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Israeli Satellite Exposes New Iranian Weapons Depot in Syria

By United With Israel
New satellite Images reveal that Iran is building a new facility at the Imam Ali military base in eastern Syria capable of storing advanced weapons systems. The pictures show heavy equipment at the entrance of a structure in an area where it is known the Iranian military is investing resources. The ayatollahs in Tehran have invested heavily not only in Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, but also in Iran's military presence in Syria and in arming the Hizbullah terror group in Lebanon to help it wage a future war against Israel. Iran also funds, arms and trains Hizbullah and used its terror forces to help put down opposition forces that are trying to topple Assad in order to gain freedom for Syrians. Analysis of the pictures conducted by the Israeli satellite imaging company Image Sat International (ISI) showed a tunnel being built at the base that can store vehicles carrying advanced weapons systems. ISI examined other tunnels built over the past nine months on the same complex including a tunnel that was bombed in March, forcing the Iranians to abruptly stop construction. An airstrike over the weekend that was attributed to Israel by the foreign press attacked targets near Boukamal, in the same area as the Iranian base, killing seven Iran-backed fighters, Syrian opposition sources said. Israel has admitted to carrying out numerous strikes inside Syria to block the Iranian military and hit weapons destined for Hizbullah. Israel did not comment on the weekend raid. Iranian military and political leaders have for years repeated that their stated goal is the "total annihilation of Israel."

China Backs Off from Investigating Sudden Death of its Ambassador in Israel

By World Israel News
China has for now canceled plans to send a team of investigators to Israel to look into the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of their ambassador on the weekend, Channel 12 reported Monday. "According to the preliminary report, Du Wei died unexpectedly due to his health, and the specifics need further verification," Chinese Foreign Minister Zhao Lijian said at a press conference in Beijing. "We express our deep condolences on Ambassador Dei's unfortunate death and sincere condolences to his family." However, the Chinese delegation that was scheduled to land in Israel Monday to investigate the circumstances of the ambassador's death was canceled at the last minute, apparently because China's political leadership accepted the results of an the Israeli assessment that 57-year-old Wei died of cardiac arrest. A career diplomat, Wei had only arrived in Israel to start his posting in February after previously serving as China's ambassador to Ukraine. His wife and only son are not currently in the country. "The Embassy is devastated by this tragic loss and would like to offer the most sincere sympathies to his family," a statement said on the embassy's website.\ Last Friday Wei had written an op-ed responding to comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at their meeting last week in which Pompeo said "the Chinese are not trustworthy partners." Wei wrote in the article that "China-Israel cooperation is a win-win in nature, and we trust our friend to make the right decision for them." The ambassador also addressed U.S. government claims that China was hiding information about the outbreak of the coronavirus, saying: "China has never covered up or hid the outbreak of the coronavirus in its territory." The ambassador added that China praised the Israeli government and its "exceptional" leadership that managed to win the battle against the virus. Israel's Foreign Ministry confirmed that China was considering sending a team to investigate the circumstances of the Israeli ambassador's death, but the final decision on the matter has not yet been made, or at least not officially announced.

Tel Aviv University Researcher Finds that 70% of Israel's Corona Cases Began in US

By World Israel News
A multi-institution study using data from genomic sequencing discovered that the United States was the source of 70% of all Israeli coronavirus infections. Dr. Adi Stern of Tel Aviv University led the study, which determined that all of the country's coronavirus contagion originated outside of Israel's borders, with non-U.S. originated cases arriving in Israel from Asia and Europe, The Jerusalem Post reported. The study also revealed the existence of "super spreaders," which, along with "super-spreading events," were responsible for around 80% of all Israeli contagion, Stern told The Post. This means that about 800 people caused the vast majority of Israeli coronavirus cases. Based on the results from genomic sequencing, Stern also concluded that no more than 1% of all Israelis contracted the virus, which appears to debunk the herd immunity theory. Stern observed "a reduction in transmission as of March 20," when the lockdown took effect, leading her to conclude that "social distancing measures worked" and "lockdown saved lives."

Could Wearing a Mask for Long Periods be Detrimental to Health?

