

"This is just a fashion that will soon disappear", he says. "Everything Jewish is suddenly popular, but after the noise has quieted down and the storm has passed, only the core will remain, but anyway, the core is what's important in Judaism."

There are also some who understand that the phenomenon is typical of the American society, which adopts a new ritual every 15 minutes, heralds it as the new king and discards it when the next trend starts to bloom.

"Obviously Madonna has played her part in making kosher trendy, but there is a wider issue of self-searching at hand," says David Deutsch. "After Scientology and Buddhism, it's now Judaism's turn. Judaism has been around for a long time and that makes people ask how it's managed to last so long and wonder what its secret can be. It's like a closed family where people want to peep inside and see the beauty."

"The kosher trend fits in with modern life. Like the Kabbalah, it combines the old with the new. Kosher food meets spirituality and health in one plate, and that's what people are looking or today: a little spirituality with an everyday practicality. Add to that the celeb quality and the fact that Hollywood has many famous Jews that people want to imitate. It's very easy being Jewish in America today."

New Kosher Beer Launched in Germany


Going on vacation and don't want to give up your kosher beer? The German brewery in Hartmannsdorf has just the thing for you – the self proclaimed Jewish beer – "Simcha."

Launched Tuesday, the beer's factory manufactures some 10,000 bottles a day, which are sold primarily to kosher restaurants around Germany. Ans should "Simcha" become popular, its distributors plan to market it throughout Europe.

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