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Egypt Works to Mediate Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap August 16, 2018 12:55 PM

Edward Yeranian

FILE - A truck carrying goods arrives at Kerem Shalom crossing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 15, 2018.
FILE - A truck carrying goods arrives at Kerem Shalom crossing in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Aug. 15, 2018.

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Arab media reported that Israel began allowing trucks to deliver various goods into Gaza through the main Kerem Shalom border crossing, after a visit Wednesday by Egypt's intelligence chief, Abbas Kamel, to negotiate a prisoner swap with Israeli officials in Tel Aviv.

Egyptian media noted officials of the Palestinian Hamas group are expected to visit Cairo within the next 24 hours to deliver the group's response to the proposed Egyptian-sponsored deal.

At the same time that Egyptian mediators were trying to reach a deal between Hamas and Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to shut the door to any new attempt at a reconciliation deal between the PA and Hamas mediated by Egypt.

FILE - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, speaks during a meeting with top decision-making body the Palestinian Central Council, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 15, 2018.
FILE - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, speaks during a meeting with top decision-making body the Palestinian Central Council, at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Aug. 15, 2018.

Abbas told his Fatah faction during a two-day meeting in Ramallah that there can be no inter-Palestinian reconciliation agreement outside the comprehensive deal agreed upon last year, in which all factions unite under the same government, the same security forces, the same laws and agree to the abolition of militias operating outside the government.

Egyptian analyst Said Sadek tells VOA that Egypt has not given up on an inter-Palestinian agreement, alongside deals between Hamas and Israel.

"All these negotiations are concentrating on several issues," Sadek said. First, "reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas; second, cease-fire [between Hamas and Israel]; third, the exchange of prisoners and bodies, along with the fourth, which is the so-called 'Deal of the Century.'"

Sadek stressed that regional players, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia, appear to be trying to work out details of the Trump administration's Arab-Israeli peace plan, which Arab media has dubbed the "Deal of the Century."

But Abbas told his Fatah faction's leaders that he was the first to oppose the Trump administration's Deal of the Century and would continue to do so.

The Trump administration's Middle East peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, indicated in a tweet Wednesday that "no one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that is the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved."

"Peace," he added, "can only succeed if it is based on realities."

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Saudi town of Neom several days ago amid reports that they had discussed the Trump administration's peace plan, in addition to the conflict in Yemen and economic efforts by Saudi Arabia to develop its Red Sea coast.

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US Ambassador: `No reason to evacuate' Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria August 16, 2018
US Ambassador: `No reason to evacuate' Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Print Email 0 Comments

The US ambassador to Israel reportedly commented at a meeting with a Knesset member and prominent Palestinian businessman that there is "no reason to evacuate settlements" in the forthcoming Trump peace plan.

By: World Israel News Staff

Following a meeting on Wednesday at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, reports surfaced in the Israeli media that US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Knesset member Yehudah Glick that there is "no reason to evacuate settlements" in the as-yet unreleased Middle East peace plan being developed by President Donald Trump.

Glick's account of Friedman's comments were published by the Times of Israel, which spoke directly with the Israeli politician.

A Likud member and leading voice for Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, Glick arranged the meeting with Friedman to present Israeli-Palestinian economic ventures. The meeting was also attended by Palestinian businessman Muhammad Nasser and Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yochai Damari.

According to the Times, Glick and Damari put forth a development plan for a medical center for both populations and a new Israeli industrial zone in the southern portion of the Judea and Samaria region. The project could result in thousands of jobs for Palestinians

Glick told the Times of Israel that Friedman was "very explicit" regarding Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Commenting on future Israeli-Palestinian ventures such as the ones discussed at the meeting with Friedman, Glick remarked, "I think it's the only way to move forward here because neither we nor the Palestinians are going to be disappearing any time soon and we have to learn to live together."

While Friedman has remained a staunch supporter of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, serving as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions which supports the Bet El community, the US State Department has cautioned in the past that his comments do not necessarily reflect the agency's official policy.

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Former Jordanian Minister's `Peace Plan': Kick the Jews Out of Israel 2 Comments

Aug 16, 2018

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Are Israel's Arab neighbors serious about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, or are they living in a fantasy world in which the Jewish state will one day magically disappear?

By: United with Israel Staff

If an article recently published in the Jordanian government daily Al-Rai is any indication, the Arab world may still be harboring delusions that the State of Israel will one day vanish, leaving a Palestinian nation in its wake.

The article in question, titled "An Alternative Deal," was penned by Salah Jarrar, who previously served as Jordan's minister of culture and vice president of the University of Jordan. In the piece, Jarrar argues against US President Donald Trump's as-yet unveiled Israel-Palestinian peace plan, advocating instead for expulsion of the Jews from their ancestral homeland.

The details of Jarrar's plan were translated in an expose by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) and reflect a frighteningly out of touch perspective in light of his nation's official policy of peace with its declared ally, Israel.

Jarrar proposes that all Jews who arrived to Israel after 1917 must return to their countries of origin, "without taking anything with them," while Palestinian "refugees" will return to Israel, with the US and Britain compensating them.

According to Jarrar, "The entire world is currently occupied with the so-called `Deal of the Century,' invented by Donald Trump and his diplomatic, economic and security teams. … Whatever its nature, content and goals, the Deal of the Century is a natural outcome of the current state of the Arabs, which is characterized by division, internal wars, insane conflicts, neglect, and a failure to confront the challenges, foreign ambitions and plots, and the Zionist occupation of Arab lands," MEMRI reported.

