Israel, with a population of around 7 millions, and only 20,770 sq km of land, is one of the 100 smallest countries in the world. (Even smaller than New Jersey).

Even though so small, Israel contributes in a large way to the betterment of our daily life.

On the right side of this blog there is a column about Israel achievement, which I have posted about a year ago. Since then, Israel has achieved many other things of which I have no record. However, I was lucky to get a list of her achievement during the month of January of this year alone, and thought you may like to read it as well. So here it is:

1. Scientists in Israel, found that the brackish water, drilled from underground desert aquifers, hundreds of feet deep, could be used to raise warm-water fish. The geothermal water, less than one-tenth as saline as sea water, free of pollutants, and a toasty 98° on average, proves an ideal environment.

2. Israeli-developed designer-eyeglasses, promise mobile phone and iPod users, a personalized, high-tech video display. Available to US consumers next year, Lumus-Optical's lightweight and fashionable video eyeglasses, feature a large transparent screen, floating in front of the viewer's face that projects their choice of movie, TV show, or video Game.

3. When Stephen Hawkins visited Israel recently, he shared his wisdom with scientists, students, and even the Prime Minister. But the world's most renown victim of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, also learned something, due to the Israeli Association for ALS' advanced work in both embryonic and adult stem cell research, as well as its proven track record with neurodegenerative diseases, the Israeli research community is well on its way, to finding a treatment for this fatal disease, which affects 30,000 Americans.

4. Israeli start-up, Veterix, has developed an innovative new electronic capsule that sits in the stomach of a cow, sheep, or goat, sending out real-time information on the health of the herd, to the farmer via Email or cell phone. The e-capsule, which also sends out alerts if animals are distressed, injured, or lost, is now being tested on a herd of cows, in the hopes that the device will lead to tastier and healthier meat and milk supplies. <<>

5. The millions of Skype users worldwide will soon have access to the newly developed KishKish lie-detector. This free internet service, based on voice stress analysis (a technique, commonly used in criminal investigations), will be able to measure just how truthful that person on the other end of the line, really is.

6. Beating cardiac tissue has been created in a lab from human embryonic stem cells by researchers at the Rappaport Medical Faculty and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's biomedical Engineering faculty. The work of Dr. Shulamit Levenberg and Prof. Lior Gepstein, has also led to the creation of tiny blood vessels within the tissue, making possible its implantation in a human heart.

7. Israel's Magal Security Systems, is a worldwide leader in computerized security systems, with products used in more than 70 countries around the world, protecting anything from national borders, to nuclear facilities, refineries, and airpo rts. The company's latest Product, DreamBox, a state-of-the-art security system that includes Intelligent video, audio and sensor management, is now being used by a major water authority on the US east coast to safeguard the utility's sites.

8. It is common knowledge that dogs have better night vision than humans and a vastly superior sense of smell and hearing. Israel's Bio-Sense Technologies, recently delved further, and electronically analyzed 350 different barks. Finding that dogs of all breeds and sizes, bark the same alarm when they sense a threat, the firm has designed the dog bark-reader, a sensor that can pick up a dog's alarm bark, and alert the human operators. This is just one of a batch of innovative security systems to emerge from Israel, which Forbes calls 'the go-to country for anti-terrorism technologies.'

9. Israeli company, BioControl Medical, sold its first electrical stimulator to treat urinary incontinence to a US company for $50 Million. Now, it is working on CardioFit, which uses electrical nerve stimulation to treat congestive heart failure. With nearly five million Americans presently affected by heart failure, and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed yearly, the CardioFit is already generating a great deal of excitement as the first device with the potential to halt this deadly disease.

10. One year after Norway's Socialist Left Party launched its boycott Israel campaign, the importing of Israeli goods has increased by 15%, the strongest increase in many years, Statistics Norway reports.


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'From the Promised Land to the Lucky Country'

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I wanted to tell you about the experience we had with our cat and dog in growin their young. I fellt that the best way of doin doing so is by copy the stories out of my book ‘From the Promised Land to the Lucky Country’, which is available on www.amazon.com No. 1419633074.

Our cat 'Pooss"

One day, the kids find a very hungry looking black and white stray cat, amongst the trees at the back yard. She has a badly healed and ugly looking injury along one of her back legs. Taking pity on her, they adopt her and name her ‘Pooss.’

Pooss becomes pregnant, and her first-born is an albino with practically no hair. She nurses it for a couple of days, till she delivers two more. Then, she disappears with the albino and returns without it.

Pooss turns out to be the best mother I have ever seen. She instructs her kittens in the ways of a cat, teaching them to hunt, walk in a line, and take their turn while she encourages them to jump down from high places. She is not shy of reprimanding them when they dare step out of line, and spanks them or puts them in the corner when they deserve it - only to lick them afterwards. And you know, she never read a book about how to bring up her young.

Our dog Tara

Tara has started digging under the clinic building and is taking all the sand out of there. We are worried the building will fall over if she continues this way, and the children are working hard returning it. Yet Tara does not stop. She is determined, leaving us no option but to succumb and hope for the best.

The building does not collapse, and Tara has her den. Once she enters, she refuses to come out, and in there she has her pups. However, she needs to be fed and we need to know what’s going on. So the children are taking turns crawling under the building. A day passes, and nothing happens. The following day, we have our two pups and think that’s it, but Tara is not coming out. We increase her feeding to about five times daily, with meat, milk and cheese in big amounts, and she finishes it all up. A day later, she has another couple of pups, and every time the children go under the house, they find some more. At the end of four days, Sharon crawls out very excited,

‘I have counted ten or eleven. But I’m not sure. Its difficult to see.’

Gill goes under the house, counts, and thinks there are eleven, but is not so sure either. Now, all we can do is wait and see.

At long last, Tara comes out and urinates for about half an hour and returns to her den. She has no more pups, but we have a tribe.

Tara stays under the house for some more days feeding her brood until she thinks they can venture out. Now, we can see their progress. We notice she does not care who feeds and who doesn’t. She has eight active tits for eleven mouths and it is not enough. Therefore, we make sure to rotate the pups and see the little ones are not disadvantaged. Each time one of the bigger ones falls asleep, we pull a little one from underneath the heap of pups, and put it on top to suck at a vacant tit. That way we lose none.

Eleven pups to look after are a lot, and Tara has not a minute’s peace, so she institutes an imaginary line of demarcation the puppies are not allowed to cross. Each time one of them dares to try, she opens her mouth over its head, shakes it and roars. The little one then cringes and disappears as fast as his little legs will carry him.

Even though still very young, you can already see their individual characters...

If you have a animal story, why not share it with me.


Artist, poet and the author of

'From the Promised Land to the Lucky Country'

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Hi Walter and Annette, Thanks for the feedback. Pleased you enjoyed reading it. What happened to the boat, comes in a period after the book ends and maybe a part of the next book...