In an historic visit to various African countries, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, received an almost hero’s welcome by the heads of State in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Multiple agreements of cooperation were signed and indications are that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit will usher in a new era in relations between Africa and Israel.
Geographically, Israel is the size of the Kruger National Park in South Africa and 1/400th the size of the United States. It is both astonishing and remarkable that such a small country could be the leader on so many levels. Israel is indeed a blessing to the nations and here are some of the latest developments:
- Researchers at Israel’s Technion Institute have developed a nanomedicine technology for the targeted treatment of gastric tumors. The platform combines anti-cancer and anti-resistance compounds, packaged orally in beta-casein, a constituent of mother’s milk. Since this platform effectively carries the drug to the stomach and releases it there, the researchers believe that it will be particularly effective in gastric diseases and gastric cancer in particular – one of the most aggressive and deadly types of cancer.
- Intellectual Ventures, of which Bill Gates is a member, has invested in the new technological incubator XELERATOR for the development of medical devices. It is thought to be Gate’s first-ever investment in Israel. XELERATOR won the Chief Scientist’s tender earlier this year for central Israel.
- Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) chairman John Chambers signed a Memoranadum of Understanding (MoU) for strategic cooperation, which aims to speed up the digitalization of Israel over the next three years. Chambers said, “All countries, cities, businesses, homes and cars will become digital in the next decade.
- Israeli startups won three of the four top prizes at the Asia Smartphone Apps Competition in Hong Kong. Tekoia’s universal remote, won the grand prize for the event, and also the advertising and marketing category. Castle Builders won the games and edutainment category, and Bazz, came in second in the creative lifestyle category.
- The UK’s National Health Service has approved the funding of patients receiving the pioneering melanoma (skin cancer) treatment developed by Israeli Professor Jacob Schachter. The approval was one of the fastest in NHS history.
Israel is called to be a blessing unto the nations. It is therefore tragic that some countries that needed Israeli expertise the most shoot themselves in the foot by choosing to boycott Israel. They should rather follow the example of those leaders of the African countries who decided that their countries and people would benefit from cooperation with Israel.