Christian Arab-Israeli Monaliza Abdo served as an IDF commander. (IDF blog)

Most Arab-Israelis are happy with their lives; Israel’s sniffer dog Katcha was crowned world champion;Israeli NGO heals Rwandan children, and much more!

By Michael Ordman


Most Arab-Israelis are happy in Israel

A survey of 716 Arab-Israelis conducted by Tel Aviv University reported that 71.5% are satisfied with their life in Israel; 65.2% believe they are generally treated equally, and 64.7% have an overall positive view of the state. The survey has only a 3.6% margin of error.

World champion sniffer dog

Israel Tax Authority’s sniffer dog, Katcha, was crowned world champion at a recent international competition in Russia, beating 16 other canine competitors. Katcha patrols Ben Gurion airport searching for illegal drugs and cash.

SACH heals more sick Rwandan children

I reported previously (Aug 2018) when Israeli NGO Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) examined 70 sick Rwandan children for flying to Israel for heart surgery. The first 8 children have been healed and are back with their families. The next 8 have now arrived in Israel.

Israel’s first female flight squadron commander

I reported previously (see here) on the appointment of female deputy squadron commanders in the Israeli Air Force. Now for the first time one has been promoted to full squadron commander. Mother of two, Lt. Col. “Gimel” joined the IAF 16 years ago.

Jewish and Arab medics save Israeli boy

14-year-old Sinai Levy was electrocuted in a natural pool when an electric pump malfunctioned. He was saved by medics Ilan Gur-Ari and Issa Duwaiat.

Israeli Druze leader speaks at UNHRC

The World Jewish Congress hosted Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel, in Geneva, where he highlighted the coexistence of minorities in Israel as exemplary for the region. The Sheikh also addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council.

More Palestinian Arabs work in Israel

The number of Palestinian Arabs working in Israel has almost doubled in the past five years. The number of permits for employment in Israel had risen 160% since 2012. Waiting times at checkpoints between the territories and Israel have been cut to just a few minutes.

The door to peace

I reported previously (23rd Feb) on the IDF Door to Door project that helps Palestinian Arab businesspeople who want to trade with Israel. Here is a video by I24 News about the project’s success.

Ancient Cornish tin found in Israel

Scientists have determined that tin ingots discovered off the coast of Haifa originated in Cornish tin mines over 7,000 years ago. Tin combines with copper to make a bronze alloy – hence the Bronze Age. The tin ingots were carbon-dated and the only tin mines at the time were in Cornwall.

Eilat coral reefs are robust

I’ve reported several times (see here) over the last six years on the good health of Eilat’s coral reef. Here is a recent Government report. It states that since 2004, there has been a gradual increase in the percentage of medium and large coral colonies, indicating improved coral survival over time.