By the Jerusalem Post
Could the requirement to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus be doing more harm than good to people's health? A retired neurosurgeon believes so, pointing toward studies which found that wearing masks for prolonged periods can cause serious side effects. In an article published by Technocracy News, Dr. Russell Blaylock wrote that the side effects from prolonged wearing of a face mask "can vary from headaches to increased airway resistance, carbon dioxide accumulation, to hypoxia, all the way to serious life-threatening complications." The side effects vary depending on whether they are cloth or paper surgical masks or N95 respirator masks because the N95, being a more effective filter, also limits breathing to a greater degree, and is therefore more commonly associated with headaches, Blaylock reported. He highlighted one study of 212 healthcare workers who were asked to report on the presence of headaches while using the N95 mask, including the duration of the headache, the type of headache, and whether they had pre-existing headaches. The study found that around a third of workers developed headaches when using the N95 mask, the majority had pre-existing headaches that were made worse by the use of the mask, and around three in five required pain medication to relieve the headache. And although tight straps or pressure from the mask were considered as potential causes, the evidence pointed to the headaches being caused by reduced blood oxygenation, or an increase in carbon dioxide in the blood. "It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20%," Blaylock wrote. This, he said, "can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving around alone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, and to crash his car and sustain injuries. I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head. This, of course, can lead to death." A more recent study of 159 healthcare workers between the ages of 21 and 35 found that 81% developed headaches through the use of face masks, to the level at which their work performance was affected. A third study measured the blood oxygen of 53 surgeons using an oximeter before and after surgery. "The researchers found that the mask reduced the blood oxygen levels (pa02) significantly. The longer the duration of wearing the mask, the greater the fall in blood oxygen levels," Blaylock wrote. The potential for masks to reduce oxygen levels in the wearer are important not only because this can lead to passing out, but also because they have been linked to reduced natural immunity. "In essence, your mask may very well put you at an increased risk of infections, and if so, having a much worse outcome," he wrote. Little is definitively known about how effective the use of masks is in controlling the spread of COVID-19 because no studies have yet been carried out specifically connecting the coronavirus to mask use. From the outset of the pandemic, it has been assumed that the coronavirus behaves like other respiratory viruses in terms of spread as well as symptoms. However, Blaylock points to a 2012 study titled, "The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: A systematic review of the scientific evidence," which looked at 17 of the best studies in the field and concluded: "None of the studies established a conclusive relationship between mask/respirator use and protection against influenza infection." He also highlights that both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization initially recommended that only those already known to be infected with the coronavirus need wear a mask, to minimize spreading it to others, a policy which is also considered good practice regarding other diseases. "When a person has TB we have them wear a mask, not the entire community of non-infected," Blaylock wrote. "The recommendations by the CDC and the WHO [for everyone to wear a mask] are not based on any studies of this virus and have never been used to contain any other virus pandemic or epidemic in history." The current advice given on the WHO's website is still not to use masks unless you have the virus and are at risk of infecting others, or looking after those who may be infected with coronavirus. An information video by the organization titled, "Can wearing a mask protect you against coronavirus?" advises: "Medical masks cannot protect against the new coronavirus when used alone. When you use them, you must combine with hand hygiene and other preventative measures. "WHO only recommends the use of masks in specific cases," the video continues. "If you have a cough, fever and difficulty breathing, you should wear a mask and seek medical care. If you do not have these symptoms, you do not have to wear masks because there is no evidence that they protect people who are not sick." It is currently a requirement to wear a mask while in public spaces in Israel.

BCG Vaccine Doesn't Protect against COVID-19, Tel Aviv U Researchers Find

By the Jerusalem Post
The BCG vaccination administered during childhood does not protect against COVID-19 in adulthood, a new study by researchers at Tel Aviv University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded, according to The Hindu. The finding is significant as a previous study, yet to be peer reviewed, found that countries which had universal childhood BCG vaccination programs had fewer coronavirus cases and deaths than countries which did not have a vaccination program, suggesting that the BCG vaccination had conferred protection again COVID-19. Israel's population served as an excellent natural sample for the study, as a national immunization program which ran from 1955 until 1982 ensured that children born in Israel were routinely given the BCG vaccination. However, since 1982 only immigrants from countries with high prevalence of tuberculosis have been given the vaccination. Researchers were therefore able to compare the rate of coronavirus infection in the two groups. The researchers looked at adults aged 35-41 in two groups: those born three years before and those three after the BCG vaccination program was stopped. These groups were then cross-referenced against people who had shown potential coronavirus symptoms and had therefore been tested for COVID-19 between March 1 and April 5 of this year. In total, the researchers reviewed 72,060 test results, of which 3,064 were from people born between 1979 and 1981 who would likely have been vaccinated, and 2,869 born between 1983 and 1985 who were unlikely to have been. According to The Hindu, 361 adults (11.7%) in the first group, who had the mandatory BCG, tested positive for coronavirus, against 299 (10.4%) in the unvaccinated group, figures which were statistically insignificant. However, no definitive conclusion could be drawn as there was just one serious case of COVID-19 in each group and no deaths. The World Health Organization has, in a letter published by The Lancet, called for randomized controlled testing of the vaccine.

The Quirky Side of Albert Einstein

By Israel Hayom
A letter up for auction in Israel shows a lighter side to world-renowned theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics alongside quantum mechanics. Letters from Einstein's estate are usually sold for hefty sums of money. The most recent offering, on the block at Winner's Auctions, a Jerusalem-based agency specializing in manuscripts, ancient Hebrew books, historic documents, rare maps, and more, shows the quirkier side of the famous scientist, and jokes about the many attempts to interview him. Einstein was famously – some would say infamously – averse to giving interviews. According to the auction house, the letter was written to the chairman of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists Dr. Elmer L. Offenbacher in 1953. Offenbacher planned to write an article about Einstein's connection to Judaism, He sought to interview Einstein for the article, but the latter was not excited about the idea and wrote in response: "Dear Mr. Offenbacher, I thank you for your letter. I should say, 'May the Jewish devil get you' if there were such a one. But – seriously – I am not able to fulfill your wish because, in principle, I never assist in something which would lead to the publication of things about my own person. "It is embarrassing enough for me that such nonsense has attached itself to my person. You will certainly understand, if you make a little effort to put yourself in my situation," Einstein concluded his response. Offenbacher eventually published the article in 1955, in Jewish Life.

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