Jarrar added, "Amid this dangerous reality… we must end our silence and idleness and declare, first of all, that we categorically oppose all the Zionist and American plans and that we will be the ones to choose the deal we want as a solution [to the conflict]."

While Jarrar's "plan" is fantastical at best, it may also provide a reality check with regard to the regressive attitudes toward Mideast peace that persist in certain pockets of the Arab world.

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Israeli Treatment Freezes Cancerous Tumors, Eliminating Need for Surgery 0 Comments

Aug 16, 2018

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Elisha Hospital in Haifa will soon begin implementing Israeli startup IceCure's treatments for eliminating benign breast tumors and cancerous kidney tumors – by freezing and with no surgery!

By: United with Israel Staff
(With files from IceCure)

IceCure, an Israeli startup, announced Wednesday that it will begin commercial treatment for the first time in Israel in the coming month on patients with benign breast tumors and cancerous kidney tumors, using the ProSense system, developed at Elisha Medical Center, a private hospital in Haifa.

Treatment of the breast will be performed by Dr. Rafi Klein – head of Breast Surgery at Elisha hospital and Rambam Medical Center – in his clinic at Elisha hospital for patients with fibroadenoma type benign tumors of up to five centimeters in diameter as an alternative to surgery. In its plans for the future, the hospital also plans to perform these treatments on patients with cancerous breast tumors.

Kidney treatment will be performed by Prof. Ofer Nativ, head of Urology at Haifa's Bnai Zion Medical Center and Elisha hospital, and Dr. Robert Sachner, head of Interventional Radiology at both hospitals.

IceCure recently reported successful results in a vast breast cancer trial, which reflected a very low percentage of recurrence of the disease after treatment using ProSense, which lasts for between 20 and 40 minutes in a clinic – without the need for surgery.

The trial, conducted in 18 clinics in the US, included 146 patients with low risk breast cancer, with only one patient showing a recurrence; 76% of patients returned to full daily activities 48 hours after the treatment, while 95% of patients and doctors reported satisfaction with the cosmetic results.

Treatment using ProSense is based on a system that streams liquid nitrogen in a closed circuit and then freezes, with a unique needle developed by IceCure, benign and malignant tumors while protecting the healthy tissues surrounding the tumor and eradicating the entire tumor. The treatment of breast tumors uses a minimally invasive approach that allows swift recovery with no scars.

The treatment lasts about 20-40 minutes in a medical clinic, without surgery, hospitalization or stitches and without changing the shape or size of the breast. After treatment, the patient is able to return quickly to daily activities. Follow-up of the lesion is similar to follow-up after surgical removal.

"We are delighted with the start of commercial treatment in Israel of breast and kidney tumors, which represents acknowledgement by the medical establishment in Israel that our technology is an alternative that makes unnecessary the need for surgery and cutting open the breast," IceCure Medical CEO Eyal Shamir stated."

Dr. Shlomo Israelit, director-general of Elisha, said the institution "is proud to be the first hospital leading medical progress in the field of alternative treatment to surgery for benign breast tumors and cancerous tumors in the kidneys….

"Elisha Hospital welcomes IceCure's leadership of a revolution in the field and wishes us success on our common path towards good, proper and progressive medicine for all patients."

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Cannabis-flavored ice cream? This Israeli is helping pioneer the product.

By Gabe FriedmanAugust 15, 2018 5:42pm

The cannabis ice cream sold in Israel is making waves. (pxhere)

(JTA) — The Vaniglia ice cream chain is popular in Israel for offering over 60 flavors. It recently added a notable new one to its roster: cannabis.

The Israeli chain, which has over a dozen locations, has sold the flavor in stores since March.

Sadly for stoners, the ice cream doesn't contain any THC, the active psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. The only part of the cannabis plant harnessed in the recipe is terpenes, or aromatic oil that gives the green leafy drug its unique smell. The rest of the flavor comes from a mix of specific herbs and nuts that chain founder Itay Rogozinsky identified by good old trial and error.

"People don't know what cannabis tastes like because people don't eat marijuana. To create a cannabis-flavor for ice cream, I studied the marijuana plant and learned about its different terpenes and aromas," Rogozinsky told the Israeli innovation website NoCamels. "I then created an ice cream that, in my opinion, tastes like the aroma of cannabis."

He went on to describe the taste as "nutty" and polarizing — customers either love it or hate it.

As Emerald Report points out, Rogozinsky isn't the only one churning out cannabis-flavored ice cream. Some stores, like The Hop in Asheville, North Carolina, infuse cannibidiol, or CBD oil, into their new ice creams. CBD oil is used in medicines for its calming and other therapeutic effects — without inducing the high that THC produces.

Others, such as the store Drip in Portland, Oregon, and the Cann Eye Dream brand based in California, have gone a step further and added THC into the mixture.

But for those looking simply for the cannabis flavor without the high, Rogozinsky's iteration seems to stand out.

"I don't like gimmicks," he told Emerald Report. "My goal was to create an ice cream that tasted like the aroma of cannabis. I sourced natural ingredients and created a number of blended profiles. … I'm very proud of the product."


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